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As a rule of thumb, it's a good idea to have chimneys cleaned at least once a year. Usually before cold weather sets in.
With temperatures dropping from summer highs to Autumn evening lows, now is the time to start thinking about home winterization. You can save yourself a lot of time and money by having a little foresight and planning ahead now. Winterizing helps protect your home better against winter temperatures and will ultimately save you on energy/gas costs. The folks at Condo Blues have some essential outdoor maintenance routines that will help you big come winter time:
Check for gaps outside of windows.
Fill the gap between the window screen and window frame with removable rope caulk.
Switch out the summer screens for winter storm windows.
Put a cover on the air conditioner.
Check gaps around outlets, faucets etc. and caulk if needed.
Disconnect and drain outdoor garden hoses and insulate the faucet
Check your chimney for cobwebs and other obstructions
Sure, all of us go through the fridge and clean out the old/expired food every so often (right?? I hope so anyway.) But it’s really easy to ignore stains and spills on the shelves and walls. They’re just going to be covered up with food again….who cares if it sticks to the bottom of everything? Yuck. While it’s understandable that your fridge might look like this (mine definitely gets to that point every once in a while!) it’s an incredibly easy fix. Courtenay at Creeklinehouse has a great tutorial:
Go through your shelves one by one and start taking out whatever doesn’t need to be in there any more. If it’s a pot full of leftover soup, just leave it on the counter, if it’s trash, put it in the trash.
Now grab any liquidy stuff that you weren’t able to get rid of in the trash (like that pot of soup) and dump it in the toilet. Am I the only one who does this? Well, you should do it too. It’s weird, but it works! Do a little wipe here and there. Put things where you want them. That’s it! Your fridge is done!
It happens to all of us, even the best of housekeepers. Over time, cookie sheets (and metal bake-ware) just get yellowy and gross looking. The combination of cooking spray, constant use, and grease just tends to build up, especially in the corners. You ignore it and throw it in the dishwasher anyway, because hey, who cares? You’re just going to put foil over it next time you cook. Well, Jill at OneGoodThingByJillee has found a way to make them sparkle like new:
Well, ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration…but I was FLOORED at how well it works on pretty much everything in my kitchen. It even worked on my long-neglected cookie sheets and pans! For corners and harder to clean areas, simply use some goo-be-gone!l
Help with treating drywall damaged by water or other processes.
With changing seasons comes changing demands on your home. There are tons of tips on how to winterize your home, and how to beat the heat in the summer– but did you know there are also fixes that are necessary for the Fall? The cooler months lend themselves to new challenges and opportunities for your home. Barbara Winfield at Bob Vila has put together a slideshow of essential fall home maintenance musts. Here are a few of them:
-Caulk your windows to keep heat in
-Inspect the roof for loose shingles. Changing weather and temps can wreak havoc on a roof.
-Clean the gutters and keep them free of fallen leaves
-Clean yard equipment and prepare it for storage
It’s a home maintenance problem that can get really annoying really fast: loose door hinges. Every time you open the door, it wobbles and wiggles and you feel like it might fall on top of you, and it is a serious safety hazard for young kids. On top of that, it can be a pain to fix. Unless, of course, you are aware of this simple hack using a golf tee. According to Vanessa Brunner at Houzz, the cause for jiggly doors is usually a stripped screw in the hinge. Once you remove the existing screw (which is a challenge in itself), it can be very difficult to drill into the existing hole. But not if you have a golf tee lying around:
Squirt some carpenter‘s glue into the hole, insert the pointed end of a golf tee in, and tap the tee into place with a hammer.
Using a sharp utility knife, cut off the exposed extra part of the golf tee.
Finally, drill a new pilot hole directly into the golf tee!
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