Hosting a party for the big game? These Etsy shops have got your back and will help you create custom Super Bowl party decor. It’s cost effective while still giving you a creative look with a personal touch.
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If there is one thing we have too much of it is stuff. More specifically, things we don’t need that have accumulated over the years. Spring cleaning is a great time to keep this problem in check, but who wants to wait all winter? Instead, I would recommend a different motive, cleaning house for charity.
Hardware for Habitat
I recently remodeled the nursery for my first child and ended up with a bunch of leftover parts. The hardware for the doors was replaced along with the overhead light and electrical fixtures. There was nothing wrong with any of these pieces. They simply did not fit the theme. To avoid being wasteful, I dropped off all these parts to Habitat for Humanity where they will go to good use. This organization either sells the items to fund operations or reuses them in projects. Either way, your leftover hardware and fixtures can be put to good use!
Have you delayed scheduling your annual fall furnace maintenance appointment? We’re already into December and entering into the heart of the heating season but it’s never too late to show your furnace some love. It is so much worse to have to deal with a problem when your whole house is reliant on that appliance during the winter. Could you imagine how many space heaters you’d have to run to prevent your pipes and family from freezing?
While some of the items on this checklist could be handle by everyday DIY homeowners, there are a few that require special equipment and others that are best left to a professional.
- Remove soot buildup from the combustion chamber and clean up any debris.
- Visually look over the flue for any cracks, holes, or corrosion. Small leaks can be seal with foil tape (i.e. duct tape will not work). If the flue is very corroded, it is best to have it replaced.
- If applicable, replace the oil filter. Be sure the oil valve is closed when working on this filter.
- Professionals will utilize a special meter to examine the exhaust gases to optimize the fuel to air ratio.
- Clean out the blower compartment of dust and debris. Open the oil ports and top off with the appropriate lubricant for your specific blower.
Thanksgiving has passed and snow falls have ushered in December and Christmas season. While it is great that we will have a white Christmas, it did make it tricky to get all the lights on the house with the first snow coming in early November in Minnesota. I’ll just have to focus decorating efforts inside this year!
Light Bulb Ornament
Upcycle an old light bulb into an interesting Christmas ornament that is sure to grab people’s attention.