Types of Shovels

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You will need various shovels to maintain your landscaping and gardens around your home. Like garden hoses, shovels are a staple of yard projects. There are many types of shovels and each one has its own purpose.

The goal of this post is to help you understand which shovel to use for each project around your yard. Home outdoor projects are much easier with the right tools.

Here are the different types of shovels:

DIGGING SHOVELS

The most common shovel for outdoor projects is a digging shovel. The purpose of this tool is very self explanatory as you will use it to dig holes in and around your yard. A digging shovel has a sharp and pointed tip for loosening soil and cutting buried roots and hardened sod. There are also digging shovels with a square tip for edging and harder soil.

You should purchase a steel digging shovel as it is more durable than an aluminum model. Handles are available in composite, wood and plastic.

TRENCHING SHOVELS

A trench shovel is used for digging trenches and laying irrigation pipes. Their design is similar to digging shovels. The main difference is the squared sides which help prevent soil from spreading into other areas from where you intend to dig the trench or irrigation line.

DRAIN SPADES

A drain spade has a much narrower shape than trench or digging shovels. It is used for digging precise holes in garden beds where other planting has already been established. You can also use a drain spade to clear out loose soil from an existing trench. This tool is much more precise than the previous two shovels.

TROWELS

A trowel is a handheld shovel used for smaller gardening projects. A trowel has a very short handle and shape and is perfect for potting projects or reseeding. This is one of the more common shovels homeowners have in their arsenal.

EDGERS

An edger is an offshoot of a shovel. It features a long handle but the blade is a half-moon shape used along the borders of sidewalks and pavement to create a clear edge or barrier from the pavement and the garden bed or soil.

You now know the necessary types of shovel to become an expert in gardening and landscaping for your home.

Why Hire Carpet Cleaners

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C.C.C. Home Repair advocates DIY projects for the most part. We believe homeowners can fix most damage in their home and perform most upgrades as well. You can install a toilet, paint a ceiling or room and more. But there are some jobs we don’t recommend DIY for. For example, we don’t recommend DIY carpet cleaning.

Typically, if we recommend hiring a professional service for a project its due to inherent health risks in completing the job. This isn’t necessarily the case with carpet cleaning. While the process is labor-intensive and can lead to severe back pain or discomfort, there is little risk of serious injury during carpet cleaning.

The reason we recommend professional carpet cleaning from companies like Chem-Dry of Bexar County is due to the results.

Your carpet is one of the largest investments in your entire home. To install new carpet can cost more than a new roof (depending the size of your home) or a new furnace, windows or air conditioning unit. You need to care for it to the best of your ability and that means you need to hire a company to clean it.

Why? Because carpet cleaning machines for rent are not powerful enough to sufficiently remove deep dirt and bacteria from carpet. These machines spray gallons of cleaning soaps and chemicals into the carpet as well as even more gallons of water. The machines saturate your carpet and then attempt to suction all of the dirt and moisture. Rarely is this successful. Oftentimes, there is still deep dirt afterwards and your carpet is still wet which can lead to further problems and sometimes permanent damage.

You might notice browning, bumps or returning stains after using these rental machines. These are all signs of saturation from too much moisture during the process. Too much water is very bad for the health and well-being of your carpet and its performance.

We often hear how homeowners will rent a machine from the hardware store or use DIY methods online for carpet cleaning and soon after still end up hiring a professional carpet cleaner to get the job done. You simply cannot match the performance of professional equipment, experience and solutions when it comes to carpet cleaning.

Professionals use truck-mount equipment that provides powerful suction able to extract deep dirt in the carpet fibers and pad. Their solutions are safer for your home and your carpet too. Their experience guarantees the proper techniques and equipment will be used on your specific carpet materials and stains. Each type of carpet requires a different type of care and no two stains are the same. There isn’t a “one-size fits all” solution to successfully cleaning carpet stains.

Homeowners should still vacuum on a routine basis. Most manufacturers recommend vacuuming once a day or 4-5 times each week. Homeowners should also perform immediate spot treatment on spills and stains and should try to reduce foot traffic or the presence of shoes indoors. But when it comes to deep cleaning the carpet, we highly recommend hiring a professional service near your home.

How to Repair a Garden Hose

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You need your garden hose for watering your yard and maintaining landscaping and a proper garden too. A garden hose should last for several years but oftentimes damage occurs that prevents it from working unless you buy a new one or repair your current one. A new hose can cost $50 or more and you don’t want to spend that much money if you don’t have to so you should try to repair the garden hose instead.

TOOLS YOU NEED:

  • Utility Knife
  • Clamp Pliers
  • Couplers
  • Clamps
  • 6 inch of hose

All of the items you need to repair a garden hose can be found at your local hardware store and the clamps and couplers should only cost $5 or less. You will probably already have the pliers and utility knife at home but if not they shouldn’t cost more than $10 and you will still save money compared to buying a new hose.

First use the utility knife to cut about one inch below the cut and one inch above the cut on the garden hose. You want a clean, even cut to work with. Be careful during this process as the knife needs to be sharp in order to cut through the hose.

Now push one of the couplers into the top portion of the hose and another one of the couplers into the extra piece of 6-inch hose. Then push another coupler into the other end of the 6-inch hose piece and another coupler into the bottom end of the hose.

Then slide a clamp over the cut on the top end of the 6-in. hose and a clamp on the bottom end of the new piece of hosing. Then use your pliers tool to press down on each clamp to tighten them around the cuts and seal the cuts so that water will no longer leak from the cuts.

The entire repair shouldn’t require more than 10-15 minutes after you return from the hardware store. You can do this same repair two or three times on the same garden hose before you will want to consider purchasing a new one but if you are careful you should be able to use the same garden hose for 5-10 years or even longer.