Archive for April, 2009

Tips for Your Yard Work

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

It is that time of the year again. We are all dusting off our lawn mowers and getting them working again for the summer. The only problem is, it probably sit idle all winter long. You may have a dead battery or clogged carburetor on it. Still, even if it is working it is a good time to get your lawn mower serviced.

My recommendation would be to take it out and see if it starts. If it doesn’t, take it to a mechanic that works on lawn mower engines. They should know how to repair it. Normally it is just something small that has caused the problem, especially if it worked fine last time you used it. Some professional cleaning should be all that it would need.

If it does start, you should still get the oil changed. More than likely it has been sitting in there all winter long, probably still slightly gooey from last years mowing. If this is you, go find a manual on your lawn mower and change the oil. This will ensure that it will run better this upcoming summer as well as last you longer.

Also, really evaluate the pressure on your tires. Generally they might be getting low after sitting in very cold weather. You would be better served by ensuring that they have the necessary tire pressure. If you find a flat one, do not drive it flat! Either replace it or get it fixed before driving.

Storage Options

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Do you often find that you are running out of storage space in your closets? I know that I have a very limited amount of space in my home for storage. My home was built during a time when storage or extra closets were not really on the top of the list of things to include in a newly built home. Since I have very little storage I really have to pick and choose what I can keep and what has to be given or thrown away.

Storage closets are great, but when you do not have one it can be difficult to find room for all of your things. Outdoor storage buildings are a great option for keeping your stuff safe and out of the way. A storage building can give you a lot of extra space that you do not have available indoors. There are many different sizes, styles, and colors that will help you find one that is best fit for you home. You do not have to go with an old metal building anymore. Storage building are made of many different materials these days, so you do not have to worry about whether you storage building will stick out like a sore thumb in your neighborhood.

Another storage option that might be available to you is your attic. You man not have a finished attic in your home, but that does not mean that you can not make a storage space out of it. Attics are great ways to add a little extra storage to your home. Most of the time all you need to do is place some wood down on the rafters so that you do not damage your ceilings. You do not want to place your belongs directly on the floor of your attic or you will find your belongs on the level below. This can be an expensive mistake so make sure you take all the necessary precaution before you store your belongings. The great thing about using this space inside your home is that you will not have to go outside to search for that one specific box. The only downside of using your attic as storage is that you can not store extremely heavy objects because of the risk of damage to your home.

Is it Time to Replace Your Heat and Air Unit?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Have you noticed that your home is staying hotter or cooler than you really want? Is it hard to control the temperature of your home regularly? This is a common problem when it is time to replace your heat and air unit. It is common to have to run a unit constantly when the unit is going bad.

There are certain things that you should look for when you are deciding on whether you need a new unit or just a few repairs. Many times you may just need to have your unit cleaned and flushed out. If you air ducts are clogged with dust and residue it can really hinder the amount of air traveling through your system.

When it was time to replace my unit at home, I noticed that our home would only stay about 20 degrees cooler inside than outside during the summer. On days when it is 100 degrees outside, this can make it really uncomfortable inside. This is a common sign for older units that need to be replaced. If you unit is older than 15 years it may be time to consider replacing the entire thing. If you do not, you may spend hundreds on repairs, and in the end you still have to replace the unit.

It is important that you make sure to do regular monitoring of your unit. You do not want to put your family at risk for possible dangers such as carbon monoxide poisoning. The older a unit gets the more likely it is for this to occur. Regular maintenance is a good way of preventing possible dangers.

Smoke Detectors

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

This is a great time of year to go through your home a check all of your smoke detectors. Early spring and summer is the best time to make sure that all of the batteries are working. You will want to replace all batteries that are not working. If you have smoke detectors that are built into your electrical wiring make sure that you have back up batteries in place for if the power goes out.

It is important that you have a smoke detector on every level of your home. Depending on the size of your home, you should have one that can be heard from every bedroom of your home. Most fires that people are injured in are at night while you are sleeping. That is why it is important to have several smoke detectors through out your home. A smoke detector can be the difference between life and death during a fire.

Smoke detectors are not the only recommended safety devices that you should have through out your home. Over the last recent years it is also recommended that you have a supply of carbon monoxide detectors as well. Carbon monoxide detectors are very important to have in your home especially during the winter months when heaters are in use. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent killer and the only way to detect it is with one of the recommended safety devices.

If you do not already have smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors in place at home, they can be found at any local hardware store. These devices are not expense, but are well worth the money that you spend on them. Just remember you can replace your home, but not your family.

Real Wood vs. Laminate

Monday, April 20th, 2009

When deciding on what kind of flooring to put in your home you may come across the choice of real wood or laminate flooring. There are pros and cons for both of these two choices. Both options can really make your home look great, but you have to decide which one works best for your home.

Real wood floors can give a home a unique look that most laminate flooring can not. The beauty a hardwood floor can give your home is not easily found when using laminate flooring. It can be difficult to find a laminate that will give you a look that you can not find anywhere else. Wood floors can also last a very long time, but you are guaranteed to have to do upkeep on them. Hardwood floors are subject to scratching which would require a bit of work to repair. The cost of hardwood floors can also be an issue since most people will have to pay to have them installed.

Laminate flooring can be a great option for those who want a wood look but can not afford the price of real hardwood floors. It is a less expensive option that will still add a nice look to your home. Laminate flooring is also resistant to denting and scratching unlike real wood flooring. This particular type of flooring is also a little easier to install with out the help of a professional.

No matter what flooring option you choose, you will enjoy the look that each one can give your home. Real wood or laminate flooring both have pros and cons that why it is important to way both option before making your decision.