Regular DIY Jobs to Attend to Around the Home

Home improvement is a hobby that keeps on giving – there’s always plenty of it to do and if you enjoy getting stuck in to improving your property and ensuring it looks its best then you are unlikely to ever get bored. In fact if you start repairing things and doing things yourself, then you will probably find that some of the jobs keep coming up again and again. Here we will look at the things you should be doing on a regular basis if you want to keep your home at its very best.

Cleaning Out the Gutters

Your gutters are tasked with the job of directing water away from your home. What happens here is that water runs down the side of your roof and then collects in the gutters in order to be directed away. Unfortunately though they also collect other things like piles of wet leaves and twigs and branches. This then becomes a problem when they form a dam which prevents the water from flowing freely and causes it to pool up and start to overflow from the edges of the gutters. This then causes the water to run down the sides of the buildings leaving ugly trails of dirty water and potentially causing mold and other issues.

To clean them you simply need to remove the leaves and things, though sometimes you will also need to repair holes or even replace them.

Painting

Painting is not a fun job, but it has a very useful purpose and can be the difference between an old and battered looking home or one that looks clean and new. Remember to paint outside the house as well as inside.

Replacing Fence Panels

This is unfortunately a more common job than we would often like it to be, and heavy winds and rot and mold can cause fence panels to get damaged and eventually come away entirely leaving you with your security damaged and your home open to all comers.

Grouting

Grouting means laying down new grout between your garden tiles, and this is a good way to make your patios and your front garden look a lot more attractive. If you don’t grout then you can end up with weeds and plants growing between them and these may also need weeding.

Mowing the Lawn and Weeding

Of course weeding is also important in the back garden if you want to prevent your plants from being strangled to death, and you should also make sure to mow your lawn regularly to keep it looking trim and attractive.

Bleeding the Radiator

It’s hardly a glamorous job, but bleeding the radiator is something you should do regularly if you want to keep your heating as efficient as possible. This allows the warm water to travel equally around the radiator rather than just collecting in the bottom or a corner.

Refinishing

Want to make your stone or wooden flooring look as good as new again? With refinishing you can as this gets rid of chips and dents in your floor by bringing it all down to the same level. It’s also a lot of fun using the huge industrial sander.

Crystal has years of blogging experience on topics related to home inprovement. She provides home improvement and renovation tips on www.instantwaste.com.au.

The Most Hated Pests On Earth Might Be Very Useful!

What is it with man and crawling creatures? More importantly, how do such small things – some of them not even visible to the eyes – manage to scare the daylights out of us? If you think about it, even the toughest guy has second thoughts about the best course of action when he comes across a cockroach or other bizarre-looking creature.

Despite the fact that they spread diseases, bite, annoy and poison people ever since the dawn of time, most of us admit the important role that some pests play in maintaining the earth’s ecosystem. Yet, none of us seems to hesitate in reach for bug sprays or call the exterminator at the sight of them, as after all, we all wish that these little nuisances never existed.

Following is a top 5 of the most hated pests in the history of mankind and their paramount importance in our survival.

1. Mosquitoes

Often compared to terrifying blood-sucking vampires, mosquitoes are number one on everyone’s hate list, especially during the warm seasons. Even though all mosquitoes’ mouthparts are designed to pierce through human skin, little do people know that only the females feed on human blood in order to produce eggs. And, this is where the major concern with these small pests comes from: because they can pierce the skin and suck out the blood, they present a major threat of spreading pathogenic infections and are responsible for lethal diseases like yellow fever, malaria, encephalitis, rift valley fever, etc.

However, if mosquitoes were to completely vanish from the face of the Earth, the entire ecosystem will go out of balance. Mosquitoes are not only the prime food of birds, amphibians and bats, but they are also pollinators. As you can see, because they serve both the animal and plant kingdoms, their disappearance would dramatically impact the human population.

2. Cockroaches

With over 4,500 species of cockroaches existing on the planet, only four of them made it into our homes and are considered pests. While their mere appearance is enough to make most of us shriek, the true reason why we hate them so much is the fact that they feed on pretty much everything, including our food. Unfortunately for the cockroaches, they also emit a bad odor and are known to carry some diseases like hepatitis A, poliomyelitis, dysentery, typhoid, leprosy or gastroenteritis. On the other hand, because they feed on everything, cockroaches are considered the world’s biggest recyclers.

3. Rats

There are 2 major reasons why people hate rats and will do anything to get rid of them. First of all, they were considered the main responsible factor for the 2 plague outbursts that decimated the entire population of Europe in the Middle Ages. Secondly, due to their habitats and perhaps the color of their fur, they are seen as dirty and disease carriers.

However, the truth is that both Bubonic plagues were released and spread by the fleas carried by rats. In regards to the false dirty-animal perception, you should know that rats are among the cleanest animals on Earth. In addition, rats have been serving mankind for quite some time in fields such as military (think of mine fields detection) and medicine (lab rats).

4. Wasps

Perhaps, the scariest thing about wasps is the fact that they are parasitoid insects: essentially, they plant their larvae inside another insect’s body and as the larva starts to grow, it devours the host from the inside out. What can I say, it’s a pretty disturbing thought. At the same time, unlike bees, wasps don’t die after they sting you and hence, can inflict several stings whenever their nest is threatened. However, wasps are a gardener’s best friend: their parasitoid nature keeps the insect population in a garden under control.

5. Flies

Even more courageous and persistent than cockroaches, flies will not hesitate to sit in your face with every opportunity they get. Granted, they are rather ugly and the sight of a fly strolling calmly on your plate is enough to make your stomach turn. Nonetheless, the play a great role in the decomposition process and are also the primary source of food for other insects, birds, fish, amphibians, spiders, etc.

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