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The summer heat seems to be gone and cooler air is upon us. Now is a great time to take a hard look at your lawn and start thinking about next year.  Here are some types to review before you get started. The regimen right for your situation will vary, according to whether your lawn is composed of a warm season turf grass or a cool season turf grass. Cool-season turf grasses are so called because they thrive in the cool weather usually associated with spring and autumn. Examples are rye grass, the fescues (both "fine" and "tall" kinds), Kentucky blue grass and bent grass.By contrast...
Maintenance Questions to ask when buying a new home Not too many things can top the excitement of buying a new home.  However you want to try and minimize the number of surprises that can accompany that initial excitement. By asking some important questions, you are educating yourself about your new investment. Here are few things to inquire about as you are proceeding in the home purchase.  Has there ever been a bust pipe or water damage? A broken pipe isn’t rare and generally can be fixed by a good handyman. Water damage is generally the tell tale sign of a pipe failure and a good...
Wood rot seems to be a growing epidemic in homes and something we see a lot here at DogGoneHandy. Some of the rot can be traced to poor maintenance habits by homeowners, some to poor building practices by the trades and, believe it or not, some to the lumber companies. If you want to prevent wood rot, you need to keep it dry. Wood rot is simply different fungi that are consuming the wood. The fungi need water to live. You keep wood dry by keeping it painted and sealed. It's also a great idea to keep it above horizontal masonry or concrete surfaces by at least 2 inches. Test. Before you...
Want to give your kitchen a facelift? If your kitchen is looking more “worn out” than “warm and inviting” you don’t necessarily need to rob a bank, hope for a rich uncle’s demise, or mortgage the homestead to afford a fresh space. Painting your cabinets is a cost effective way to revive a tired space. Now this job can be long on time and fairly tedious for a DIYer but within the realm of tackle worthy. Of course there is always DogGoneHandy to lend a hand…. So here are some step by step instructions for taking some standard store bought or existing cabinetry and turning them into something...
Are your dishes not coming out of your dishwasher sparkling? Household appliances like clothes and dishwashers need some maintenance to perform to their peak. Here are a few doggone easy tips to a cleaner and more efficient machine. White vinegar is a handy and cost effective cleaning agent. Take out the dishwasher racks, spray down the interior including the ceiling with vinegar. Don’t forget any top-mounted sprayers. While the racks are out, give the base of the main drain a good spray. You may want to use a toothbrush to clean in between the holes in the drain. The rubber seals around the...
At DogGoneHandy we try to be as green as possible with our home maintenance and handyman services. Here are some great tips to pass along that may help your home be more environmentally friendly. Get a High-Efficiency Showerhead A high-efficiency showerhead saves up to 3,000 gallons of water per person per year. You'll also save $50 in energy costs and 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per person per year. The showerheads are specially designed to conserve resources while still providing like a luxurious-feeling shower. Sink-aerator attachments also save major amounts of water and are very...
Bathroom renovations don’t have to be big, messy, expensive and painful. If you have a standard bathroom that has seen better days, a renovation can be easily within your reach. The key to a smooth bath remodel is planning.  When a wise person said “the devil is in the details” one wonders if they were talking about home renovation! The first step is to think about what doesn’t work in your space. That’s probably the easiest part and on the forefront of your mind. But maybe think a bit deeper. If lack of storage is something you struggle with, identify which specific items you can’t find...
Atlanta isn’t known as HOTlanta for nothing. The heat can be intense here and air conditioning units run overtime. To keep your home’s unit running efficiently and effectively, try a few of these easy tips. The best time to service an air conditioner is before it's actually needed. Change the filter monthly. Other than the regular filter, there are additional ones that can be used, but check with an air-conditioning maintenance person first. You can get a cap from a hardware store to put on the end of your air-conditioning drain. After capping it, find the end of the drain outside and use a...
Looking for some summertime fun? Take a look in your own backyard. With a bit of work, you can transform your own lawn into a “staycation” worthy spot for leisure, socializing and maybe the smallest hint of exercise. Horseshoe, bocce, volleyball or croquet courts are all within reach with a reasonable amount of space and elbow grease. Now the amount of time and landscaping involved is up to you, your wallet and your level of commitment. For a horseshoe feature, you can go beyond metal stake driven into the dirt and create an all-out landscaping feature. Sand pits can sit in the center of two...
Spring rains in the South make it imperative your gutters are clean and functioning for proper home maintenance. Here are just a few steps to follow in order to maintain gutters yourself. First, climb a ladder and clean the goop out of the gutters. The decomposed leaves make great mulch or compost. Pay particular attention to the downspout. If leaves and debris are clogging it, water won't drain properly, and along with mildew and mud you'll end up with sagging gutters.  Next, check all the spikes that are supposed to go through the gutter, through the fascia board and into the rafter...

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