How To Prepare Your Lawn For Winter

How to prepare your lawn for Winter

Fall lawn care tips from A Concord Carpenter The overall beauty of your home can be impacted by your landscaping, and your lawn is probably the largest part of your yard. So regardless of how well maintained and beautiful your home is, you can't ignore the look and condition of your lawn, since both you and I know, your neighbors certainly won't. Don't let your lawn be an eye-sore and check out these Fall lawn care tips and be sure you know … [Read more...]

How To Use A Pressure Washer

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Tips and Important considerations when using a Pressure Washer Here at A Concord Carpenter we love tools and believe the right tool for the job can save you time and money, but ultimately you'll get better results when you use the BEST tool for the job. When it comes to cleaning outdoors, nothing does a better job, faster than a pressure washer. But misuse of a pressure washer can have the opposite effect on your project. Check out these … [Read more...]

Chimney Cleaning

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Fireplace Safety  If you have a fireplace, make sure you schedule a chimney cleaning and have you chimney and fireplace checked out by a professional chimney cleaner before starting the first fire.  Chimney Fires - Good To Know! Chimney fires are a reality and hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage every year. Indication that you may have a chimney fire can often be seen because of a lot of dense smoke and a loud popping or … [Read more...]

Solar Water Heaters

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 Hot Water Systems   Solar water heaters—also called solar domestic hot water systems—can be a cost-effective way to generate hot water for your home. They can be used in any climate, and the fuel they use—sunshine—is free. How They Work Solar water heating systems include storage tanks and solar collectors. There are two types of solar water heating systems: active, which have circulating pumps and controls, and passive, which … [Read more...]

Tips On Cleaning Wood Siding

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How To Clean Wood Siding A common problem with all types of house siding is dirt and mold. Sometimes siding that looks like it needs a new coat of paint, really only need a good scrubbing this article will provide you with time saving tips on cleaning wood siding. The most time-consuming—but thorough—way to wash siding is the old-fashioned way: with a bucket of sudsy water, a nozzle hose, and a stiff-bristle nylon scrub brush screwed onto … [Read more...]

Home Maintenance Checklist

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Tips to keep your home well maintained As a carpenter I am often called to peoples homes to repair, replace or troubleshoot house problems. Most if not all issues that I deal with are a result of not taking the time to perform periodic maintenance.  These people need my  home maintenance checklist. The fall season, is a good time to give your house a good inspection and get it ready for winter. Before the weather grows colder it's important … [Read more...]

Repairing A Window Sill

Rotted Marvin Window Trim and Sill Sixteen years ago I put these windows in and have always maintained the paint on them.  Unfortunately the finger jointed wood trim that window manufacturers use these days is far inferior to that used in days past and now required repairing a window sill. Repairing A Window Sill I noticed that some of the paint appeared wrinkled. This is usually a sure sign of paint failure or rot. Most of the time I … [Read more...]