Let’s have an American made 2012

The answer to more jobs right here in the U.S.A.

Daylight Savings Home Checklist

 

November 6, 2011

 

In my family, we use the Daylight Saving Time changes as a reminder to perform inspections around our home.  This bi-annual event gives us a chance to perform tasks to make sure that our homeowner maintenance is staying up to date.

 

Here are tasks that we do during this time:

 

  1. Replace the batteries in all of your smoke detectors, then test each to make sure that they are working properly.
  2. Add a couple of drops of light weight oil to all of your key locks and the cylinder.  Turn the cylinder so that the throat of the lock comes out and then turn it back and forth a couple of times.
  3. Check your condensation drain to your heating and cooling system (HVAC).  Make sure that it is free and clear of debris and that it is above the mulch level. If you have a pan under your unit inside the house, pour a cup of Clorox into the pan to kill off any mold that might be growing.
  4. Since we don’t open our windows much living here in Florida, it’s a also a good time to open and close them to make sure that nothing is obstructing the tracks in the event that you need to get out of them.
  5. Check your dryer vent and make sure that it is clean and that there is no lint caught up in it. One handy tip is to cover the hose end with panty hose. This will block any large debris that has the potential to get stuck.

 

Performing these five quick homeowner maintenance tasks with each time change will help to keep your house in order and keep repairs at a minimum.

 

Mike Keesee is a Certified Residential Designer, Florida Building Contractor and Home Inspector.  His companies, Keesee and Associates, Inc and FDS Engineering, provides residential design services throughout the US and abroad. To learn more about the companies go to www.gokeesee.com and www.fdseng.com .

Written by: Mike Keesee

 

On the morning of December 25th, 2011, millions of kids ages 2 – 92 began tearing into wrapped boxes of joy.  Remote control cars were unleashed, Disney dolls were getting their hair combed, and who knows how many people spent the rest of the day glued to their shiny new Apple iPads.  The National Retail Federation estimated that the average American spent $700 on holiday gifts this year.

Recession?  Truth is, many of those gifts were made in other countries stimulating their economies. 

What if that money were spent on American made products?  The outcome, according to economists, would be the creation of 4.6 MILLION jobs!  This theory spurned “World News with Diane Sawyer” to push for a “Made in America Christmas” urging people to spend at least $64 out of that $700 on American made gifts.  Even that small amount would create 200,000 new jobs. Yes, you read that right, 200,000 NEW JOBS!

Now, what if that same theory was applied to housing?  What would happen if all the materials that go into building a home were American made?  How many jobs would that create?  According to Anders Lewendal, an economist turned builder, he estimates that if every builder bought 5% more American made materials it would create 220,000 jobs. Yes, us Americans, buying American products and building with American products would create 220,000 JOBS!

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Just 5%!  Makes you wonder what impact 10% or even 25% would have.  Hmmmmm……

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Mike Keesee is a Certified Residential Designer, Florida Building Contractor and Home Inspector.  His companies, Keesee and Associates, Inc. and FDS Engineering, provides residential design services throughout the US and abroad. To learn more about the companies go to www.gokeesee.com and www.fdseng.com .

 

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