A Guide to HVAC Units for the Amateur

When our family first moved into our home five years ago, the central heating and air unit were brand new. We never considered that there would be a time when it would not be operating as we wanted it to. When the time to buy a new unit came, we found that the available options were more diverse than we thought. It was all too confusing. After researching the different options, I decided to create this blog. My hope is that others who are faced with this decision can find easy-to-understand information that can aid in quickly making an informed decision.

Easy Fixes For Common Fence Problems


Wood fences tend to take a beating over the years. Whether it's from extreme humidity, extreme cold, sun, wind, rain, or any other type of weather, your fence will eventually need repair. Using lumber that has been treated and preserved is the best way to go to make your wood last longer, but it is also expensive. Here a few ways you can repair your fence on your own and keep it efficient and beautiful for even longer.

  1. Replacing Rails: If you have a whole rail that needs to be replaced you'll need to take down that whole section in order to replace it. Start by cutting the rails and placing them at the top of the posts. Butt each section to each other and nail each rail in place at both ends. Next do the bottom rail. Do the same thing at the bottom of the posts, just slightly above ground level. And be sure to use a level to ensure they are even. Next are the fence boards. Measure and cut the boards and hold them in place, making sure they are flush with the top. Nail the top first, then the bottom, aligning it as you go.
  2. Repairing Posts: If you have a wobbly post, make sure you check it out fully before repairing it. If your post is broken or rotten, you may be able to set it with a pair of stakes or a new base. If you need to stake the post, take two pieces of wood with beveled ends and drive them into the ground on opposite sides of the post. Bore holes in both of them and bolt them together to hold up the post. If you are looking for something more permanent, dig a hole around the post and pour mixed concrete in it, mounding it around the post to keep out water.
  3. Replacing Rotten Screening: Start by measuring a part of the screening that isn't broken. Once you have your replacement piece cut, you can tear down the old screening using a hammer to pry it off. Set the new board against the fence, align it, and nail it on. And don't forget to paint the new pieces to match the fence.

There are several things that can go wrong with your fence, but with a few pieces of wood and some nails you should be able to fix it on your own. Just keep in mind that if you don't know exactly what is wrong with your fence or you don't think you have the time or the tools to fix it yourself, it's always best to call the professionals, like Schlechta Fence, so you can get exactly what you need the first time around.


28 January 2015