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Archives: December 2016

  1. How to Make a Winter Box for Stray Cats

    How to Make a Winter Box for Stray Cats
    Winter is a wonderful time of year when you have the security of warm clothes, a cozy home, and plenty of food. Humans aren’t the only creatures that need food and shelter during the cold winter months. Stray cats have a rough time, especially when temperatures drop below freezing. In addition to harsh weather, feral cats are also susceptible to attacks by other animals, diseases, and automobile accidents. If you’ve seen strays near your home, one way to help is by using your handyman skills to create an insulated house for them. Here are steps to build an affordable shelter for these furry creatures within an hour. Continue reading
  2. Winter Projects for the Weekend Warrior

    Winter Projects for the Weekend Warrior
    Winter is usually a slow time of the year when it comes to projects for weekend warriors. But if you’re ready to keep busy and accomplish some tasks, there are plenty of projects you can complete in the garage, in your workshop, inside the house, and even outside! Below is a list that should keep you occupied until spring rolls around: Continue reading
  3. Indoor Paint Projects for Kids During Winter

    Indoor Paint Projects for Kids During Winter
    Investing in paints, brushes, and paper is always a smart idea when it comes to occupying kids. These tools allow them to unleash their creativity, especially during winter days when playing outside is just not an option. Use their finished pieces to decorate the fridge, their bedroom walls, or even framed and displayed in your living room! Here are some fun indoor paint projects for your kids to try this winter: Continue reading
  4. Celebrate Winter Holidays Outdoors this Year

    Celebrate Winter Holidays Outdoors this Year
    Outdoor gatherings don’t need to come to an end with the arrival of winter because your deck or backyard can serve as an entertaining space all year long. By simply ensuring warmth for your guests, and providing great food, drinks, and décor, you can still have great parties, especially during the holiday season. The most important element of an outdoor holiday party this winter is heat. If you don’t provide an effective means to keep everyone comfortable, the event may end before it begins. Guests may leave or take solace inside your home instead. Some options to consider include portable patio heaters that come in standing versions, tabletop models, and hanging heaters. Make sure they are dispersed throughout the entire space so guests are not cramped in a small area. Additional warming elements include fire pits and providing blankets, jackets, gloves, hats, and mitten to guests as they arrive. Continue reading
  5. Tips for Winterizing the Pool

    Tips for Winterizing the Pool
    After you’ve enjoyed the pool for the last time this year, prepare to winterize it for the harsh months ahead. Get all your supplies together to stay on track once you get started. Supplies should include the cover, the water tubes, plugs for the skimmers and return jets, winterizing chemicals, and a powerful vacuum like this Dustless Technologies wet/dry vac. Then proceed with the following: Continue reading
  6. Prevent A Flooded Basement This Winter

    Prevent A Flooded Basement This Winter
    Safeguard your home from a flooded basement this winter by completing a handful of checks that can be done over the course of a weekend. Heavy snow and rain are threatening to unprotected basements because when the temperature on the ground goes above freezing, the accumulated snow instantly melts. The flow of water can easily seep through cracks and porous surfaces around the house. Just as a drastic change from cold to hot can crack glass, the same thing can happen to your foundation over time, making it weaker and more susceptible to basement floods. Secure your home with the following tips to prevent a flooded basement and an expensive bill this winter. Continue reading
  7. Don’t Let Winter Ruin Your Worksite Efforts

    Don’t Let Winter Ruin Your Worksite Efforts
    The arrival of winter means that construction industry professionals will need to adapt quickly to whatever Mother Nature throws their way. This might be sub-freezing temperatures, sleet, hail, snow, blizzards, etc. Cold weather typically means higher costs, as well – to keep workers warm, to ensure equipment works smoothly, to increase levels of fuel and maintenance, and to reverse the negative effects of cold weather. Maintain proper temperatures, ventilation, and humidity to keep jobsites running smoothly throughout winter months. Depending on the scope of your project, thousands of gallons of water may be used in the construction of commercial buildings. Concrete mixtures, masonry, drywall compound, paint, floor coating, and varnishes all have a water base. When the finishes dry, the moisture is given up into the interior space of the building, which is why it’s crucial to keep the building ventilated and dry. Continue reading
  8. Avoid Rookie Mistakes with These Pressure Washing Tips for Winter

    Avoid Rookie Mistakes with These Pressure Washing Tips for Winter
    Pressure washers are a quick and powerful tool for cleaning tough stains and grime that build up on the exterior of homes, cars, decks, industrial equipment and more. If you pressure wash regularly for home or business purposes, scheduling sessions during the winter can be particularly frustrating. Temperatures may dip into the teens at night and barely get to freezing during the prime daytime hours. If you are a home handyman or the designated pressure washer for workplace equipment, keep the following tips in mind to avoid rookie mistakes during winter. Continue reading
  9. DIY Home Maintenance for Winter

    DIY Home Maintenance for Winter
    Although you may still be enjoying warm temperatures and sunny skies, cold weather can sneak into the forecast before you know it. Home maintenance for winter is easier to handle sooner than later so you don’t get caught having to handle massive and costly repairs in extreme temperatures. Below is a list of some crucial DIY home maintenance tasks to complete in the upcoming weeks. Caulk around windows and doors. Gaps between siding and window/door frames should be treated with exterior caulk. Silicone caulk is best for exterior use because it won’t shrink and can withstand fall and winter precipitation. Sealing these gaps will prevent cold air and moisture from entering warm rooms. Continue reading
  10. How to Set Up Your Holiday Laser Light Projector

    How to Set Up Your Holiday Laser Light Projector
    Installing a holiday laser light projector for your home is an easy way to show off your holiday spirit. No more tangled lights or hours on a ladder, you can decorate your entire house from a single source! A laser light projector is the modern way of covering your home in sparkling festive lights  without any  of the hassle. The size of your home isn't an issue either - simply move the projector closer or further away to get the coverage you need. Cover your home in sparkling festive lights with these five easy steps: Continue reading

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