Weekly tip – Ladder safety

Remember this formula if you want to be safe next time you’re up on a ladder. Divide the ladder’s height by four to figure the farthest distance you can safely stand your ladder from a wall. So, for instance, you would need to place a 12 foot ladder 3 feet or closer to the wall.

Weekly tip – Concrete stains?

Need to lift a nasty grease stain off your patio? Dump a generous amount of dishwasher detergent over the spot and let it sit. After a while, rinse it away with boiling water, then repeat the process.

Weekly tip – Tighten a screw hole

Holes sometimes get too large to hold in a screw. Here’s the solution! Soak a cotton ball in ordinary white glue, stuff it into the hole, and let it dry for 24 hours. Then try your screw.

Weekly tip – Unclog your drains!

Mix a cup of baking soda, a cup of salt and three-quarters of a cup of white vinegar, and pour the mixture into your congested drain. Let it soak in for about 20 minutes, and rinse with a gallon of boiling water.

Weekly tip – Check for dryness with a pencil

You know that over-watering can drown your plants. But how do you know how much is too much? Here’s a simple test. Take a pencil and push it into the soil. When you pull it out, if there is dirt on it, don’t water just yet. If it is soil free, go a head and […]

Summer Maintenance Tips

– Test all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms/detectors – Clean range hood filters – Check and reset all ground fault circuit interrupters (GFI) – Wash the exterior of your house using ordinary garden hose pressure and a mild detergent – Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean chimneys – Caulk exterior joints around all […]

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