Energy Incentives

Many utilities offer incentives to homeowners who make improvements that save energy. Contact your utility company to determine if you're eligible for a low-interest loan or discount for replacing your windows and doors. Ask about energy-efficient insulating features such as argon gas between the panes of glass and a Low-E coating.
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Weather Stripping

Weather stripping can seal leaks around movable joints, such as windows or doors. You need to choose a type of weather stripping that will withstand the friction, weather, temperature changes, and wear and tear associated with its location.
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Fixing Door Dents

If you have dents in the metal-clad doors in your home, one answer is to use auto-body fillers to make the fix. Either the polyester resin or fiberglass paste fillers bond well with steel, and the repair can be made like on a car. But, because you can finish the door with acrylic-latex trim paint, not glossy auto body paint, you don't need the skills of an auto body technician to get excellent results.
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Sticking Hinge

Treat a sticking hinge by rubbing pencil lead along the spine. Alternatively, smear a little light oil along the hinge with a cloth, working the hinge back and forth until it moves freely.
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Garage Doors and Hurricanes

In high winds, double garage doors can pull out of their tracks or collapse from wind pressure. If garage doors fail, high winds can enter your home and blow out doors, windows, walls, and even the roof. Make sure your garage doors are reinforced at their weakest points; in most cases, this step involves installing horizontal bracing on each panel. If you're building a new garage or installing a new door, use heavier-than-standard hinges and stronger center supports than standard.
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Reinforce or Replace

Approximately 80% of residential hurricane damage starts with wind entry through garage doors. Ideally, garage doors should be equipped with steel bracing.

Be sure to follow manufacturer's specifications when using or installing wind resistant and impact resistant products. Improper installation may cause a voided warranty or worse, a product failure that presents a threat to life and property.
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Installing a Bulkhead

Bulkheads usually come in kits. Lay out the pieces first and follow the directions step by step, and it should only take you four hours or so build. Before you secure all the bolts, make sure the doors close and latch properly. Then seal the base with mortar. Slope the edges to keep your bulkhead watertight and your basement dry.
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