The cooling temperatures and falling leaves serve as a great reminder that it is time to take a look at the fall home maintenance checklist.
Chimney Sweep and Fireplace Inspection – Prevent a chimney fire by getting a professional to sweep the flue clean of creosote, especially if you have a wood-burning fireplace. Also, be sure to get a thorough inspection to find weak points in the masonry.
Window Caulking and Door Weatherstripping – Keep the warm air in and the cold air out by sealing up the envelope of your house.
Winterize Water Systems – The freezing temperatures can spell serious trouble for sprinkler systems, faucets, and pools. Empty all water from these systems if you are in a cold climate and be vigilant of the forecast for areas that occasionally see freezing temps. For example, empty the pressure vacuum breaker on the sprinkler system for winter if you live in the south. It only takes a minute and can save you a lot of heartache.
Filter Replacement – Replacing your filter is something that should be done as a part of regular monthly home maintenance, but at a very minimum new filters should be put in place every 3-4 month.
Furnace Maintenance – This task is best left for a professional but savvy DIY’ers can handle some of the workload. Either way, this is a must before the heating season!
Gutter Cleaning – Cleaning the gutters of leaves and sticks is more than just keeping the roof looking nice. During the winter leaves can hold up water from melting snow that will eventually refreeze and cause damage. This effect is known as ice dams and will lead to a leaky roof.
Water Heater Maintenance – A couple times of year it is good to drain mineral sediment that can build up in the tank of the water heater. It’s a pretty simple process and doesn’t take much time. Also, it is good to inspect the flue, insulation, and TPR valve to prevent problems later.
I love finding discarded pieces of furniture in good condition. I found this solid maple coffee table beside a dumpster. There was nothing wrong with it other than a few scratches and the old 1970s country style look of it. I shoved it into the trunk of my car and brought it home to give it a brand new look.
- Orbital or palm sander
- Sandpaper in 80 grit, 100 grit and 220 grit
- Paint Primer
- Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner
- Brushes and stain applicator of your choice (I prefer rags)
Building from discarded materials is sure to open up a whole new world of creative, and functional, possibilities for you.
In days gone by, resourceful homeowners made many of their household items themselves, often out of whatever they had on hand and often times recycling old materials, or converting items that had outlived their useful life. But your furniture need not look like it came out of the trash heap. There are tons of thrift shops, garage sales, and flea markets, not to mention your own garage or attic, that have materials that would make a great, recycled table. All you need is a few basic tools, a little patience, and some elbow grease.
You may approach this project in one of two ways. You can decide upon a particular style of table, pick a location in your home for it, and then go out seeking supplies to suit, or you can allow the materials that you find or fall in love with to dictate the style of table that you construct. I have personally done this both ways and I must say that allowing the materials to “birth” the project is the most fun and rewarding.
Cleaning has to be done but who has the time? It is tough to stay on top of cleaning schedule and tasks just pile up once you’ve fallen behind. Well, fret not. This list has cleaning tricks for the whole house that will save you tons of time, effort, and even money.
When I was searching for an easy (and temporary) window treatment for a window in my laundry room, I considered all sorts of different solutions. I really wanted California shutters but they weren’t in the budget… When I found a beautiful patterned twin sheet in a clearance bin for $1.97, I knew it was going to be my new curtain.