Sometimes you need to eat your veggies before you can have dessert. This piece for H&R Block’s blog, Block Talk, isn’t particularly glamorous, but it is very useful. I like to share it because I think it’s a good indication of how technical topics can be made fun to read and easy to understand.

“The biggest thing that affects a [garbage] disposal’s life span is how often it’s used. A large family that cooks at home will need to replace the garbage disposal sooner than a bachelor who eats out.”

To present information about the average life expectancy of major home appliances, I did some research about warranties, common repairs and how often things get used around the house (I clocked a lot of time on Consumer Reports). Then, my job was to take all that information and boil it down into something that anyone could digest and act on in their daily lives at home.

 

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October 21, 2013

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This article was later quoted in a home guide on SFGate, the San Francisco Chronicle’s sister Website.