Easy DIY Home Repairs That Save Money

As home renters and owners, we all have that certain something we want fixed. Maybe it’s minor, maybe it’s a leaking ceiling that’s flooding your kitchen. No matter what the issue, we all know that DIY repairs can rack up big dollars. Here are some simple solutions on how to make repairs around your home without breaking the bank. Repair Loose Electrical Outlets This problem is not only annoying, but highly dangerous. To avoid a safety threat, repair your loose outlets in just seconds. Outlet shims offer an inexpensive solution that's easy for anyone. Make sure the products you buy when replacing any electrical gear is high quality. A reliable retailer like Codale can ensure that you are investing in long-lasting equipment. What You’ll Need: Voltage tester 4-in-1 screwdriver Outlet shims How to Do It: Outlet shims are affordable, easy to find, and offer a quick solution for old outlets, eliminating a major safety threat. Loose electrical outlets ar…
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Get Gutter Protection and Save Time and Money

It comes around quick! Fall is upon us; the transition from summer into winter. The nights will soon become noticeably longer and the weather is noticeably cooler. It’s an undeniably beautiful time of year, a time when we’ll need to plan for warmer clothing, lighting the fire, and maybe for taking in more walks, because the walks are amazing at this time of year. And the night skies are beautiful to behold.

While you’re looking up, have a look at your gutters. The leaves are starting to fall and the wind and rain are picking up; and it’s not unusual to see growth in the gutters at this time of year. Whether it’s a new home or your long-standing residence, it’s probably your greatest investment and a little regular TLC is going to keep it in top shape for a lifetime.

Cleaning gutters though, is not the easiest of tasks and it’s one that you’ll have to revisit year after year. The cost of this job also adds up if a contractor is involved. All of that makes this a…

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How to Repair a Dented Gutter

You walk outside your home after a storm and see a large branch was blown down and is lying next to your house.  You look up and then you see it - a dent in your gutter.  So what do you do now? Gutters can get dents a number of ways: falling debris, hail and ladders being leaned against them.  Do the gutters now have to be repaired or replaced?  Well, that depends.  First evaluate the damage.  Is the dent interfering with the functionality of the gutter?  Is the dent keeping the water from flowing freely?  Is the dent causing debris to build up and clog the gutter?  Is the dent highly visible and ugly thus affecting the aesthetic of your home?  If you answer yes to any of these questions than a repair or replacement is in order. Before starting any repair, be sure to clean out the gutter so that the dent can be evaluated from both the inside and outside of the gutter.  If the dent is small there are two ways to fix it.  The first way is to use a rubber mallet on the inside of…
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Roof Maintenance in Three Easy Steps

If you happen to be a homeowner, one thing you need to be very careful about is maintenance. Maintenance of roofs and gutters (because these happen to be extensions of the roof) among other essential parts of the house is very essential and it is probably one of the biggest and most crucial of investments you’ll ever make on your home. If you want your home to stay in its pristine form, you ought to keep your roof maintenance in check. Repair bills for the roof can be very costly. Here are a few steps you can actually take to keep your roofs well maintained and save yourself a hefty repair bill. Remove Loose Debris From The Roof- Always This is one of the cheapest and easiest roof maintenance tips you’ll ever get. Loose debris on the shingles of your roof can damage it and their removal can prove to be a significant step in your roof maintenance. Debris from trees nearby often collects in the valleys (the place where the roof butts up against a wall and leads to another floor) …
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Demolish Termite Damaged Structures

Did you know that the annual cost of termite damage in the United States is estimated to be over $2 billion? It’s an unfortunate fact of life that any structure built with timber is potentially at risk of termite attack. Whilst fumigators can take care of the termites themselves, they don’t deal with the extensive property damage that termites cause. It may be tempting to ignore the problem – you might tell yourself that “the termites were the real concern”, or “I’ve dealt with the issue…we don’t have to worry anymore”. But don’t bury your head in the sand. Not only could you be deceiving yourself, you could also be risking the safety of your family.  Demolition may be your only solution. Termites can chew through fundamental supports, floor joist and timber studs, resulting in structures that are dangerously unstable. That damaged structure could be your child’s playhouse, your husband’s workshop or the porch where your wife enjoys spending a lazy afternoon. Don’t leave a dis…
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Avoid Gutter Clogging To Maintain Cleanliness

One of the best things about autumn has got to be the beautiful orange, yellow and red fall leaves. In California, evergreens populate a lot of the streets but many lawns are lucky and blessed with a tree that actually has leaves that change colors as the seasons change. However, with those beautiful leaves comes leaves disposal. Raking up leaves in the crisp fall weather is one of the more pleasant chores but it is the rain gutters that prove difficult. Most houses have rain gutters now but if not rain gutters installation companies are also readily available to add them to your home. Rain gutters are not only aesthetically pleasing but also help protect your roofs and porch from water damage as well. With the green movement so popular, a lot of homes have even converted their rain gutters into rain collectors. Rain water is perfectly clean. By collecting some rain and using it the next time you need to wash your car, you can help the environment out by not wasting new water.…
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