Steve Maxwell answers questions about how to get your home winter-ready. Q: How can I stop ice dams from forming on the roof of my 1.5-storey home? It was built in the 1880s and loose-fill insulation fills the entire attic space along the edges of the shallow roof. Would pushing back the insulation a little to allow ventilation get rid of the ice dams? A: Pushing back insulation probably won’t solve your problem. What you want is a cold roof, and boosting ventilation can sometimes do this for you.
They don’t make things to be repaired like they used to, but every so often I find a company that bucks this trend. It happened most recently as I was researching home generators. These are gasoline-powered devices that provide electricity during power failures or for building things with power tools beyond the reach of an extension cord. Lots of companies make generators, but only one I’ve seen empowers you as an owner to do DIY repairs and troubleshooting.
This generator includes owner-focussed troubleshooting and repair support that uses real-time smartphone video to guide owners to fix problems at home. Steve Maxwell / Postmedia They don’t make things to be repaired like they used to, but every so often I find a company that bucks this trend. It happened most recently as I was researching home generators.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".