Archive for September, 2009

Fall Leaf Clean-Up

Friday, September 18th, 2009


Fall is the time of year where all your beautiful green leaves turns brown and scatter on your lawn. This can be a very frustrating thing when you are trying to stay on top of keeping your lawn looking nice and clean. Leaves can create a huge problem in this area. The question is what is the most effective way to keep your yard looking nice? There are so many different methods to removing leaves, but which one is the best for you.

If you are someone that does not want to spend hours doing yard work, then one of the best option for you is going to be an attachment for your lawn mower that will collect the leaves quickly and efficiently. These attachments are great because you just ride you lawn mower like you are mowing and the leaves are instantly picked up and placed in either a regular trash bag or a cloth bag. This makes it easier to get rid of them. You don’t have to rack them into a pile and then place them in a bag to throw them away. You are instantly save a step.

A leaf blower is great for people who have a small amount of leaves. If you live in an area where you do not get a lot of leaves in your yard, then purchasing an inexpensive leaf blower may be the best option for you. This will save you time in collecting the leaves and removing them from your yard.

There is also the standard traditional rake. If you are person that enjoys working in your yard, then this may be your best option. It is extremely inexpensive and for some can be a very relaxing project. A rake is also great for very small yard where lawn mower attachments or leaf blowers would not be very economical to use.

Home Repair Book

Thursday, September 17th, 2009


Starting a home repair project can be a bit nerve racking if you are unsure about how to complete the project. There are so many things that can go wrong in repairs that can cause problems later on in your home. For example, if you are trying to repair a whole in your wall, but you don’t really have the tools that you need, then you can actually make the whole spot worse possible causing a bigger and more noticeable hole. A great home repair book can really help in situations like this one.

The Black and Decker Home Repair book has received very high reviews. This home repair book is full of great information that will help anyone attempting to repair over 350 different projects. Each project comes with pictures of how the finished project should look as well as shots of how it should look during the process. This is really very helpful because it can help you prevent any confusion during the repair process.

This book also comes with a detailed tools list. It shows what a standard tool set should have. There is also a complete tool list at the beginning of every project. This will help ensure that you have every tool that you need before you begin the repairs. It will also save you from starting a project that you did not have the proper equipment to begin. This is a very frustrating time consuming mistake that you can make in home repairs.

Do It Yourself

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009


There are many home projects that can be done by without the help of a professional. When it comes to repairing a home, you definitely want to get all the information about a project that you find. You do not want to attempt to start a project that will put you in way over your head. There are just something that should always be done by a professional.

Electrical work is one of the home repairs that you will want to leave to a professional. It can be very easy to install wiring backwards causing a short, which can in return start a fire in your home. With this said, there are still many other home projects that can be done by the homeowner.

If you r cannot afford to hire someone or you want to try your hand at home repairs , then there are classes that you can take that will help you along the way. Most home improvement stores will have classes on different home projects. All you have to do is show up at the store at the scheduled time and observe one of their knowledgeable employees give one of these classes.

You are not required to purchase any of their materials. The classes are free and will give you some very helpful information on your desired project. They can also recommend which products and tools would help you the most during your project. These free classes are definitely something to check out if you are thinking about doing a DIY project at your home.

Conquering Nature

Friday, September 11th, 2009


The time is quickly approaching that nature is going to trying to come indoors. Now is the time to get prepare for the invasion of little pest in your home. Fall is one of the most common times for people to get pesticides and poisons for their homes. That is because as the weather changes from hot to cold many insects and animals are looking for shelter against radical weather changes.

A great product that many homeowners use year round is an outside gadget that plugs into to your outdoor outlets. It sends off a irritating sound to insects and rodents to keep them away from your home. These insect repellents work for about three months before you have to replace them. The great thing about this method is that you don’t have to worry about keeping chemicals around your home.

If you want a more traditional insect repellent, then you are most likely going to want an insecticide like seven or other chemical products. These products are used by spraying your entire yard, and the outside of your home along the base of the foundation. There are also products that you can buy to use indoors as well. You will just want to make sure that children and pets stay away from the areas that you have sprayed until it is dry. This includes all outdoor use chemicals as well. You will want to make sure that you do not inhale any of these products either. They can be very toxic to humans, not just insects and rodents.

Magic Eraser

Thursday, September 10th, 2009


Most people have heard about the Magic Eraser by Mr. Clean. This products claim to clean all hard to clean stains in a quick easy fashion. On the commercials, the stain is removed in one swipe with very little scrubbing and hardly any effort at all. This is not very convincing to a person who cleans a lot of the time, but the company has sold millions. The question is does this little sponge really work for household cleaning jobs?

The answer is, yes. After many different tests on this little magic sponge, the results speak for themselves. Clean just about anywhere in your home with this eraser and you are sure to have a dirt free space to live in, at least for a little while. The magic eraser really did remove ground in dirt and stains on counter tops, bathtubs, sink, and refrigerators. This is where most of the testing was done.

There are only a few problems with this magic eraser and that is it does not last for long, especially if you are doing some scrubbing. It does take quite a bit of elbow grease, but it does effectively remove the blemish. It is not recommend using on flat paint walls. It will remove markings on your walls, but it will also remove the paint along with it.

The magic eraser really does work like it says. All those hard to reach spaces with a dish rag is not a problem for the magic eraser. You may need more than one because it does crumble after using it for a while, but it is great when you really need some deep down cleaning.