Fall Homestead Tasks You Need To Do

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fill and caulk gaps, not only helps deter rodents but also can cut down on how many bugs come in to over-winter.

by finding some gaps that were there since the house was built (after almost 20yrs) i found out that there were some direct gaps from the exterior of the house to the heat vents inside that the bugs could use to come into the house - by finding and filling those gaps i reduced how many bugs we'd find on the windows by about 99%. still get some, but way fewer now. which is nice so i don't have to get the vaccuum out every half hour to clear the windows of lady beetles or boxelder bugs, two types of stink bugs too now. :( but still much better. i plugged up a few more gaps this past few days as i was caulking around the house. hope it helps more.
 

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we have to do the hoses and then it is just mostly getting the gardens put up for the winter - burying garden debris and making it look nice so Mom is happy (when Mom is happy everyone is happy :) )...

restaining the house is once every 10yrs or so.
 

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New to me 23 year old double wide and 25 acres. 2 faucets. Count them. One, two. One water hose to drag across the yard to fill buckets for sheep. I have a sneaking hunch there will be MUD. Faucets too low to the ground to even get a bucket under them. Cut off valve is INSIDE the underskirting?? Brilliant. Just freaking brilliant.
 

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New to me 23 year old double wide and 25 acres. 2 faucets. Count them. One, two. One water hose to drag across the yard to fill buckets for sheep. I have a sneaking hunch there will be MUD. Faucets too low to the ground to even get a bucket under them. Cut off valve is INSIDE the underskirting?? Brilliant. Just freaking brilliant.
How hard is it to retrofit to the frost free version.... ?

And.... do you have exposed pipes under that house?
 

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in doing some research for another reason this morning i found out the stain we're putting on should be good for up to 25 years on vertical surfaces. that would be really nice as in i'll be either dead or gone by the next time it's due to be redone. :)

i do not really mind the work, but in that long a time from now i may not be able to go up and down ladders and do such things as curse so eloquently when i find stuff that should have been done better the first time around...

spray foam, caulk and stain over is kinda like the duct tape of screwed up wood siding and trim...
 

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How hard is it to retrofit to the frost free version.... ?

And.... do you have exposed pipes under that house?
Dunno. Not doing anything now. I do have the previous owners as neighbors, so if water needs cut off due to freak freeze, I can play the knee replacement surgery card and get him to do it. LOL
 

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New to me 23 year old double wide and 25 acres. 2 faucets. Count them. One, two. One water hose to drag across the yard to fill buckets for sheep. I have a sneaking hunch there will be MUD. Faucets too low to the ground to even get a bucket under them. Cut off valve is INSIDE the underskirting?? Brilliant. Just freaking brilliant.
I'm thinking of starting a new profession as a plumber, lol!
 
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