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Tips for Caulking Windows

Follow these tips for caulking windows from Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Weatherizing your home can cut down on energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint. One way to do this is by caulking windows and closing up leaks in your home. According to the Energy Information Administration, 65 percent of a home’s energy bill is from heating and cooling the home–and half of the conditioned air leaks out of the(…)

How to Check Your Water Softener

Learn how to check your water softener with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet. If you’re dealing with hard water, the first place to check is your water softener. Hard water can stem from a few different problems with your water softener system. Learn all about how a softener works, and what you can do to remedy any problems with your system with the help of Blain’s Farm &(…)

How to Seal a Driveway

Learn how to seal your driveway with Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Extreme heat and cold, chemicals like salt, oil, gas and grease–all things that can wear down your blacktop. Without protection, that beautiful black driveway could become an unattractive, crumbling mess. With a little effort, you can prevent these problems by sealing, protecting and maintaining your driveway. Besides, it’s an excuse to get out of the house and get dirty!(…)

How to Pressure Wash a Driveway

Learn how to pressure wash your driveway with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Oil, salt, gas and grease can all stain your once-pristine driveway. One way to get rid of years of stains is to pressure wash your driveway. With a pressure washer and the right safety gear, you can easily clean off the concrete. Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to walk you through it. How to(…)

How To Patch Drywall

It’s happened to most of us. You’re moving furniture or the kids are playing, and you end up with a hole punched in your drywall. Usually, it’s right in the middle of a sheet of drywall between two studs. To make a proper repair, you’d have to cut out a large section of the drywall to get at the studs and put a new section in its place. Avoid that(…)

Winterizing Your Home

Winterizing your home can save you cash and make your winter much more comfortable and relaxing. Make sure your home is ready for another Midwest winter with these Fall Home Maintenance Tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Fall Home Maintenance Tips for Winterizing Your Home A big part of winterizing your home is making sure your heat works well and stays in the house. There are a few things you(…)

How To Flush A Hot Water Heater

Draining and flushing your water heater can extend its life by years. You should flush every 6 months to prevent sediment buildup from damaging your tank. If your tank makes a rumbling sound, it usually means there’s sediment buildup boiling in the bottom of the tank. By flushing your hot water heater, you can remove this harmful buildup. To do this, all you need is a garden hose, groove lock pliers,(…)

Deck Stain: How To Stain A Deck

You finally built the deck of your dreams. Before you get around to enjoying it, take the time to protect your investment. This easy guide from Blain’s Farm & Fleet will help you protect the quality of your deck and lengthen its life. The beauty and durability of any stain job depend on how well you prepare the surface and the quality of the stain you use. A lot of homeowners spend hours researching(…)


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