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Home Maintenance Tips

Prevent Rust in your Tool Box

Tuck Chalk in Your Toolbox to Stop Rust You can keep the metal tools and hardware in your toolbox rust-free with blackboard chalk. How so? Chalk is a moisture-sucking material that traps dampness. When you place several pieces throughout your toolbox, its...

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Clean and Organize your garage

If you haven’t cleaned out your garage in a while, it’s likely this project will take an entire weekend (or more), so plan accordingly. It helps to think ahead and find out where you can take items (donations, hazardous waste, things to sell) before...

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Back to School

Get organized for back to school (and work).  Consider what would make this fall run more smoothly for your family: a few extra hooks in the entryway to handle coats and bags, perhaps? Or if papers are a constant problem, take the time now to set up a...

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Cleaning your Natural Stone

“After a summer filled with nonstop grilling fests, family gatherings, and just general outdoor fun and wear and tear, it’s important to properly clean natural stone around your home—whether it's outdoor granite countertops, stone walkways, or patios—to...

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Deal with wasps, mosquitoes, and other insects

Wasp activity peaks in late summer; these insects become more aggressive and likely to sting in, you guessed it, August. So you'll want to spray for wasps and eliminate them, pronto. DIY: "The first step to eliminating a wasp nest is to identify where the colony...

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Cleaning Porch Light

If you have glass light fixtures that are easily removed, bring them inside and wash in a dishpan of warm water with gentle soap. If the fixtures must stay in place, turn the power off and carefully wipe the exteriors with a damp microfiber cloth; dry with a soft...

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Give your washer and dryer some TLC

In these dog days of summer, you're probably sweating through a few more outfits than usual. (No? Just us?) If you're buried in laundry, you'll want to make sure your washer and dryer can handle the load. Nurture those appliances now so you aren't...

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Scrub the decks

Prime your outdoor space for backyard barbecue blowouts by decluttering and deep-cleaning. Use a broom, leaf blower, or wet-dry vacuum to remove debris from all patio surfaces. Next, tackle the furniture. Use a mixture of warm water and dish...

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Freshen your pool

Nothing kills your summer party game like a pool full of algae, so take a few easy steps this month to keep your water in the clear. Shortcut: Test the pH level weekly with a pool water test kit to make sure chemicals are balanced and safe....

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Make sure your AC is cool

Task: Now's your last chance to double-check your air-conditioning unit and make sure it's in good working order before the mercury starts to rise. Shortcuts: Hook up a garden hose and spray the outside of the condenser to remove any dust...

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Wash windows

Task: As your yard takes shape and your gardens come into full bloom, you’ll want to see everything clearly. It's time to wash away winter’s dirt and grime from your windows. Shortcuts: Have a partner clean the outside while you do the inside...

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Repair wood fences and gates

Task: Cycles of cold and wet weather cause wood to move, twist, and warp. That can make garden gates fall out of alignment, and can cause fence pickets to loosen or fall off. Check for signs of loose fencing, and fix sagging gates. Shortcuts: A...

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