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Acres upon acres of landscape may be under siege this winter, and
not by foraging animals looking for food. Soil erosion is a signi cant
problem when the temperatures dip, as snowstorms and wind can
blow unprotected soil away. What’s more, when warmer weather
returns, even more soil may erode from spring melt and runo .
Unprotected soil that is exposed to wet are viable in the winter months. Many
and windy weather can quickly deteriorate. people plant ower bulbs in early winter to
Especially harsh winter weather can cause protect the soil and to enjoy vibrant color
soil to break down, subjecting the soil to upon the arrival of spring.
erosive forces. Soil loss is wasteful and can If your goal is to plant a placeholder for
compromise landscapes, leaving lawns and spring crops or plants, cover plants, such as
gardens susceptible to further damage. rye, are an ideal winter protection crop. Rye
To combat poorly performing gardens, will remain rooted into spring and then can
landscapers may have to rely more heavily be mulched into a soil amendment.
on chemical fertilizers and supplements, Another solution is to use leaves and
neither of which is an especially eco- other compost matter to cover naked
friendly alternative. soil until planting resumes. e compost
Rather than reacting to the problem of soil will be heavy enough to stay in place and
erosion, homeowners can take proactive will add healthy soil nutrients, including
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can protect and improve soil conditions soil fabric on the compost to help slow
throughout the winter season. decomposition. Soil fabric also can be
Some people see gardening as a spring used elsewhere to protect soil and plants
and summer activity. However, by where thick layers of compost may not be
making gardening a year-round e ort practical.
— and choosing plants for all seasons — Some home landscapers and gardeners may
homeowners can protect landscapes and overlook the importance of preventing soil
provide hardy habitats for wildlife. erosion during the winter. But preventing
Speak with a landscaping professional such erosion can protect resources and
about which plants are hardy enough to guarantee a landscape that is ready to
survive through the fall and winter seasons. thrive when spring planting season returns.
Certain ornamental bushes and shrubs
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to get your home
If boots, a warm hat and a tuned-up snow blower are the
only items on your winter preparation list, your home
maintenance plan may need a makeover. ese simple home
maintenance projects can help lower your energy bills,
prevent more costly repairs and/or increase the lifespan of
Heating & Ventilation 1
Examine your replace and chimney system to ensure that
no soot or creosote has collected. Any cracks or voids could
potentially cause a re. Before you turn the furnace or boiler on,
replace the air lter and hire a professional to inspect the unit
more thoroughly. ese steps will improve the e ciency and life
of your furnace and will ensure stable indoor air quality.
2 Seal Windows & Doors
If not properly sealed, windows
and doors can be a major culprit
for heat loss. To keep the warm
air inside, inspect the weather-
stripping around your home’s
windows and doors for leaks, rot or
decay. Repair or replace structural
framing, and caulk inside and out,
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Insulate well 3
One of the easiest and most e ective defenses against heat loss is
proper insulation. Prevent cold drafts from entering and the loss of
heated air through basement headers, which, when left exposed, can
make your furnace work harder. Look for a moisture-resistant product
o ering high thermal performance, such as Roxul Comfortbatt
insulation. is type of mineral wool insulation makes installation
simple. All that’s needed is a serrated blade or bread knife. Cut the batt
to t the cavity and press into place. e insulation will help improve
energy e ciency as soon as it’s in place and provide savings over the
lifetime of your home. Comfortbatt can also be used to top or replace
old attic insulation. Aim for an R-50 or a depth of 16 inches.
4 Backyard Care
Save your property from potential damage by
trimming overgrown trees and shrubs to prevent
ice-laden branches from thrashing against
electrical wires and your home’s exterior. Drain/
shut o any exterior faucets and sprinkler
systems to prevent freezing. Ensure rain or snow
drains away from the house to avoid foundation
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Drill & Drill bits A variety of Scaper/Putty Knife
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Set of Hex or Allen
Extension cord Step Stool/Ladder Keys
Hacksaw Screw Drivers Safety Gear
In the next issue, we’ll start breaking this list down, tool by tool, so if you don’t
know a hammer from a hacksaw be sure to pick up a copy in April 2018.
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HOME SAFETY CHECKS
TO COMPLETE TODAY
A new kitchen or a bathroom remodeling job might be dream projects
for many homeowners, but the right home improvement project
at a given moment is not necessarily the most glamorous project.
Sometimes safety upgrades around the house must take precedence
over more popular projects.
Accidents or injuries can occur in any part of the home, but
homeowners who take certain preventative measures can greatly
reduce their injury risk. e security resource A Secure Life points out
that more than 18,000 Americans die every year from injuries that take place in the home. Unintentional
injuries account for millions of medical visits each year.
Periodic inspections for potential hazards can keep everyone safe. e following are a handful of ways for
homeowners to ensure their homes are as safe as possible.
Chahzeacrkdfso.rFsatlulsradrye handrails and prevent tripping Practice window safety. Young children are curious
one of the leading causes of home and do not always recognize the inherent dangers around
injuries. Falls can be a particular threat for youngsters and them. Children excited to see the great outdoors may climb
the elderly. To help prevent falls, make sure that staircases up to peer out windows, and open windows are falling
feature sturdy railings and that there is ample lighting hazards. Screens do not o er an adequate barrier against
in walkways. Remove obstructions from frequently used falls. Consider locking windows or use safety bars to guard
paths inside and outside the home. In addition, insert against falls. Test to see how easily screens can be pushed
nonslip padding beneath runners or throw rugs. out, replacing any that do not provide adequate resistance
to curious youngsters’ hands.
Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
around the house, including frayed wiring
and faulty outlets. Sparks can lead to res, Replace the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon
and poor wiring may cause unforeseen monoxide detectors at least twice per year, and test them
problems behind walls. Repair or replace to make sure they’re in good working order at least once
any loose or frayed wires on all electrical per month. e National Fire Protection Association
devices. Be sure that cords do not run recommends replacing hard-wired smoke alarms every 10
under doorways or rugs. Replace outlets years. Battery-operated alarms may need to be replaced
that are in disrepair and install ones with even sooner. Many carbon monoxide detectors work for
ground-fault current interruptors as an
added precaution. If small children live in ve to seven years. Check the back of alarms for a date
the home, use plastic safety covers over stamp that indicates how old the product is and when it
unused outlets. expires.
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How Ice Dams Form and the Best Way to Remove Them
Article & illustration submitted by Sparkle Wash of Eau Claire.
As if it isn’t hard enough to deal with all the hassles of winter assistance is crucial for eliminating the ice dam and for
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winter has another special treat for your roof and gutters – ice internal drywall damage.
Ice dams typically occur after a heavy snowfall when heat e professionals at Sparkle Wash are trained in safe and
escapes from your attic and causes the roof to warm up and e ective ice removal methods. All Sparkle Wash technicians are
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an ice dam started is large icicles begin to form. Simply trying
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not solve the sometimes serious problems dam can be removed the better it will be for your house, roof
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The lost art of washing dishes by hand
WhaNt eYeodu: 1. Prep your dishes. far, you may need to change out Tips:
To keep the water in your sink your wash water. Rinse
Dish soap cleaner, begin by scraping, Dishes often wash more
Hot water dumping and rinsing any 5. Pots, pans, baking dishes, last. easily if you keep them
Double sink excess food or slime from your If these have been soaking, under the water while
or dishpan dishes. Stack your dishes in this process shouldn’t be too scrubbing them. Bring
Dishcloths, the order in which you plan to bad. Wash thoroughly, don’t the dish out of the water
sponges, steel wash them, cleanest to dirtiest forget the bottoms of pans and or run your hands across
works the best. Check your the outsides of baking dishes. it to check for missed
wool. pots and pans, some of them Rinse particles.
Dishrack for may need to be set to soak at Stacking a few dishes in
this point. 6. Dry & store. the sink at a time allows
drying. Depending on how many for soaking time while
2. Prepare your water. dishes you have, this step you work on washing
Clean your sinks if needed. may be optional. Use a clean the dish at hand. It can
Fill one sink with hot water, dry dish towel to remove any also keep your water hot
add dish soap while the sink is excess water on the dishes. longer.
Now you’re ready to put them Use cold water to wash
lling. is sink is for washing. all away. o starches and dairy
Fill your other sink or a dish products; they tend
pan with clean, hot water for 7. Wipe down the sink, counters to get gummier in hot
rinsing. and stove top. Wipe down water.
the sink, dish drainer, and Rub salt into especially
3. Glasses, plates & atware, rst. dishpan. Any rags, dish cloths, dirty pots and pans with
ese are usually the least or sponges need to be left a dry sponge until greasy
out to air dry or thrown into residue is gone.
soiled of the dishes, washing the washing machine. Wipe
these items rst can keep your down countertops, tables,
water cleaner longer. Dip your microwaves and stove tops.
dish rag or sponge into the
hot, soapy water and begin
4. Next, bowls & serving dishes.
Depending on how many
dishes you have washed thus
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Are you courageous when it comes to When choosing a paint palette for any
decorating your home? Many of us would room, there are four key components to
like to be as creative as possible but need ensure powerful e ects while keeping a
guidance to venture out from the neutrals harmonious balance: neutrals, which are the
— and into something more powerfully beige or creamiest versions of any color; the
beautiful. grounding shades, like blacks, browns and
Color is the most important tool in the grays; the highlights, like the bright white
toolbox. One of the easiest and most on moldings and window trim; and the all-
inexpensive ways to infuse a home with color important saturated pops of color which add
is paint. life to any room.
People often feel intimidated by bright If your pop of color is a powerful accent
colors. at’s why so much of our country is wall, complement it with neutral upholstery
beige and o -white. We need to remember and grounding accents in the accessories to
that color is a great balancer in a space. balance the e ect.
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COLORa brief look at hopmae int
e colors homeowners choose for their
walls can give rooms their own unique
feel and even a ect the moods of the
people within them.
Finding the right shade for a
bedroom or kitchen involves more
than just selecting the rst color that
catches your eye. Design experts and
psychologists alike say it may be
worthwhile to choose a color that helps
you feel good rather than just following
design trends. e paint color you pick
may add energy to a space or create a
tranquil retreat where you can unwind
at the end of the day.
Primary Colors: COLOR COMBINATIONS BLUETo create a spa-like environment
Red, yellow & blue Planning a successful color
e 3 pigment colors that cannot combination begins with the and a more serene space, look to shades of blue in
be mixed or formed by any investigation, and understanding, soft variations. Cool blues are soothing colors that
combination of other colors. All of color relationships. Using a can help lower stress levels and promote sleep.
other colors are derived from color wheel, the relationships
between colors are easy to atÕs why blue is a frequent xture in bedrooms
these 3 hues. identify. and bathrooms. Just be advised that too much blue
can make a room appear cold and stark, so balance
Secondary Colors: Monochromatic out blue with some warmer accents.
Green, orange and purple Colors that are shade or tint
ese are the colors formed by variations of the same hue. ORANGEMany people do not
mixing the primary colors.
Complementary immediately consider bright orange for their
Tertiary Colors: ose colors across from each homes, but when used as an accent shade,
Yellow-orange, red-orange, orange can really brighten up a home. Orange is
red-purple, blue-purple, blue- other on a color wheel. considered a shade that expands creativity and
imparts a youthful appeal to a space. Consider an
green & yellow-green Analogous orange accent wall or a burst of color with orange
ese are the colors formed ose colors located adjacent to throw pillows. If pumpkin orange is a little too bold
by mixing a primary and a for you, tone it down by choosing a more pastel,
each other on a color wheel. peachy hue, which is equally warm and energizing.
REDstimulates energy and appetite, which
is why the shade is so popular in restaurants and
home dining spaces. Red is a good choice for
social gathering rooms but may not be the wisest
choice for a bedroom, as the color may prove
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hopmae int Color can a ect mood and transform spaces
with just a small investment of time and money.
GREENcan evoke composure and Homeowners can experiment with color palettes so
rooms remain vibrant all year long. ese popular
tranquility and works in any room of the house. color combinations can provide inspiration.
Since green is the primary color of nature, it
also works well for those people who want to GREEN & PINK
bring some of the outdoors inside and work
with the fresh starts and new growth that green Colors on opposite ends of the color wheel will always
can inspire. To make green feel less subdued complement each other. Green paired with pink (a
and sleepy, work with its complementary lighter shade of green’s opposite, red) calls to mind the
opposite, red, by using a few bold red accents great outdoors. ese hues can add a touch of oral
here and there to balance out the tranquility spring sunshine even when that season has long since
of green. passed. Opt for a deep green and a carnation pink for
maximum impact. And don’t forget a vase full of fresh
PURPLEPeople have long related blooms as the nishing factor.
purple to royalty, and this dramatic color can Start with
add a formal, regal aspect to a home depending
on the hue. Purple also may help stimulate Hirsh eld’s Paints
the creative side of the brain. In paler shades 1119 Sweet Pea
of lavender, purple can seem almost ethereal
and spiritual. Some designers suggest avoiding &
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YELLOWFew colors are more LAVENDER & DEEP BLUE
vibrant than yellow, which can help stimulate Analogous colors are three colors that sit side-by-side
conversation and make thoughts more focused. on the color wheel and share a common denominator
A luminous shade of yellow is an ideal way to in terms of shade. Lavender, blue and an orchid
make any space more welcoming and bright. pink are examples of such hues. is cool, regal
Just use it sparingly, as too much yellow may combination can add femininity to a bedroom or
not be a good thing. Yellow accents mixed with even drama to another space in the house. If painting
touches of purple can o er the balance needed the walls dark blue or lavender seems scary, opt for
to prevent yellow rooms from overwhelming a neutral shade on walls and then dress up the space
residents and guests. with inky and violet accents.
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TURQUOISE & BRICK RED hopmae int
Enhance the “wow” factor with these bold colors. For additional
Although they are striking, when they work together, guidance, here are
they also can impart a soothing feel, particularly since some tips.
they are often inspired by Asian in uences. Feature a
light turquoise sofa with red throw pillows. Or dress • If you want to incorporate a
up meals with a red tablecloth on the dining table and trendy color into your home but
turquoise, white and red, patterned place mats. feel intimidated, start small with
paint or decor accents that are
Start with inexpensive. is way, you can
always change your mind if you
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AF-290 Caliente to nd an accent is to go a few
shades darker in the same color
GRAY & YELLOW family.
Yellow is a pick-me-up color any time of the year, but, • Take your color for a test drive
when combined with a gray, it’s toned down to be rst. With so many color choices
soothing instead of startling. is color combination
is popular in kitchens, nurseries and entryways. available from Hirsh eld’s, it
Have fun in the kitchen with mottled gray stone sometimes helps to buy a sample
countertops, pale yellow walls and canary café pint of your color and test it in
curtains. sections on the wall or on sample
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Start with painting an entire room. You’ll be
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Cool weather often drives people
to spend more hours indoors
than they do during the warmer
months. Autumn is a time to
winterize gardens, put away
lawn furniture and prepare for
the holiday season. Autumn also
provides the perfect opportunity to
begin home interior projects.
Many people decide to redecorate
their homes to re ect each season.
When temperatures change, it’s
time to transition from the light
colors and breezy fabrics symbolic
of summer to thicker, darker
materials that evoke coziness.
With some inspiration and a little
know-how, any homeowner or
apartment dweller can cozy up a
space in time for fall and winter.
Invest in area rugs. While wood
oors can look beautiful and work
well with many di erent design styles,
wood can feel chilly underfoot. ick
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colors in a space and providing a
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Practice layering in rooms. An a ordable and
relatively easy way to make a room seem more cozy is
to layer fabrics and other accents. Layers can include
throws and blankets. Remove place mats from the dining
room table and use them on accent tables or an ottoman
in the living room. Table runners also can add a splash of
color to the top of bedroom dressers.
Play with texture. Look for fabrics that boast texture
and can add a tactile feel to spaces. When used on throw
pillows or small accents, faux fur can create that cozy
cabin feel. Draperies made from nubby fabrics or those
with grooves and ridges can add dimension to a room as
well. Even a lampshade made of an unusual fabric, such
as a wa e-patterned material, can add a little depth and
warmth to a space.
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room. Create more warmth and a cozy feel by switching
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Accent lighting helps establish a comfortable space for
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Install a bookshelf and start a book collection.
Piles and stacked books can add warmth to any space.
Books evoke the hallowed halls of schools and quiet
nooks in the library. Fill shelves with books interspersed
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Choose dark paint. Do not feel nervous about
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Add architectural elements. ink about adding
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If you have the space for a nook, create a window seat
beneath a picture window or add a bench and cushions
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United Way of Wisconsin, in partnership with 42 local
United Ways in the state, released a groundbreaking study
last year revealing the size and scope of nancial hardship
in every Wisconsin community. e United Way ALICE
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is the most comprehensive depiction of nancial grief in
Wisconsin to date, using the latest data from a variety
of sources, including the U.S. Census. e report unveils
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on present-day income levels and expenses that quantify
the nancial struggles of Wisconsin’s workforce and the
reasons behind those struggles. e report spotlights a
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insecurity. In Eau Claire County, the number of residents
struggling to make ends meet is even higher at 47 percent;
of these households, 16 percent are living in poverty while
another 31 percent are ALICE households. e report
also identi es municipal-level data, which allows us to
pinpoint locations that are struggling more or less within
each county. For example, the report shows us that an
astonishing sixty-eight percent of Fairchild, WI residents
are living below the ALICE threshold, meaning they do
not earn enough to cover the expenses on the household
survival budget: housing, child care, food, transportation
Before this report, ALICE was a population and community
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release of this report that there was any way to quantify
and discuss the plight of these households. Serious
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when these households cannot a ord the basic necessities.
ALICE households are forced to make di cult choices such
as skipping preventative health care, healthy food, or car
insurance. ese “savings” threaten their health, safety, and
future – and they reduce Wisconsin’s economic productivity
and raise insurance premiums and taxes for everyone. By
raising awareness about ALICE and stimulating a fresh
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ideDaIsY: TELEVISION STAND: Sand and paint or stain the dresser to
Bring match the color scheme of your living room or family room. Remove the
new life top row of drawers to have cubby space to house electronics, such as cable
to an old boxes or DVD players.
SERVING BAR: Paint the dresser in an eye-catching shade and
One of the bene ts to becoming make sure to seal-coat it with a nish that is impervious to moisture. If
a skilled do-it-yourselfer is the time or budget allows, attach a piece of glass or tiles on top of the dresser
to create a water-resistant, strong surface area. Store various serving
chance to embrace projects that can glasses and cocktail accoutrements within the drawers.
breathe new life into objects that
STORAGE SHELVING: Remove the drawers from the dresser
others might designate for the trash and turn it into a storage mecca by using stackable plastic containers in
or donation pile. Renovating such spaces once occupied by the drawers.
items can save money and provide
KITCHEN ISLAND: Small dressers can be repurposed into
an entirely di erent purpose for the kitchen islands with a few modi cations. Install casters on the feet so it
object. can be moved around when necessary. Place butcher block wood or stone
on top so you’ll have a sturdy cutting or preparation surface area. Hooks
With a change of color, removal hung on the side can hold frequently used kitchen utensils.
of drawers or a few minor
CHANGING TABLE: Turn an older dresser into a changing
modi cations, dressers can be table for a new baby. In addition, add a cushioned pad and some
transformed in many di erent ways. decorative trim to serve as a frame that keeps the pad in place. e
drawers will keep wipes, diapers, onesies, and other supplies at the ready.
Here are a few ideas to get started.
BENCH: Remove the top drawers from the dresser. Add a piece of
plywood to make a seat. Use the removed drawer faces on the inside back
of the dresser since this area will now be visible. Paint the entire piece or
stain it as desired. Fashion a cushion for the seat, and the bench is ready
for an entryway or wherever you have space.
Before discarding an old dresser, think of all the ways it can
be transformed into another useful piece of furniture.
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