Archive for June, 2013
Homeownership can be as easy as buying a move-in-ready home and settling in. But, what happens when the power goes out or there is fire in the kitchen? What will you do if you have plumbing problems or your door lock breaks?
Yes, homeownership is wonderful, but if you don’t know some of the basic handyman skills a homeowner should possess, the experience could be more difficult than necessary. Below are the top skills any homeowner should have in order to be able to address problems inside their homes:
- Use a fire extinguisher. Commercial buildings are required to have at least one fire extinguisher per floor. The same holds true with a private home. Your home should have at least one fire extinguisher on hand in case of fire. But, just having one isn’t enough. You also need to know how to use it, so you can extinguish a fire if one starts.
- Know where your main water shutoff valve is and how to shut down the main waterline. Plumbing problems are fairly common, and one of the first steps you must take is to turn off the main water line in order to prevent flooding. Usually, the main water line is located in the basement. If you don’t know how to shut down the valve, seek help from a plumber.
- Learn how to use your tools. Have a tool kit at home with all of the tools necessary for basic repairs. If you know how to do basic home repairs, you can save thousands of dollars by not constantly calling a professional. Understand the function of each of your tools, so you can use them appropriately.
- Replace a door lock. What will you do if your door lock is broken and there is no one available at night to come and fix it? There is no need to compromise the safety of your family by not knowing how to replace door locks. Have an extra lock on hand just in case you ever need it.
- Locate studs in the walls. We all need to hang something on the wall at one time or another, and finding a stud in the wall is essential for installing a strong hook. Know how you to locate a stud in the wall by tapping on solid and hollow parts of the wall. A stud can be detected when you hear a solid tap.
- Fix a leaky faucet. Would you want to see your faucet leaking unused water each day? That would result in gallons of water being wasted. Know how to fix a leaky faucet, so you can conserve your water and maximize its use.
Summer has officially started, and people will be turning up their air conditioning and fans as the days get hotter and hotter. This increased energy consumption means that their energy bills will inevitably go up as well. Unfortunately, for low-income families, it can be difficult to keep up with those bills all summer. Oftentimes, they end up either compromising their comfort and well-being by not cooling their houses, or they end up spending all of their income on their bills, leaving very little to live on for the rest of the month.
That is why the federal government is stepping in. According to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, about $16 million of federal funds are being made available to low-income Oklahomans to help them cover the costs of their summer cooling bills.
Starting on July 9 applications for the program will be available at DHS county offices. Families with a maximum monthly income of $1,024 for a one-person household to $3,565 for an eight-person household are qualified to submit their applications.
There will be no deadline for applications until the entire fund is depleted, at which point DHS will stop accepting further applications. Those who want to apply will have to pay a one-time fee of $120 to $180, depending on the number of people in their household.
We all look forward to the summer months, so we can enjoy vacations at the beach or lounging under a tree in our backyard. But, did you know that summer is also a great season for home renovation? If you want to upgrade your home, but were delayed due to the cold winter days and difficult weather, then summer is the perfect time for you. Summer months have longer days, which means you have more daylight hours to spend on fixing the garage or painting the outside of your house.
If you are planning for a home renovation this summer, here are a few great ideas:
- Build a deck or a small porch. Wouldn’t you enjoy passing a lovely afternoon under the cool shade? Or, perhaps a clear night outside, gazing at the stars? Having a deck in your garden or attached to your home can make that a reality. You can enjoy your time outside with friends or a good book in a comfortable way.
- Create a play area for the kids. You can install a small swimming pool for them to cool down and play in during the hot days or have a play station where they can jump, swing, or slide. A sandbox is also a great idea for toddlers who want to build their own castles. Summer is a much-awaited time for kids, so let them have a place of their own to enjoy it.
- Add a fresh coat of paint to your rooms. Painting is great activity to do during the summer because the paint dries faster.
- Construct an outdoor kitchen and dining area. It doesn’t have to be a big area…just enough room for a grill, food preparation, and a dining or picnic table for six. This offers you and your family a great alternative dining spot without spending much money.
- Repave your driveway. Hot days are ideal if you want to repave your driveway because there is no moisture to obstruct the setting and effectiveness of your new pavement.
Each year, hundreds of young students start kindergarten or transfer to a different school. This requires some adjustment for both the new students and their parents because they must learn the policies and procedures of the new school.
Because many questions often arise, the Edmond Public Schools District is opening a centralized enrollment center to give assistance to incoming students and transferees. The enrollment center will help students as they go through the new enrollment process, and it is designed to make the city’s schools feel more welcoming.
The new centralized enrollment center will be open to new students and transferees from June 24 until July 30. Parents who wish to enroll their kids in person at the center can go to Edmond Memorial High School, Monday to Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The school is located at 100 E 15th St.
There are enrollment forms and requirements that parents need to complete prior to enrolling at the center. Parents can fill out the forms in advance by downloading them from http://www.edmondschools.net.
In addition, parents or legal guardians must bring two verifiable proofs of residency to show that both they and the student reside within the Edmond Public Schools District. Parents also need to bring a photo ID of themselves, as well as the child’s legal birth certificate (for prekindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade) and immunization records.