Friday, October 31, 2014

Helpful Tip - If Your Garage Door Won't Open


If Your Garage Door Won’t Open

Troubleshoot:

• Is garage door motor plugged into a working outlet?

• Is breaker tripped?

• Is photo eye blocked?

• The torsion spring is broken . The spring helps lift the door and if it snaps, the motor can’t lift the

door on it’s own. Do not try to open, and get a professional to replace.


• The cables are snapped. This often happens when the torsion spring breaks.

• If the remote won’t work but the wall button does, the battery in your remote probably needs

to be replaced. If this does not fix the problem, try to reprogram your remote or your keypad.

You can find instructions in your garage door manual or online. If the problem persists, you may

need to replace the remote or your keypad.


Fixes:

If it is not a power or photo eye issue, If you have to manually open a garage door, look for the bypass cord – a red cord hanging from a bracket under the chain. Jerk on the cord, which is hooked onto a small lever. Pull the cord until the lever locks in the down position. Now grab the garage door with both hands and lift – you may need assistance if it’s too heavy.

Pull on the cord hard to lock it in place again after the power comes back on or the remote is fixed. Pull the cord and watch as the bracket slips back into the chain bracket, locking the door into the powered carriage. Try the remote again.

Do not pull the bypass cord if the door is stuck in the open position, or it could come crashing down, causing damage to door or anything in its way.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Caulking Tips


Caulking Tips


Interior and exterior caulking is a homeowner maintenance item and is not covered by your home warranty. Here are some DIY tips on how to handle this simple home repair job.

Preparation

Research and choose the right caulk for the application and be sure to also buy a quality caulking gun.  Existing caulk must be removed with a sharp utility knife or narrow chisel, and brush and vacuum out the loose debris.  Check the caulk tube for information on the best temperature and conditions for application. Consider using masking tape around the sides of the joint you will be caulking, and remove the tape as soon as you’ve finished tooling. When cutting the tube tip, make the opening slightly smaller than the bead you’ll apply and cut at a 45 degree angle.

Caulking

When caulking, keep the gun moving and maintain steady pressure on the lever for an even bead. Press the release lever on your gun near the end of the joint to stop the flow of caulk. If you are applying caulk in a long straight line, don’t apply for more than several feet at a time to maintain consistency.

Tooling

Use your finger or an ice cube to tool water-based caulk. With silicone or polyurethane joints, use a plastic spoon or a caulk tool. With poly caulk, wet the tool surface with solvent to get smooth results. Have clean up materials handy – damp sponge for water-based caulk, or solvent and clean rags for other sealants.

Caulk usually comes with a replaceable tip that you can use to reseal the tube, but be prepared to clear out the tip the next time you use it.

Top 5 New Homeowner Tips

Top 6 New Homeowner Tips – First Thing


 

1. Find Out Where Your Breaker Panel Is: When the breaker trips, you will lose power in sections of the house. Be prepared, some high-amp vacuum cleaners may require more amperage than your bedroom electrical outlets can deliver, and can trip your breaker. Hall outlets typically have a higher amperage, and will not trip as easily.

2. Don’t Be Scared at How Much Your Vacuum Picks Up: Your vacuum cleaner may pick up lots of fibers the first few times vacuuming, but vacuuming will extend the life of your carpet by keeping it from getting matted.

3. Check the Wattage: Only use same wattage bulbs (or lower) in light fixtures. Keep a list of what wattage bulbs you need in the house and stock up on a few ahead of time.

4. Clear the Lines: You should throw out the first batch of ice cubes from your fridge and run an empty cycle through your washing machine to clear any dirt that may have gotten into your water lines when your water meter was set.

5. Dishwasher Power: If your dishwasher isn’t getting power, look for a nearby wall switch that should power it. Also, it’s a good idea to first run an empty cycle with a few cups of water to pump and clear any dirt that may have gotten into your water lines during the build process.

6. GFCI Outlets: All electrical outlets in wet areas of your home (baths, kitchens and garages) are protected by ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets. These outlets need to be tested monthly by pressing the “test” button on them. In addition, although you may not see a GFCI outlet in every wet area, the outlet will be connected to another GFCI outlet. Therefore, if an outlet trips in your powder room, you many need to reset the GFCI outlet in another bathroom.

7. Hardwood Floors: Treat your hardwood floors as you would any fine wood furniture. Never walk on them in high heels or cleats. Always clean up spills promptly, and never use harsh chemicals such as acetone or paint thinner to remove scuffs. Also, never wet mop your floors. Only use a hardwood floor cleaner recommended by your hardwood floor manufacturer.

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Cedarvale Farms Pumpkin Patch Event!


We had a great time at Cedarvale Farms for our Pumpkin Patch event! We love this time of year where there are lots of great new things to get involved with in our community! Keep in touch with LiveWell Homes to see what we will be up to. 

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Changing Your Air Filter

Changing Your Air Filter


Regularly changing your HVAC air filter helps keeps it running efficiently, which saves you money on your electricity bill and also lengthens the life of your HVAC system. The filters need to be changed once a month or once every 3 months, depending on your system. Changing the filters also maintains the warranty on your system.


1. Locate the air returns for your air conditioner. There may be multiple returns throughout your house, so be sure to check upstairs as well as downstairs. Pull the filter compartment out of
each return.

2. Measure the filter’s outer dimensions, and look for any identifying numbers or letters on the casing. Each return may have a different size filter.

3. Once you’ve bought your new filter(s), turn off the unit and slide the filter into the air return the same way the old one came out.

a. Make sure the filter is placed into the compartment with the correct side facing out.

b. Follow the directions on the package. The sides are usually marked as air-in and air-out.

4. Replace any filter cover or door that you took off to gain access to the filter compartment.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Winterizing Your Irrigation

Winterizing Your Irrigation

Winterizing your irrigation system is a homeowner maintenance item. Frozen water lines can easily split the bronze backflow valve in your irrigation system.

1. Turn off Water to the irrigation system at the main valve.

2. Set the automatic irrigation controller to “rain mode” which will keep all your settings without

the valves coming on. This will save you a great deal of time later on and uses only a small

amount of electricity.

3. Turn on each of the valves to release pressure on the pipes.

4. Drain all of the water out of any irrigation components that might freeze. It is best to pay a

landscaper to blow the water out of your irrigation system using compressed air.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Garden Tips

Fall Garden Tips 

Prep now for a better yard in the spring.


Clear out – Trim and remove dead tree branches, trim shrubs, and rake leaves. Compost the leaves for soil you can use in the spring.

Mow Grass– One last mow leaves your yard with shorter grass that resists disease and leaf build-up.

Aerate – Core aerating your yard allows water and nutrients to reach roots in compressed soil, so it can keep strong through the winter.

Fertilize – Grass roots keep growing until 40 degrees, so now is a good time to invest in a healthy lawn for next year.

Plant Shrubs - Planting shrubs now gives them a head start on growing healthy roots. Mulching around new plantings will help new roots develop in colder months.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

The New Community of Stonebridge

Stonebridge, Mint Hill, North Carolina


COMING SOON - a New LiveWell Homes community in Mint Hill, NC

    A Community with All-Brick Homes on SPACIOUS Lots!
    Traditional Style One and Two Story Homes with Double Garages
    Lower Taxes
    Close to Shopping, Interstates, and Schools
    Small Town Feel Yet Minutes from Matthews, Monroe, Indian Trail and Charlotte.
    Preliminary Base Pricing from $290's to mid $300's
    (Pricing May Change Without Notice)
In process of starting Stonebridge - clearing lots, etc.
  • 41 Lots Planned
  • Side Load Garages
  • Crawl Space Foundations
  • All-Brick Houses
- See more at: http://livewellhomes.net/node/559#sthash.yD5bx6Vz.dpuf
In process of starting Stonebridge - clearing lots, etc.

    41 Lots Planned
    Side Load Garages
    Crawl Space Foundations
    All-Brick Houses

For Information on this new LiveWell community, click here






COMING SOON - a New LiveWell community in Mint Hill, NC
  • A Community with All-Brick Homes on SPACIOUS Lots!
  • Traditional Style One and Two Story Homes with Double Garages
  • Lower Taxes
  • Close to Shopping, Interstates, and Schools
  • Small Town Feel Yet Minutes from Matthews, Monroe, Indian Trail and Charlotte.
  • Preliminary Base Pricing from $290's to mid $300's
  • ( Pricing May Change Without Notice)
- See more at: http://livewellhomes.net/node/559#sthash.yD5bx6Vz.dpuf
COMING SOON - a New LiveWell community in Mint Hill, NC
  • A Community with All-Brick Homes on SPACIOUS Lots!
  • Traditional Style One and Two Story Homes with Double Garages
  • Lower Taxes
  • Close to Shopping, Interstates, and Schools
  • Small Town Feel Yet Minutes from Matthews, Monroe, Indian Trail and Charlotte.
  • Preliminary Base Pricing from $290's to mid $300's
  • ( Pricing May Change Without Notice)
- See more at: http://livewellhomes.net/node/559#sthash.yD5bx6Vz.dpuf