Rain Chain: A Stylish Alternative to Downspouts

Moving water from gutters to the ground in a controlled fashion is a necessary chore, but rain chains are the perfect blend of form and function because they do it with style.

Rain chains come in all kinds of materials to match just about any home. From black powder-coated aluminum to hammered copper, and everything in between, there’s bound to be something that fits your home’s style.

And that’s the point. You need something that carries rainwater from your roof to the ground level, but you don’t need an ugly pipe to do it!

This downspout alternative will add charm and character to your home, compared to its more industrial-looking counterpart.

Two-step installation is easy, and anyone can do it with simple tools.

  1. Remove the downspout from the gutter. You’ll need a power drill to remove the rivets and metal screws. Then pull the joints apart.
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10 Home Improvements You Must Tackle This Spring

Spring is the perfect time to tackle household chores ranging from AC maintenance and gutter cleaning to organizing and pressure washing. And, of course, there’s spring cleaning!

The 4 Seasons of Home Ownership is a curated collection of how-to videos, articles and tips to keep your home running smoothly throughout the year. Each season’s list includes 10 “must do” items, as well as some additional projects to take on as time and budget allow or if you want to do a little something extra.

Read the 4 Seasons of Home Ownership: Spring episode article to see how we helped a family tackle some springtime chores. Check out Sprucing Up Your Home’s Exterior for Spring for more info.

Or, read on for our top 10 spring chores list — and be sure to click each link for more information!

Spring Checklist

Top 10 Must Do

HVAC professional checking air conditioner

1. Have a professional service your

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10 Home Improvements You Must Tackle This Summer

Today’s Homeowner’s 4 Seasons of Home Ownership is a curated collection of how-to videos, articles and tips to keep your home running smoothly throughout the year. The summer checklist focuses mainly on the exterior of the house, paying close attention to the siding and trim, fencing and gates, outdoor furniture and grill, driveway and sidewalks.

See how we helped a family take on the summer checklist in the 4 Seasons of Home Ownership: Summer episode of Today’s Homeowner With Danny Lipford. And, check out Simple Steps to Summer Prep for more info.

wood gate by lake
Inspect fencing and gates and make any needed repairs.

Summer Checklist

Top 10 Must Do

  1. Change AC and heating system filters.
  2. Flush out AC drain line with bleach twice during the summer.
  3. Check for loose railings or damage on wood decks. Repair, if needed.
  4. Inspect fencing and gates for damage. Repair, if needed.
  5. Clean all outdoor furniture.
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19 Tips to Maintain Your Home This Winter Season

People spend 90 percent of their time indoors during the winter season, so tackling the chores on this checklist ensures healthy air and water quality throughout this period.

The 4 Seasons of Home Ownership is a curated collection of how-to videos, articles and tips to keep your home running smoothly throughout the year.

This winter checklist (which is applicable for seasonal chores from late December through late March) also focuses on making sure you and your home are prepared in case of severe winter weather.

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Clean and oil your snowblower to keep it running efficiently this winter.

Winter Checklist

Here are 10 things you must do during the winter season. That’s why we pushed them to the top of our checklist. 

  1. Change heating system filters.
  2. Clean kitchen range hood filter.
  3. Clean all baseboard heaters.
  4. Change water and icemaker filters on the refrigerator.
  5. Thoroughly clean, oil and prepare snowblower for winter.
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How to Install a Ceiling Medallion

Ceiling medallions are great for camouflaging drywall flaws around a light fixture. Learn how you can install one yourself.

Materials Needed

  • Ceiling Medallion
  • Construction Adhesive
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Caulk
Installing a ceiling medallion covers up flaws and adds style to a home.

1. Remove the Light Fixture

Make sure the power is turned off at the circuit panel and remove the light fixture. If you’re uncomfortable working with electricity, hire an electrician to do this.

2. Proper Placement

Apply construction adhesive to the medallion’s underside, and align the hole at the center with the electrical box in the ceiling.

3. Re-Wire the Light Fixture

Use painter’s tape to hold the medallion on the ceiling while you re-wire the light fixture.

4. Tighten the Bolts

Once that’s done, the canopy of the fixture will hold the medallion tight to the ceiling, so you can remove the painter’s tape

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