31 Days Of Handy Home Fixes

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How to Make DIY Laundry Detergent for Only $1.25 per year

Today's tip is one that is gentle on your washer (HE and regular), but most importantly it will save you money! If you've ever looked at the cost of laundry detergent, you may have choked at the cost. I have a wonderful recipe to make your own…
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Protect Pipes from Freezing

In the same vein as Monday's post about adding insulation, let's continue preparing for winter. While you are under the house looking at insulation, take notice of your water pipes. Are they insulated too? If not, it's important to protect…
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Day 31 – Smoke Detector Maintenance Tips

Happy Halloween! Trick or Treat, smell my feet! Now, give me something good to eat. Are you ready for the trickery tonight? Ahhh, good. What about the time change in the US? On Sunday, November 2nd be sure to turn your clocks back one hour.…
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Day 30 – Seal Gaps Around Pipes

Do you have an open door policy for drafts and bugs? Of course not! Wait... you might and not know it. Have you looked under your sinks around the water pipes? If you have gaps around the pipes, you have the welcome sign up for cold air…
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Day 29 – Caulk Cracks in Siding and Trim

One of the best thing you can do to save money is to prevent water from getting through your home's exterior. Now is a good time to walk around your home and look for gaps and cracks around doors, windows, trim and siding. If you see any,…
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Day 28 – Keep Old Toothbrushes for Cleaning

Never throw away your old toothbrushes again! These worn out dental tools make fabulous scrub brushes for cleaning. First be sure to mark the old brush with a permanent marker so no one will use it in their mouth again. Then use this…
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Day 27 – Put an End to Fireplace Drafts

You may sense a theme here, yesterday I talked about weatherstripping the garage. But, as the temps are dropping, it's important to take some time to seal your home and eliminate drafts wherever they are lurking. One of the biggest offenders…
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Day 26 – Weatherstrip Your Garage Doors

  Do you have a garage? Are your garage doors insulated or weather stripped? Or do you have big gaps in the sides like this: If you don't have weather stripping on your garage doors, you could be throwing away money on heating spaces…
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Day 25 – Do You Open or Close Crawlspace Vents

Do you leave your crawlspace vents open or closed? The great debate ends now. If you guessed open, you are right. If you guessed closed, you are also right! Crawlspace vents should be opened in the spring and closed in the fall. The reason…
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Day 24 – Two New Tips using a Flashlight

Do you have a flashlight? Silly me, of course you do. But, if you only use it when the power goes out or to send your child out trick or treating, you are missing out on two additional uses for a flashlight. Day 24 - Two New Tips using…
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Day 23 – Remembering to Change Your Air Filters Regularly

I'm sure you already know how important it is to change your air filters in your home. As a Filtrete Ambassador, I'm happy to remind you why you should replace your Filtrete Healthy Living Ultimate Allergen Reduction MPR 1900 filters on…
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Day 22 – Is Your HVAC Choking?

  Is your refrigerator running? Then go catch it. Is your HVAC choking? Time to administer CPR! When was the last time you looked at your HVAC unit? Specifically the condenser which is the big box usually located outside the house.  At…
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Day 20 – Scrub Away Hard Water Stains

 Do you have hard water? If you do, you probably understand when I say, "It's the bane of my existence when it comes to cleaning sinks!" However, I have a trick to scrub away that stubborn hard water crusty stain in no time! And I use a little…
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Day 19 – Drill Holes to a Certain Depth

 Occasionally you need to drill a hole to a specific depth. Or you want to drill a hole into but not through your wood. This simple trick helps you do just that! Day 19 - Drill Holes to a Certain Depth When I was drilling the top of the new…
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5 Ways to Find a Stud (without a Stud Finder)

Using a stud finder is the quickest and easiest way to find a stud. But, if you don't have one or are too lazy to find yours (I'm often guilty of this), you can use one of these ways to find a stud. 5 Ways to Find a Stud (without a Stud Finder) 1.…
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Day 17 – Two Ingredient Ant Killer

It's no picnic when you realize your home has been invaded by sugar ants. Instead of spraying your kitchen (or wherever you find them) try this Two Ingredient Ant Killer. Photo by Stephen Ausmus - https://www.ars.usda.gov/is/graphics/photos/dec04/k11622-1.htm Licensed…
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Day 16 – Holes in Your Trash Can

Take out the papers  and the trash...ummm take out the trash? Grrr, don't you hate when the trash bag gets stuck in the trash can? No worries, I have an easy fix that will make taking out the trash a much easier chore. It may sound a little…
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Day 15 – Use Good Wall Anchors

Curtain rods, towel bars, and other wall mounted accessories are relatively easy to hang. The trick is securing them to a stud so they can hold up to the abuse. But, how often have you found that you don't have a stud where you want it mounted?…
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Day 14 – Non-Toxic Drain Opener

A clogged tub or sink is an inevitable situation for any homeowner. Before you reach for the toxic drain cleaner, try this easy and inexpensive Non-Toxic Drain Opener. All you need is a box of baking soda and cheap white vinegar. Day…
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Day 12 – Protecting Spigots from Frozen Burst Pipes

Winter is coming and this year I want to help you protect your home from a burst pipe because it froze. Much like your water pipes (which should have foam insulation sleeves on them,) it's important to protect your spigot on the outside of…
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Day 11 – Easy Clean Up Paint Tray Liner

I love to paint rooms! It's one of those meditative tasks that leaves you with instant gratification when  you are done. But, I don't like the clean up afterwards. Several years ago I came up with an Easy Clean Up Paint Tray Liner that costs…
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Day 9 – Easy Tricks to Remove Wall Scuffs

Do you have a ghost in your house? I do! Want to know how I know? Because we have scuffs that magically appear on the walls. It doesn't bother me because I know a few easy tricks for removing wall scuffs. Day 10: Easy Tricks for Removing Wall…
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Day 9 – Replace Water Lines with Braided Metal Hoses

Welcome to Day 9 of my 31 Days of Handy Home Fixes. Would you believe that a burst water line can cause tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home? It's true! If one of your water supply lines is not braided metal, you could…
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Day 8 – Replace Foil or Plastic Flexible Dryer Duct Hoses

Welcome to Day 8 of my 31 Days of Handy Home Fixes. Today I have a VERY IMPORTANT tip to prevent a fire from starting in your laundry room.  I'm going to show you how to replace your flexible foil or plastic dryer vent duct with a much…
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Day 7 – Clean Out Your Dryer Vent Duct

Welcome to Day 7 of my 31 Days of Handy Home Fixes. We're sticking with the laundry room theme for a few days. Today I have a tip to help protect your home from a fire. Cleaning out your dryer vent duct is an extremely important home maintenance…
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Day 6 – Keep Your HE Washer Funk Free

Welcome to Day 6 of my 31 Days of Handy Home Fixes. So you finally upgraded to an HE washer. You have to be careful because if you don't take care of it you'll have a stinky funky mess. Funky music = good. Funky washer = bad! The HE washers…
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Day 5 – Add Weather Stripping to Doors and Windows

Welcome to Day 5 of my 31 Days of Handy Home Fixes. Winter is fast approaching and now is a good time to assess your doors and windows. Do you feel a draft by your window when the wind kicks up outside? Can you see daylight seeping through…
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Day 4 – Removing a Stripped (or Painted) Screw

Welcome to Day 4 of my 31 Days of Handy Home Fixes.  What happens when you strip a screw head just enough that the screwdriver won't get a good grip? Or the screw has been painted over so many times that you can't get the screwdriver head…
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Day 3 – Fixing a Stripped Hole in Wood

Welcome to Day 3 of my 31 Days of Handy Home Fixes.  Have you ever tightened a screw 1,485 times before you finally admit that the hole is stripped? Procrastinate fixing that stripped hole no more! Grab some wood glue and tooth picks and…
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Day 2 – Fixing a Sticking Door

Welcome to Day 2 of my 31 Days of Handy Home Fixes. Today I'm going to show you a tip for fixing a rubbing or sticking door. Day 2. Fixing a Sticking Door Do you have a door in your home that rubs on the frame or gets stuck certain times…
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31 Days of Handy Home Fixes – Day 1 – Protect from Water Leaks

Welcome to Day 1 of my 31 Days of Handy Home Fixes. I am always amazed at how a great house can fall into disrepair. This doesn't have to happen. Each day you can learn a quick fix for your home. For the entire month of October I'll be bringing…