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  1. 1. Gfs11Tips To Make Home Improvement Projects See EasyNearly everyone has at least one thing that they would like to see changed about their home.Fortunately, many home improvements are projects that even a novice homeowner can tackle. Youcan, with a little planning, easily accomplish projects like cabinet refacing, adding decorative moldingto walls, windows, doors, or outdoor projects like improving your gutter system. Some things,however, are best left to the pros, especially if they involve electricity or plumbing. This article willhelp you decide if your home improvement project can be done by yourself, or if you need to call inexpert help.Use a flexible container to mix up just enough dry plaster of Paris for your intended use. When youare finished with the job all you have to do is allow the remainder of the plaster to harden, turn thecontainer upside down over a trash can, and flex the sides. The plaster will cleanly separate from thecontainer and you can put the container away to use on the next job.Plant some trees around your home. Trees increase in value as they get bigger and will shade yourhouse and help to save energy. The shade they provide can keep your house cooler in the summerand warmer in the winter. When planting trees, they can be the walls and roofs of outdoor rooms.RoofingRoll roof your floor for a practically indestructible finish! Buy roll roofing without the adhesive strip.Glue it in place either in long strips as it comes off the roll or cut up into irregular geometric shapes.Coat thickly with paint and use a brush to work the paint evenly into the surface.Make sure to have your home inspected before starting any major renovations. Checking for roofingissues, termites, electrical issues and plumbing beforehand can save you a lot of trouble down theroad. Finding issues like these when you are halfway through a renovation process can be anightmare on your budget.Suppose you are planning to replace your roof and are considering using either shingles or metalroofing. Which is best? You need to take into account the pitch of the roof. Either material will work ona steep pitch, but for a low pitch roof you should use metal roofing. Shingles will always leak.If you have a leaky roof, some of the first places you should look for the culprit would be skylights,around the chimney, wall step flashings, and low spots. The next place to look would be the gutters!Damaged gutters are often the cause of a leaky roof because the water will run directly down theexterior of the house.Home improvement are ongoing projects that are meant to keep your house and property in the bestpossible condition. One thing that is often forgotten about are the gutters on your roof. Semi-annual
  2. 2. cleaning of the gutters will make sure that rain water will drain properly and not cause leakageproblems.When you are maintaining the exterior of your home during the fall season, make sure to check yourgutters for leaf clogs or have someone come and clean them for you. This way you will not have roofdamage or unforeseen leaks occurring during the winter and save yourself the stress associated witha problem that could have been prevented.ChimneysLocated above eye level and therefore out of mind, gutters, chimneys, and downspouts are oftenignored during home improvement and maintenance projects. It is essential that you look at all of thedifferent parts of the house to ensure they do not need an upgrade or repair. If not cleaned regularly,chimneys can ignite, and plugged downspouts and gutters can result in water damage.Downspouts, gutters and chimneys often do not get the attention they deserve in an annualmaintenance schedule. These elements of the house must be examined often to ensure they arealways in good working order. If you do not clean out your chimney regularly, it can cause a fire; ifyou do not clean your gutters, it may cause water to overflow and flood your home.Successfully completing a home improvement project is a great way to increase your confidencewhile increasing your homes value and livability. If you have little or no experience in homemaintenance or no construction skills, then you will need the tips in this article to pull off your project.roofer belmont ma