Posted by genieSABRE on Sep 21, 2011
Week # 38 – Home Maintenance Tips

Week # 38 – Home Maintenance Tips

Just do it!

Source: Hannif Highclass
Publish:My Blog: 09/21/2011

 

Home Interior

Seal naural stone counter tops.

The countertop makes the kitchen. It’s the work surface where you prepare food, eat casual family meals, ­perhaps even pay bills and help Junior with his homework. And of all the countertop materials you can buy, stone is the gold standard for both durability and character.

Every rock pulled from the earth has its own mineral color, veining, and speckles, brought vividly to life by ­stoneworkers’ saws and polishing wheels. So whether you select a solid burgundy quartzite, a sky-blue granite, or a beige travertine ­embedded with fossilized seashells, it will be as distinctive as an original work of art.
Natural stone countertops can take just about anything you can dish out, but they may be damaged. If not resealed regularly, liquids can soak into your countertop, leaving your surface cloudy or stained. How often countertops should be resealed depends on your type of stone, but resealing is usually an annual event. As a general rule of thumb, if water droplets do not bead on your countertop’s surface, then it’s time to reseal.

 

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Home Exterior

Insulate pipes to prevent condensation.

Insulation does more than keep pipes from bursting during the winter. It also keeps pipes from sweating when the weather is warm. Cold-water pipes that aren’t insulated will produce condensation. These water droplets may seem insignificant, but they can damage ceilings and walls and lead to the development of mold. Check your pipes now and add insulation if it’s needed. The process is relatively easy and can be a lifesaver no matter the time of year.

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Lawn

IPrepare to winterize the lawnmower.

Winterizing a lawnmower involves more than just hosing it off at the end of the season. A winter’s worth of inactivity can wreak havoc on your lawnmower, so it’s important to take these steps to ensure your mower fires up next spring.

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Winterizing necessities

  • Stabilize the fuel. Gas that sits in a mower all winter can clog the carburetor. Come spring, you’ll have to pay upwards of $100 to have the part professionally cleaned. If you store the mower in the basement, run the engine until the gas is gone. If you keep it in the garage, fill the tank (to prevent condensation) and add a bit of fuel stabilizer, available at home centers and gas stations.

 

  • Add stabilizer every time you fill up your gas container since it helps engines run cleaner. This time around, remember to operate the mower for 5 minutes so that the stabilizer can reach the carburetor. (Tip: Whether you keep the mower in the basement or the garage, stick a cup full of mothballs near the engine to prevent rodents from nesting there.)
  • Change the oil. Routine oil changes will extend the life of the engine. Be sure to refill the oil reservoir to the designated mark on the dipstick, remembering that too much oil can be as bad for the engine as too little. (To dispose old oil properly, take it to a local service station or recycling center.)
  • Charge the battery. If your mower or tractor has a battery-powered starter system, periodically charge the battery throughout the winter. Otherwise, it will fail much sooner because it will not hold a full charge. Unlike your car, mower engines can not fully recharge your battery while mowing.
  • Clear the deck. Scrape grass clippings from the underside of the mower deck to prevent it from rusting. If you do this right after the final mow, spray from a garden hose should be enough to clear the clippings. Otherwise, an old bristled pot scrubber is an effective tool. Spray the cleaned deck with silicone spray to help prevent future build-up.

Winterizing maybes

  • Replace the spark plug(s). Spark plugs typically need replacing every 100 hours of operation. (Tip: Buy an hour meter at the home center or parts supplier to keep track of running time.) You’ll know right away from the corrosion if yours is spent. If the plug is in good shape, it’s a good idea to remove it, pour an ounce of motor oil into the cylinders, crank the engine a few times, and then reinstall the plug.
  • Sharpen blades. Save yourself the hassle next spring by getting your blades sharpened now. Keep a second blade on hand for when the first one is being sharpened. Change blades every month during the mowing season to keep dull blades from butchering grass.
  • Service the air filter. Refer to the owner’s manual to see if you should clean or replace the filter and how frequently.
  • Replace the fuel filter. Refer to the owner’s manual for specific instructions. Mowers usually don’t have a fuel filter, though many lawn tractors do.

 



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