Fall at Guse Hardware

Here are a few Fall tasks you might want to finish–we have the supplies and support you need: 

Outside:

  • Leaf clean up is never-ending. Remember that you must now use compostable bags. Guse has a selection of paper bags, and insets to help them stand so that you can do the job single-handedly
  • Clean and store patio furniture, umbrellas, and plastics
  • Run the lawn mower until all the gas is gone. Bring it into to Guse and we will tune it up and sharpen the blades (avoid the spring rush!)
  • Cut down the stalks in your garden, dump the flower pot dirt and store the pots for next year (note: if they stay out in the cold winter snow they will crack and break)
  • Fertilize your lawn with a high phosphorus mixture to promote root growth over the winter. Fall is a good time to fertilize trees and shrubs.
  • Touch up paint on trim, railings and decks. Use a wire brush to remove flaking paint, and prime bare wood if needed.
  • Check the caulk around your windows and doors. Re-caulk as needed.
  • If your windows leak, have cracks, missing panes bring them in for repair, or we can come out, remove and then reinstall them when repaired.
  • Wash exterior windows before it gets too cold.
  • Drain and store your garden hoses. Leaving them outside will ruin them. Install insulating covers on exterior spigots. If you have an under-grown sprinkler system, make sure it is blown free of water.
  • Check gutters and downspouts for leaves and debris. The last thing you need is an ice dam. Consider installing heating cables in certain areas (northside areas where snow builds up). Once you clean the gutters, take a hose and pour some water into your gutters to see where it goes. You will need a ladder and will have to be very careful with this job. Guse has a traveling handyman who can help.
  • Check to see if you have to divert water from your foundation and basement.

Inside:

  • You can save energy by covering windows with plastic. Come in for a selection of plastic film and tape for interior or exterior use.
  • Check all of your doors including the garage door. Install weather-stripping as needed.
  • Inspect your chimneys and flues.
  • Clean the inside rugs, upholstered furniture and wash interior windows
  • turn mattresses front-to back and end to end when the clocks are set back (and again in the spring)
  • Change your batteries when you turn your clocks back, and check in the spring when you spring-forward. You will spend a lot of time indoors so your radon and fire-alarms should be working
  • Get your cabinets ready for holiday cooking. Clean and replace any baking supplies, pans and equipment that might have wandered off during the summer.
  • Pull the refrigerator away from the wall and dust the condenser coils. Use a long narrow brush to clean coils of dust and debris
  • Wash light fixtures and replace burned out bulbs
  • Stock up on appliance supplies.
  • Check and empty central vacuum collection bags
  • Change your furnace filter and have about 4 filters to get you through the winter
  • As well, bring out the humidifier and check the elements before the heating season begins. Make sure you have a good supply of humidifier filters (change them at least once a month)
  • Schedule a furnace inspection–don’t wait for the first cold night

Above and Beyond:

  • Drain the sediment from hot water heaters
  • Think about installing a water purifier
  • Look for holes in your soffits and attic and fix them, or ask our traveling handyman to come give you a hand
  • Trap any animals that are currently living in your attic or soffits to keep them from moving in for the winter. Guse rents traps to catch squirrels, raccoons, or other pests

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