Monthly Archives: May 2017

Terrific Summer DIY Projects

Summer is a time for vacations, backyard barbecues and relaxing in the sun. It’s also a time when you can accomplish a few projects around the house. We are not just talking about simple maintenance repairs but instead those big DIY projects you’ve been putting off all winter long. Here are some potential summer DIY projects you might want to tackle:

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Reseal the Wood Deck

What kind of shape is your wood deck in? Hopefully, when it was first installed it was coated with a water sealer. But even the best sealers don’t last a lifetime. You may want to reseal your deck this summer. While you’re at it, you can also make any minor repairs to the deck and inspected for water damage. Perhaps you want to expand your deck. That is certainly something to think about before you make any repairs. Tearing down the deck and building a new one is a great project to start the summer off with.

Refinished Patio Furniture

Your patio furniture might have taken a beaten this past winter. If your metal chairs and tables are starting to show signs of distress, then you might want to strip them down and repaint them. There are many powerful strippers you can buy that aren’t difficult to work with. As for the repainting, renting a power sprayer is the way to go.

Power Washing

Speaking of power sprayer, you may want to rent a power washer to give your entire backyard a thorough scrubbing. These powerful water jets cannot only clean concrete and wood decks but they can also work wonders on your home siding.

Replace the Driveway

How many cracks are in your driveway? Once a crack starts, it doesn’t reverse itself. Summer is the perfect time to replace the driveway. All the gear you would need such as a jackhammer and cement mixer can be rented. There are also plenty of helpful instructional YouTube videos that can walk you through the entire process. The real challenge with replace the driveway is what to do with the busted up concrete. That is easily handled with one call the Junk King Portland.

Junk King Portland are professional junk haulers that don’t put any weight restrictions on what you want to get rid of. They’re not to charge by the pound but instead by volume. It all comes down to how much space your stuff will fill on the back of the truck. Those chunks of concrete will be easily stacked up resulting in an affordable price for the service. You can always count on Junk King Portland for concrete hauling and yard waste removal throughout the summer.

Guide To Picking Your Next Mattress

Do you know how old your mattress is? That’s an important question because like every other major purchase in our home, a mattress isn’t meant to last forever. The optimum duration would be around eight years. If you’re starting to have trouble sleeping or waking up with a sore back, it might be time to replace that old, saggy mattress. As an added bonus, you’ve probably also accumulated several pounds (yes pounds!) of skin cells, dust mites and bug carcasses that you’re now sleeping on. Now are you convinced? Before racing to replace your mattress, consider these helpful buying tips to pick your next mattress.

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Use The Internet, Set A Budget

Your mattress purchase will require you to set a budget and research prices online. Actually, if you haven’t bought a mattress in eight years, you might be shocked at some of the prices. Have no fear because everything is negotiable. Plus, once you’ve tried out a mattress in a store (highly recommended), you can always come back to the Internet and order it online at a better price.

Pick Your Type

Memory Foam? Sleep Number? Firm? Plus? There is a lot going on in the world of mattresses. It won’t take you long to become a mattress expert. Here’s short version: Memory foam or Tempur-Pedic is a mattress that will mold to the shape of your body. It’s as close as you can get to sleeping on a waterbed without actually sleeping on a waterbed. A sleep number bed lets you make adjustments in the firmness by using inflatable air pressure chambers. These are the beds that let you recline up and could even have separate settings for the person you’re sharing that bed with.

Go From High End To Low End

Now armed with some information, it’s time to take a few mattresses for test drives. Go to a big show room and ask to try the most expensive mattress. This is the high end of sleeping luxury. Use this to set the bar. Start working your way down the mattress ladder until you land on the perfect pick for your comfort and your budget. It’s out there!

Dress For Sleeping Comfort

As you try out your mattresses, consider what you’ll be wearing to bed. It won’t be bulky sweaters and jackets. This doesn’t mean you can wear your pajamas to the mattress store. However, you want to try out the mattress with the least amount of layers between you and that potential comfort.

Check The Return Policy

After trying out all the mattresses in the store and finding your perfect pick, you’ll get it home and discover it’s horrible. Relax. Mattresses are lot like shoes. It takes a few “sessions” to get it to fit right. If after three weeks, it’s still uncomfortable, you might need to return it and start all over again. Don’t feel embarrassed. It’s more important that you get the right mattress for a good night’s sleep.

With regard to taking care of your old mattress disposal that is a job best turned over to Junk King Portland. Although some companies offer free removal, with Junk King Portland on the job you’ll be able to get rid of a lot of unwanted clutter at the same time. It’s a great chance to clear out your closets, basement and garage along with your old mattress. You’ll get a good night’s rest on a new mattress and a home that’s free of junk.