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7 Ladder Safety Tips to Help You Avoid Injuries

Ladder Safety Tips

From changing your fire detector to cleaning the gutters, some jobs just can't get done without a ladder's help. But, it's important to follow a few rules to ensure you remain safe and injury-free as you complete your task. Here are seven safety tips to consider before you step on the first rung.

1. Ensure the Ladder is Sturdy and in Good Shape

  • Make sure all joints and nuts and bolts are tightly connected
  • Make sure all of the rungs are secure
  • Ensure the ladder extension locks and the feet are in good working order
  • Never climb a damaged or bent ladder

2. Place Your Ladder Appropriately

  • Place the ladder on a firm, level surface and ensure a secure footing
  • Never place a ladder on a potentially unstable surface, such as a pallet or scaffold
  • Do not fasten multiple ladders together to make them reach further
  • Ensure the ends of ladder rails are firmly supported
  • Only use ladders in the vertical position

3. Take Reasonable Safety Precautions

  • Do not place a ladder in front of a door that opens toward it
  • Never extend a ladder before setting it up
  • Do not over-extend the ladder
  • Only extend a ladder from the ground up, never from the roof down
  • Do not use a ladder in high winds

4. Wear Proper Footwear

Shoes with leather soles should not be worn while climbing a ladder. The American Ladder Institute recommends wearing clean, slip-resistant shoes.

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Preventative Maintenance Tips to Help Prevent Mildew

Prevent Bathroom Mildew

Mildew thrives in warm, moist environments, which is exactly what your bathroom probably is after someone has taken a nice, hot shower. You might not be able to fully prevent mildew from being an issue in your home, but there are steps that you can take to help prevent it. These are a few bathroom mildew preventative maintenance tips that you can follow if you'd like to prevent mildew from growing and thriving in this area of your home.

Make Sure There is Proper Ventilation

One of the biggest and most effective steps that you can take to prevent mildew from growing in your bathroom is to install a fan, if there isn't one in your bathroom already. In the meantime, cracking the window when taking a bath or shower to allow some ventilation can help.

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3 Simple-But-Awesome Pallet Projects for Father's Day

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Father's Day is almost here and if you act fast, you still have time to make dad something from the heart. From your husband’s job at the warehouse to a simple drive to the local junk yard, pallets are either taking over your life or easily found along the road of it. Whether they come free or at a super-low cost, here are 3 ways to repurpose those old pallets and make them into something beautiful and new with your children.

For the Grill-Loving Dad: A Pallet Herb Display

What you’ll need:

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Replacing Garage Door Weather Stripping

Garage Door Weather Strip Replacement

Garage door weather-stripping serves a couple of important purposes. One is to act as a buffer between the cement floor and the bottom of the door. The other is to protect the interior of the garage from certain weather conditions and rodents. There are many things that can cause the deterioration of garage door weather-stripping so you should check its condition every fall when the rest of your home is being prepared for winter.

There are a few things to look for when trying to decide if your garage door needs new weather-stripping. The seals around the top and sides of the door are generally made of flexible neoprene rubber strips. These strips can become dusty and deformed, causing them to pull away from the door. When this happens, they need to be replaced.

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How to Repair a Drywall Hole the Easy Way

How to Repair a Drywall Hole

It's that dreadful eyesore that you've been trying to ignore for ages and just can't bring yourself to check off the growing to-do list: that unsightly hole in your drywall. If the flaw is less than one inch square, you'll likely be able to make a great looking and inconspicuous fix the easy way.

With these simple steps, you can get your wall (or ceiling) repaired and looking like that damage never even happened.

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