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DIY Air Conditioner Maintenance | Handyman tips

We all regularly service our cars and we take that for granted. Unfortunately, we often forget that our appliances need regular care also in order to function properly. Among all appliances air conditioner units need regular service the most. Regular air conditioner maintenance isn’t needed only to get the most out of your machine but […]

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15 Home Maintenance Tips for the Fall Season

Getting your home in shape for cooler months isn't rocket science. Set aside some time now to complete these simple tasks so you can rest easy, knowing you're prepared.

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Caulk, Caulk, Caulk! - Uncle John's Handyman Service

That seems to be the theme for the week! I had a store in Jeff City need it’s windows caulked … they noticed that the black stuff on the wall was growing and …hay! The floor is wet! I repaired a shorting front door light switch that had mold growing out from under the wall …

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Cleaning Air Conditioners in the Spring

This central air conditioner maintenance guide helps you get lower cooling bills while staying comfortable in summer.

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100 Home Repairs You Don’t Need to Call a Pro For

You may think some home repairs are out of your league, but even beginner DIYers can handle many of these fixes—and save a lot of money in the process! Browse through the following 100 home repairs to find the step-by-step instructions and advice for doing all of them yourself.

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Squeak-Relief Floor Repair Kit

Make Fixing Your Squeaky Floors Quick and Easy! Squeak-Relief has quickly become the most popular, easy-to-use and cost effective squeak eliminator available today. It's simple, it's effective and it only takes seconds to install. Our new Quick-Tack pin allows anyone to instantly place the brace in the proper position for the power drilling of the Squeak-Relief screws. All hardware comes with each kit. Simplicity of design and ease of use makes Squeak Relief one of the best selling floor kits on the market. In fact, “The Family Handyman” Magazine called the Squeak-Relief System “Simple, elegant, effective and fast”. “Fine Homebuilding” Magazine tested the system and wrote: “A quick and easy fix for squeaky floors. It gave me what its name implies (squeak relief). Squeaky floors can be maddening and it’s probably one of the most common homeowner complaints. But even the most severe squeaks can be cured in as little as 60 seconds by anyone who can use a power drill. All it takes is four easy steps. Find it, pin it, screw it and forget it! Features Include: Easy DIY installation with no special tools required. Eliminates the most severe squeaks in seconds. Will not harm floor coverings. Works will all ⅝” and thicker subfloors. Solid aircraft grade aluminum for strength and durability. Precision machined to guarantee perfect fastener placement and depth control. Affordably priced... with kits starting as low as $24.95 for 6 separate repairs. Recommended for all wood, vinyl, linoleum, tile and carpeted floors built over either standard. It's Simple, It's Effective And It's Real, Real Easy To Install! Why Squeak-Relief is so effective is simple; in fact, it’s so simple it’s virtually impossible to screw up (pun intended). With the solid aluminum brace providing both structural support and guidance for the two power drive screws, the Squeak-Relief system actually pulls the floor and joist together and creates a mechanical lock right inside the floor. With both the brace and screws, the Squeak-Relief system actually pulls the floor and joist together and creates a mechanical lock right inside the floor. With both the brace and screws working at the predetermined 30 degree angle and the original nail (put in when the floor was built) running vertically, the floor would actually have to move in two different directions at the same time to ever start squeaking again (vertically up the shaft of the nail and again at 30 degrees along the shaft of the screws). With the laws of physics dictating that no one object can move in two different directions at the same time (excludes California for obvious for obvious reasons), the fix is absolutely permanent - so permanent in fact, that we guarantee the fix for the life of the floor. As you already know, squeaky floors can be maddening and it's probably one of the most common homeowner complaints you'll hear about. But one thing is certain, with Squeak-Relief even the most severe floor squeak can be cured in as little as 60 seconds by anyone who can use a power drill. All it takes is four easy steps. Find it, pin it, screw it and forget it! How Squeak-Relief Works: How and why it works is easily demonstrated in this cross section view. With the brace placed between the floor and joist, the set-pin is inserted through the brace and into the joist for positioning. The next step re-secures the subfloor to the joist using two power drive screws of different length and diameter. These screws penetrate both the joist and subfloor pulling both tightly together, thus eliminating the root cause of the squeak. Squeak-Relief is safe to use on any 5/8" or thicker subfloor. With the brace adding structural support, the set-pin (in horizontally) and the two power drive screws (in at 30 degrees), makes it virtually impossible for the newly created bond to ever work its way loose. For overkill, the system even takes advantage of the original nail to create a horizontal and vertical lock, making the repair absolutely permanent and guaranteed for the life of the floor. Simplicity of design and ease of use makes Squeak-Relief one of the best selling floor repair kits on the market. In fact, "The Family Handyman" magazine called the Squeak-Relief system: "Simple, elegant, effective and fast" and "Fine Homebuilding" magazine tested the system and wrote: "A quick and easy fix for squeaky floors...it gave me what its name implies (squeak relief)".   Squeak-Relief Installation: Step 1: Locate the squeak. The easiest way is to have someone walk in the area while viewing the subfloor from below. When the damaged area is walked on, you should hear the squeak and see some movement between the floor and joist. Once you locate the area needing repair, proceed to Step 2. Top: While not required, we always recommend that the same person remain in the area while you secure the brace. This will help compress the floor aiding in installation. Step 2: Insert the brace. Place the brace as shown and insert the aluminum positioning pin through the small hole (center of brace) and hammer in place. For optimum performance, the small flange should fit snugly between the floor and joist. If the floor is so loose that the subfloor is raised from the joist, allowing the brace to “float” freely, always apply a slight downward pull on the brace (when inserting the positioning pin) to ensure that the bottom of the flange rests on the top of the joist rather than the top of the flange being pushed up against the bottom of the subfloor. Once secured, proceed to Step 3. Step 3: Fasten the screws. Once pinned in position, continue by inserting and fastening the top (1 ¼”) screw, followed by the bottom (3”) screw. Note: The two power drive screws included with the kit are sized for ⅝” and thicker subfloors. Do not use any other size screws, as this may damage the floor and/or cause serious personal injury. Caution: Whenever working in an area above your head, always wear safety glasses for eye protection and always be careful when working around plumbing pipes, gas lines and electrical cables! Squeak-Relief FAQ: I’m really not handy, is it hard to install? Not at all. Just locate the squeak, insert the brace, pin it and screw it in. Total time about 60 seconds. Predrilling is never required and the only tool you’ll need is a drill or power screwdriver. All the necessary hardware is included with the bracing. How many do you need to make a repair? Just one Squeak-Relief per squeak is all it takes! How does Squeak-Relief come packaged? For small jobs, we have a handy six pack for six separate repairs and for bigger jobs we have a Contractor 12 Pack good for twelve separate repairs. What makes Squeak-Relief the preferred method of repair? What makes our product so effective and virtually foolproof, is the fact, that Squeak-Relief not only adds additional structural support and fasteners to the damaged area, but it also takes advantage of the original nail (which was installed during the floor’s construction) to make the bond permanent. It’s not just foolproof, it’s idiot proof! How does Squeak-Relief use the original nail to make the repair? In about 99% of all construction (that used nails as fasteners), the nails are simply installed vertically into the subfloor and can now freely move up and down (vertically) every time you walk on the floor. With the Squeak-Relief system adding support and fasteners all working at a 30 degree angle, once the brace is installed and fastened, the floor would actually have to move in two different directions at the same time to ever break its bond (up vertically along the shaft of the nail and off at 30 degrees along the shaft of the screws). With the laws of physics dictating that no one object can move in two different directions at the same time (excludes California for obvious reasons), it’s virtually impossible for the floor to work its way loose to start squeaking again. What’s the best way to find the area needing repair? The easiest way is to have someone walk in the area as you look at the floor from below. Once you hear the squeak, you should see some movement such as the floor being pushed against the joist. Should I pre-drill the holes to make putting in the screws a little easier? Absolutely not! As most joists are usually made of a soft wood such as pine, the screws usually have little problem being screwed in place. In addition, if you were to pre-drill the holes, going in too far could cause serious damage to your floor covering. If you have difficulty in screwing in the screws, an easy solution is to add a little soap to the screw before installation. Are there any secrets to getting good results? As the brace and screws were designed to do most of the work, all you really need to do is locate the exact position of the damaged area. And as locating the squeak is sometimes the most difficult part, we even made that easier by designing a product which can easily be removed and reinstalled in an adjacent area if you have difficulty in locating the exact position of the squeak. Our only other recommendation is that you have someone stand in the area during installation, to help compress the floor to the joist as the screws are being secured. Your product also incorporates a shim, what gives? You're right. Our product does incorporate a small shim as part of the design, however, unlike a wooden shim which is quite long and thick, our patented micro-shim design provides a shim that is both super thin and limited in length. Unlike the wooden shim which is used primarily to fill the void between the joist and subfloor, our micro-shim was designed primarily to correctly position the brace for installation and to allow the brace to be held in position while being installed. The micro-shim also eliminates some of the gap that may exist between the floor and joist but because of its limited size it will not damage the surrounding area as would a standard wooden shim. We also now have a brace "Qu

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15 Fall Home Maintenance Tips You Should Know.

Getting your home in shape for cooler months isn't rocket science. Set aside some time now to complete these simple tasks so you can rest easy, knowing you're prepared.

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Caulk Tape Strip Anti-Mold Waterproof Self-Adhesive Magic Peel And Stick Caulk Tape

Get your bathroom or toilet caulking jobs done easily and instantly with this new sealing caulk tape strip. It's waterproof, anti-mold and super durable. Just peel, stick and get your caulking jobs done easily and instantly! Re-caulking your shower, toilet, wall and kitchen sink doesn't have to be a pain with this practical self-adhesive magic peel and stick caulk tape.

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10 Vital Home Maintenance Tasks You'll Regret If You Forget

You probably already have a home maintenance checklist: Replace the furnace filter each season, shut off water spigots before winter, etc.

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Don't Just Change Your Clocks - Yearly Home Maintenance Checklist - The Nerd's Wife

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Energizer. All opinions are my own. Every six months, you can count on one thing — Daylight Savings Time. Fall back in November; Spring Forward in March. It’s like clockwork, and it’s unavoidable. So why not use this time as a reminder to take care of...Read More

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