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Home Trends: How to Clean and Repair Gutters

Home Trends: How to Clean and Repair Gutters

 Cleaning roof gutters is a small task that can prevent big problems. Every spring and fall, thoroughly cleaning your home’s gutters will keep them working like they should. Leaves can build up and clog the downspouts, which can cause water damage to your roof and fascia (board behind the gutter). All that water pouring over the gutters can end up next to your home’s foundation, and maybe in the basement or crawlspace. Follow these simple steps for cleaning your home’s gutters and making simple gutter repairs.

Select an appropriate ladder to clean gutters. Use a step ladder if possible. For a two-story home, you may need an extension ladder. For all ladders, make sure the legs are set on a solid and level surface.

Removing Debris
Begin cleaning the gutter near a downspout. Remove the large debris (leaves, twigs, etc.) with a trowel and dump it in a bucket. To clean out finer materials, flush the gutter lengths with a hose starting at the end opposite the downspout. Alternatively, you can use a gutter-cleaning attachment on a hose. If the water doesn’t drain, recheck the downspout strainer, and clean as necessary. If gutter water still doesn’t drain, the downspout may be clogged.

Check the drain end. If the downspout runs underground, remove it from the pipe as needed. Install a small nozzle on the hose and lock it at full pressure. Turn on the water and feed the hose up from the bottom of the spout. If this doesn’t clear the downspout or the nozzle is too big, use a plumber’s snake tool to clear the blockage. Reattach the downspout.

Repairing Gutters
After flushing the gutter, if there is still standing water, the gutter may not be sloped correctly and will require adjustment. The length of the system should decline at least ¼” every 10’ toward the downspout. If the gutter doesn’t slope enough, detach the hangers and adjust the gutter enough to drain properly, then reattach. It may be easiest to work on small sections at a time to prevent the entire gutter system from falling. Inspect the gutter for obvious damage and missing parts. Support hangers should be spaced every 2’ along the gutter.

Repair any leaks in the gutter. Identify gutter leaks by filling the gutter with water, but make sure the gutters have dried before repairing. To repair leaks at the seams, make sure the gutter lengths are tight against each other, and run a bead of gutter sealant on both sides of all joints. To repair leaks at the end caps, add sealant along the inside of the joint. To repair holes in the gutter material, ask a Lowe’s associate for products designed to repair aluminum or fiberglass gutters.

Apply gutter touch-up paint to cover any blemishes as desired. If necessary, repaint some or all of the gutters in the home’s exterior color.

This article is excerpted from Lowe’s Creative Ideas magazine. For more information, please visit www.lowes.com

Joel Thompson RE/MAX Alliance

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Survey Finds Women and Men Make Home-Buying Decisions with Head and Heart

Survey Finds Women and Men Make Home-Buying Decisions with Head and Heart

 Square-footage and price are important elements to consider when selecting a home but according to a new survey from Coldwell Banker Real Estate of 1,000 men and women, they both also rely on how they feel and how their lifestyle fits into a home when looking for a place to live. The survey found 28 percent of women and 25 percent of men put more emphasis on their feelings about a home than they do on the layout, square footage, or price. The majority of women (62 percent) and men (61 percent) also know within the first visit if the home is right for them.

“A home is more than square-footage and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and this survey shows just how much emotion can play a role in home buying process,” says Jessica Edwards, Coldwell Banker Real Estate consumer specialist. “When two people are looking for a home together, there are many considerations to take into account. Of course, price and layout matter, but ‘feeling at home’ is an important factor.”

The survey also reveals insights into the roles men and women play at home and finds some interesting differences between age groups.

Women Take Charge of Making a House a Home:

Over half of women (54 percent) say that they take the lead when it comes to decorating.

However, younger men play a larger role in décor decisions than their older counterparts. Forty-eight (48) percent of younger respondents, age 18-44, say decorating is mutual; this decreases to 36 percent for respondents 55 and over.

Women also cook it up in the kitchen. Sixty-eight (68) percent of women say they are the “primary chef” for their household.

Not to be outdone, some men are also putting on the apron—occasionally. Nearly a quarter of men (23 percent) say cooking is their job.

Age Changes How Men and Women Feel “At Home”

Sharing financial decisions may get easier over time. Fifty-four (54) percent of people age 18-44 say major financial decisions are mutual, compared to 60 percent of those 45-54. This increases to 70 percent for people 55 and over.

Interestingly, as age increases, so does contentment with the current status of the home. Almost half (45 percent) of those older than 55 say they are very happy with their home just the way it is, compared to 25 percent of those age 18-44.

More men seem to be focused on making significant changes to the home (9 percent) compared to women (5 percent).

For couples entering the home-buying process, here are Edwards’ tips for harmonious house-hunting:

• Each person should come up with a list of a few things that are most important and then come together as a couple to decide on a list of the top three to five things that are important for the home.

• When looking for a home, communication is key. Consider designating a point person for different aspects of the home-buying process, so that information is not delayed or communicated to just one part of the couple.

• Don’t get too many people involved; typically more people means more stress and what is most important is that the couple is happy with the decisions being made.

• Don’t forget to have fun! Remember that this home will be the place to build memories and a life together.

 

Joel Thompson RE/MAXAlliance

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Boulder outdoor activities

Boulder outdoor activities

Hiking, biking, and climbing are among the most popular outdoor activites in Boulder. However, there are many other niche activities for those who seek them.

The Boulder Creek offers opportunities for kayaking and inner tubing. Paragliding and hot air ballooning are available in the area. In the winter, downtown Boulder opens its own outdoor ice skating rink. We’ve listed information on these activities below.

Water Activities

Boulder can become quite hot in the summer — days in the 90°s are quite common. If you’re visiting Boulder in the hot season and are looking for opportunities to cool off, try visiting the Boulder Reservoir. The 600-acre lake offers swimming and boat rental opportunities. To get there, take the Diagonal Highway to Jay Road to 51st Street (map). There is a per-person entrance fee of $6.

Closer to the center of town, the Boulder Creek offers an opportunity to get wet. On hot days, hundreds of people slide down the creek on inner tubes. Kayakers also enjoy the kayak playpark (class II-III rapids). Most of the excitement takes place near Eben G. Fine Park, near the confluence of Canyon and Arapahoe (map).

White-water rafting is also available throughout the state of Colorado. For detailed information on white-water trips — as well as canoe and kayaking opportunities — visit the Boulder Outdoor Center at 2525 Arapahoe Avenue (map) or call them at (303) 444-8420.

Up in the Air

Hot air balloon rides along the front range of the Rocky Mountains are a delightful way to appreciate the area. Early morning rides are luxurious experiences, complete with champagne at the flight‘s conclusion. One popular local flight company is Fair Winds Hot Air Balloon Flights (303) 939-9323.

With its plentiful foothills and gusty winds, Boulder is also a popular spot for paragliding. Local paragliding companies include the Parasoft Paragliding School (303) 494-2820 and Peak to Peak Paragliding (303) 817-0803. Both companies offer tandem flights with paragliding instructors.

Mile High Gliding offers glider plane tours from the Boulder airport. One- and two-person trips offer a great view of the Boulder foothills. You can contact them at (303) 527-1122.

Group and Family Fun

Golfers will enjoy the Flatirons Golf Course. Located at 5706 Arapahoe Road (map), the 18-hole public course is affordable and open to visitors. Club and cart rentals are available. Phone: (303) 442-7851.

Mini-Golfers will also have fun in Boulder. The Gateway Park Fun Center offers two 18-hole miniature golf courses, as well as go-kart rides and an arcade. Batting cages and a golf driving range are also available. Located in North Boulder at 4800 28th Street (map).

Ice Skating

In the winter, Boulder opens its own in-town outdoor ice rink. Though it’s much smaller than New York City’s famous Rockefeller Plaza rink, Boulder’s version does manager to capture the same magical fun. The rink is located at One Boulder Plaza, at the corner of Canyon and 13th street (map).

Courtesy of www.visitingboulder.com

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