Month: December 2020

Cracks, Downspout, Home improvement, Leakage, Waterproof

Install Downspout Extensions to Preserve the Foundation of Your Home from Leaks and Cracks

Downspout Extensions Prevent Damage to Foundation

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The most important part of any project is the foundation. And preserving and protecting the foundation of your home is also an excellent place to start with home repair. Water runoff from gutters that end directly next to your home can mean water seeping into the ground there and creating cracks in your home’s foundation. To avoid this you can easily and quickly install several different kinds of downspout extensions depending on the location of your downspout and what your needs are. Choose which one is best for you and your home and follow the steps below.

There are several options that you have when it comes to choosing which extension to use to channel water away from the end of your downspout and the foundation of your home. The easiest one is simply a splash block. You simply purchase the splash block and then position it under the elbow of the downspout to direct water away from the bottom of the downspout.

Another option is to purchase a downspout extension that comes equipped with a clip that you attach with a screw, higher up on the spout. You remove the elbow at the bottom of the downspout and attach the extension with screws on either side of where it attaches to the downspout. Then you screw the clip on the side of the downspout so that you can raise or lower the extension should you want to mow or work close to the house.

You can also purchase an accordion downspout extension. It is attached exactly the same way you would in step two. The advantage of this option is that it is very flexible and can be cut to at the end where the overflow comes out. You can easily direct it around shrubs or anything else close to your home.

You can watch this short video below to get a better sense of which extension you might get and how to install them following the steps above.

Keep In Mind

  • Measure and look carefully at  your downspouts and decide which extension will suit your needs best. Take into account what you will be doing around each downspout, such as yardwork. Not all of your spouts will necessarily need the same solution.
  • There are other options besides the three listed above so before you  go for the least expensive or quickest option make sure you will get the results you  want.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
DIY, Energy Efficiency, Home improvement, Light Bulbs

Convert Your Home to LED Lights And Save Money and The Environment

Convert to LED Lights Save Money and Environment

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By converting to LED lights in your home you get longer lasting bulbs. It is cost effective and environmentally responsible.

A switch to LED lights in your home is probably the easiest home repair you can do and it can have a big impact in a number of ways. First, LED lights last much longer than any light bulb 50 times longer than a regular incandescent bulb, they even last nearly 10 times longer than CFL or fluorescent bulbs which were initially touted for their energy efficiency (personally CFL lights always make me look sallow). Safety is another important consideration, and because LED lights emit almost no forward facing heat and run effectively at a lower voltage they are safer. Get started on this project with the steps below.

Determine what size led lights you need for each light you plan on replacing. You can do this by matching the base of your old bulb to the base of the LED light you plan on using to replace it.

An example of a replacement would be a 4 Watt LED light. This would typically have a 450 Lumens Output. This would make it a good replacement for a regular 40 watt incandescent bulb.

LED bulbs can be decorative also, and add to the ambiance of a particular room or area in your house. For example some LED’s have warmer light or are designed with filament to look like old fashioned bulbs.

LED’s will work with dimmer switches. However the package for the LED bulb must specifically state that it is compatible with a dimmer and the dimmer must be LED compatible. Older dimmers will most likely not work with LED’s.

Watch this quick video to give you directions and ideas on how to convert your lights quickly and easily to LED.

Things to Keep In Mind

  • Always make sure your LED bulb is under the maximum wattage of your fixture or lamp.
  • When you go to purchase your new LED bulbs, take the bulb that you plan on replacing with you so that you know you are matching the base of the LED bulb to that.
  • LED lights are great to use in fixtures or lamps that are hard to reach, because these bulbs last longer. They are also good to use in lamps or fixtures that get a lot of use for the same reason.