Getting Prepared for Winter

Don’t want to be bothered by winter problems? Then don’t mind them at all by getting your house prepped up for the season!

Here are the tips which can help you enjoy a cup of warm coffee dressed in your favorite winter clothes during the cold season:

Store firewood.

Order firewood ahead then store them at least 20 feet away from your house. Ants and mice can make their nests in woodpiles, so you better keep them properly. Still, you have to make sure they’re easily accessible from your home. Ordering ahead can remove the worry of not having enough firewood to keep you warm.

Clean the gutters.

Get your ladder and clean your gutters! If you can’t do this by yourself, then hire someone else. It’s essential to wait until the leaves have gone down, then do the cleaning once. Well, of course, this is no longer applicable if they’re already overflowing when it rains. Keeping the gutters clean can prevent them from getting clogged, which can lead to problems related to water in the basement.

Prevent pipes from freezing.

Some of us have probably experienced having trouble with plumbing during winter because the pipes can quickly get frozen in icy cold temperatures, causing water to freeze and the pipe to get clogged. A lot of expensive issues can emerge from frozen pipes including bursts, which can eventually lead to flooding. And flooding can cause water damage on floors, walls, and insulator.

So, what should you do to bypass these winter plumbing problems?

  • Insulate apparent drafts.
  • Allow a small drip of water to flow in the sink to keep pipes from freezing.
  • Secure airlocks with heat tape.
  • Drain your pool correctly if you have one.

Superior-Pump-91250-300x300Also, as a safety precaution, own a sump pump so that you can deal with flooding efficiently.

Repair masonry.

Seal up cracks or broken joints in steps, walkways, and stonework. Ensure that you have clear, shovel-friendly paths to all entrances and exits.

Contact a heating company.

Why? So they could inspect your boiler and furnace. Sign a contract with a respectable heating company now instead of contacting them once your boiler blows in the middle of a cold night.

Get a generator.

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Lastly, if you don’t want to deal with dark and cold environments during winter because of superstorms, then you better get yourself an inverter generator. I said inverter generator because standard ones can be loud and that could irritate your neighbors. Inverter generators can be connected to increase output, and they are quieter than your vacuum cleaner. These generators are also fuel-efficient, which means you don’t have to spend a lot of money on fuel just to keep your body warm for the whole night.

Besides, inverter generators are portable—you can bring them anywhere easily. Some even come with a cart.

Winter doesn’t have to be a season filled with worries. As long as you’re prepared, you can sit down, relax, and even enjoy the cold season at the comfort of your home.

3 Welding Projects You Can Do Next Winter

Don’t let the coldness of winter make you unproductive! Let these welding projects keep you busy with a goal to make your property look better!

Before we proceed, make sure you have a welding machine first. If you don’t, then here’s an excellent source for you. Don’t worry; you can surely afford these machines.

Get busy with these three welding projects:

Bench

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Maximize your MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welder and scroll bender by building a customized bench for your veranda or backyard! It’s also perfect for your balcony. Use the scroll bar to bend the flat bar steel for the decorative sides of your bench before you join them using your MIG welder. This project will also need a lot of reinforcement, so add a section of steel across the center of the seat underneath.

Let this sturdy, unique-looking bench be the talk of the town! It’s an excellent tool that will bring the family members together especially during winter.

Gazebo

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Don’t let the chill make you lazy. Build a gazebo which offers various welding challenges that will enhance your welding skills. Let this gazebo keep you fruitful for a while, and you’ll see; winters aren’t that bad! Aside from being convenient, this also makes your property appear more accommodating. You can also achieve this project using a MIG welder.

For this project, a one-inch square tube will come in handy for the handrails and columns. For the roof, two-inch square steel tubes will be the main actors. If you wish to add more beauty to it, then shape a ½-inch x 1/8-inch flat steel using a scroll bender. Heck, you can even combine this gazebo project with the bench mentioned earlier! The duo will make your property a lot more elegant, I’m telling you.

Wheelbarrow

wheelbarrowIf a gazebo is a bit out-of-reach, then weld something that’s a lot more moveable than a bench—a wheelbarrow. This is an excellent project for those who are into gardening. The mainframe of this project could use a ½-inch square tubular steel. The handles could be made out of round tubes which are welded onto the mainframe.

 

Most welding projects need one-inch square tubes, so be sure to invest in them especially since you’d probably feel lazy to travel to a local hardware store for them during winter. This wheelbarrow also requires dependable one-inch square tubes for the legs and frame supports. The tubes should be really sturdy—they should be able to manage a lot of wear and tear. After welding the frame together, you can then apply pressure treated or finished wood to complete your wheelbarrow.

A Warm Cup of Coffee to Fight the Coldness of Winter

Survive through the winter with these espresso recipes you can do at home! Don’t worry if you don’t have an espresso machine, a decent article on this topic can help you. After reading the article, be sure to get your espresso machine right away to try these recipes!

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Ingredients:
  • 2 shots of espresso
  • Ground coffee
Procedure:
  1. First, brew ground coffee.
  2. Transfer the brewed coffee in a cup.
  3. Add two shots of espresso.

Gingerbread Latte

gingerbread latteIngredients:
  • 1 c. of hot milk or soy milk
  • 1/2 c. of hot espresso
  • 1/3 c. of sugar
  • 1/3 c. of water
  • 1/4 tsp. of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • A 2-inch piece of fresh peeled and thinly sliced ginger
  • Optional: Whipped cream
Procedure:
  1. Gingerbread Syrup: Get a small saucepan. Put the cinnamon, ginger, sugar, vanilla, and water. Bring the ingredients to a boil. Stir often until the sugar completely dissolves. Lower the heat and slowly simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Get your espresso and place it in a mug. Add the gingerbread syrup. Top it off with heated milk and garnish with whipped cream if you wish. Enjoy!

Espresso Creme

Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. of heavy cream
  • 1 shot of espresso
Procedure:

Simply pull a shot of espresso and combine it with an ounce of heavy cream.

Café Bonbon

cafe bonbonIngredients:
  • 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. of cocoa powder
  • 2 oz. of condensed milk
  • 2 oz. of espresso
  • 2 oz. of heavy whipped cream
Procedure:
  1. Whip the vanilla extract and cream using a hand mixer until peaks form.
  2. Pull 2 oz. of espresso.
  3. Pour it into a glass cup.
  4. Pour your condensed milk into a cup. It should of the same amount as your espresso.
  5. Top the cup with whipped cream.
  6. Sprinkle the cocoa powder on top
  7. Serve this Spanish “candy coffee” drink with a spoon.

Espresso Breve

Ingredients:
  • 2 oz. of espresso
  • 2 oz. of foam.
  • 2 oz. of half & half
Procedure:
  1. Steam and froth the half & half at 145° to 160°F.
  2. Allow it to set.
  3. Pull a 2-oz. shot of espresso.
  4. Carefully pour the steamed half & half into a mug, holding back the foam.
  5. Pour half of the foam on top.
  6. Pour the espresso slowly into your mug.
  7. Top it with the rest of the foam.

Spicy Viennese Espresso

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 tsp. of allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 2 shots of espresso
  • 4 ground cloves
  • Whipped cream
two-shots-of-espressoProcedure:
  1. Pull two shots of espresso.
  2. Put in a cup.
  3. Mix the ground cloves, cinnamon, and allspice.
  4. Top with whipped cream.

Macadamia Mocha

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of steamed milk
  • 1 oz. of chocolate fudge
  • 1 oz. of macadamia nut syrup
  • 2 shots of espresso
  • A dash of grated chocolate
  • Some toasted coconut
Procedure:
  1. Pull two shots of espresso.
  2. Place in a cup.
  3. Add the macadamia nut syrup, chocolate fudge, and steamed milk.
  4. Top with toasted coconut and a dash of grated chocolate. Enjoy!

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How to Winterize Your Pool and Robotic Cleaner

Winterizing your pool before the cold days arrive is a must to protect your pool. To make sure it’s winter-ready, follow the instructions below.

Winterizing the Pool

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First, clean your pool using a quality robotic cleaner. You can get one from https://poolcleanerhub.com/. It’s crucial that you have a sanitized and balanced pool before you proceed.

Next, add 10 ounces of algaecide for every 10,000 gallons of pool water. Also, add a metal remover or a sequestering agent if necessary. For this part, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Get rid of debris left (if any).

The fourth step is to let the pool chemicals filter for 24 hours.

Then, remove all the plugs, as well as the water, from your pump and filter system. Of course, that includes the ones in your heat pump if you have one.

Now blow out your pool’s plumbing lines and plug all lines. For this step, it’s best to use an air compressor.

Next, add a skimmer plug to your skimmer. In case you didn’t know, it’s called a Gizzmo.

Hang on; you’re almost done!

The second to the last step would be to remove the handrails and ladders.

Lastly, place a pool cover on top of your pool to secure it. If you use a tarp or solid vinyl cover, make sure you put a pump in the middle of the cover so that it can get rid of rainwater.

Congratulations, you just winterized your pool! Now onto the next (and a lot easier) part.

It’s also essential to winterize your robotic pool cleaner to extend its life. This cleaner is efficient at removing dirt from your pool, which is why it deserves to be taken care off. Keep it safe for the wintry season by following the steps below.

Winterizing Your Robotic Pool Cleaner

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Unplug its power supply from the outside socket.

Next, take out the cleaner from your pool. You wouldn’t want to leave it there.

The third step would be to unplug the robot’s floating cable from the power supply.

Then, remove the filter bag or basket and clean it. This part isn’t even difficult to do.

Now remove any water from your robotic cleaner and make sure it’s entirely dry.

After which, coil its floating cable, sit the cleaner on its side and place it on top of the cable. If the unit has a storage compartment for the cable, then place the cable there.

The seventh step would be to position the power supply next to the robot.

Finally, store the cleaner in a dry place at room temperature. This way, it won’t become frozen during the winter months.

That’s it!

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Fun Things to Do in the Cold Months

Surviving the cold winter months does not have to be a chore, especially if you have an arsenal of fun activities for the winter to get you through it.

Visit musuems. Entertain yourself by checking out the museums, art galleries, or cultural centers in your area. Walking around studying period pieces and artifacts is not only a great way to soak up more knowledge. It can also give you the exercise you need.

Get organized. You don’t have to wait for spring to start decluttering and organizing your home. Beat boredom and get active cleaning your home. Sort your stuff so you can get rid of the things you no longer need. Put items you can give away in a box and look for a community homeless shelter where you can donate them.

Get some sunshine. Lack of exposure to sunlight can disrupt your sleep-wake cycle and affect your mood. Soak up some healthy sunshine by spending some time outdoors in the morning. Dress comfortably and go out for a long walk or a good run. Enjoying the right amount of sunlight exposure especially during winter can uplift your outlook.

Invite friends over for a movie or game night. Movie marathons and game nights are just some of the activities for the cold winter months that you can enjoy with family and friends. Organize a movie or game night. Get busy in the kitchen preparing healthy meals or snacks you can serve to your guests.

Read as many books as you can. The winter months are a great time to catch up on your reading list. If you don’t have a reading list yet, it’s time you make one and visit the library to check out the books you have always wanted to read. You can also join a book club or connect with your friends for a book reading challenge.

Get cooking. Preparing home cooked meals is also an excellent way to make good use of your time indoors. Hone your culinary skills by trying out healthy recipes that can help you manage your weight during the cold months.

Do something new. Arrange a weekend getaway to somewhere you have not been to before. Go skiing or book a room at a hot springs resort near you. You can also try some new restaurants or coffee shops with your friends.