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Best all-terrain tire‌: Its saw-tooth tread and deep center grooves provide excellent off-road driving capabilities and improved wet and dry traction. The design isn’t overly bulky, which keeps noise down to a minimum when driving on freeways, while the 2,039-pound load capacity is ample for most SUVs. However, it doesn’t match the capability of a true winter tire. Available at Amazon

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You probably don’t need five hammers, and that broken drill is just collecting dust on a shelf. Take stock of your tool collection, and consolidate so you don’t have an overflowing toolbox (or too many bulky bins filled with tools).

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Trash can: Or better yet, separate receptacles for waste and recyclables. Take it one step further with a paper shredder.

For a more seamless look on DIY woodworking projects, you probably want to hide any screws. This quick tutorial from @montross.made shows you how to countersink a screw so you can’t even see it once the paint dies.

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Prepare your kids’ swing set for another season of play with a few safety checks. If the swing set has any chain links, examine each one to make sure they aren’t damaged or broken. Slides should be stable and properly affixed to the ground. All nuts and bolts should be tight, and no parts of the swing set should wobble or jiggle.

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Homeowners should have their garage door maintained at least once every 18 to 24 months, if not once a year, experts say. You can avoid a lot of problems with basic maintenance.

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If you have a multi-stage system, your furnace will adjust its power based on need and ensure a consistent temperature. Single-stage systems will turn on and off more often. However, if it turns on and off frequently, you might have a problem. The thermostat might need to be recalibrated, or unseen air loss somewhere in the house is putting heat to waste. Ask a professional for advice if your system turns on and off too often.

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• Portable Comfort Corp. LLC received a patent for a temperature control voting system.

• Grid2020 Inc. received a patent for transformer monitoring and data analysis systems and methods.

• Tredegar Film Products LLC received a patent for formed films and apparatus for manufacturing the same.

• Altria Client Services LLC received a patent for application of a flavorant particle in a filter of a smoking article for delivering flavor.

• Portable Comfort Corp. LLC received a patent for a temperature control voting system.

• Grid2020 Inc. received a patent for transformer monitoring and data analysis systems and methods.

• Tredegar Film Products LLC received a patent for formed films and apparatus for manufacturing the same.

• Altria Client Services LLC received a patent for application of a flavorant particle in a filter of a smoking article for delivering flavor.

LEWIS, Bernard C. Sr., 92, of Henrico, departed this life Wednesday, August 26, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clayton and Ine…

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• Chemtreat Inc. received a patent for compositions and methods for selenium removal.

• Virginia Commonwealth University received a patent for prevention of ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP).

• O&M Halyard Inc. received a patent for a closure mechanism and seal integrity indicator for a sterilization container.

• Capital One Services LLC received a patent for techniques for monitoring power device alarms.

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