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6. Do something nice. Few things will garner neighborly goodwill faster than an act of kindness. Offer to shovel a snowy driveway, help carry an old dresser to the curb or deliver someone’s newspaper from their driveway to their doorstep.8 Tips to Help You Live in Harmony With Your Neighbors
How to Clean Gutters Although there are several variations on the process, Stillwell breaks the task into the following steps: 1. Position the ladder near a downspout and spread a tarp under the section of gutter to be cleaned. 2. Hook a bucket of tools and an empty bucket to the top of the ladder. With gloved hands and a trowel, remove large debris (leaves, twigs, etc.) and dump it into the empty bucket. Work your way toward toward the opposite end, away from the downspout.3. To clean out the remaining dirt and small debris, climb the ladder with a hose equipped with a spray nozzle. Once you’re positioned at the end of the gutter opposite the downspout, open the nozzle and flush out the gutter. The water and small debris should drain down the spout at the other end. 4. If the water doesn’t drain easily, check the downspout strainer, located at the top of the spout, for clogs and rinse off if necessary. 5. If a clogged downspout is the problem, however, you’ll work from the bottom of the spout at ground level. “If the downspout runs underground, remove it from the pipe as needed,” Stillwell says. 6. Once you’re able to access the spout, insert the hose, with the spray nozzle set to full pressure, up into the spout. After the hose is in place, turn on the water. The stream should dislodge the blockage. If it doesn’t, Stillwell suggests inserting a plumber’s snake tool into the spout (again from the bottom) to dislodge the blockage. 7. Reattach or tighten any pieces that were removed or loosened while working on the downspout. 8. Using the hose and nozzle attachment again, flush out the gutters a final time, working from the opposite end away from the downspout.
1. Rake leaves. Clearing away leaves from lawns is hard work, so be sure to choose a rake that feels good to you. Plastic rakes don’t last as long, but they are lightweight — which helps if you get fatigued easily (or have a lot of leaves to contend with). Instead of bagging all of the leaves you collect, try chopping some with your mower and using them as mulch in flower beds, or add them to a compost pile.5 Ways to Put Fall Leaves to Work in Your Garden2. Clean gutters and downspouts. Schedule rain-gutter cleaning for after most of the leaves have fallen. Inspect gutters and downspouts for cracks and loose parts, and make repairs as needed.3. Put up storm windows and doors. If you use storm windows or doors and haven’t put them up yet, now is the time.