Maintenance

How to Restore a Wood Deck

A well-maintained deck boosts your home’s curb appeal and increases your property’s value. However, ensuring your home stays in good shape takes some effort. Deck restoration projects can rejuvenate and extend the life of the wood. Exposed to the elements and traffic, wood decks need periodic cleaning and maintenance. Deck refinishing involves many steps, including…

Best Pressure Washers for 2022

With the slew of new models that are brimming with features, the time is right to look at the best power washers for 2022. Consumers and independent testing outfits have taken the machines for a spray. The results here reflect what they had to say based on their experience and expert opinion. After watching satisfying…

A man starts a snow blower.

Off-Season Storage of Snow Blower

These steps will ensure your snow blower stays in tip-top shape during the summer season and you have less maintenance before the snow flies again. Drain Fuel Tank Gasoline breaks down over time, and keeping fuel in your blower can cause the carburetor and fuel lines to get gummed up. There are a handful of…

Person dialing a smart thermostat

How to Install a Smart Thermostat 

Saving energy means saving money, and everyone wants to save money. Installing a smart thermostat will do just that, along with plenty of other benefits as well. Smart thermometers offer ease of use, allowing you to control them from anywhere using your smartphone. Its smart algorithm can learn from household habits and begin to save…

Tools sit around a leaking water heater.

How Long Do Water Heaters Last

You may come home to see water pooling around the base of your water heater, it’s not heating water or many other problems. These are signs it’s likely time to either repair or replace your water heater. Depending on the time of the issue will help determine if you need to repair or replace the…

A humidifier being used in a house

How to Clean & Protect a Humidifier 

Humidifiers are great devices for comfort and health conditions. The moisture they propel into the air adds a therapeutic value that is excellent for dry climates, dry skin, congestion, fevers, and other irritations of the body. However, if humidifiers are left untouched for too long, their benefits will start to fade and can become harmful…

Kids jump into a swimming pool.

How to Winterize a Swimming Pool

It’s about that time of year that we have to start packing up all of our fun summertime toys and preparing for winter. You spent all Spring and summer ensuring your swimming pool was in tip-top shape, so don’t ruin all that hard work by not properly getting it ready for winter storage.  Winterizing your…

An organized workbench in a garage.

Top 6 Garage Improvement Ideas

According to a recent survey by the National Association of Professional Organizers, 54 percent of Americans acknowledged that the garage was the most cluttered area of their homes. Surprisingly, 78% of these homeowners had no clue what to do with the situation, so they let the mess build up. A garage plays an essential function…

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