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Tonight I tried something new. And I really liked it!

My neighbor had just received his new electric pressure washer, and he was cleaning the algae and barnacles off of his 19′ Boston Whaler. Up until today, I’ve only ever scrubbed the bottom of my boat with a huge brush or a paint scraper. While I’d hear of them and seen them used for years I’d never wielded a pressure washer of any type.

It’s probably obvious, but these machines save a ton of time. What would have been a solid two days of scrubbing and brushing (with plenty of elbow grease) was reduced to ~1/2 hour of time with my neighbor’s new electric pressure washer. As we got to talking I realized that there are many situations in my life where I could put this tool to good use:

  1. Clearing my driveway and removing unwanted weeds using the jet tip.
  2. Gently cleaning the delicate surfaces of my car.
  3. Removing the algae from my house’s vinyl siding, without causing any damage.

So I went ahead and bought my own. I’ve been having a blast (no pun intended) with it. It makes a quick job of my car’s rims, leaving them nice and shiny. Our house siding looks clean and brand spanking new. Our driveway is clear as can be. I even cleaned our charcoal grill, and it looks as good as new.

Basically our entire yard and house exterior has been given a facelift, and best of all it was incredibly easy. I didn’t even use any detergent, and I’m sure it work even better if I had.

The pressure washer came with a few different nozzles, and I’m going to try the gentlest one on my car in combination with some detergent. I suspect that it will be much better than washing by hand with a sponge, and with less risk of introducing scratches. On top of that, it will probably use a lot less water than normal.

Anyway, you can head over to thebestelectricpressurewasher.com for some useful information if you are interested. They have some great reviews and a helpful buying guide that made my purchase quite easy. I opted to go with an option that boasted a lot of power, even though it was a bit on the pricier side. I think it has paid off. Hopefully it will last for years to come.

If you don’t have a pressure washer, I’d highly recommend you look into one. Mine has been a huge time saver. If you really need even more power you can look into gas-powered pressure washer, but I opted for an electric model for ease of use (and less trips to the gas station).

Fall is coming faster than imagined. Make sure you’re ready for the fall cleanup!

 

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Keeping Your Lawn Nice and Green

Yesterday my neighbor was asking me how I keep my lawn so green and healthy. His lawn is fully grown, but there are a few patches where the grass has turned brown and in general there is quite a bit of crab grass.

He’s seen me out there working from time to time, but he didn’t understand what I was doing differently to make my lawn look so inviting. There are a few points that are really important and can help make for an excellent lawn. I found this video pretty helpful:

As the video shows, aerating at the beginning of the season can be a huge help in getting a nice deep root bed that channels plenty of water. Once the aeration is done, it is important to keep the lawn well watered all season – ideally at least once a day and ideally in the morning. The reason you want to do it in the morning is that it will give the soil plenty of time to dry out over the course of the day, so that when night comes it won’t stick around and cause mold problems with the roots of the grass.

In terms of repairing brown spots in your lawn, you can buy rolls of turf from your local hardware store – or, you can borrow some grass from another part of your lawn. I usually take some grass that is growing around my compost heap and use that. Then you just have to make sure to water it thoroughly and it should take in no time.

If you are suffering from crab grass or similar weeds, there are really two options. The first is to use fertilizer and crab grass killer, as they show in the video. This is certainly the easiest route, but as with most things in the garden these days I do prefer organic alternatives whenever possible. Sometimes if you have a lot of weeds you don’t really have an option, but other times you can take care of small patches of weeds by digging them up and patching them with new grass as I described earlier.

Other than that, just keep up with your general maintenance – watering daily and mowing as necessary. Good exposure to sun never hurts either, as long as you keep the lawn well watered!

So, how did I help my neighbor? Well, he is trying to get in the habit of watering in the morning. Previously he has done it in the evening, and I think this one change will give him quite a bit of progress. Unfortunately, as he does have quite a bit of crab grass he did have to treat with crab grass killer on a large portion of his lawn. However, we went around and dug up weeds and patched with live grass wherever it could work.

For more information, check out this site, which I also find helpful.

That’s all for today – as always, thanks for reading!

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We Are Online!

Hello Everyone!

My blog is now online. Many thanks to my daughter (who specifically asked to remain nameless) for helping me set it up. I feel so techy!

This isn’t the best tip ever, but I have to start somewhere!

For months the knobs on our kitchen cabinets have been coming loose, but no matter how often I tightened they just kept coming undone. So I started thinking about other ways of keeping them put. I’ve used Loctite in similar situations, and teflon tape can often do the trick as well. But, to save myself a trip to the basement I used what we had readily available in the kitchen – small pieces of elastic bands. I just cut a small strip of the elastic (the thinner style, about 1/2″ length), wrapped it around the threads of the knob, and tightened the knob snug while holding the elastic in place. It’s been two weeks now and they are still holding tight.

Any way, hopefully I’ll have some better info for you all as time goes on. At any rate, thanks for taking the time to read!

-Sean