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Fall is one of the loveliest seasons but it brings some serious home maintenance requirements. Here are a few of the key things to address in your yard during autumn.   If you have any type of yard space, chances are you are dealing with some leaves. To salvage your grass, fallen leaves need to be addressed. Here are some tips about leaf raking. Piling up fallen leaves can be a pain in the back. "Raking a lawn can take two or three hours, and you repeat the same action over and over again," says Dr. Gladden. Here's how to protect your body from repetitive stress while raking.  Step...
Window seats always seem to trigger a warm response with homeowners. Maybe you had one in a childhood home or perhaps they have always been a part of a fantasy home wish list. It's no wonder window seats are often the most loved element in a home. They offer comfort—especially with a thick cushion on top—and views to the outdoors. They create a sense of coziness and security, thanks to the niche that defines a window seat. And they provide extra storage when fitted with drawers, cabinets, or a simply hinged bench top. But perhaps it's their ability to take an unused or awkward space and turn...
Cooler temperatures are on their way and this is a great time to make sure animals and pests don’t seek refuge from the chill in your home. Here at DogGoneHandy we have a soft spot for most furry beasts.  However, uninvited guests can cause a headache in home repairs.  Squirrels, raccoons, possums, rats and skunks love to find a warm and dry spot to spend some time. You want to make sure it’s not at the expense of your home. Wildlife is just that, wild! Their rules regarding what to eat (woodwork and trim) and where to relieve themselves (anywhere) can wear out a welcome fast. To...
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...

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