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GAS FURNACE (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Keep your furnace working on the coldest days with some preparation before winter The vast majority of home heating systems use natural gas furnaces. Gas is efficient, clean, and readily available. Before the dominance of natural gas, coal and later home-delivered oil were the main energy sources for home heat. Who wants to go back… read more »

APPLIANCES & ENERGY SAVINGS (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Look for energy-saver appliances to help lower your monthly bills Appliances definitely make life easier, but you don’t need them to suck out all your house energy. New energy standards—especially the ENERGY STAR program, a set of energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and U.S. Department of Energy—have improved some of the major power… read more »

WATER HEATER (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Keeping tabs on your water heater’s condition means fewer surprise cold showers Your water heater provides you with warmth and stability and will do so for a longer period of time if you maintain it properly. According to the Federal Home Loan and Mortgage Corporation, you can expect a gas water heater to last up… read more »

FENCE REPAIRS (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Wood fences can’t stand up forever—they need help from time to time Wood fences go back to the early colonists. Picket fences were built to establish boundaries but not privacy. Some were quite elaborate, much more so than most anything you’ll find today. Solid fences built for privacy are popular now and simple to construct:… read more »

VACUUM CLEANER (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Empty and check your cleaner regularly to maximize its cleaning capabilities The first practical home vacuum cleaner was manufactured in the early 1900s by the Electric Suction Sweeper Company, which eventually became the Hoover Company. Vacuum cleaners took the drudgery out of carpet and rug cleaning. The invention of the disposable dust bag made life… read more »

DECK REPAIRS (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

With some attention, decks can last for years—here’s how A lot is asked of a deck. It’s laid out horizontally so water can’t run off and is lucky if it gets recoated every few years. It bakes in the sun and freezes in the winter. Luckily, like any other wood structure, each damaged component of… read more »

SUMMER (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Make this the time for vacations, barbecues, and the inescapable warm weather repairs Let’s face it: If we could skip home maintenance, we would, especially during the summer. When a sunny weekend comes around, who wants to be working on the house? No one, but you don’t want to be regretting it when the weather… read more »

OUTDOOR LIGHTING (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

With a little lighting, your yard becomes a lot more usable In the summer months, our yards become our personal playgrounds and weekend gathering spots during the daylight hours. When night rolls around, a little extra lighting allows for extra use of the back yard. A yard can be as lit up as a kitchen… read more »

FALL (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Take advantage of the cooler (yet not cold) weather to do some maintenance around the house Fall is sort of a batten down the hatches time in many parts of the country. Winter cold and wet are coming, the warm weather is heading south, and daylight is slowly disappearing. All those lovely colorful leaves are… read more »

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