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Regular Home Maintenance: Keep Compost Active, Maintain Dryer Ducts, Eliminate Pest Magnets

This week we have a few quick maintenance items around the house. We all clean the dryer lint screen between loads. Did you know that the dryer ducts should be checked and clean at least once a year? Doing so will reduce the risk of fire and increase your dryers energy efficiency. ·         Unplug the dryer and pull it gently away from the wall. You will need to get behind the dryer. ·         Detach the vent hose from the back of the dryer. ·         Using a vacuum hose, remove the built up lint from the dryer and the hose. Re-attach the vent hose. ·         Plug …

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Water Conservation Tips

There is never enough water to waste, so today we have some tips for reducing your water usage. Inside the house or workplace: ·         Only run the dishwasher and washing machine with full loads. ·         Fix leaks right away. While a leak of one drip per minute wastes about 34 gallons a year, a leak of one drip per second is almost 3000 gallons a year. ·         Shorten your shower time. Each minute in the shower uses about 75 gallons per month. ·         Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth. ·         Install low flow faucets and shower heads. Did you know that the California …

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Slam out your Summer Projects – Stain your Deck

Like most items around the house, decks have a tendency to fade into the background, going un-noticed until one afternoon, relaxing on the deck while sipping your favorite beverage, you notice it’s not what it used to be. Perhaps some mildew has formed against the house. There may be a rust stain under the table legs. The finish might be faded and worn. It’s time to take advantage of the sunny days and re-stain the deck! Once you have selected your weekend, first up is a deck inspection. Is there any rottenwood? You can determine if a board is rotten by gently poking it with …

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