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Are You Ready For The Cold Weather?

Use these tips to get your house ready for fall. The temperatures are finally starting to feel like fall, which means it is time to put out your flip flops and pull out your favorite sweater. As you get into the fall spirit, it is the perfect time to get your house ready for the season. Keep these fall home maintenance tasks in mind to ensure your house can handle the dropping temperatures. Clean out your rain gutters – as the trees start to drop their leaves, your rain gutters are most likely starting to fill up. Blocked rain gutters can easily allow water to back up into your roof and walls, causing serious and expensive damage. While cleaning your rain gutters, make sure that all of your downspouts are facing away from the foundation of your house. Look for air leaks – small cracks and worn weather stripping can let the ... Read more

Naturally Fight Spring Allergies With These Tips

Spring Allergy Cures While most people look forward to the warm spring weather and beautiful flowers, if you have spring allergies, you are probably dreading the season. If you find yourself carrying around a box of tissues this time of year, keep these natural allergy prevention tips in mind to ensure that you can enjoy the season. Take butterbur – as a plant whose name stems from its usage to wrap butter in its large leaves, butterbur extracts can be used to treat fever, headaches, and nasal allergies. It contains chemicals that can help block the swelling in nasal passages. It has very similar effects to an antihistamine without the drowsiness. Enjoy some nettle leaf – sold in capsules, nettle leaf can help anyone who is affected by hay fever by reducing the amount of histamines in the body. Sip on apple cider vinegar – apple cider vinegar helps to increase your potassium, ... Read more

Get Your Boat Ready For The Water With These Tips

De-winterizing Your Boat Now that the warm spring temperatures are here, it is the perfect time to pull your boat out of storage and head out on the water. To ensure that you are ready for your first boat trip of the year, keep this spring check list in mind. Check your fuel system for any damage or leaks, and pay attention for fuel connections, hoses, and the surfaces of the tank. Damaged fuel hoses will be brittle, soft, or show signs of cracking. If you find any issues, make sure to replace all the damaged components. Make sure that the exhaust, engine, and ventilation systems are all working properly. Repair any problems before you head out on the water so that you do not get stranded. When you fill your boat up with gas, only use gas that has over 10 percent ethanol. Check that all of your cables, hoses, and belts are ... Read more