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Ten Point Home Maintenance Checklist

Furnace Filters Ten Point Home Maintenance Checklist

The overall condition of your home can deteriorate rapidly if you don’t keep your eye on certain things around the house. While the few items on this list is not all inclusive, it’s good for starters. Embrace the Fix-it-Now (FIN) policy. It will save money in the long run, as deferred maintenance is costly. Watch out for those mice.

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Heating Oil Fuel Tanks: Preventive Maintenance

01 Heating Oil Fuel Tanks: Preventive Maintenance

If the legs on your oil storage tank are in danger of structural failure -the potential risk is not just of being inconvenienced by a massive clean-up effort. There is a risk of a potential health hazard to you and your family.

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How to Find Your Main Water Valve

0 How to Find Your Main Water Valve

When your basement is flooding or your kitchen is getting sprayed down under pressure, it’s not the time to go exploring the location of the Main Water Supply Valve.

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The Hose Bib

012 The Hose Bib

Installing a new hose bib so your hose will reach your garden? Your existing wall faucet reach the end of its useful life? When installing a new hose bib, the plumbing code now requires the use of a frost free sillcock.

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How to Unclog a Toilet

09 How to Unclog a Toilet

The happy homeowner will someday likely be faced with a clogged toilet as an item of home maintenance. For a fraction of the cost of a plumber’s service call, you can purchase a good quality closet auger and do it yourself.

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How to Caulk

03 How to Caulk

There are three uses for caulk that come to mind. One is for weatherization of your home. Another use for caulk is as a sealant to keep water from infiltrating where it is unwanted. Sometimes caulking is used merely for aesthetic purposes. If your job consists of hundreds of feet of caulking, your finger isn’t the right tool for the job.

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Caulking a Bathtub

02 Caulking a Bathtub

To restore the beauty of your tile bathtub or shower unit, replace the old caulking sealant at the top of the unit where it meets the tile. This is a normal part of home maintenance and usually needs to be done annually, if not more often.

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Roof Moss

0 Roof Moss

If you’re not in a hurry there is another, more benign method I used on my garden shed roof. I spread the Tide Powdered Laundry Detergen all over the upper elevations of the roof and went away. Meanwhile, the rain dissolved the Tide and it ran down over the entire roof, killing the moss. I did it in the autumn and actually forgot about it. By spring the roof was moss-free and clean.

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Remove Mold & Mildew

0 Remove Mold & Mildew

Mold and Mildew are most prevalent in the Hot and Humid times of the year in areas of the home where moisture builds up, is dark and is not well ventilated. Basements and under sink cabinets are common areas for house mold.

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