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Get That Deck Ready For Summer!

Honest Home Podcast, Season 1

It’s officially spring! After a rather rough winter, we needed a break from Doom & Gloom podcasts. This week we’re talking decks – how to ensure they’re ready for spring, and how to maintain them. We touch on patios a bit, too!

And we discuss our Maintenance Inspection service for existing home owners who simply want to know what needs fixing around the house.


Deck Checklist

  • Railings are secure
  • Spindles are secure and spaced at most 4″ apart
  • Boards are free of rot
  • No raised nail or screw heads
  • Stairwell handrail is adequate for support and firmly secured
  • Deck finish is free of peeling (if painted) and not faded (if stained)
  • Deck finish repels water
  • From a distance, the deck appears level with no signs of heaving

Under-deck gutter system.

Under-deck gutter system.

Look Ahead to Spring

In this episode we talk about water management (especially in light of the record snowfall we had this month!) and how to ensure the spring thaw doesn't leave your basement flooded. We also take a look at landscaping. Our listener question is about repairing loose...

Emergency Podcast: Spring Thaw Water Management & Basement Flooding

Over the weekend, Central and Southern Minnesota got an additional 6-12" of heavy, wet snow. Now, two days later, it's starting to rain. Temps will be in the 30s with rain for the next 2-3 days. The potential for flooding is extremely high. That's why we've put...

Listener Questions: Alesha and Nick in Minneapolis

Today we answered several questions from listeners Alesha and Nick who live in an older home in Minneapolis. Topics covered: Hardwood floors, asbestos, paint stripping, and more hardwood floors. They even supplied our W.hat T.he Fail for the week: placing trim around...
Before and after cleaning view of an AC unit

Central Air Unit Maintenance

Hey, guess what? It's hot and humid in Minnesota during the summer! Crazy, right?! Anyway, we know that routine cleaning and maintenance of things that we operate by pushing a magic button on the wall are tasks that slip by us all too easily, so we're here to remind...
Electrical panel

Electricity!

Most of what we cover in this episode is: Electricity can kill you. Never hesitate calling a licensed electrician to handle the work for you. Having said that, we do cover some homeowner DIY basics - swapping out lights, switches, and outlets. We also discuss common...

Mystery Plants and Garden Planning

This week we tackle the perennial question: Do I let the landscaping grow in this first year I own my home, or do I change everything out right away? We cover plant identification, landscaping tips, how to remove dangerous/problem thorny interlopers, and garden...
Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi

The Straight Poo About Sewers

  Oh, yay! It's time to talk about sewers! Because of Taro Gomi's classic book, we all know that every home needs a way to manage waste. In this episode we talk about all types of sewers, what a sewer scope inspection will find, and talk about many gross and...

Home Owner Repairs vs Contractors

This week we look at what types of repairs are great for homeowners who want to really get into the work of maintaining their home, versus those instances when a contractor might be the best person for the job. We also discuss how to vet a contractor.   W.hat...
Shelves of glassware

Storage

Most of us have a lot of stuff. A great deal of that stuff is useful, but that doesn’t mean it has to be immediately accessible at all times. In this episode we take a verbal stroll through the home and discuss the many storage options available for the variety of...
Fireplace with a wood burning insert

Fireplaces, Wood Stoves, and Chimneys

This week we dive into all things fire! Fireplaces, wood stoves, and chimneys all require regular maintenance in order to function properly and SAFELY! Now that the burning season is more or less over, this is the best time to have the fire-heat system in your home...
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