Summertime isn’t exactly when we feel most compelled to perform home maintenance tasks.
Getting the easier ones out of the way now, however, will lighten the “honey do” list you’ll face in fall.
To make it even easier on you, we’ve put together a list of projects that will take you only 10 minutes or less to perform.
Squirt some lubricant on anything that slides, such as sliding glass doors, windows and doors once a year. But, first, clean out the “gunk” that’s accumulated in and around the tracks.
If you have vinyl windows, use caution, warns the Family Handyman. Oil lubricants can damage the vinyl, so he recommends using a dry PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) spray lubricant (such as WD-40® SPECIALIST®) “. . . on the contact points and wiping it off with a rag.”
Out of commercial lubricant? Use a small dab of petroleum jelly on door hinges. Again, this will attract and hold dust and dirt, so don’t use the oily substance on the window tracks.
Some of the annual inspections that the experts recommend can be knocked out in less than 10 minutes. Do one every weekend and you’ll have this part of your home maintenance chore list whittled down to where you’ll have more time for fun on the weekends.
Most home fires are preventable, so including safety maintenance chores on your list may save lives. All of these tasks take just a few minutes.
Take 10 minutes to perform each of these tasks and over the course of a few weeks you will have considerably shortened your home maintenance to-do list.
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