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  • From Zillow Porchlight

    Learn how to fix doorknob holes ... and stop cringing every time a door swings.

    Does someone in your house perhaps a young someone tend to throw open doors with reckless abandon? Or maybe the door just bangs against the wall because you dont have a good door stop in place.

    More than likely,this has caused a hole in your wall from the doorknob hitting it.

    If this is the case, no worries! Its something you can easily take care of yourself.

    All you need to do is repair the hole, strengthening the wall at the contact point, and then make sure that you get a solid, effective door stop installed.

    Fixing the hole in the wall

    Lets first talk about getting that hole repaired.

    The quick fix

    There is a very simple method to temporarily shore up the hole. If you dont have time to fix the wall properly, by all means go ahead and do the quick fix. But recognize that its only a temporary solution, and you will ultimately have to repair the wall.

    What you need for the quick fix is a circular piece of plastic called a doorknob wall shield. It has a self-adhesive, so you just press it on to the wall over the hole. You can pick one up at a home improvement store for about $5, and presto! This is a good temporary fix that will protect the wall from further damage from the doorknob.

    The permanent fix

    The permanent repair is made in the same way that you would repair a large hole in drywall, which is by using a drywall patch and installing wood backing behind the patch. It takes a bit more effort, but the repair will be very sturdy, secure, and long-lasting. And the job can easily be done by a beginner DIY-er.

    Choosinga solid door stop

    Now that the hole in the wall is repaired, you can think about installing (or replacing) a door stop, which will provide true protection for the wall from the doorknob. Door stops are generally inexpensive and fairly simply to install.

    There are three basic types of door stops:

    Baseboard.This isthe type you will see most often in homes. They are shaped like a peg, and have a rubber tip at the end. They are always installed on the baseboard, rather than the door.Hinge pin.As their name implies, hinge pin door stops are attached to the door hinge. They restrict the door from opening wide enough to hit the wall. They work best on lightweight doors.Floor-mounted.Installed on the floor, this type is generally used to protect furniture and other items that may be in the doors path, rather than the wall itself. Some floor-mounted door stops also contain magnets to hold the door open.

    Now that you have the hole repaired and the new door stop in place, you wont have to worry about the doorknob causing holes for a long time. And you can let the kids open the door with gusto worry-free.

    You can do this!

    Want more DIY tips? Watch more of See Jane Drillshome improvementvideos.

  • Written by Realty Times on Thursday, 16 June 2016 4:14 pm

    Summer is here, which means you need to take a hard look at your deck. Given winter's inclement conditions, there's a good chance your deck is in need of some attention. Here are some quick and easy steps for getting it in shape:

    #1 Clean your deck.

    Regular cleaning prevents your deck from graying and looking worn down. You can employ a few different methods to keep it spotless:

    Use a hose: Use a garden hose with a spray nozzle to get rid of debris and dirt. Pressure wash: High-pressure water can get between slats and take off any stubborn debris. The cost to pressure wash a deck is about $250. Scrub it down: For really harsh debris, you might need to get down on your hands and knees to remove the buildup or stains.

    #2 Check for repairs.

    Once the deck is clean, you can inspect for any potential damage points. Keep an eye out for:

    Broken boardsMissing stainTermite holesCracks

    You can DIY most of these problems, but if you have termites infesting your deck, think about hiring a pest control service. Otherwise, consider replacing boards or restaining the surface.

    #3 Sand it down.

    If your stain is stripped away, consider sanding the surface. If you don't want to spend all day sanding, you can rent a floor sander. After you've sanded your decking smooth, apply a finish.

    #4 Stain or seal your deck.

    Once you've sanded down the surface, think about sealing or staining. Finishes help protect against water damage, mildew and inclement weather. Here are some considerations when determining whether to seal or stain a deck:

    Seal: Seal your deck if you like a natural look. Sealing your deck will cost about $790 and you can choose from avariety of sealing products.Stain: Staining will cost about $850, depending on the size of the deck. You can stain your deck in different colors and finishes.

    #5 Consider a brightener.

    Use a brightener if your deck has stains or grey spots. You can apply brightener using a garden spray hose. A fresh coat of brightener will renew the appearance of your deck without expensive and time-consuming repairs.

    Conclusion

    Make sure to keep your deck in shape with regular maintenance and cleaning. Most of these jobs you can do as DIY projects. But don't be afraid to call a deck professional when the situation is beyond your expertise.

  • 11 Fall Maintenace Tasks to do This Weekend fromZillow Porchlight

    Put down that pumpkin spiced beverage and take care of these maintenance to-dos before winter sets in.

    By Shannon Ireland

    Scents of pumpkin spice lattes and warm apple cider have started to fill the air, sweaters populate the fronts of closets, and trees prepare to unveil the full extent of their beauty by changing leaf colors from green to vibrant hues.

    But before you cozy up with a fleece blanket and your favorite horror film, its crucial to tackle a few home maintenance projects.

    Why is seasonal maintenance important?

    The answer is simple: Seasonal maintenance can help keep your home looking and functioning properly, and save you money because youll catch problems before they get out of hand.

    Plus youll get the added bonus of sleeping easier at night knowing youve taken all necessary precautions.

    Tis the season to

    1. Rake it in

    Few things are more beautiful than a yard speckled with crimson, golden, and tangerine-colored leaves. But failing to dispose of them can kill your grass and inhibit growth in the spring months.

    Grab your rake and enjoy the crisp temperatures of the season. You can always treat yourself to a pumpkin treat when the raking is done.

    2. Clean the gutters

    Speaking of leaves, when they clog your gutters, rainwater cant flow through and will eventually spill over. So what, right? This overflow can damage your homes siding, roof, and/or foundation.

    Its better to remove the leaves from your gutters than to chance the buildup turning into a costly problem.

    3. Check the roof

    While were on the subject of the roof, fall is a great time to check that all shingles are in place and in good shape before winter snowstorms pop up on your radar.

    4. Conduct a walking inspection

    Take a walk around the exterior of your home, keeping an eye openfor damage along the pathways leading to your home. Cracks could mean loose cement or gravel, increasing the likelihood that someone could trip or slip and fall.

    To ensure the safety of visitors, seal any cracks you see. Be sure to inspect the siding and foundation while youre at it, and tackle any repairs as soon as possible.

    5. Cracks and gaps can cause problems indoors, too

    When you shut doors and windows, make sure there arent any spaces allowing air to escape. If there are, seal them.

    You may not think much of these little gaps right now, but you will when you open your heating bill and see how much youre paying to keep the whole neighborhood warm, or when you find out that a mouse has made your cabinet his home for the winter.

    6. Store summer staples

    Patio furniture is susceptible to damage from winter weather. Since you probably wont spend as much time outside except for roasting marshmallows overthe fire pit move outdoor furniture, trampolines, and other summer staples into storage.

    7. Make it a clean sweep

    Schedule a time to have your chimney and heating system cleaned and maintained, including swapping old filters for new ones. Its important that everything is in good working condition to decrease the likelihood of house fires.

    8. Pipe down

    Shut off the water supply to exterior faucets and insulate your pipes before the weather dips below 32 degrees. This will help prevent pipes from freezing, bursting, and flooding your home.

    9. Take time to vent

    Your dryer vent, that is. Cooler weather means more static electricity, which means lint buildup in your dryer can ignite more easily. Clean your dryer vent to help prevent this problem and keep it working more efficiently.

    10. Testing 1, 2, 3

    Test safety devices, such as smoke alarms, and check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher. In case a fire ignites, its important to know that you and your family will be alerted and able to get out of the house quickly and safely. And that youll be able to extinguish smaller fires before significant damage is done.

    11. Check your home insurance coverage

    Can your insurance weather the storm? The final item on your fall home maintenance checklist should always be to call your insurance agent. Arrange a time to walk through your coverage to ensure your home will be protected, no matter what situation may arise.

  • Image:Lene Lyndrup Nrgaard

    The Most Common Spring Cleaning Mistake (Plus 8 Others)

    By: forHouseLogic

    If you really want an allergy-proof home, avoid this typical spring routine.

    Who doesn't want to throw open the window in spring? Think twice. Besides that fresh breeze, you're welcoming pollen.

    Once theres even a glimmer of spring, youre ready to throw open your windows and let the breeze blow away the winter funk. Well, you might want to rethink that spring cleaning ritual this year.

    If youre an allergy sufferer (and who isnt?), thats the last thing you want to do, says Dr. Neeta Ogden, a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. It will allow pollen to settle in your home.

    If you really cant skip that spring breeze, avoid opening them in the morning, pollen counts are highest in the morning; they decrease late in the day and at night.

    And thats not the only common spring-cleaning mistake homeowners make. Here are eight more to avoid:

    1. Not Looking UpYouve worked up a sweat and everythings starting to sparkle, but then you realize your ceiling fan is coated in dust. Uh, oh. Once you start wiping the fan, dust will scatter on what youve already cleaned. Thats why you should always look up to see what needs dusting before you start cleaning at eye level. Tackle hard-to-reach places like the tops of bookshelves, crown molding, and window ledges.2. Starting to Clean Without a PlanYou wake up motivated today youre going to get all your spring cleaning done! But by noon, your house is in disarray, and not one single room is finished. Ugh. Thats why Briana Norde, owner of Caliber Cleaning Inc. says it pays to break up the biggest cleaning project of the year into smaller, more manageable tasks.She recommends conquering your hardest job first, like the kitchen, which she calls the most time-consuming room. With that first accomplishment under your belt, youll have the momentum to take on the remaining tasks. The key is to give yourself plenty of breaks. And theres nothing wrong with spreading it out over several days.3. Ignoring That Weird-Looking Vacuum AttachmentDont let your carpet hog the vacuum. The crevice tool, Norde says, is not used nearly enough. Use it between your wall and refrigerator to get out the accumulated dust thats otherwise unreachable, and run it around the edge of your baseboards to clean where standard upright vacuums cant reach.4. Skipping the MattressThink of how much time you spend in your bed. Yet, you probably clean the top of your fridge more often than your mattress. Your mattress harbors millions of dust mites, which cause various respiratory conditions including sneezing, a runny nose, itchy eyes, and skin rashes (not to mention just being plain gross).[Dust mites] food is human skin scales, so the bed is just heaven for them, says Ogden.She recommends using a vapor steam cleaner to root out the itchy devils, then wrapping it in an anti-allergen mattress protector.At the very least, sprinkle your mattress with baking soda and let it sit for awhile. Then (using the attachment mentioned above) vacuum it up.For 4 more tips read more: http://bit.ly/1YDsbkK