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Home maintenance: Protecting your concrete

If freezing temperatures arrived politely on December 21 and left all at once before St. Patrick’s Day, you probably wouldn’t need to clean and seal your driveway. But that’s not how Jack Frost works. He’s constantly coming and going—freezing and thawing—all winter long, a process that causes our concrete driveways to chip,...

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A Final Thought: That Just Ain’t Normal

My regular monthly column did not appear in the July 16 edition of Mimi. The bean counters decided we needed to cut costs by eliminating some unpaid content, thereby reducing page counts and printing costs. I did not object. I welcomed a month when I didn’t have to rip out a piece of my soul and put it in 258,000 mailboxes. A few readers...

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Cover your gutters before fall

If you look closely, darling, you can see the leaves of some trees beginning to turn. Soon enough, Northeast Ohio will explode with the bright yellows and deep crimsons of autumn leaves—many of which will end up in our gutters. That is, unless your gutters are covered. Gutter cleaning is dirty, dangerous work. That makes covering...

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Concrete clean and seal

Each year on the summer solstice in Northeast Ohio—around June 21—we enjoy roughly 15 hours of daylight, compared with just 9 hours on the winter solstice near December 21. That means right now we’re losing two minutes of daylight every single day. That may not sound like much—until you consider that we’ll lose a full...

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Summer is the ideal time to replace your roof, beating the fall rain and snow

The long days of summer are the ideal time to replace your roof. The extra daylight hours mean workers can start early and stay late, and no one has to worry about spring rains and autumn snow falls interrupting progress. How do you know if you need a new roof? The signs include damaged shingles, missing shingles and evidence of water leaking...

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