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Be sure to clean fallen leaves out of your gutter this fall.

Weekend Project: Cleaning Your Gutters

Here’s another weekend project for an October Saturday. It’s important to pay extra attention to your gutters in autumn because as the leaves fall from the trees, they’ll accumulate in your gutters. If you don’t clean them out, next time it rains, the gutter will be unable to catch and carry away water. So check out this article about gutter maintenance. It contains step-by-step advice on how to clean out your gutters, clean out your downspout, and patch any places where the gutter’s broken. Don’t worry—patching a gutter’s not as difficult as it sounds. All you’ll need is sandpaper, fiberglass mesh, and roofing cement. So head outside and get to work—you’ll be glad you did the next time an autumn rainstorm hits your area.

Hate cleaning gutters? Consider investing in a leaf guard so that you won't have to deal with this problem next fall.

The backside of the Ecoplex, replete with windows for ventilation.

Ecoplex Modular Trailers a Healthier Choice

Most of us recall the debacle with the FEMA-provided trailers that caused numerous health issues among the relocated survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Off-gassing turned those toxic boxes into veritable gas chambers, inducing breathing problems, burning eyes and a host of other ailments among their inhabitants.

The Ecoplex from Terradime is a green solution to the temporary disaster relief housing issue: a "cost-effective, green, healthy modular trailer that features superb indoor air quality." The units are designed for easy disassembly, making them easy to transport. They also have interchangeable wall panels that open up a slew of configuration options.

The Ecoplex will be available in January of 2011 and sells between $30K and 40K, depending on additional features like bathrooms and kitchenettes.

Let's hope this is the type of solution used the next time a natural disaster forces citizens into temporary housing.

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