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Easy Does It August Home Checklist

Here are 11 checkups and inspections to make your home and property work better and more efficiently in August. These are mainly cleanup and checkups, so nothing major heavy duty or extensive.

Gene and Katie Hamilton
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  • Replace air conditioner filter
  • Inspect for open joints around windows and caulk
  • Inspect for gaps around doors and thresholds and weatherstrip
  • Vacume coils of refrigerator condenser
  • Turn mattresses and upholstered furniture cushions
  • Sharpen blades of garbage disposer with ice cubes and refreshen with lemon
  • Clean pet area and accessories
  • Make calls to have furnace tune up and heating ducts cleaned
  • Flush whirlpool pump to remove bacteria and mineral build-up
  • Sharpen lawn mower blade
  • Maintain lawn and garden beds by watering, mowing and weeding

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Spray Paint a Garage

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to change even the most ordinary garage. To make short work of the job, consider spraying on the paint instead of brushing or rolling it. The open expanse of wood siding on a one-story garage is the perfect target for a paint sprayer because there’s little masking needed, often the most time-consuming phase of the job.

Finding a paint contractor for such a small job may be difficult. If you’re successful, they’ll charge almost $1,128 to spray paint a typical one-story, two-car garage, but you can do the job for $125, the cost of the paint and primer and renting an airless sprayer. You’ll also need a paintbrush, wide masking tape, drop cloths, hand scraper, sandpaper, garden hose and ladder.

The project involves preparing the siding, which can be as simple as giving it a quick spray from a garden hose, to scraping and sanding any chipped or damaged surfaces. Lay down drop cloths to protect any shrubbery or plantings around the garage from scraped off paint chips. Protect any trim with wide masking tape, then prime any bare wood or repaired areas. Sand the areas so they’re smooth and you’re ready to paint.

When you’re at the rental center, ask for directions to operate the sprayer, especially the adjustable nozzle.

When you’re choosing an exterior paint color for the siding of a garage or house remember it will appear a shade or two darker or more intense than it appears on the paint chart. A color on a large broad expense of siding is bolder and more vibrant than it is on the small sample.

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Keep Your Attic (and Home) Cool with a Ventilator


Limit the use of expensive air conditioning to those dog days of summer and consider installing an attic fan to cool down the house when it’s not so hot. An attic or whole-house fan are designed to work best in the evening when temperatures are at their coolest. Open windows and turn on the fan so that it draws in cool, fresh air and forces it out through attic vents and by morning you’ll be reaching for a blanket. An electrician charges $577 to install a direct-drive attic fan that cools a typical 1,500-square-foot house. This includes the labor and material. A homeowner with electrical and carpentry skills can buy one for $200 and install it, cutting the cost by 65 percent. The project involves some major work: cutting an opening in the ceiling, installing the unit in the opening, hooking up the wires and then adding the louvered cover panel. Timewise, a homeowner can do the job in a long day of work compared with an electrician who can make the installation in half the time.

Follow the fan manufacturer’s directions about wiring the unit into your home’s electrical system and to any switches or controls you choose. For the easiest installation, choose a direct-drive unit that’s designed to fit over the attic floor joists so that you don’t have to cut into them. You’ll find these units sold at home centers and lumberyards. At http://www.airvent.com in the Resources section you’ll find advice and an attic ventilation calculator.

The Home Ventilating Institute suggests how to find the right size for a whole house fan. Walk around the exterior of the house and measure its length times its width to get the total square footage of the house. Let’s say it’s 35 x 40 feet, which equals 1400 square feet. To find the size of whole house fan, multiply the square footage times three. 1400 x 3 = 4200 CFM (cubic feet per minute.) That means, buy a fan whole house fan with a 4200 CFM to effectively cool the house.

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4 Easy Yard Fix Ups – Do Now and Enjoy all Summer


Make your property more attractive and enjoyable with these simple repairs. These are no-brainer jobs any homeowner can tackle with a small amount of time, money and energy. Compare the cost of hiring a professional with doing it yourself and you’ll be encouraged to tackle the jobs. Tackle one a weekend and you’ll be done in a month!

Bare spots and patchy clumps of weeds and thatch are an eyesore in any lawn. With a little work over a month’s time you can rejuvenate the area. Compare restoring 100-square-feet of lawn yourself for $215 with hiring a landscaper for $495. Restore a Lawn

Manicuring shrubs and brushes with a routine pruning will keep them healthy, growing and looking good. Pay a gardening service $95 or do it yourself for $45. Prune Trees and Shrubs

Don’t throw away a perfectly good garden hose just because the end is damaged. Replacing a hose head is s a quick fix anyone can do that costs $12 or less compared with buying a new hose for $45. Repair a Garden Hose

You’d be amazed at how cleaning a dirty deck will give it new life. Rent a pressure washer for $130 for the afternoon and do it yourself or pay a service $232 for a 15×20 foot one level deck. Pressure Wash a Deck

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