Hurricane window film is a great way to protect your home from rain and wind infiltration. The window films also save energy dollars by blocking solar heat gain. The hurricane window films also block over 90 percent of ultraviolet radiation which damages expensive fabrics.
A patio constructed of patio pavers can add a very distinctive look to your home. If installing patio pavers is done correctly, the brick paver patio will last of years. Traditional clay-brick pavers, set in mortar, make for a great patio design and low maintenance.
Roof algae is common on shingles that aren't algae-resistant. It appears like black streaks in the shape of an upside down cone. To kill roof algae, use Oxygen Bleach. Then install strips of copper at certain locations.
Building storage sheds or garden sheds takes some important preplanning. Check your local building codes to see if a building permit is required for your shed. Outdoor storage sheds can be built on a wood frame or concrete foundation. Wood sheds are easy to build and very affordable. Should your shed plans call for a mini-garage door? Great for that riding lawn mower.
Gutter Leak Repair Spray TIPS "If it looks too good to be true, then ...." Old gutters used to be soldered WATCH gutter seal video below Modern sealants do a great job if aluminum is cleaned first CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! Seal the Connections Aluminum gutters and downspouts are prone […]
Porch Steps Rise Run TIPS Risers and treads have distinct relationships Safe stairs can be steep or shallow 7.5-inch riser and 10-inch tread is BEST COMBINATION Install anchor cleat at base of steps! CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I asked a contractor to build a set of porch steps […]
Spring Exterior Home Maintenance TIPS Some checklists miss important items Concentrate on water and UV light damage WATCH plumbing vent video below Use special epoxy for concrete and blacktop repairs CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I’ve live in a quaint Cape Cod-style home and try to keep it in […]
Roof Popping Noise TIPS Roof popping in the wind is flexing the rafters or trusses Popping in the morning and evening is thermal expansion Diagonal braces almost always stop the noise Residential structural engineer is the pro to get for a consult CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I need […]
Cracked Treated Wood TIPS Treatment chemicals evaporate causing cracks Seal with synthetic-resin sealers - See my test results below WATCH wood epoxy video series below Apply sealer within days of installing treated lumber CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: Over the summer I ripped up the old boards on my […]
Cleaning and sealing any outdoor wood is not much different than doing the same thing for a wood deck. Outdoor wood tables, chairs, fencing, wood playsets, arbors, etc. all take the same abuse from Mother Nature.