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May Maintenance Calendar


With gas prices so high, this might be a good time to focus on making yourself comfortable at home. Consider taking on some projects around the house to keep cool this summer and to make your yard into a place to entertain and to relax.

Seasonal Tasks - Click below for more info
If it is at least 68 degrees outside, test out your AC. It'll be cheaper and faster to fix it now than on a 100 degree day in July.
Switch the direction of flow on ceiling fans to "summer mode"
Inspect attic for signs of rodent intrusion
Inspect for termites along foundation
Lubricate roll-up garage door hardware
Replace mulch in the garden
Trim trees and shrubs away from your home
Regular Monthly Tasks
(carbon monoxide alarms too)

Did you miss our April To Do List?
Click here to see last month's maintenance list

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Insulating a home isn't just about energy savings, its about comfort too. Weatherstripping around doors and windows, reduce drafts, as does replacing windows with dual-pane upgrades. Adding insulation in the attic and covering the spot in the ceiling that opens into the attic makes a significant improvement in keeping your home's temperatures stable; warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Consider having an energy audit done, to find the weak spots in your home's insulating blanket. Some utility companies conduct them free of charge or for a nominal fee.

We have added a tool review section to the Acme How To website. We will regularly conduct consumer focused reviews of tools and home improvement related products.

Take a look at the some of the reviews we've done on products by companies such Stanley, Bosch and General Tool.

Keep checking back to read new reviews on tools, both mainstays in the market and new and innovative products from lesser known companies.

This list is provided for your convenience, it is not a comprehensive list of every maintenance item your home may require.
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