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Three Home Safety Ideas for Semana Santa

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Here are three home safety ideas that you may wish to invest in if you are leaving for the long holiday.

How to Replace a Strikeplate

    • Replace the screws holding your door’s strike-plate (The metal part in the door frame). You’d be surprised just how easy it is to kick open a door – 34% of burglaries in the United States are a result of one or two swift kicks to the front door. That’s because even if you have an expensive lock-set, it may be holding the door in place with these puny ½ inch screws. There’s a Facebook story going a bit overboard with the person replacing the strikeplate screws with 4 or 5 inch  screws, but a sturdy pair of 3 inch screws should do the trick – and will be less likely to cut into anything electrical embedded in the wall.
    • Motion Sensor AlarmInvest in a motion-sensor alarm. Nothing quite says “Get out of my house!” or alerts the neighbors of a break-in quite like a 130 decibel siren. MC Home Depot has two motion –sensor alarms for sale on-line: One requires a key to stop the siren; the other requires a code. Yes, it is possible to destroy both alarms, but by the time the burglar does, your neighbors would have heard the ruckus. Drop by any of our MC Home Depot outlets to check out our alarms or visit our website by clicking here.
    • Get to know your neighbors. It will not cost you anything to be friendly and open to meeting the people next door. Showing you care creates a secure community of friends who will look after your property the same way you will look after theirs. 


Have a blessed and meaningful Holy Week from MC Home Depot!

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Philvocs urges calm following Batangas Earthquakes

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Philvocs director Renato Solidum warned the general public to remain vigilant for the “Big One” following the swarm of earthquakes to hit Batangas over the past week, but cautioned the public against using social media to spread unfounded rumors that were causing panic and confusion.

Earthquake Swarm

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvocs) started recording minor tremors and movements in a new, unnamed fault-line – different from the West Valley Fault that runs through most of Metro Manila - that formed in the Mabini peninsula.  Activity was first recorded Tuesday, April 4, with a 5.5 magnitude Earthquake centered on Tingloy Island. 129 aftershocks were recorded following Tuesday night’s Earthquake, leading up to Saturday’s 5.6 magnitude and 6.0 magnitude Earthquakes. Saturday’s quakes were felt at Intensity 7 in Mabini Town. Philvocs classifies intensity 7 Earthquakes as destructive.

However Director Solidum said that an “Earthquake Swarm” of diminishing intensity was normal for a gradually moving fault line and was nothing to be alarmed about.

The Big One.

Director Solidum then went on to appeal to the general public to stop spreading rumors via text or social media about an intensity 8 Earthquake that was supposedly going to hit Luzon following the movement of the Mabini fault. He said that while the Philippine West Valley Fault was ripe for movement, there is no existing technology that can predict when, where and at what intensity an Earthquake will occur.

“In case of another felt earthquake, do the duck/drop, cover and hold and move to a safe area after the shaking,” the Director said in a statement.

Know Your Tools: Pipe Wrench

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An adjustable wrench for turning soft pipes, a plumber's tool of choice.  By design, the pipe wrench simply works.  

Hardened Self Locking Pivoting Toothed Jaws - will not deform before the pipe failure, the more force is applied the tighter the grip and teeth will dig into pipe,  turning the other way ensure quick release

Cast Markings - will endure harsh environments

Tapering I - Cross Section - maximum strength for the least material; radiused corners for comfort during use

Elongated Hole - easier hanging during those breaks from the hard work

Knurled Adjustment Piece - for better grip

Instructions?  Adjust the jaws until they fit snugly around the pipe.  Face jaw opening to the left for clockwise tightening.

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Plumbing Material: 7 Factors To Consider

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There was a time when plumbing systems were put together with pipes metal pipes.  While Galvanized Iron (GI Pipes) and copper tubing are still used, plastics are the predominant material used nowadays.  

Read more: Plumbing Material: 7 Factors To Consider