Monthly Archives: September 2013

3 Helpful Autumn Lawn Care Tips

- by to Do-It-Yourself Projects.

Seasons change inevitably, and since the cycle goes this way in a few months or so, it is only right that you are able to adjust well to these changes. One of the most relevant transformations of the fall season is the environmental alterations mostly observed by the changing hues of trees and falling leaves. Naturally, it is your lawn or your backyard that is mostly affected by this. So, how do you keep your lawn presentable and well-maintained at this time of the year?

#1: Rake
You really can’t just let those falling leaves scattered on the ground making your lawn look very untidy. They have to be cleaned up right away or else they will pile up until they reach a volume that’s almost impossible to get rid of, thus, causing some grasses to suffocate. Well, what better way to do it than to make use of a rake? Brooming would delay the heavy work though, but through the use of a rake, dried leaves are brought to a specific spot in a faster pace without harming and destroying the soil.

#2: Decompose
After the fallen leaves have been gathered at one corner, what needs to be done next? Just before you attempt on burning the leaves, be reminded that it will not be beneficial for the environment. On the other hand, if you are also thinking of throwing the leaves to the dump, think again. Dead leaves are actually rich in nutrients and some organic matters that are truly helpful in making loams healthy. You know what that means, right? Healthier soil grows healthier plants. So do not put them to waste.

#3: Aerate
It would also be best to let your lawn breathe this autumn. You can do so by spreading some fertilizer on the ground to prepare the loam for winter. And by the time spring comes again, you’d have everything prepared beforehand. You can immediately get back to gardening and beautifying your lawn – just in time for the most colorful season of the year.

Your Windows Need To Be Replaced If…

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Window companies have always done smooth talks to convince target clients about having their windows replaced. Aside from reaching a marketing quota, companies do it because such change is a necessity homeowners often overlook. Eventually, through time, windows and other facilities found at home needs to be replaced for the betterment of your own residence. Now, the question most homeowners ask is: WHEN? Well, we’re here to tell you that your windows need to be replaced if…

You are constantly disturbed by noise outside your house.

Acoustic disturbances, if any, often distract residents using single-pane glasses for windows. Noise or basically any kind of sound that originates somewhere from the outside – whether that is from the neighborhood or another external audio source – can be eliminated by having double-pane glasses. Other than that, you can also pay attention to the problem by using laminated glasses. Take your pick from the many choices offered to you buy local window companies.

Your windows do not function normally.

Have the locks been broken? Have there been some opening-and-closing problems encountered recently? Has it been cooler despite your usage of a heater? Or, has it been warmer despite the use of an air-conditioner? Have your colorful curtains been fading faster than the expected longevity of the hues? We’ll clearly, those windows must be replaced. Either the windows have already passed the stage of functioning normally or you have just chosen a low-quality window from a not so credible company.

Your windows have been there for more than a decade.

Time is a very important aspect for change. If your windows have been existing for the longest time now – that means more than 10 years already – have them checked for possible leaks and cracks. Window defects are hardly noticed, but if you look into your own windows very closely, you would surely find out the condition of their current utility and the possibility of scratches and dents that come along with the long span of operation.

It’s All About The Gutter

- by to Do-It-Yourself Projects.

The fall season seems to be attacking the effectiveness and functionality of gutters. And since gutters are the most prone to problems these days, let’s have a little crash course on how to specifically handle such crisis. Take these steps as a DIY guide list that you may or may not do to manage the gutter problems you encounter. We all face the same house problems, but they surely differ on certain levels. It takes proper evaluation to realistically conclude whether yours needs DIY attention, or appropriate help from experts.

Holes

Gutters are made to direct rain waters to a specific direction. However, with the presence of holes here and there, they are not able to serve their purpose in the fullest potential. Regardless of the cause, these leaks must be given attention to immediately before the condition gets worse.

Small openings can be worked out through the use of roofing cement. Choose a credible brand in your most trusted hardware store. It is important that the area surrounding the hole be cleaned first before the cement application for it to adhere strongly to the surface. Make sure the roofing cement is applied and lathered not only to the holes themselves but beyond where they are located.

For large ones, on the other hand, metal patches can be of great help. If a problem can still be fixed, do it immediately before the idea of replacement comes to mind. You’ll be able to save some bucks!

Seams

Well, not everyone is lucky enough to have chosen seamless gutters upon the purchase of house hard wares and fixtures. The problem with gutters that have seams is that they create leaks that aren’t as obvious as the ones mentioned in the previous category. These leaks can be prevented through the use of adhesives or gutter sealants. The application of such to the top and bottom part of the seams will put off unwanted water leaks of the rainy days. Be sure though that you do it ahead of time to assure the dryness of the surface.

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We all know that the most part of gutters are located on an elevated portion of a home. Thus, it is required for one to use a ladder to perform any kind of repairs. This particular category emphasizes on homeowners’ safety. It is encouraged that gutter repairs are done with extra care and caution for safety. If you are not confident about it, leave it to the hands of an expert instead.  Make safety always the top priority.

What To Do With House Leakages and Blocked Gutters In Your Home

- by to Project Safety Tips.

The temperature is gradually expected to change from warm to cold as soon as September steps in the calendar. This is how summer transitions to the cooler months of autumn and winter. The changing condition in the environment naturally affects some aspects of the house that shouldn’t be missed out by homeowners. If you are a beginner in running a home, these reminders would surely assist you and would calm your nerves in the occurrence of possible worst scenarios.

Leaks

Aside from the near advent of snow in winter, the fall season is also known as a magnet for rains and thunderstorms. In most cases, homeowners often overlook the probability of leaks as they usually rest unnoticed in the most unlikely parts of your home. Homeowners who are not very keen on spotting this issue are caught off guard by dripping water from ceilings, doors, windows or even from skylites.

So how does one give solution to a problem that seemingly expresses itself in a very subtle way of irregularity? Be one step ahead of the anticipated weather problems and hunt immediately for these leaks. Spot for drafty areas near windows, doors. Find cracks from both from the outside and inside portions of your house’s walls. In some situations, you would need the assistance of skilled workers who can perform better and faster especially in finding leaks on the roofing, ceiling, skylite, etc.

Blocked Gutters

Autumn is the time of the year when leaves start to wither and fall. While this particularly does not cause any trouble to homeowners in general, the probability of falling leaves blocking your gutters would cause the opposite. Again, as I have said, not everyone is affected by these phenomena.

Is your house surrounded by trees? Are there tall trees in your neighborhood? If you answered yes to both questions, then your house gutters are susceptible to blockage. Take some time to clean these gutters to avoid the freezing of blocked water when the weather gets really cold. As a responsible homeowner, you may also take this opportunity to examine and look for leaks and pipe damages that are located on the upper portion of your home.

How To Prepare For Hurricanes and Thunderstorms

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Preparatory measures for natural calamities do not mean that such tragedies are sources of annual anticipations, like you are actually excited for them to happen. In fact, preparations are precautions on the expected negative consequences of the mentioned natural misfortunes. Whether they come to Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC or luckily skip our region, it is still better to be vigilant at all times and to be always ready for the worst. So how do we do it?

Evaluate

First things first. It is good to evaluate your actual location by knowing how prone it is to natural calamities like hurricanes, thunderstorms and others. How probable is it for disasters to hit the area? Is your house located near the sea or on top of a mountain? Geographically speaking, total awareness of your area can give you precaution before the actual disasters transpire. Know the calamity history of the area. It will serve as a measuring tool on the level of preparation you need to do.

Review

Some government agencies provide guidelines to promote health, safety and preparedness in times of disasters. These courses of action  are offered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the public. They can be accessed through a copy you can find online or you can personally ask for printed drafts  in each of the offices mentioned.

Prepare

After doing a thorough evaluation and review, you can then start preparing. Preparations are best done during specific hurricane and thunderstorm seasons in your area. Also, it would be better if you are always on watch with the weather news. Always be updated so you can take the precautionary measures before it is too late. Now, what you need to prepare are basic necessities that are needed for calamity endurance. Make a list and use it when the time comes. The list should include food, water, flashlights, and other essentials for survival. Preparations could also include the repair of house fixtures in order to keep them sturdy during typhoons and other calamities.

DIY : How To Bring Back Spring In Autumn

- by to Do-It-Yourself Projects.

It is the time of the year when lush green leaves turn to hues of orange, brown and gold in preparation for the cooler seasons. Life becomes more like a camera effect – old, nostalgic and in sepia mode. People start wearing scarves, boots and trench coats in shades of black, brown and gray. But who says the perfect color scheme for the autumn season is locked up within those basic colors? Who says you can’t have a piece of bright and vibrant color in between the safe tones? Who says flowers should be absent during the fall?

With the proper selection of plants to garden in your backyard or on window boxes, you can give life to your house by adding a little bit of color.

White and Lavender

The colors are subtle – not too bright and eye-catching, yet still pleasing to the eyes. These colors can best be provided by Pansies. Although Pansies vary in many colors, the white and violet hues are very unique distinctions. They can pretty much survive in cooler temperatures given the proper watering and caring of the plants. Pansies survive best in less crowded arrangements.

Purple and Yellow

Aside from the twist the complimentary colors of Alyssums can give your home, it can also emit a certain scent that makes spring more of a tangible and approachable experience than it actually is. Alyssums are easy to grow and can survive in the driest of soils.  Watering must also be done twice a week, and the soil fertilization should be done once a month. Its fragrance and colors can indeed change the aura of your home.

Pink and Peach

Laid out in a variety of pastel colors, Chrysanthemums are perfect to give your home some kind of feminine touch. Selecting the pink and peach floral color scheme, one can easily achieve that dainty and girly look for your house – although other colors are also available. Chrysanthemums can survive recurrently in a year. They must be regularly watered and must be exposed to the sun for at least a few hours in a day.

Orange and Red

On the other hand, if you are much of the opposite of dainty, take some Snapdragons in your fall window boxes for some fiery hues. From the name itself, it needs some sunlight coverage for warmth in order to give back the brightness it possesses. It would be best to plant Snapdragons on moist yet well-drained soil.

The Advantages Of Buying Locally-Made Window Products

- by to Vinyl-Lite In The Community.

Countless window companies continue to catch your attention and tempt you to fix your eyes on each of the products they offer. These companies come in different places and aim to spread the scope of their businesses not only locally, but internationally. For you as a homeowner, who only wants nothing but the best for your house, which company would you choose? Would you pick the one that’s located miles away from your region of residence or the one that stands in your region right before the boundary line to the next state? With high-quality performance and functionality in mind, you would rather choose the company that can give the best advantages you can gain so far. A local window company can give you just that.

Proximity

So how does distance take control of the scenario? How important is proximity? The closer the company is, the more efficient it is for the buyers. Products that are locally manufactured are easily delivered and replaced should a malfunction occur in the mass-production. All is well if you can personally visit the shop or factory for inquiries and complaints, rather than contact a manufacturer from elsewhere via an up-to-no-good call center agent (if you are that unlucky). Whether you are targeting to buy window products, sidings, doors or roofing for your newly built house or for your house that’s now under construction, always think that distance matters.

Versatility

Where else can you find products that perfectly match to the qualifications you have listed? It’s either you have checked 9 out of 10 window requirements or, luckily enough, everything. This is what usually happens if the manufacturers of the products are presently there within the vicinity of your region. Above all, they are the ones who understand most of your wails and needs regarding home improvement and construction. Your demands are met with locally-made products. Before you say the problem, they already have a solution readily available for use.

Community

Last but not the least, is the sense of community. When you patronize local products – and that includes products other than house-related – you also give opportunities to the locals. Your consumption translates into job opportunities in the community. It is a kind of consumption where everyone gets a share of profit. As a homeowner, you get to have functional domestic fixtures while being able to open up livelihood possibilities, and yes, improve the local economy. Your decision makes a lot of difference in the community you belong. Decide wisely.