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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Outdoor livable space is a popular trend. You can set up an outdoor seating area, outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining space. This allows you to entertain guests outside or host a larger party than what your home can hold. This trend inspired my wife and I to build our own outdoor livable space. However, one of the biggest decisions we faced was what the base for our space would be. We could use concrete, lay pavers or construct a deck. After doing a lot of research, we decided on a deck. It was a challenging decision, but we are pleased with the outcome. In fact, we are so happy we decided to start this blog and help educate other people on decks and livable spaces. Learn the benefits, learn the downside, learn how to care for your and learn what kinds of wood are best for an outdoor deck.

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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

3 Simple Methods For Cleaning Your Rain Gutters

by Kelly Simmons

As a homeowner, you should keep your gutters clean and free of debris such as leaves and twigs. When your gutters are full, they can cause rain water to pool on the roof and this can lead to leaks in the roof. Also, gutters that get full of debris and water or snow will become heavy and this extra weight can also cause damage to the edges of your roof. There are many methods for gutter cleaning, and you can learn about some of the most common ones in this article.

Remove debris by hand

If you have a sturdy ladder and a person to help, you can easily remove the debris by hand. Although this method is easy, it is also the most time consuming. For this method, you need to be a person who doesn't have an issue with heights. Have your helper hold the latter securely while you make your way around the house, scooping the debris from the gutters with a gloved hand. Make sure you stay aware of where you are dropping each handful so you don't hit your friend down below.

Use your leaf blower

If your leaf blower has a nozzle that allows a thin stream of air to be produced, you can use it to clear your gutters. Again, you want to have a sturdy ladder and a helper. Carefully go up the ladder with your leaf blower. You should be wearing safety goggles to avoid blowing debris into your eyes. Point the leaf blower down the gutters and blow the debris out of them.

Use a wet/dry vacuum

This method is an especially good idea if you don't like the idea of climbing up a ladder to clean your gutters. You can get a long attachment for your vacuum that has a curved end. You can put the end of the attachment in the gutter and suck out the debris while you are safely standing in your yard below. You may have to empty out the canister a few times, depending on the amount of debris you have in the gutters.

It will be much easier for you to clean out your gutters if you do it before they gather too much debris. This is why it's a good idea to keep tall trees cut away from the roof. Check your gutters every few months to see if its time to clean them out.

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