Spring is Here! Here's a Quiz About Home Repair and Maintenance. See How YOU Do!

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     Thought I would post this helpful quiz I found on the National Association of Home Builders site for all of the homeowners amongst us ... and particularly those seriously thinking of selling their home in the near future.

      With spring upon us, this article seemed particularly timely and useful. 

    

     Routine maintenance and repair of the home is important to the future sale value of a home ... so knowing and following the tips and guidance provided here can and will payoff ... not only in dollars realized, but how quickly a home sells.

     Thanks to the NAHB for providing these important home maintenance reminders ...    

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     It's the weekend and you have a whole list of household chores to do. Oh, we know you'd rather be golfing or playing tennis or watching TV, but keeping your home in good shape is important. Your home may be the biggest investment you will ever make. Taking good care of it with regular maintenance is necessary to maintain its value and ensure it will provide a comfortable, safe shelter for you and your family for a long time.

     Here is a home maintenance quiz that will test your maintenance knowledge. While this quiz does not address every home maintenance project, it does provide helpful tips and reminders for chores you may have overlooked.


1. How often do forced-air furnace filters need to be changed?
At least every three months during the heating season.

2. What part of the faucet usually needs to be replaced when you have a water leak?
The washer.

3. Should you run hot or cold water through your garbage disposal?
Cold water.

4. How often should the moving parts of garage doors be oiled?
Every three mplumberonths.

5. What tools can you use to unclog your drains?
A plunger and a plumber's snake.

6. What tool can be used to unclog a toilet?
Coil spring-steel auger.

7. What faucet part needs to be cleaned every three to four months? 
Aerator-the screen inside the end of the faucet.

8. What can you use for traction on icy sidewalks, steps and driveways?
Cat litter or sand-never use salt because it damages the pavement.

9. Where should the fire in your fireplace be built?
On the andirons or grate, never on the fireplace floor.

10. What will prevent soot and add color to the fire in your fireplace?
Throw in a handful of salt.

11. Where should your firewood be stored?
Outside, away from your house and not directly on the ground.

12. What helps keep unpainted concrete floors easy to keep clean?
Concrete sealer.

13. What should you use to clean unpainted concrete floors?
A solution of 4 to 6 tablespoons of washing soda in a gallon of hot water. Mix scouring powder to the solution for tough jobs.

14. When can you clean hardwood floors with water?
When the floors have a polyurethane finish.

15. Do hardwood floors need to be waxed?
Hardwood floors that do not have a polyurethane finish probably will need to be waxed periodically. Use liquid or paste "spirit" wax.

16. What is the best polish for vinyl floors?
Water emulsion wax.

17. When is basement condensation at its maximum?
In new homes because gallons of water went into the concrete of basement walls.

18. Why should noisy water pipes be fixed promptly?
The condition that causes noisy pipes may be accompanied by vibration that can cause fittings to loosen and leak.

19. Why should frozen pipes be thawed slowly?
Frozen pipes should be thawed slowly to prevent the formation of steam, which could  cause the pipe to burst.roofer

20. How often should your roof be inspected?
A qualified roofer should inspect your roof every three years.

21. What should be regularly checked on your security system?
The alarms and circuit breakers should be checked to make sure they are in working order and the sensors should be inspected one by one.

22. To ensure your safety, what household equipment uses batteries that must be checked regularly to make sure they are operable?
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

23. What do you use to fill nail holes and cracks in plaster walls and gypsum wallboard? 
Spackling.

24. What is the white powdery substance that develops on masonry walls?
Efflorescence sometimes appears on masonry walls. It is crystallized soluble salts that can be removed by scrubbing with water and a stiff

25. At what temperature should your water heater be set?
120 degrees Fahrenheit

26. How often do skylights need to be inspected?
Skylights should be inspected each time your roof is inspected so leaks don't develop from cracks and interruptions around its seals, caulking and flashings.

27. What is a simple solution you can use to wash extremely dirty exterior windows?
A solution of equal parts vinegar and water or 3 tablespoons of denatured alcohol per quart of warm water. Use a piece of crumpled newspaper to wash the glass to avoid lint left behind by papertowls.

28. What can you use to help a window slide easily?
Rub the channel with a piece of paraffin.

29. What should you look for when you inspect your siding yearly?
Determine if wood-sided homes need to be repainted; check to see if the caulking around the windows and doors has split and cracked, and replace the caulk; clean the mildew; trim shrubbery away so it does not touch the siding.

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Gene Mundt
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Al and Peggy: Glad you liked the tips ... hope they prove helpful during your Spring routines.

Don: I totally understand ... I have one of those too! Best of luck tackling the jobs provided for you!

Cari: Good to hear that you learned something reading my post.  Maybe it will payoff down the road and save you from expensive repairs.  I'm all for that ..

Donne:  The joys of spring!!  Just remember how romantic it is to work side-by-side ... right?

Gene

March 18, 2010 01:54 PM
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I got 0 out of 29.  Don't hire me for your handwork.  Great way to post home maintenace tips, Gene

March 18, 2010 02:40 PM
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Jane:  No?  No tool belt?  I guess we'll have to stick to a round of golf together then.  Remember ... my treat in Chicago ....

Gene

March 18, 2010 04:48 PM
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Terri Onigkeit
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Thanks you would be a great handy man around the house

March 18, 2010 06:45 PM
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Terri:  Thank you!  I'll make sure to tell my wife you paid me that compliment!  Much appreciated ...

Gene

March 18, 2010 07:16 PM
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Gene, great information!  And if you use kitty litter on the sidewalk, it's probably better to not use the clumping kind.

March 18, 2010 11:08 PM
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Patricia:  Thanks for offering the tip ... never would have thought of that!  

Gene

March 19, 2010 10:58 AM
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Great tips indeed !!!!

... I shall reblog this one tomorrow, and I am flagging for a feature as I think more folks could benefits from these excellent reminders !!

Cheers Gene !

Sheldon

March 19, 2010 06:30 PM
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Hi Gene ~ all homeowners can benefit from these great tips, Gene.  Thanks for sharing them with us.  I guess I'd better get busy -- there are some here I'd hever heard of before.

March 20, 2010 12:52 AM
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Sheldon: Thank you! Re-blogging is a great compliment .. and these tips are definitely worth it. I do appreciate your stopping by to let me know of your kind gesture ...

Maureen:  You're not alone.  I can see there is plenty of work for me to do at my own place too!  Good thing spring is just around the corner ...

Gene

March 20, 2010 09:51 AM
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Haris Dedic
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Gene ~ This is my first rebloged post. Thanks for such a through list.

March 20, 2010 11:28 AM
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More great stuff, Gene -- thanks for the list. I think I'll use some of these in my newsletters, what do you think? And a re-blog!

March 21, 2010 09:36 AM
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Gene,

I too love these tips...there are a great deal of really good stuff here.  I am anxious to try the one for windows...I too would like to reblog this one...

March 21, 2010 09:43 AM
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Lyn Sims
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Oops on a couple of these. Garage door moving parts every 3 months? Arggg. Good tips & I've flunked a couple of them.

March 21, 2010 10:40 AM
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Haris:  Thank you for choosing to re-blog my post.  I'm honored that you did.  Hope it helps all your readers/clients.  Good to hear from you ..

Lottie:  Great minds run in the same vein .. as I was thinking of emailing my customers with these suggestions this week!  I think they're definitely worth repeating.  Thank you ...

Lori:  I appreciate your writing me and letting me know that you're re-blogging my post.  There's no better compliment ...

Lyn:  Hey Lyn!  I have to admit to being a little tardy or even "no show" on a few of these tips myself.  Hopefully the post served as a good reminder or educational tool.  I know it did for me.  Good to hear from you again ...

Gene 

March 21, 2010 02:16 PM
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Margaret Goss
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#1 on your list is one of the things I always forget - when the heating guy came he almost passed out!  Great list.

March 21, 2010 05:23 PM
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Gene .. thank you for sharing this great information!   wow, I was surprised by a few of these!

March 21, 2010 08:40 PM
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Margaret:  Totally understand.  For some reason that is something I put-off too or forget.  Hope the list helps everyone tho ... and thanks for writing.

Woodlands:  Have to admit I didn't know some of them either.  We all can still learn, can't we?  Good to hear from you ..

Gene

March 22, 2010 10:32 AM
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Great post, Gene.  I'm going to try your window washing formula.   

March 22, 2010 01:13 PM
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Hope:  Thanks for writing!  I hear that this advice really works and makes them sparkle.  

Gene 

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