[Mailman-i18n] Tackling Key Home Improvement Projects - Direct Buy

paul.kholer paul.kholer paul.kholer at gmail.com
Wed Jul 4 22:40:06 CEST 2007

Direct Buy

Summer time means barbeques, baseball, camping, and yes, Home Improvement
Projects! As the weather gets nice and the days get longer so do lists of
home improvement projects. Here are a few projects which are best done in
the summer maximizing the long days and the good weather!

*Gardening/Landscaping:* Depending on which part of the country you live in
it may be too late to plant a garden from seed, but you most likely still
have time to get your garden going using starters. Plant now, be sure to
properly weed and water and you will enjoy your vegetables all fall.

Many landscaping projects can be done throughout the year but it can be
easier and more enjoyable during the summer. Build a rockwall, plant some
perennials, or put down a fresh layer of mulch. Working in the summer
ensures the soil will be easy to work with and completing these projects now
allows you to enjoy them for the remainder of the summer and fall.

*Exterior Painting:* In many parts of the country 80% of exterior painting
gets done between the end of June and middle of September. The reason is the
weather is more predictable and warmer; you don't have to worry as much
about getting rained on in the middle of applying the second coat of paint.
The summer months are also a popular time for staining decks. Not only do
most people spend a lot of time on their decks during the summer and thus
want them to look nice, but the long days are ideal for completing a
re-staining job in a weekend.

*Roof replacement:* Summer is the perfect time to replace your roof because
there is no chance of getting snow and the weather is more predictable so
you can plan the best time to tear the roof off. There is nothing worse than
tearing off your roof right before a large rain fall! Also, in the summer
you don't have to worry about losing the heat from your home as you would
during the cold winter months.

*Screening in your Porch:* To fully enjoy the outside without the bugs,
screening in your porch is the only way to go. This project can actually be
competed almost anytime during the year but will be enjoyed during the

*Get Air Conditioning unit tuned up:* If you haven't already done so you
should get your AC tuned up. Many units use close to 50% more energy when
they are not running properly. With the rising cost of energy you can't
afford to keep your Air Conditioner running below its peak.

The preceding is a list of projects which are best completed during the
summer months. There are many other projects that are also completed during
the summer but the ones above should be moved to the top of your list to
maximize the weather during the summer.

Good luck and don't forget to make time to go swimming too!

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