The Most Annoying Things About Summer — And What to Do About Them
13 pains in the arse you can kiss goodbye with these tips.
Summer should be the stuff dreams are made of: long, sunny days and warm nights filled with important questions like, “Ice cream on the porch, or another pint on the patio?”
Summer also comes with bugs, heat, humidity, and other annoyances around the house. So this year, eradicate 13 of the worst irritations of summer before they crush your summer buzz. Here’s how:
These ubiquitous party crashers can suck the fun out of any outdoor fiesta.
What to do:
Clean your gutters. “That’s often a main, and neglected, breeding site for mosquitoes,” says Chris Enroth, a horticulture educator with the University of Illinois Extension office in Macomb.
Plug in a fan. Or install a ceiling fan. “Mosquitoes don’t like flying in high wind,” Enroth says. Cheers for cool breezes sans bug bites!
#2 Doors That Stick
Wooden doors can swell, outgrowing their jambs (what holds doors steady as you open and close them) on humid days, causing an annoyingly sticky situation.
What to do:
Tighten the hinge screws. There’s a chance your door’s just slipped out of alignment.
Scale back the weather stripping. If you installed it in the winter to keep out drafts, it could be too thick come summer.
Shave down the door. As a last resort, use a planer or sander to trim down the door ever so slightly, concentrating on the area with a visibly worn finish. Seal the newly exposed edge with paint or wood sealant to block out future humidity.
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