Many people celebrate the holiday season by adding electric lights and lighted decorations to their home and yard. Yet, if sufficient care is not taken, these items can be the source of a disastrous house fire; according to the US Fire Administration, one out of three Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems. To […]
With rising energy costs, it is more important than ever to conserve wherever possible. Generally, cut heating costs by looking for places where cold air can enter, and sealing up those gaps and holes. If you feel a draft, fix it! Here are some specific things to check each fall: Make sure you have adequate […]
If you still have unfinished repairs late in the fall, be aware of the temperature requirements for the materials you are using. As a rule, most products for exterior repairs need a minimum of 50° to cure properly. For example, concrete needs a month to cure, while the water evaporates from within it. Once we […]
Drywallinfo.com features lot of information on new products and methods for installing drywall. If you’re planning to tackle this project yourself, you might find the site helpful.
A good source of information on repairing tools and appliances is eReplacementParts.com. (They carry parts, as well.) Check out Bryce Faddis’ 6/30 13 post praising Home Repair Resource Center.
Cynthia Freeney’s post, published by Patch Media Corporation on May 21, 2013, has some good suggestions for inspecting your home’s foundation. She suggests that it’s easiest to see problems in early spring, while your landscape plants are dormant.
Should you choose wood, fiberglass, or steel for your replacement door? Let’s talk about the pros and cons of each, and then you can decide for yourself.
Wooden doors have been around since doors were invented. No doubt, the door you are replacing is wood. Think about why you need to replace it. Has it come unglued? Does it swell up and stick during certain seasons? Does cold air leak in around the edges, no matter how well you insulate it? All these common problems, along with a certain lack of strength/security, are the less desirable qualities of a wooden door. Nevertheless, wood has a high weight-to-strength ratio and brings a warmth to the entry of your home that no other material has yet matched.
Fiberglass doors are better insulated than wood doors, and have much the same kind of weatherstripping. They can be grained and stained to look like wood, but are lighter in weight. Fiberglass doors are less likely to absorb moisture, so they will not rot, swell, or bow.
With recent improvements in steel door technology, however, some people are choosing the practical advantages of metal.
by HRRC Program Director Allison Urbanek. I promised a little story about the experience we had buying our first major appliance. Let me take you back just a bit. On my birthday in April, we bought a dishwasher. Since Dave does not do dishes (he cooks, and I clean), I was in quite a hurry […]
by HRRC Program Director Allison Urbanek. Last weekend I was all comfy and cozy in my living room chair reading a book, when Dave came in and told me that there was water on the basement floor. Once before a rag had gotten stuck in the laundry sink drain, causing water to overflow when the […]
by HRRC Program Director Allison Urbanek Recently I had the pleasure of attending a senior focus group at the Cleveland Heights Senior Center. I decided to go because I wanted to hear about the concerns of the aging population in our city. I learned a few things: 1) Cleveland Heights residents are die-hard residents. More […]