Deep Spring Cleaning: 20 Little and Big Things You Might Be Forgetting

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The Home Repair Fanatic

Fire pits! Mmmm good… 8 inspiring ideas!

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Farmhouse renovation

I really love these types of renovations! I hope you enjoy. Just click the image below to read the full story.

Finished kitchen after reno

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3 Best Ways to Lower Heating Bills

I saw this article and thought it was well done and very helpful! Enjoy!

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Fix it or not? 8 things to consider when selling.

I found this article on Houzz today by Laura Gaskill and thought some of you might be interested. Enjoy!

Prevent rot!

Don’t let this happen to your house!

Almost every house I look at has this scenario. Here we have a rotten trim board over a garage opening that doesn’t stand a chance. All the water that hits the siding above lands in the J channel and runs until it finds the seam. This is a recipe for disaster! Many times a contractor will try to caulk the J channel to prevent this, but vinyl expands and contracts way too much to depend on caulk.

Let’s look at a more dependable solution…metal flashing! By adding a Z flashing, as it is commonly referred to, this rotting can effectively be prevented. The repair involves removing the siding above the trim board and installing the flashing against the sheathing. Nail it high to avoid penetrations low on the metal where the water will be. You can also set it in a bead of caulk to be sure that no water gets behind it.

“Z” Flashing

You can bend your own if you have a metal brake or buy the pre-bent version shown here. I found this at our local home center. Bending your own, ensures that the horizontal distance between the two bends matches exactly to the horizontal protruding distance of you wood trim.

If you need to use more than one length over your trim board, then lap the seam and use a good urethane caulk to seal the joint. When the rain comes rolling down your siding now your wood will be protected from its greatest threat… water!

Hope this helps you bring your family home!

Bruce Petrov, founder of Home Maintenance Solution, Inc.

Home Maintenance Workout!

Get your body and home in top notch shape!

Guest post brought to you by GreenPal

Homeownership comes with a ton of responsibility. Just the upkeep of the property can be staggering. Sitting on the couch like a potato just is not an option.
The projects can be labor intensive and luckily a great workout.

How much work-out value?

Shoveling snow, mowing, digging and moving dirt and rocks is hard work but comes with many health benefits. All these tasks are great exercise! The more you do the better.

Looking for a great cardio workout? All you have to do is look to your home improvement plan and get busy.

Working around the house can have the same results as swimming, running , walking and weight training. No need to purchase specialized equipment, or pay for an expensive gym membership. Just walk out to the shed, grab your tools and get to work. What is needed is consistency..

There is something so rewardable about taking care of what you own and that includes your body. You need a certain amount of vigorous activity several times weekly for your body to perform at its peak level. Home improvement chores and yard work can provide you with hours of quality muscle building, fat burning exercise.

You can take the dog for a walk or you can sand the wood floors. Ok, that probably is not a good example as you will need to take the dog for a walk regardless but I am sure you see where I am going with this.
To maintain a healthy body weight it is essential that you burn more calories that you take in and home maintenance will provide you with hours of fat burning activity.

You will be doing your neighborhood a favor by keeping your property value high and doing yourself a personal favor by keeping yourself fit, toned and healthy. The healthier you are the more enjoyment you will get out of life and that is what it is all about.

Thanks, Bryan, for that great guest post! I love the concept of working your way to the fitness level you desire. Now, in more ways than one, we are helping you bring your family home!

Failing your way through the new year!

I saw this post on a blog that I am subscribed to and thought it made good sense. Enjoy!

Click the image to read the post. Make sure you look at the video of the baby trying to drink from a hose!


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