Category Archives: Decks, Patios and Backyards

This category features projects and repairs relevant to outdoor living space such as decks, patios, gazebos, porticos and backyards

How to Open Wine Without a Corkscrew

how to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew
how to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew
Ok so you brought a bottle of wine to that cool Music festival or picnic or somewhere where wine is allowed, BUT
you forgot to bring a corkscrew. How to open the wine bottle with no corkscrew well today I posted on my Facebook page a video so go have a look https://www.facebook.com/ourhometipsonline/ Raise a glass for me and don’t forget to like our page while you are there.

How to Peel a Bunch of Potatoes Super Fast

Hi everybody, Just in time for Thanksgiving. I have a great tip for you. Do you think you can peel 4,8 a dozen potatoes in under a minute. Now you can.

Here is what you need

a clean bucket
a drill
enough water to fill bucket
a brand new toilet brush

You will need to cut off the top grip of the toilet brush handle so you can stick the rest of the handle into your drill. Do this outside because it will splash. Watch the video I found that shows it being done.

Have a great Thanksgiving.

How To Tell if Your Yard Has Poison Ivy?


Poison Ivy is one of the most common weeds found in many yards. It is also one of the most voracious weeds found.
It can leave you with a painfully itchy weeping rash that can spread. If you see it you want to keep your distance.
Recently I read an article that Poison Ivy is not only growing faster than it used to but also growing increasingly more toxic.
The information was presented by Dr. Lewis Ziska (Plant Physiologist, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Many of us were taught that little warning rhyme “leaves of three stay away from me”. Wait clover has 3 leaves?
Some other plants have 3 leaves also. Lets find out what it really looks like and while we are at it lets look at some other
rash inducing weeds to be watchful for too.

First Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy
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Poison Sumac
Poison Sumac

Poison Oak
Shiny Poison Oak

Okay so now you know what they look like. From one homeowner to another I really hope this helps you to avoid a painful itchy rash.

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How to pressure wash your deck

The weather is warmer and perhaps you would like to have people over for a cookout. However the deck needs a good cleaning.

Here is what you will need.

1. A good size broom

2. A deck brush

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how to clean your deck from ourhometips

3. A sprayer bottle

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deck cleaner on how to clean your deck from ourhometips

4. a cleaning agent

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how to clean your deck from ourhometips

5. Hose long enough to get to the area you intend to wash and fuel for your pressure washer if gas powered.

6. A Pressure washer they can be rented if you don’t have one make sure you understand its operation before leaving the store.

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how to clean your deck from ourhometips

Firstly you need to move any deck furniture or other items off the deck. Give the deck a good sweeping with your large broom. Then mix your cleaning agent according to the directions into your spray bottle. Apply to the deck paying extra attention to any particularly dirty areas go ahead and give those a little extra soap. If you can, have someone else follow you with the deck scrub brush and scrub after you apply cleaning solution. If you are working solo spray a small area stop then scrub and repeat as you don’t want the soap to dry before you get to scrub it.

Time to hook up your pressure washer. Keep the kids and pets away. High pressure water can cut skin. If this makes you nervous there is no shame in hiring someone to pressure wash for you. If you are fine with the risks. Here are a few more tips from me. I like to work from top down, also from nearest the house to furthest away so that I am spraying dirt down and away from the house as much as possible. I have taken some video so you can watch. The goal is to try to get smooth even lightly overlapping strokes. Do not keep it too long in one spot as the high pressure can leave marks in the wood. Pay attention, take your time and good luck.


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Top Ten Tools Every Homeowner Must Have

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You just bought your new house. Congratulations! You are no longer spending your money on rent making your landlord fat. You are now building equity in your very own home. Everything is great until you hear it, drip, drip, drip and find out the bathroom sink has a slow drip that kept you awake all night. Now what? You can’t just call the landlord like you did when you were a renter. Time to call a plumber, until you find out how much a skilled plumber costs, rightfully so I might add. Perhaps you decide you can replace the faucet yourself, why not you have watched lots of DIY shows. Then it hits you, the realization that you have been a renter you don’t have tools, you didn’t need them. Now that you are a homeowner you are going to need tools. Below I have compiled the basic must have tool list for every new homeowner.

1. A medium weight hammer

2. An adjustable wrench

3. A measuring tape

4. A level

5. A Phillips head screwdriver

6. A flat head screwdriver

7. Needle nose Pliers

8. Regular Pliers

9. A Drill

10. A ladder tall enough so you can change any light bulbs in and around your house. For the standard 8 ft ceiling a 3 step ladder will be fine for most projects. If you have vaulted ceilings you better save up the higher you go the more expensive ladders are.

The above list will get you through many common homeowner repairs and basic tasks. Be realistic now that you have some tools you can put up a few shelves, or hang some artwork, change a washer in the faucet. Remember owning a few tools does not qualify you to put on a room addition, take on small projects at first and know when to call in an expert. Pat yourself on the back, with tools you are on your way to becoming a boneafide DIY-er.
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