Home Maintenance, Resources

DIY Week – Budget Friendly Tools

I’ve recently added following inexpensive, budget friendly tools to my DIY arsenal.  They’re great for projects around the house and basic woodworking.  They are inexpensive – but not cheap – and they help me get the job done. My favorite new toy tool for the year is the Kreg R3 Jr. Pocket Hole Jig System.  I’ve used it several times this year – to make a shelving unit for my daughter’s room, to build a small table for a family member, and to join the legs on my shop bench. The Pocket Jig allows for the drilling of pocket holes, which then accept pocket screws. This system replaces more complex joinery, allowing for quick, strong assembly of project components. I’ve…

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Home Maintenance, Saving Money, Tips

How To Save Money On Repairs

Here are a few tips and tricks for saving money on repairs – Keep track of your manuals.  I have a binder wherein I keep the manuals for all of the tools and appliances that we buy.  Quick tip – If you’ve lost your manual, check online.  Search by manufacturer and model number. Check to see if the item is under warranty.  Remember those little warranty cards that come with the stuff you buy?  They’re important!  Keep up with them – and register stuff.  If something breaks, and it is still under warranty, you may have it repaired, or replaced, for free! See if you paid for the item with a credit card.  I know, I know.  I’m no fan…

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Home Maintenance

Getting Our House Ready For Fall

A quick Google check confirms it:  The first day of fall is September 22. I had to look that up just to be sure, because the high today was 91 degrees, which is decidedly un-fall-ish. In just a few weeks (hopefully!) the weather will turn and fall will be here.  In preparation, I’ve been working hard to get our house ready for fall – and the winter to follow. Outside – Rain Gutters – At the end of summer and winter, I clean out our rain gutters.  With several large oak trees in our yard, it’s important to routinely remove fallen leaves from our rain gutters. Vinyl Siding – Our house has vinyl siding and I pressure wash the siding…

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