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Cleaning Gutters – Good To Do It Together

Gene and Katie Hamilton
Gene and Katie Hamilton
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Cleaning gutters has always been a dreaded chore of homeownership but well worth the effort. Twice a year in the Spring and Fall we’d spend a Saturday morning maintaining the gutters and downspouts. One of us would scale the ladder with bucket in tow wearing rubber gloves while the other stood at the base of the ladder securing it and ready to load a garbage bag with the debris sent down in the bucket. The system worked as efficiently as it could, but it was never a pleasant experience digging into the mucky wet leaves and dirt that accumulated and scooping the mess into the bucket. We developed our routine after several ill-fated attempts to get it done quicker by working together. It seemed we spent more time climbing up and down the ladder to empty the bucket so we attacked the job as a team.

The system worked well especially on our one-story house because the climb and decline were not a great distance. We’d use a garden hose to flush out the cleaned gutters and check for any leaks. It was always a good feeling when it was over.

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A Garage for All Reasons and Seasons

Gene and Katie Hamilton
Gene and Katie Hamilton
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Today a garage means different things to different people. It can exist to protect a car or to create a man cave, but for most of us it’s somewhere in between. As young marrieds we didn’t have a garage with our first home so it became a must-have on our list of features for our next one. As we moved from house to house our garages evolved from an old farmhouse garage with a dirt floor designed for a horse and carriage to a luxurious 3-car studio and workshop. A friend has a garage so organized and decked out it’s fit for entertaining, ours is a basic one-car unit we use for storage and workshop. Come bad weather in the winter we pull in the car to protect it from snow or ice and it suits us just fine.

If you’re inclined to make better use of the garage you have, here’s a link to garage projects in Garage Overhaul and How Much It Costs. The upgrades give you an idea of what’s involved and the price you’ll pay. No matter how practical or elaborate you make your garage the most challenging part of the job is getting rid of what’s there and organizing what’s left so you can find it. Good luck with that.

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