Category: repairs

Finding the leak in your roof

If you’re a home owner, you know seeing that dark water spot on the ceiling means that there is a leak somewhere. Finding it isn’t always easy though. You go looking in the attic, only to find that everything is nice and dry where the stain should be. That’s because water is tricky. Here is a video that shows you where and what to look for to help you find the leak in your roof. So grab your flashlight and let’s go!

Garbage Disposal 101

A garbage disposal is a great addition to any kitchen. It cuts down on waste and reduces any lingering food odors from the trash can. The problem is though, they can become easily clogged if not taken care of properly. Today we will include ways to clean your disposal, what not to put it in and even a how to video, should yours ever clog.


Grease or Oil: They can solidify and build up on your pipes.

Vegetable Peels: This is ok for some fruits and vegetables, but not the tougher skinned ones so choose wisely.

Egg Shells: There is a membrane on the inside of the egg that can wrap around the blades.

Coffee Grounds: They don’t flush away like you think and over time build up and clog.

Pits, Seeds or Bones. I think this is obvious but just in case… don’t!

Garbage: Anything non food, no matter how small it is. Example, those little stickers on the fruit.

If you should find that your disposal is clogged. There are a few things you can try yourself before hiring a professional or replacing the unit. Watch this short video…

Now that we’ve gotten your disposal up and running. Let’s talk ways to keep it clean and running smoothly.

Ice & Salt: Take one cup ice and one cup salt and put it down the disposal. Turn on the water and let run for a minute or so. This will scrape away any build up that you may have.

Baking Soda & Vinegar: A little of each with create a natural fizzy cleaning action that rinses grim away

Lemon: This is my personal favorite because of the scent it gives off. Cut up a lemon into smaller chunks. Place them down the disposal and let it run for a couple minutes. The lemon is a natural disinfectant. It cleans and makes the whole kitchen smell amazing!

Well that’s it for now. Hope you don’t have any issues but if you do, you know what to do!


Hardwood Repairs

We’ve all experienced it. Whether it’s on a wood floor or furniture, scratches happen! While some of them can be more serious and need professional help, the minor ones you can do yourself. Here’s how…

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Wax Sticks

These are often found in floor care kits. If not it can be purchased at a local hardware store and applied with a Q-Tip.  Make sure not to over apply as you may see it in the right lighting.

Stain Pens

These can be found at most stores. Find the closest color and apply either with the pen itself or again with a Q-Tip or even a smaller paint brush.

Floor repair kits

For larger scratches, they sell a product made of plastic thermo polymers. These can be melted down (melting gun included in kit) and patched into the floor. They come in several shade and can even be mixed to get a shade closest to your own

Redo the floor

There are some example where patching just isn’t an option. Whether its pet stains, different finishes or just a larger damaged area, sanding is going to have to take place. You can try to re stain a darker color but some damages like pet stains will still show through. You can try it yourself but this is where you might want to call a professional. Redoing a hardwood floor is always more work than it seems.

Worst comes to worse, throw a rug over it!

I know it sounds like an easy way out but sometimes easiest and cheapest IS the way to go. Last week I had a new refrigerator delivered. As they were sliding it into place, they made significant damage right in the middle of my kitchen floor. While I work out the details of how and who is going to fix this problem, I decided to throw a rug over it for now and you know what? It’s not so bad. It at least makes it tolerable until I can get it fixed and no one else knows its there. As they say, “Out of sight, out of mind.”