April Maintenance Saves You From May Repairs

At Expert Roofing, we are happy to help you with all of your Chicago roof repairs, but we also want to help you keep your home in good shape so you don’t need to repair it as frequently.

One of the best ways to keep your house from needing repairs is to do a little maintenance every month. It can be hard to figure out where to start and what needs to be done each month but if you have a list it can make it a little easier.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/the-april-home-improvement-checklist/2013/04/02/91183cd2-957d-11e2-b6f0-a5150a247b6a_story.html?utm_term=.06dd0208d945The April home improvement checklist – The Washington Post It’s spring at last — the perfect time to get outside and tune up the yard. For starters: How’s the fence? If yours looks grungy, you might just need to scrub and hose it off, then apply a fresh coat of stain or paint. If it’s wobbly or leaning, a rotted-out fence post is the likely culprit. You can replace the post, but that’s a lot of work, especially if the post has a concrete anchor. For an easier solution, check out Simpson Strong Tie’s Fence Mender (available at Home Depot), a 28-inch-long metal stake designed for pounding in alongside a wooden post, even if it’s set into concrete. For each post, you need two stakes, typically sold for less than $10 each, plus screws and a short-handle sledgehammer or two. Why two? It gives you a bigger target to aim at. Position one sledge on the top of a stake and hit that with the other sledge.

Garden gates tend to sag over time. Then they stick, or the latch no longer works. To get a gate working like new, first check hinges. If screws are loose, tighten them or replace them with ones that are slightly longer and thicker. Next, check the gate itself and tighten up anything that’s loose. Wooden gates typically have a brace that rises diagonally from the bottom on the hinged side to the top on the latch side. If your gate lacks this, the simplest solution is to add one by bolting it to the horizontal supports on the gate. First, prop under the latch side until that side of the gate is the right height and wedge in another prop about a quarter-inch or half-inch thick, to allow for a little future sagging. Then add the diagonal bracing. If your gate already has diagonal bracing, or as additional reinforcing for a wooden brace you’ve just added, install a cable with a turnbuckle (a fitting that you can screw in to keep the cable taut) diagonally across the gate, but in the opposite direction. For all the parts you need, buy a gate repair kit for less than $10, such as Stanley Hardware’s Anti-Sag Gate Kit (available at Lowe’s) or Hoover Fence’s Non-Sag Gate Kit (www.hooverfence.com). read more at washingtonpost.com

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