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Handy Maintenance Tips For Your Home

Home Maintenance TipsFollow these steps to avoid expensive repairs later and keep your home safe and efficient.

  • Check Carpet for Stains, Popping Seams, Rumples and General Damage – Small stains can often be removed using WD-40 (Test for discoloration in an unexposed area first).  Popping seams in small areas can be fixed with a glue gun and frayed pieces should be cut with scissors and covered with glue to prevent further unraveling.  “Rumples” are areas where the carpet has a wavy look.  This can be fixed with a “Knee Kicker” which is a tool with a pad and teeth that grabs the carpet and tightens it by pulling it further over the tack strip at the outside edge.
  • Check Linoleum for Rips, Tears & Curling – For rips, re-glue with the manufacturers recommended glue.  For tears, re-glue with a clear vinyl-seaming adhesive.  Curling means that nothing is holding down the outside edge.  All linoleum outside edges need to be covered and held down by molding, transition strips, adhesive caulk or other materials to prevent curling and allowing water & dirt under the flooring.
  • Tighten Screws & Nails on Decks & Patios – Wood expands and contracts with changing temperatures and weather.  Boards will loosen and warp if not maintained.  To make your deck or patio last longer, tighten screws and hammer protruding nails carefully to make sure you don’t cause the wood to crack by over tightening.
  • Clean & Seal Decks & Railings – Do this once each year to extend deck life. Typically only the top horizontal parts of the railing need attention.  Make sure that once you use one kind of product for this that you continue to only use the same type product every year in the future to prevent any incompatibility problems.
  • Review Concrete for Cracks, Chips & Shifting – For cracks, grind with an angle grinder to a minimum of 1/8” and fill with a DOT spec “Bridge Grade Self-Leveling Caulk”.  Make sure to fill only halfway because it expands as it dries.  For separation between your concrete and a wall of over ½” add a “backer rod” (a foam, flexible rod) to fill the gap and give the caulk something to sit on top of and stick to.  For chips or missing chunks, scrape off any loose material and refill with “Rockite”.  Texture to match the surrounding finish for best final appearance.
  • Test All Smoke or CO Detectors Push the button on the unit to check it – a few minutes doing this each month could save your family’s life in a fire.

A Few Handy Tips From Handyman Matters

Shutting Off Gas and Water: Know where and how to shut off gas and water to your house – this will come in handy if you find yourself in an emergency situation. Water shut offs are typically in 2 places – the main water shut off is typically around your water heater. There should be local shut offs under each sink in your home. Your main gas shut off is located at the meter. Each subsequent appliance will or should have its own shut off located on the gas line usually within a couple of feet of the appliance.

Store Open Paint: Glass jars make great storage containers for unused paint because they are less likely to allow the paint to dry out and you can always tell the color of the paint inside. To ensure the paint doesn’t seal the lid on and to further the air tight seal, run a couple layers of Teflon tape around the jars threads before putting the lid on.

Stud Finder: An electric razor can be a just as effective as an electronic stud finder. Turn it on and drag it along the drywall, you will notice a change in the vibration as you cross a stud with it.