Make Sure Your Deck is Ready to be Enjoyed!

Tips from The Handyman Connection

Thank you to Handyman Connection for sharing the following tips.

Collapsing decks is a serious problem.

Decks collapse for a variety of reasons but mostly because they were not built correctly, they have not been properly maintained and because they’re too old.

To make sure your deck is safe, look for these warning signs:

  • Missing Connections – Look underneath your deck for missing connections. A deck needs to be built with metal connectors, nails, screws, and bolts. Make sure all of the wood framing under your deck is tied together with metal connectors and that the deck is connected from the house all the way into the ground with metal connectors. The most critical connection of a deck is the ledger, where the deck attaches to the house. Ledger screws or bolts should be used.
  • Loose Connections – Check to see if any railings or stairs are loose. If they are, repair them immediately. Also, check the balusters on the railing and make sure they are spaced less than four inches apart.
  • Corrosion – Connectors, nails and screws can corrode. Look for red rust or other signs of corrosion. Make sure the hardware you use to replace the corroded metal is rated for the outdoors to resist corrosion.
  • Rot – To test the wood on your deck, stick a screw driver in the area of wood you think is rotted. If it appears soft, replace it.
  • Cracks – Look for deck boards with large cracks. Deck boards or posts with large cracks should be replaced.
    Moisture – Flashing is a metal or plastic guard that directs water away from sensitive areas (where the deck and house meet). This keeps moisture and debris from collecting between the house and the deck’s ledger board. Make sure the flashing is sound and firmly in place. If you see areas that collect water, add or replace the flashing.

Home Improvement in the Fall

I liked the points made in this article in Handyman Connection…

Look on the Bright Side: Combat Gray Days with Colorful Interiors
As the summer season turns into fall, you can count on a few things: school will be in session, football games will be played, and your home will need a few fix-ups before colder weather sets in.

As the weather turns colder, you can anticipate spending more time indoors. However, you still can keep an upbeat “summer attitude” by introducing vibrant colors to your home’s interior.

Many scientific studies have established links between colors and moods. Blue is generally regarded as peaceful and calming. Red is associated with energy and action. Green symbolizes nature and can create a refreshing, rejuvenating feeling.

“More and more homeowners are opting to use bold colors as they renovate or redecorate,” says Joel Bell, vice president of Marketing for nationwide home improvement contracting network Handyman Connection. “Whether they have their own ideas or get advice from a certified handyman, homeowners have more alternatives than ever before for bringing color into their homes.”

When you’re considering brightening up your home with new wall coverings, here are the primary materials you have to work with:

• Paint: for areas where people gather, such as living or family rooms, warm colors such as reds and yellows promote sociability. To create a feeling of calmness and serenity, bedrooms should feature blues or greens. A different color on one wall, known as an accent wall, can make a design statement without dominating the room. Lighter colors will make a room seem larger, while using complementary colors can add dimension and additional depth.
• Wallpaper: wallpaper offers the advantage of multiple colors in a single pattern, which allows you more options in choosing your furnishings and accent pieces. Dark colors or dense patterns can seem confining in smaller rooms, so be sure to obtain a wallpaper sample and see how it looks in the room before you decide.
• Tile: although generally associated with the bathroom or kitchen, tile has become a more popular design element for introducing color into other rooms as well. Patterned tiles can be an especially effective complement to dining or transitional rooms.
Depending on your skill level, you may be able to tackle these projects yourself, or you can consult with a local professionally licensed handyman to discuss details and receive a cost estimate.

“It’s amazing how a bit of color can make a big difference in a room’s appearance — and your attitude, too,” adds Rocchetta.

So keep the “blues” at bay during the chilly months by looking on the bright side — and adding some color to your home.

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