What Is an Alternator and How Does it Work?

You may think your battery is powering all things electrical in your car, be it your windshield wipers, headlights or radio. In reality, it’s the car alternator that produces the majority of your vehicle’s electricity — your battery is mainly just used to start your vehicle and provide power when the engine isn’t running.[1] The alternator is a critical component of a car’s charging system, so it’s helpful to understand how it operates in case you have to deal with your car not starting.

What is an alternator?

The alternator is a generator whose purpose is to distribute electricity to the car and recharge the battery.[1] Outside of some hybrid models, all vehicles with a standard internal combustion engine will have an alternator. About the size of a coconut, the alternator is generally mounted to the front of the engine and has a belt running around it.… Read more

5 DIY Roof Maintenance Tips

As a homeowner, you know how important it is to keep every aspect of your house maintained. One of the most important facets of home maintenance is to make sure your roof is in tip-top shape. If you catch a problem early, you’re more likely to keep it from becoming a major repair — and a significant financial burden.

There are several things you can do to extend the life of your roof. Take a look at five ways to make your roof last longer.[1]

1. Inspect your roof

If you’re not really sure what condition your roof is in, it’s time for a roof inspection. You don’t have to climb up there yourself; it’s always a safe option to hire an experienced professional to do it for you. It’s a small investment compared to what you could end up paying for repairs.

How to inspect your roof

  1. Look
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What Is a Trust in Business?

When most people think of a trust, they think of it as something rich people set up for their children. But a trust can have much wider uses than that, serving a range of people.

A trust is a legal entity where money, property, or assets belonging to one party (the settlor) is overseen by another (the trustee).

So what is a business trust? In this situation, the settlor is the business itself. The trustee (or trustees) manage the business in the service of beneficiaries. This relationship might be for a limited time, whereby upon ending the ownership of the business will transfer back fully to the beneficiaries. [1][2]

Benefits of a trust

What is a trust good for? Turns out, lots of things. With a trust you can[3] :

  • Control how your assets are distributed after death, similar to a will but with additional benefits
  • Protect assets
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5 Different Types of Fences for Your Yard

If you decide that your yard needs a fence, you’ll quickly realize that you have a lot of different options when it comes to choosing a type of fence. Of course, it goes beyond simply deciding what look you prefer; you also have to think about what kind of purpose it will serve, how much you’re able to spend, what type of fencing other homes in your area have and any homeowner’s association rules that might restrict or dictate the type of materials you use.

Some homeowners have a fence around the pool or their entire backyard for privacy and security. Gardeners typically have a fence to keep animals out. To help you with fence ideas, let’s look at some of the most common types of yard fences.

The “right” fence for you depends on several different factors you’ll need to assess. Start by considering five of the most … Read more

Should You Rent or Buy a House?

Is it better to rent or to buy a home? It’s a tough decision and one that requires careful thought. About 64% of American adults own their own homes, according to a 2019 Statista report,[i] while the remaining 36% rent, notes Pew Research Center.[ii] While more people lean toward buying a home, research shows rental rates are at a 50-year high.[iii]

When it comes to renting vs buying a house, what’s best for you? To help, let’s explore the pros and cons of each choice.

The pros and cons of renting a home

If you’re thinking about renting a home, here are advantages and disadvantages to consider:

Pros of renting a home

  • Move with greater ease. Renting gives you the power to move around more easily because you don’t have to go through the process of selling your home and waiting for potential buyers. Maybe relocation
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