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Fall is the perfect time to take care of the little things that can make a big difference for you and your home. Most of the tasks listed below are well with-in the average person's ability. But even if you choose to have a professional handle them, it's worth the expense. Your roof's drainage system annually diverts thousands of gallons of water from your house's exterior and foundation walls. That's why it is so important to keep this system flowing smoothly. Clogged gutters can lead to damaged exterior surfaces and to water in your basement. They are also more prone to rust and...
Much like the addition of jewelry to a great outfit, interior trim and molding can take a plain room and make it something special.  If you have a builder-basic space and are looking to create some character, interior trim can be a valuable resource.  Whether your home's style leans classic or modern, you can customize it with gorgeous architectural details. A carpenter or handyman can easily install some additional pieces of crown molding or door casing. There are also a few tips to leave your current trim and add an aditional piece. Once all has been painted, the overall look has...
The bathroom can be a tricky spot to keep clean and organized. Typically a lot of things are going into this space and the small square footage can pose a challenge. Do you struggle with finding a home for curling irons, hairdryers, electric toothbrushes, large shampoo bottles, towels, shavers, or makeup? Here are a few tips we've collected that can make a big difference in your small space.Hate the messy look of curling irons lying on the vanity or the toilet tank? Here’s a tip for you. Use hook-and-loop tape to attach 5-in. lengths of 2-in.- diameter PVC pipe to the vanity door to hold the...
Did anyone have a room made vacant by a young adult who has headed off to university? Although we always want to encourange visits home, this recent vacancy could provide the opportunity to create the home office or guest room you have been looking for.  Have you craved a craft space or man zone to watch the game, undisturbed? This could be the moment you have waited 18 years for. A few simple changes can create a room that can welcome your collegiate offspring home and still accomodate the needs you may have as well. Often a young adult heads off to college and their old room...
Flooding from washing machines happens far more often than you think. In fact, washing machine floods hold a prominent place in the “Top 10” list of homeowner’s insurance claims.Even if you’ve already switched out your rubber hoses for “no-burst” braided hoses you may want to think about installing a washing machine valve shutoff kit. This will put concerns of a  machine’s water valve, drain hose or pump's failure, and resulting damage, to rest.  When the floor-mounted sensor detects puddling, it instantly shuts off the water valve. The unit installs in less than 30 minutes...
At DogGone Handy, we appreciate the DIY attitude. Here are a few tips that may make household jobs a bit easier.To clean scuff marks on linoleum floors try rubbing marks with white toothpaste and a dry cloth or eraser. Another way to try is to use WD40 on the marks, just be sure to degrease the area with dish soap after you've used this method. Don't want any slips in the kitchen!If you have a squeaky door hinge, and who doesn't, try petroleum jelly on the hinge. That way you don't have to worry about oil dripping on the floor.Over time, grout between your floor tiles can get dirty. You can...
If you are thinking about a bathroom facelift, replacing existing tile can be one of the largest components on the job. Removing tile can be messing and replacing it is something you would only like to do once.  With all of the styles available, picking the right product for your project can sometimes seem overwhelming. Here's a quick lesson on tile that may prove helpful.One of the first things homeoweners can run up against when thinking about tile is the difference between porcelain and ceramic. Here are some simple differences. Porcelain is denser, more durable and has a slightly...
Doesn't sound too appealing for your living room. However, if you have an attic or storage space that you want to spruce up, this can be a great option.  The painted plywood can create a clean smooth surface that cuts down on dust and can take a forgotten storage space and turn it into a bit more with very little cost. To get the best result, DogGone Handy would recommend using an A-C exterior plywood, A side up. It will have few patches, no knots, is fairly smooth, and cost about $.80 per sq. ft. Primer, putty, floor paint and labor to finish will add to the final total but will...
Air conditioning makes the world go 'round here in the South. To keep your HVAC unit functioning well, maintenance is important. The Department of Energy recommends replacing your filter every 90 days and they estimate this will help you can save up to 15%  on your energy bills. Filters pull impurities from the air like dust, dirt,  and debris and keep them from building up in your air conditioning unit. Doing a quick cleaning of your unit with a hose or gentle pressure wash can also improve efficiency. By changing the filters and keeping things clean, you improve the function and...
Gutter maintenance and cleaning is critical when preventing our old foe, wood rot.  If your gutters are blocked and not draining properly, it is likely that they are holding moisture next to wood trim on your home.  There are several products available for gutter protection but the best method is to maintain a clear flow through gutters is by keeping dirt and leaf debris out.  Trees that may hang over gutters should be kept trimmed back. A ladder and a hose is usually all that is needed for a good cleaning, although pressure washing can also be an sometimes necessary....

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