Simple Home Repairs

Simple Home Repairs


Even if you’re not very handy, you don’t have to be a handyman to learn how to do some simple home tune-ups. This article will give you the know-how to tackle some of those jobs not quite serious enough for a contractor.

…unclog drains.   The easiest way to unclog a drain is to pour ½ cup baking soda and ½ vinegar down it. There will be a lot of foaming so don’t put the drain cover back on too tightly. Let the concoction sit for about three hours before running hot water down it. If you know the clog was caused by grease you can also use ½ cup salt and ½ cup baking soda, along with a teakettle full of boiling water. Continue reading

How to Weatherproof your Home for Winter Months

How to Weatherproof your Home for Winter Months

While winter holidays can be warm and cozy, there’s no denying that outside they’re still cold and icy! When it comes time for the temperature to fall, it’s important to properly weatherproof your home to ensure that your home and family are safe throughout the season. There are several things you can do to prepare yourself.

When the temperature dips below freezing, there’s no question that the risk of injury goes up, whether you’re out driving on icy roads or stuck in a house at the mercy of a generator. To help guard yourself against the latter, have a professional inspect your heating and electrical systems before the cold weather steps in. Make sure you have plenty of flashlights and candles on hand in case the power should go out. Continue reading

How To Recycle and Use Less Waste

How to Recycle and Use less Waste

Recycling has become a quite popular – and almost necessary – practice in our society today. Many people are interested in learning about how to reduce the amount of waste they produce and help to ensure a healthy planet for future generations. Luckily, most of the ways to do this involve doing less of something, so it’s really quite easy to reduce consumption.
The first step is to examine what you’re consuming in the first place. Always buy products in bulk, as this saves packaging, and consider buying more products that have been made with recycled materials. Try to purchase from manufacturers who utilize earth-friendly packaging, i.e. cardboard and not plastic. Continue reading

How to put together a basic toolbox

How to put together a basic toolbox

A basic toolbox is something every homeowner should have. You never know when you’ll need to make a simple repair and it can save you several trips to the hardware store. Here is a list of the basics.
1. Toolbox or small tool bag: Most hardware stores carry small tool bags that are perfect for carrying a basic tool kit. Look for one just large enough to hold a 16oz hammer and make sure it has a reinforced plastic bottom.
2. Hammer: A general claw hammer can be used for a variety of things around the home. Look for one that’s medium in size (around 16oz).
3. Screwdrivers: There are generally two types of screwdrivers, Phillips, and flat head. Phillips are the ones with a star shaped tip and flat have a straight tip. Look for a variety pack with different sizes and lengths. Electronics usually need a smaller size but a large flathead is great for prying. Continue reading