GDR Spotlight on Real Estate / September 17, 2021

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Spotlight on Real Estate, Friday, September 17, 2021

Best methods to repair damaged driveways

Asphalt and concrete driveways are common throughout suburban neighborhoods. They are as much a part of a home as lawns, decks and other exterior elements. Regardless of how they’re utilized, driveways need to be cared for and maintained to retain their appearance and function. Even the most durable driveways can suffer from cracks and pits over time. As cracks form, they pave the way for more deterioration if they are not addressed. Water infiltration can break down the integrity of the driveway during freeze and thaw periods, and any little hole or crack can promote weed growth. Driveway repair can be a do-it-yourself project, but pay attention to the details to ensure the job is done right. ASPHALT The home improvement resource The Family Handyman says it is key to first repair cracks and pits in an asphalt driveway before planning to topcoat it, which is generally done every year or so to maintain its appearance and durability. A variety of topcoat products are available at various price points. Experts recommend investing in a quality product that will not shrink and crack. A melt-in material that is similar to products used by highway crews can be purchased for around $100. This product also will require use of a propane torch. Caulk-style crack

can be addressed with a coarse-aggregate filler commonly referred to as cold patch. After cracks and holes are filled, use a sealer to lock everything in place and create a smooth topcoat appearance. Speak with a store employee if you are unsure which product is needed for your application.

repair products may not require as many tools, and are much easier to apply. They may not last as long, however. Homeowners must weigh the pros and cons to each before beginning. The experts at Popular Mechanics say that there also are other asphalt patch mixes available at home supply retailers. Serious holes, rather than cracks,

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CONCRETE The process is similar with concrete driveways, yet the products differ. Small driveway cracks can be repaired by scrubbing out the crack to remove debris and then filling using a mortar repair compound, suggests the repair advice site Home Guides. Larger cracks and potholes should be cleaned. Once that’s done, apply a painted-in bonder to the crack or hole, followed by a dry concrete patching product mixed with water. The material can be worked into the damaged area with a trowel, and then leveled using a wood board. Afterward, a liquid concrete sealer can be applied to help prevent future cracks and holes. Homeowners who are hesitant to fix their driveways can contact masons or asphalt specialists to perform the job. Keeping up on driveway repair can prolong the life of the surface and help delay a complete driveway replacement for several years. - Metro Content

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This childproofing checklist can help keep kids safe It’s not long before newborns who need their parents to cater to their every need become toddlers who can’t wait to go exploring on their own. The curiosity can come quickly, which underscores how important it is for parents to childproof their homes. Childproofing is essential in the nursery where children tend to spend much of their time, but it’s necessary elsewhere in the house as well. The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles says fractures are the most common injuries among infants and toddlers as they develop a sense of curiosity and gain mobility. Head and mouth/tooth injuries are some additional injuries curious kids may suffer during this period in their lives. This childproofing checklist can help reduce the risk of injury. ■ Follow United States Consumer Product Safety Commission crib safety regulations, which include fixed sides, a firm mattress and slats that are no more than 23/8 inches apart. ■ Install UL-listed carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors on every story of the house and check batteries in detectors frequently. ■ Install a temperature guard on the water heater and never set it above 120 F. ■ Cover all sharp furniture edges and corners with safety padding or specialty bumpers.

■ Block all open outlets with outlet covers or safety plugs. ■ Place lockable covers on the garbage. ■ Install stove knob covers. ■ Use latches on any drawers, toilets, doors, or cabinets within the child’s reach. ■ Anchor heavy furniture, such as televisions, bookshelves and dressers, to the walls. ■ Install safety guards on windows. ■ Pull the crib away from other furniture. ■ Use cordless window blinds. ■ Place gates at the top and bottom of stairs and use them to prevent access to rooms that are off limits. ■ Store cleaning supplies, tools and breakable items out of reach or in a locked cabinet. ■ When the child reaches 35 inches in height or can climb out of the crib, it’s time to transition to a toddler bed. ■ Choose toy chests or other furniture with spring-loaded hinges. ■ Do not hang heavy wall art or shelving over cribs. ■ Cover radiators, hot pipes, etc., with protective materials. ■ Remove flaking paint and be sure to have paint tested for lead. ■ Inspect the home for protruding nails, bolts or

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other hardware that can cause injury. These are some childproofing measures parents can implement to keep kids safe. Parents can customize childproofing plans based on their needs and the designs of their homes. Consult with a pediatrician for other tips on making a home safe for young children - Metro Content

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