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Monday, May 11, 2015

99-Cent Store Solution #4: Loose Cabinet Hinge

99-Cent Store Solution #4: Loose Cabinet Hinge
Article From By: Harmon Leon
Photo: Flickr CC License: ewen and donabel

Yesterday we showed you how to handily repair drywall for $10 in case Charlie Sheen drops by your place. But back to reality.
If one of your kitchen cabinets is hanging on for dear life thanks to all the opening, closing, and slamming it endures (you probably have teenagers or a husband), you can fix that loose hinge in a very MacGyver kind of way.

Wooden matches, 99 cents

Wood glue, 99 cents

Hammer, 99 cents

Total: $2.97

What you do:
Remove the cabinet hinge screw.

Dab wood glue on a match and stick it into the screw holes.

Tap it in with the hammer.

Break off the match part that's sticking out.

Let the glue dry for about 4 hours.

Twist the screw back into place. The match piece will create a new solid base for the screw. Poof.

Tomorrow's 99-cent store solution: Fixing a stripped screw.

What other inexpensive home fixes have you found or tried?

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1577 C Street, Suite 101A., Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 727-5279

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Anchorage U-Med District

Welcome to the U-Med District of Anchorage!goose lake anchorage alaska

Anchorage's U-Med District is the area of residential and commercial properties located near Anchorage's Alaska Pacific University, University of Alaska Anchorage, Providence Alaska Campus, and the Alaska Native Medical Center Campus.

This area has many other medical related offices nearby. The intersection of Lake Otis and Tudor lies in the Southwest section of this Anchorage neighborhood and sees an average daily traffic count of over 34,000 for Tudor Road and nearly 20,000 for Lake Otis Parkway. The accessibility and central location of this neighborhood makes it a popular neighborhood for retail, medical, and public access uses.

 Apartments, condos, and duplexes are close by for students attending local colleges and for employees of the various medical offices in the U-Med District. Living in this neighborhood is a great advantage because you may be close enough to walk or bike to work and school, instead of a long icy commute during the winter. Local reatil shopping includes the Midtown stores of Fred Meyer and Walmart, Carrs at the Sears Mall, The Natural Pantry at he University Mall, and New Sagaya.

U-Med is not an actual community council area, as it covers several Anchorage neighborhoods. The Anchorage community council neighborhoods of U-Med are: University Area, Tudor Area, and Rogers Park. Residential areas near the Universities and hospitals are: College Village, Rogers Park, Green Acres, Geneva Woods, University Park, Tudor Park, Anchor Park, Woodside East, Collegegate and Castle Heights. For more information about these residential areas, visit the neighborhood pages listed below.

Outdoor parks are numerous in U-Med, which also contains 3 lakes: University Lake, Lake Otis, and Goose Lake. Local U-Med parks and rec include the University Lake Park which includes a leash free dog park, the Anchorage bike trail system, Goose Lake Park with a lifeguard station, Davenport Fields, Sitka Street Park, David Green Memorial Park, Jacobson Park, Carlson Park, Castle Heights Park, Folker park, University Park, and the Tozier race track. More information about these parks can be found at Goose Lake and University Lake are both located on the Anchorage trail system, which connects to the Chester Creek Greenbelt, Tony Knowles Coastal trail, Kincaid Park, Russian Jack Park, and more! Access to Anchorage's trail system gives residents access by bike, skates, and skis, to a variety of outdoor parks all across town.

Entertainment in the U-Med District is based on productions hosted by the local University on its campus facilities. Many great musical and theatrical events are held at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium, along with special presentations at the UAA Planetarium and Visualization Theater. Sporting events for the local college level teams are held at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. There is now a new sporting and entertainment center called the Alaska Airlines Center, which is located on the UAA Campus next to Providence Hospital. You can find it on the corner Elmore Drive and Providence Drive.

U-Med District Virtual Tour

Drive around this great Central Anchorage neighborhood virtually using Google Streetview!

Residential Properties for Sale in the U-Med District of Anchorage

Find single-family, duplex, triplex, fourplex, apartment, condo, townhomes, or other housing types for sale or rent in the U-Med District! You can use our free Alaska MLS search tools to find the right housing at the right price. If you need a buyer's agent, call Dan Benton of Jack White Real Estate at (907) 727-5279. Here are the pre-formatted searches for housing in the U-Med District.

If you would like to set up your own search criteria, visit my free accounts page at:

Rogers Park Homes For Sale

College Village Homes For Sale

Geneva Woods Homes For Sale

Green Acres Homes For Sale

U-Med (University-Medical) Homes For Sale

Castle Heights Homes For Sale

College Gate Homes For Sale

Commercial Properties for Sale in the U-Med District of Anchorage

Commercial properties in the U-Med District of Anchorage are popular and usually located along the busy routes of Tudor Road, Lake Otis Parkway, 36th Avenue, Providence Drive, Boniface Parkway, and Northern Lights, all major roadways throughout the U-Med neighborhood. Commercial properties vary in size and type. Use our free Alaska MLS search tools to find commercial leases or properties for sale. If you register, you will be alerted when new commercial properties in the U-Med District are listed in the Alaska MLS. Register at:

Neighborhoods in the U-Med District

These are pages from our sister site,, which highlight the Anchorage community council neighborhoods within the U-Med District. These homes are located in Central Anchorage with driving routes that make quick access to any other neighborhood for shopping, schools, and entertainment. We have included a link to our sister site,, where you can see the sales statistics for home prices an more on our Market Insider 99508 page. Use this page to compare with homes in other areas of Anchorage before you buy. Buying a home in the U-Med District of Anchorage is a good investment, as the size of Anchorage's medical and University campuses continue to expand, thereby creating great re-sale value for your future. Central Anchorage real estate will always be in high demand, as the size of Anchorage is limited in size by its borders of Chugach Mountains, Cook Inlet, Knik Arm, and Turnagain Arm.

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Dan Benton - Realtor with Real Estate Brokers of Alaska
3801 Centerpoint Dr., Anchorage, AK
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Dan Benton Moves to Real Estate Brokers of Alaska

For immediate release - 
After over 16 years with Prudential Jack White Vista, Dan has moved his real estate practice to Real Estate Brokers of Alaska. He hopes and believes this move will help him to serve his clients in a more cost effective and efficient way.
Dan Benton, left and Broker Art Clark, right - Real Estate Brokers of Alaska
The move was timed before this year's fishing season and summer real estate sales surges. Dan expects the move to be a smooth transition and looks forward to joining his new colleagues in  providing great service in this great city!

All the websites will remain the same as well as Dan's social media links, email, and phone number. Please feel free to call Dan if you are ready to buy or sell today. New brokerage, same professional and experienced service.

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Dan Benton - Realtor with Real Estate Brokers of Alaska
1577 C Street, Suite 101A, Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 727-5279

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Create a Home Emergency Preparedness Kit

Create a Home Emergency Preparedness Kit
Article From By: Wendy Paris
Photo: Flickr CC License: What I Wore
Preparing and keeping a fully stocked home emergency preparedness kit could be the key to your family's safety if disaster strikes.
Preparing a home emergency preparedness kit you hope never to use may seem like a waste of time and money. But when disasters happen that are beyond your control, you can take charge of how you respond. "What became clear in Hurricane Katrina is that in big events, the government isn't going to come to your aid right away. You have to be prepared to take care of yourself," says Rick Bissell, PhD, a professor of emergency health services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. According to a 2008 FEMA survey, more than half of all U.S. households have some sort of disaster preparation in place. If yours isn't one of them, here's what you need to do.

First, make sure important papers are in order
If a flood destroys your home, you could spend weeks or even months just trying to re-create the essential documents you'll need to get back on track. That's why it's critical to have backups of important papers, including the deed to your house, proof of insurance, medical records, passports, social security cards, and a list of personal contacts. Keep one copy at home in a portable case and another offsite in a safe place. And while you're at it, use the opportunity to check whether your insurance is up to date. "People often don't know what their homeowners' insurance policy covers, and most don't cover flooding," points out Bissell. Find out what hazards your area faces, and make sure you're protected against them.

Tailor a preparedness kit to your personal needs
Humanitarian organizations and government aid agencies offer guidelines for creating an emergency preparedness kit. But along with the basics like food and water, it's important to have what you need for your particular situation. You may not need extra blankets in southern California, but you do need escape ladders in case of wildfire. And you'll want extra extra blankets to survive a winter power outage in Maine.

Think about what you need for the safety of your house, too. Knowing where to find the main electrical and water shutoffs-and having the right wrench to turn them-can make the difference between a house that weathers the storm and one that experiences catastrophic flooding or fire.

A basic emergency preparedness kit

FEMA recommends you keep a "grab and go" bag with these items in case you need to evacuate:

Water: One gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation; double if you live in a very hot climate, have young kids, or are nursing. Bottled water is best, but you can also store tap water in food-grade containers or two-liter soda bottles that have been sanitized. Factor in your pet's water needs, too.

Food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishables and a can opener. Pack protein, fruit, and vegetables, but make sure they're in a form you actually like-it's bad enough not to have access to fresh food without also having to subsist on nothing but canned tuna. Include treats like cereal bars, trail mix, and Tootsie Rolls. Store food in pest-proof plastic or metal tubs and keep it in a cool, dry place.

Flashlights and extra batteries: "Candles are not recommended because there are many house fires caused by candles left unattended," says David Riedman, a public affairs officer with FEMA.

First-aid supplies: Two pairs of sterile gloves, adhesive bandages and sterile dressings, soap or other cleanser, antibiotic towelettes and ointment, burn ointment, eye wash, thermometer, scissors, tweezers, petroleum jelly, aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever, and stomach analgesics such as Tums, Pepto-Bismol, and a laxative. (All those Tootsie Rolls can be hard to digest.)

Sanitation and hygiene supplies: Moist towelettes, paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags, and plastic ties. You might also want travel-size shampoo, toothpaste/toothbrush, and deodorant.

Radio or TV: Keep a portable, battery- or crank-operated radio or television and extra batteries to remain connected in case the power goes out, as well as an extra cell phone charger. You can buy a good emergency radio online from the Red Cross.

Plastic sheeting, duct tape, and dust masks: In case you need to seal your home or shelter from airborne contaminants.

Extra items: A whistle to signal for help, a favorite toy or other comfort items for kids.


Update your kit as your needs change, and replace food and water approaching its expiration date. You might pick a specific time each year to check, such as before hurricane season in the south or after Thanksgiving if you live in the north.

Visit for more articles like this. Reprinted from HouseLogic with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Copyright 2012. All rights reserved.

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Dan Benton - Realtor with Real Estate Brokers of Alaska
1577 C Street, Suite 101A., Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 727-5279

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