Hurricane Sally 2020: Evacuation and Power Outage Checklist

Stock up on plenty of bottled water before Hurricane Sally heads your way. (Jshanebutt / DepositPhotos)

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Hurricane Sally is heading for the Gulf Coast with potentially life-threatening flooding, according to meteorologists. Now’s the time for people in its path to decide whether to evacuate or ride out the storm.

Either way, you need to be prepared.

If you plan to evacuate during severe weather, go ahead and gather important papers and have road maps on hand. Yes, you’ll need the old-fashioned, paper maps, since there’s no guarantee that internet connections or your vehicle’s GPS will work.

These are just a couple of ‘musts’ for your hurricane survival game plan.

If you want to weather Hurricane Sally at home, you still need to prepare for inevitable power outages. That means having a portable generator handy and ready or service, along with no shortage of batteries. You’ll also need to stock up on food and water.

Whether you’re evacuating Hurricane Sally or staying right at home, you will definitely need to consider how to protect your home, and stay healthy, during the storm.

Review our checklist to make sure you’re well prepared for this storm.

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The Best Methods for Cutting and Gluing PVC Pipe

There are many ways to cut PVC pipe — some, however, are better than others. (©Olga Aniven, Shutterstock)

PVC pipe offers many benefits for home improvement projects — its inexpensive, durable, versatile and easy to use.

But it’s also vital that you cut and glue it correctly for home projects. The wrong techniques could damage the fittings, make it impossible for pieces to connect correctly, and cost you money and time.

Read on to learn the best methods for cutting and gluing PVC pipe, and which options are right for different projects.


How to Cut PVC Pipes

There are several tools for cutting PVC pipe at home; among them are PVC cutters, hacksaws and cable saws.

Man cuts blue pvc pipes with pvc cutters
PVC cutters cost just $20 at the home center and are a cost-effective way to cut PVC pipe. That’s especially the case if you have a multipurpose tool that includes a PVC cutter. (DepositPhotos)

PVC Cutters

PVC cutters are the simplest, most cost-effective method for cutting PVC pipe. They produce a smooth cut with no jagged edges.

You can use simple cutters, which are great for 1-inch thickness or smaller, or heavy-duty cutters that can cut pipes up to 2 inches in thickness. Best

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Home Maintenance Costs You Can Expect, State by State

Before you purchase a home, go ahead and factor in the maintenance costs as well.

Buying your first home can be one of the most thrilling experiences, but while you determine the price range you’re willing to pay, don’t forget about the cost of home maintenance.

While visiting properties to possibly purchase, you’re already imagining how you’re going to decorate the house, what kind of furniture you want, and the moments you will create.

But there are more homeownership costs than you think. The cost of maintaining a house is quite different from just buying a house.

Before you look for properties, create a budget for not just the house’s cost but also its maintenance. Expect to spend at least 1% of the home’s cost in maintenance every year.

Porch.com studied ZIP codes with the highest home maintenance cost, lowest costs, and where you can expect to spend your money every year.

If you haven’t thought about how often you should be aerating your lawn or keeping your house intact, keep reading.


Average Home Maintenance Costs By State

Home maintenance costs by state, 2020

Any home’s cost depends on where you live, and the home’s style, age, and type can also influence that amount.

From ranch-style

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Eco-Friendly Green Adhesives

More and more homeowners don’t just want sealant, they want environmentally friendly sealant. (DepositPhotos)

Squeeze some construction adhesives onto a surface, and you might also release potentially hazardous chemical substances into the air inside your home.

Like many products around the house, solvent-based adhesives typically contain high levels of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs.

These compounds play a role in the formation of smog and pose a health risk when trapped indoors.

For these reasons, a growing number of states regulate VOC amounts. And people across the nation seek green alternatives to VOC-laden products, including adhesives and sealants.


Applying Titebond Construction Adhesive on a cinderblock
Titebond GREENchoice Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive is a water-based, eco-friendly option for projects.

Environmentally Friendly Adhesives

Fortunately, many manufacturers of construction adhesives have developed products that either contain no VOCs or meet state limits for VOC content.

This makes it easy for you to find the right green adhesive for most of your home repair and remodeling projects.

The products you pick will depend in part on how green you want to go. You might search for a product that contains negligible or no VOCs and is sold in sustainable packaging. Or, you might choose one that is VOC-compliant.

Titebond GREENchoice adhesive
Titebond GREENchoice
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How to Seal Windows, Doors and Trim

Sealing your home’s envelope — exterior surfaces that protect it from the elements — will increase energy efficiency, prevent water damage and improve the home’s appearance. 

Temperature changes cause every home to expand, contract and crack. Sealing gaps around your home’s windows, doors and trim is necessary to keep the elements outside, where they belong.

Now, it’s easier than ever to cover those cracks and create a seal that will stick around.


This gap in a a residential doorway needs caulking
Thermal expansion and contraction lead to unsightly gaps like this one. 

About Expansion and Contraction

It’s been said that death and taxes are life’s two certainties, but every homeowner knows you can add thermal expansion and contraction to that list.

Building materials expand or contract as the temperature drastically changes. The structure’s size doesn’t matter; neither does the material’s strength. Whether it’s concrete, stone or wood, expect it to expand when heated and contract when cooled.

Thermal impact isn’t the only cause of unsightly gaps. Shifting soil and foundation settlement contribute to the problem.

Think about where window and door frames, along with trim, meet siding. These joints may appear seamless today, but soon nature will take its toll.

Left untreated, these gaps can let air and water

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How to Create a DIY Patio with Quikrete WalkMaker

If you want a patio, but don’t want to pour a concrete slab, use Quikrete WalkMaker as a DIY-friendly solution. 

Creating an outdoor living space has never been more popular. But if your home lacks the basics and you have a limited budget, you can always go the do-it-yourself route. In this case, start with a DIY patio.

Many homeowners pour a concrete slab or install a paver patio. While both projects produce beautiful results, they may be too advanced for novice DIYers.

Here’s an easier alternative: build a small concrete patio using manufactured forms! Anyone can pour concrete mix into plastic forms and, little by little, create a space for recreation.  

Read on to learn just how simple it is!

Making concrete pathway with Quikrete WalkMaker
Quikrete WalkMaker is a plastic form that makes creating concrete walkways easy. But you can use the tool to create a patio, too. 

About Quikrete WalkMaker

Quikrete’s WalkMaker forms help homeowners easily create pathways. Each plastic form creates an approximately 2-square-foot section using one 80-pound bag of premixed concrete.

Shoveling concrete mix into forms is a simple, DIY-friendly project — anybody can do it! You can create customized walkways that look like brick or natural stone, with the

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