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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...
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...

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