DIY - Top 10 DIY projects to prepare for the Fall

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    DIY - Top 10 DIY projects to prepare for the Fall

     

    With almost a month left of Summer, who want’s to think about the Fall?

    The DIYer’s do….

     

    I put together a list of 10 must do projects for The DIYer’s out there to prepare for the Fall. These projects range on a skill level of 1 to 10 on The DIYer skill scale (with 10 being the most difficult) and should be on every homeowners To Do list, not just The DIYer’s.

     

    I will be covering each of these projects in detail in future weekly articles.

     

     

    Top 10 projects:

     

    1 - Check and/or change fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and CO2 detectors.

    In the fall months there is a lot more use of candles, holiday lights, extension cords, etc. These are among the leading cause of fires in the Fall and Winter months, being prepared can make the difference in your family's safety.

     

    This has a skill level of 2 on The DIYer skill scale.

     

     

    2- Clean your gutters. Gutters have a tendency to get clogged more in the Fall and Winter months. Clogged gutters can cause water to overflow and leak into your home causing damage to walls and ceilings. Starting off the season with your gutters clean can save you a lot of $$ in repairs later.

     

    This has a skill level of 5 on The DIYer skill scale.

     

     

    3- Check your HV,A/C and heating units. Though you may not be thinking of heating right now, the last thing you want to do is have your heat go on a Saturday night when it’s 30 degrees. Starting the season with a properly running unit can prevent that from happening.

     

    This has a skill level of 8 to 10 on The DIYer skill scale.

     

     

    4- Check your roof. Obviously roofs don’t have to be replaced every year, but tared seams in flashing do have a tendency to need maintenance after the heat of Summer. So before you have a load of snow melting on your roof and water dripping through your ceiling, it is a good idea to check it every year and do minor maintenance before you have a problem.

     

    This has a skill level of 8 to 10 on The DIYer skill scale.

     

     

    5- Flush your water heater. Most people don’t realize that your water heater (just like everything else) needs maintenance. Flushing your water heater annually is easy to do and can almost double the life of your water heater as well as prevent flooding from the water heater breaking.

     

    This has a skill level of 3 on The DIYer skill scale.

     

     

    6- Fix your screens. It won’t be long before the weather cools down a little and you will want to shut off the A/C and open the windows. Now is the time to check those screens and repair them as needed. Just take your damaged screen out, drop it off at the local hardware store. Pick it up a week later and pop it back in, it’s that easy.

     

    This has a skill level of 1 on The DIYer skill scale.

     

     

    7- Check walkways and driveways. Now is when you want to walk the property and check all walkways, driveways, patios, etc for cracks. Sealing minor cracks at this point are easy. Once the weather cools down, water gets into those cracks and freezes it can become a major repair.

     

    This has a skill level of 3 on The DIYer skill scale.

     

     

    8- Check windows and doors for drafts. Summer months most people wouldn’t notice if they have a drafty window. Once it starts cooling down and you're trying to keep warm, you will notice. So why wait till it’s a problem, check them now and be ready for the cooler weather.

     

    This has a skill level of 3 on The DIYer skill scale.

     

     

    9- Check electric heaters. Pull out those electric heaters and give them the once over. Just because it works doesn’t mean it’s safe, check for damage to cords, heating eliminates, etc. If the need to be replaced, do it now before you need them.

     

    This has a skill level of 1 on The DIYer skill scale.

     

     

    10- Fire escape plan. Too many times a house or apartment has a fire and the house/apartment next to it gets damage. Just incase your neighbor is not being as safe as you are, you should have a plan in case of an emergency.

     

    This has a skill level of 1 on The DIYer skill scale.

     

     

     

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    With over 30 years experience in the home improvement field, Artie Wallace (owner of Rockaways Handyman) can help you with most of your DIY questions. For more information about Artie Wallace or Rockaways Handyman, visit his website at TheDIYerbyArtieWallace.com,  like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheDIYer11694, or email your questions to TheDIYerbyArtieWallace@gmail.com.

     

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