Adjusting your home’s storm door closers

Your storm door is a great asset to your house. It protects your main door, acts as a window, allows you to keep your door open without letting in the elements and even lets trick-or-treaters know you are ready to hand out candy. They can be tricky to use, however. Most storm doors come with a pneumatic closer that cushions the door from closing too hard.

Does your storm door close too quickly and slam? It’s pretty simple to adjust if you know what to do.

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Cleaning Your Vinyl Siding

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Cleaning vinyl siding

Vinyl siding is amazing. It has truly lead to a revolution in how today’s homes look and are maintained. The U.S. Census Bureau says that vinyl siding has been the most popular exterior cladding since 1995 and that shows no signs of changing in 2018. It lasts much longer than wood or metal and requires…

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Replacing Exterior Caulking on Windows

Your windows let in beautiful views and sunlight, but they can also lead to leaking and draftiness if they aren’t caulked in properly. Caulk is used around the exterior joint between your windows and the exterior siding or brick to fill in the gap. If a gap were to remain, bugs, water, and wind could get inside.

Caulk is important because it keeps that gap closed. However, all caulk will eventually shrink and possibly crack. So what, is this another costly fix? No, it’s something you can do yourself with some time and a caulk gun.

What You’ll Need

  • A Caulk gun
  • A putty knife
  • A utility knife
  • Tubes of caulk
  • Some rags and some water
  • Your hands

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Replacing The Screen in Your Door

Springtime is coming! We are less than a month away from the first day of spring, and with it come all of the amazing smells of budding trees and flowers. Your sliding screen door or screen patio door is a great way to be able to enjoy the upcoming weather, but not if it has a hole. Holes are common in screen doors, but they tend to let in bugs and other critters.

Luckily for you, fixing a hole in a screen is not too difficult – it is definitely something you can do yourself with a quick trip to the hardware store.

What to Buy

Most hardware stores have rescreening supplies and door hardware for you to use, but you need to be aware of manufacturer specific parts. Anderson only sells parts through Home Depot due to an agreement. But, if your door is not Anderson, generic parts will probably work just fine.

Buy enough screen so that you can overlap the frame of the door by at least 2 inches on each edge. You will also need a new spline, which is the rubber tubing that holds the screen in a groove surrounding the frame. Spline tends to become brittle and break over time, so replacing that can be a good thing.
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5 Home Projects Where DIY Does Not Make Sense

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5 home projects where DIY does not make sense

Do-it-yourself projects get a lot of attention because homeowners can potentially save themselves a lot of money. But, it’s always a good idea to leave the big stuff to the professionals otherwise you risk major damage, injury or even death by taking on certain projects yourself. Which projects should I leave to the Pros? Roof…

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10 Ways to Winterize Your Home on a Budget

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Caulking window frames

Keeping your home running efficiently should be a priority, especially during the extreme cold weather in the winter, but nobody wants another big expense. For this reason, we have put together this list of ten fantastic, high impact, low-cost or no-cost ways to improve your home efficiency in preparation for the winter. 1. Flush hot…

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5 Tips to add curb appeal to sell your home

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Curb appeal

Many people, as they break out of their winter, cabin-fever funk, decide that a new home is in order for their family. Many homes begin the process of being bought and sold in the spring, even though the actual buying of homes peaks in most markets around June. If you are in the market for…

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Spring cleaning your home for the outdoors

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Spring Maintenance Checklist

Some warm(ish) weather has returned to Michigan and we can all rejoice! Well, not so fast. I’ve found that once you think winter is gone, that’s when the snowstorm hits. But I digress. March 20 marked the official beginning of spring and it’s time to get ready for the outdoor season, the time of year…

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