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A grease gun is the essential tool for home mechanics and D-I-Yers. Its job is to force heavy lubricant into mechanical components that are subject to immense stress and friction.

Home improvement projects may not be the first things on your to-do list this fall, but you may want to add a few items to that list (maybe after “book holiday travel” but before “buy new soccer cleats for the kids”) to help prepare your home for the chillier months approaching.

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Yes, fall will drop a ton of freshly fallen leaves into your gutters no matter what you do, but getting ahead of that can prevent water damage and other high-cost repairs. Take some time (or, better yet, have a handyman come by) to check your home’s gutters for dead leaves and other potential blockages. If there are any, have them cleared them out so water can properly drain.

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Q: We’re in our early 80s and we own our home. We have a loan of about $95,000 and make monthly payments of $700 to the lender. We don’t have much in savings, but we do have some. If a major repair came along it would deplete our savings. Would we be smart to sell the home now and rent?

Impact wrenches are a must-have tool for working on your own car or truck projects, or if you maintain home lawn equipment other machinery. There are a range of different types of wrenches, and these are some of the best on the market.

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This isn’t the kind of job where you can Google “how to install a garage door” and figure it out in an afternoon.

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The first time you start your furnace each season, it’s not uncommon to smell a dusty or musty odor as the system revs up. But if the smell continues, ask a professional to take a look. A burning odor means you should shut it off and call for help immediately. And if you smell gas, leave the home immediately and contact your fire department and gas company.

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If you need to hire pros for essential home maintenance or repairs, see if they can tackle other projects at the same time. These projects may be additional repairs or improvements to enhance your health and wellbeing during your time at home.

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Have your roof and siding inspected and make any necessary repairs. Prevention could save you a lot of money in the long run.

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If you’ve even woken up to a steady drip-drip-drip coming from your ceiling, you know how much dread a leaky roof can cause. That’s because what starts as a little leak during a heavy storm can lead to serious damage to your home. If you notice these signs, it’s time to call a pro.

If you have home insurance, you may think your home and belongings are covered—but the best way to protect your assets is to double up with a home warranty. Here are 3 reasons every homeowner should have a home warranty.

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