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Winter is coming. Freezing temperature can mean large utility bills and a huge waste of energy if your home isn’t insulated properly. Adding insulation to your walls and attic isn’t hard and it can pay off immediately in energy and cost savings. Here are some great tips that will show you fast and easy ways to insulate your home right.   Manufacturers now produce batts with higher fiberglass densities, so you can buy 3-1/2-in.-thick batts with R-11, R-13 or R-15 thermal resistance values. The higher the number, the better the insulation. The high-density R-15 batts are best, but...
Fall is in the air. Even though the drop in temperature is slight here in Atlanta, it's enough to get folks thinking about colder months ahead and toasty fires. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are thinking about getting your fireplace ready for the season. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireplaces and chimneys cause more than 25,000 house fires every year, resulting in at least 10 deaths annually. Some of the dangers of fireplace operation include the following:Sparks popping into the room and setting fire to rugs or furnitureCombustible materials...
Winter is fickle here in Atlanta. Relatively mild for weeks then a blast of freezing temperatures, then buds and blooms appear the next week. As Southerners, we sometimes don’t prioritize maintaining our home for the cold months. Here are some tips for planning ahead.Winter-proofing your home is important for multiple reasons. For one thing, it helps prevent damage to your home due to leaks, moisture, and other problems. For another, winter-proofing helps conserve energy and saves you money on your energy bills.Make Sure Your Furnace is in Working Order.Change your furnace’s filter, and have...
Urban chicken coops are not a new idea but boy, they sound like a good one!  Who wouldn’t love to live out a little country charm in their urban or suburban yard? Fresh eggs would be terrific as well as the companionship of a flock of friends. If you’re thinking about venturing into this territory, here is a link from the fine folks at Virginia Tech’s poultry science department outlining general care and requirements. https://pubs.ext.vt.edu/2902/2902-1092/2902-1092_pdf.pdf   Still interested? Now you need a cool house for them. DogGoneHandy is looking to build their first coop....
It's beautiful in Atlanta now but temperatures will be dropping soon. Keep this handy for the cold weather that's ahead. When temperatures dip into the freezing point at night, it's time to disconnect hoses and turn off your water. To prevent freezing pipes, a major home repair project, it is time to think about draining your outdoor hose spigots. In most cases, this is fairly straight forward and can be accomplished by following these simple steps: Locate the faucets on the outside of the house.Go inside the house and find the corresponding cut off valve. Typically there is one valve for...
The warm glow of a fireplace is one of nature's simple gifts. To keep things simple and safe, clean the fireplace regularly and know that it is well built. It's also a good idea to have a professional initially inspect the fireplace and chimney. When the chimney is cleaned by a technician he will lay down a drop cloth, place lights, plug in a vacuum system, and have an array of tools and brushes at hand. But before the chimney is cleaned, key areas of the chimney are first checked. The lintel, which is the steel bar that supports the top of the opening up to the first combustible, should be...
Hot water heaters work hard for you, providing warm baths, clean clothes, and sparkling pots and pans. So show your water heater some love by following a routine maintenance schedule that will keep it running for its 15-year expected lifetime, and perhaps beyond. Here’s what you need to do: Adjust the thermostat to 120 degrees. You’ll save up to 5% in energy costs for every 10 degrees you lower the temperature, plus you’ll reduce the risk of scalding. Always maintain 2 feet of clearance around the appliance unless the manual specifically states otherwise. Drain about a quarter...
Lighting can play an important role is the overall look of your interior and we are often held back by the thought of how to switch something like this out. You might want a fixture that provides more light or you may just want something that reflects your tastes. Either way, replacing a fixture is doable. At DogGoneHandy, we can help tackle this.   Residential ceiling fixtures come in many different shapes, and people have devised many ways to attach them to the ceiling. Most of the time, a central threaded hollow rod holds a chandelier in place. Ceiling fixtures hang by two screws that...
Get your home in peak condition for the winter by following a few of these home maintenance tips.  Look for signs of peeling or blistering paint. Besides being unattractive, it’s a sign that the exterior paint film is failing and can no longer protect the siding of the building, leading to wood rot.  Cleaning your gutters is one of the easiest things to do to protect your home from more costly repairs later. Gutters cleaning can be messy but worth it. After the leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters and downspouts, flush them with water, inspect the joints and tighten brackets if...
If spring lawn care is about getting your lawn healthy and green, summer lawn care is about keeping it healthy while temperatures soar and rainfall becomes a fleeting memory. It’s also about maintaining a lawn that can withstand all the barbecues, games, parties, and running feet that summer has to offer. Here are some tips for keeping your lawn in shape over those long, hot days of summer. After the spring growing season, summer brings quite a bit of stress to lawn grasses. Not only are the heat and drought damaging, but we aren’t as forgiving in the summer as we are in the winter. We want...

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