Maintenance

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...
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...
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...
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. Before you attempt to...
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 to plan ahead for next year. 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...
Temperatures are forecasted to drop into the teens and twenties next week in Atlanta. 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 each faucet located just inside the basement or crawl space, but sometimes you might have to follow the pipes until you find the valve.Turn the cut...
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...

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