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Quick Home Repair Tips

You're a do-it-yourselfer, a weekend warrior. You love to tinker around the house and putter around the yard. Your tool shed is a source of pride, as is the great shape your home is in and the immaculate condition of your lawn. All this home repair and maintenance keeps you busy, so often you just want to get the information you need and get to work so that you can get on with enjoying the house and yard you work so hard at maintaining. Here are five home repair tips for bringing your house back to life after winter weather, but if you're in need of some other bits of advice, you'll have to follow the maintenance category links.

Repair Cement

If you live in climates that experience cold winters, water and moisture will have seeped into the concrete in your sidewalks and driveways. It will have frozen and expanded and caused cracks. You should patch potholes and repair those cracks. Don't forget to clean your concrete and apply a sealer. Concrete cleaning and repair kits can be purchased at most major home improvement centers.

Clean Your Deck

Wood decks will take a beating during the winter. They will suffer from exposure to the moisture, and the wood will be stressed from repeated expansion and contraction. Give your deck a good power washing, and scrub it with a brush if needed. If that doesn't work, purchase a commercial deck cleaner. Repair any planks that have cracked or broken or look like they might soon. Refinish the deck, if it needs it or you want to, and re-seal it.

Clean Out Your Gutters

Dirt and leaves and debris will have accumulated in the gutters over the winter. Sweep them out and then rinse them with a hose. Check for rust and scrub it off with a wire-bristled brush if necessary. Reattach any fallen gutters or spouts.

Repair Siding

Replace any broken or cracked panels and re-caulk between them if necessary. If your siding is stucco, re-patch where needed. The spring is a good time for touching up paint or repainting.

Repair Window Screens

Screens may have been damaged during the winter, so patch them or replace them to keep unwanted summer pests out of your home.


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