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As you go about your cleaning routine, take a few minutes to inspect the condition of your wood furniture and trim. Are any of the finishes looking dull, murky, and tired? Though you may choose to refinish worse-for-wear woodwork at some point in the future, in the meantime you can try an easier way of revitalizing it. In many cases, simply applying mineral spirits—otherwise known as paint thinner—goes a long way toward restoring warmth and shine to surfaces. If you don’t have mineral spirits on hand, check your local hardware store or home center. Widely available, this stuff also boasts the...
Decks can be a wonderful spaces to enjoy your yard and nature while having a comfortable spot for a seat and a drink. Here is a list of ideas for deck maintenance to ensure your deck is in peak condition for relaxation and entertaining.   Wash the Deck An unwashed deck is an invitation to mold and mildew, which can cause rot. Here’s how to wash your deck: 1. Remove debris from between deck boards using a putty knife. Pay special attention to the areas where deck boards cross the joists — the structural members underneath the decking. TIP: For a makeshift extension...
Dry rot is wood decay caused by a type of fungus that typically thrives with very little moisture. Common areas infected with dry rot are window sills, shutters, and roof run-offs. It can also be found in wooden outdoor furniture such as picnic tables and Adirondack chairs. Dry rot repair must be completed to prevent the spread of the fungus which will completely destroy the piece of infected wood. Step 1 - Prepare the Work Location Choose a warm dry day to complete any dry rot repair. You'll likely have to complete the repairs outdoors, so it's important to make sure the weather is warm and...
We all can become victim to the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality when it comes to home maintenance or repair. The health of an older shower pan can certainly fall under this category. If your shower pan becomes faulty, it’s time to take action. The shower pan is one of the insulating materials used in the proper construction of all showers. It keeps the moisture inside the shower and away from the materials that could rot as a result of excessive moisture. Ceramic and marble tile showers are not waterproof: they are water-repellent. Under the tiled floor surface about two inches...
Summer time is on its way here in Atlanta and the only thing that can truly make this heat bearable is your air conditioning unit. This is one of those things most homeowners don’t give a thought to until there is a problem, and then it’s a big problem Spend a little bit of time on preventative maintenance and you may save yourself some money and heartache in the heat of the summer.   Central air conditioners have two separate components: the condenser and the evap­orator. The condenser unit is usually located outside the house on a concrete slab. The evaporator coil is mounted in...
If you are thinking about backyard gardening, here is a quick primer on raised beds including some planning tips and things to consider when laying out your garden. Raised bed  gardens can reduce back strain because you won’t have to bend over as far to reach the plants. With easier access and less pain potential, you're better able to enjoy the labor involved in planting, tending, and harvesting your raised vegetable garden. Build your raised beds so they're at least 12 inches tall. If the walls are slightly below waist level, you can sit on edges to work the soil and harvest your...
Take a close look at your windows, doors, and skylights to stop air leaks, foil water drips, and detect the gaps and rot that let the outside in. You can perform a quick check with a home air-pressure test, or your own energy audit   Luckily, these inspections are easy to do. Here’s how to give your house a checkup:   How to Check for Air Leaks A home air pressure test sucks outside air into the house to reveal air leaks that increase your energy bills. To inspect windows and other openings: Seal the house by locking all doors, windows, and skylights. Close all dampers and...
Well, it is that time of year again. The rains have stopped, the taxes are filed, and we are thinking about home projects to get done before summer hits.  It's time to take inventory of the outside of your home. Here are a few pointers on how to maintain the envelope and ultimately the health of your home.  Take a good look at the area just under the roof. This is the area which takes the most abuse and also does the heavy lifting to keep the water out. It is also the spot where squirrels and the like try to enter your home. This includes the fascia board and rake molding...
In honor of Earth Day, we have collected some great ideas and tips to help you save some energy around the house and save a little of the planet while you're at it! Heating System Clean or replace heater and air conditioner filters regularly. Keep outside vents free of leaves or debris that may clog vents. When the heat is on, set your thermostat at as low a level as you feel comfortable. You save for each degree you lower the average temperature of your home. Close doors to seldom used rooms and turn off heat or air conditioning in these areas. Keep windows near your...
Spring is a great time to think about home maintenance. Here is a carefully compiled list of some of DogGoneHandy’s favorite maintenance chores. Roof. You don’t need to climb up there yourself; with binoculars and a keen eye, you can probably spot trouble. Do you see any shingle-shift, suggesting that some fasteners may have failed and need replacing? Any cracked or missing shingles? What about nail-pops? When a nail pushes the tabs of the shingles up, water can seep into those spots. All will need to be addressed to keep your roof at peak performance. Chimneys. If you have a...

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