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Making Dollars and Sense out of Caulking

Preserve Your Biggest Investment – Your Home

When most people think of basic home maintenance, caulking may not make the list. It should. Caulking doesn’t just add an aesthetic finish to your home. The sealing compound is used to close up gaps against air, dust and insects. It provides a seal from the outdoor elements. Also, caulk protects your indoor surfaces by stopping water from seeping into cracks.

If you live in an older home, now is the time to inspect around your windows, doors and bathrooms. Older caulking is prone to peel away and chip, leaving your home exposed to insects and the elements.  Unmaintained caulk also reduces your home’s overall energy efficiency.

According to the Consumer Federation of America, sealing unwanted leaks around your home is an excellent way to cut home energy costs and decrease your household carbon footprint. Also, sealing cracks and crevices around your home puts less strain on appliances and can save time, money and hassle by preventing major repairs. Additionally, increasing the lifetime of homes and appliances also puts less waste and pollution into landfills.

Caulking Can Be Intimidating

Choosing the right caulk from a selection of tubes spread across a 10-foot wall display can be downright intimidating. A single tube of caulk can cost $1.50 to $14. Regardless of what the caulk is labeled, its ingredients are the most important consideration in determining what it’s best suited for. What you want the caulk to adhere to and where you’ll want to use it determine the caulk you buy. types of caulk

Caulking joints around doors and windows requires a sealant that is flexible and long-lasting, adheres to siding (wood, aluminum and vinyl), resists extreme weather conditions and, if it’s not painted over, withstands direct sunlight. To seal flashing around a chimney, the caulk must adhere to masonry, roofing shingles and metal flashing and stand up to the elements unpainted. The warm, wet conditions of a bathroom require that a caulk resist mildew and moisture.

Learn What You Need to Know to Do the Job Yourself – Easily

Don’t let intimidation stop you from taking on a project yourself.  Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam is here to teach you the knowledge you need to choose the right product, and give you the skills needed to get the job done right.  We’re hosting a two-hour workshop dedicated to the art of caulking on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.. You will learn from Darrin Huffman of Builders First Source all of his personal tips and tricks to get your job done right. Also, this will be a hands-on workshop. You will get the chance to work with caulk adhesives up close and put into practice the best techniques to apply it to multiple surfaces.

For more information or to register for Habitat for Humanity’s upcoming “Art of Caulking” workshop, visit our events page by clicking here. You can also email our Education Program Coordinator, Janie Hamilton, at janie@hfhkp.org to register for the workshop.

For more on Habitat for Humanity’s education program, click here.

 

Learn How to be a Successful, Lifelong Homeowner

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Fall 2017 Master Homeowner Program

Do you have a few free hours in the evening? Are you looking to learn something new and useful? If so, Habitat for Humanity has something for you!

Home maintenance costs can add up fast. However, you could save money doing the upkeep yourself, and the sense of pride you’ll get from taking matters into your own hands will last a lifetime. If you don’t want to do the work yourself, knowing how it should be done is just as important for getting the results you expect from a contractor.

Habitat for Humanity has put together a series of classes that will teach you how to be a successful, lifelong homeowner. Our program is the only one of its kind in the country. It was developed right here in West Virginia with the needs of Habitat for Humanity homebuyers in mind, but it’s open to anyone.

“If you know how a job is done, but you don’t want to do it yourself, you can still make sure the job is done right. Our classes teach you what you need to know.” – Janie Hamilton, Master Homeowner Program Coordinator

Electrical Demonstration

What You Get

There are 9 classes in the course covering all possible issues of home ownership, and also a nine-week financial course that teaches you budgeting and money management. You have the option of taking single classes that interest you. Individual Master Homeowner classes cost $10 each. Our financial course price varies.

To register for the complete nine-class Master Homeowner course, CLICK HERE.

Classes Include:

Homeowner’s Toolbox: You will learn what basic tools are needed in and around the house. This class teaches you how to buy, store and use your tools properly.  Hands-on experience is part of this class.
Monday, September 11, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Legal and Insurance Issues of Homeownership: You will learn the legal rights and responsibilities of homeownership. This class covers estate planning. It also teaches you the insurance coverage you should have from a legal standpoint.
Monday, September 18, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Home Fire Safety & Prevention: You will learn the most common causes of house fires and how to protect your family and home. Charleston firefighters will work with you during the class — teaching you how to use fire extinguishers and properly store them. Hands-on experience is part of this class.
Monday, September 25, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Home & Neighborhood Safety: This class will teach you to identify potential threats to the security of yourself and your property, and learn the best practices for reporting and deterring security risks. Taught by our local law enforcement, this class puts the most experienced instructors at the helm — teaching you the “how-to” of home and neighborhood safety including personal, property and Internet safety.
Monday, October 2, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Home Electrical Basics: You will learn to identify the type of service panel in your home, and how to best practice electrical safety in your home. This class will teach you what you really need to know about your home electrical system for the safety and protection of your family and home. You’ll learn from Master Electrician Mike Abernethy if and when an electrician needs to be called, and how to hire one. Hands-on experience is part of this class.
Monday, October 9, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Basic Household Plumbing: You will learn the details of a basic household plumbing system and learn where to check for leaks. This class will teach you the what, why, and how-to’s of household plumbing from second generation contractor John Thompson of E. J. Thompson & Son LLC. Hands-on experience is part of this class.
Monday, October 16, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Home Maintenance: Join us and learn how doable and economical home maintenance can be.  This class will teach you if and when it is time to call a professional, and what you need to look for to avoid the natural deterioration of your home.  Cade Vogelsong of Viking Construction will lead this informative class. Hands-on experience is part of this class.
Monday, October 23, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Neighborhood Relations: You will gain a better understanding of the importance of forming positive relationships with your closest neighbors and the wider community, thus being empowered to improve your neighborhood. This class is a very “in your face” kind of class — taking a look at just how to rethink the kind of neighbor you really are and how to tolerate neighbors that are bit difficult.
Monday, November 6, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Home Energy Efficiency: Learn from a professional, certified efficiency expert, Dale Oxley, how to save on your home energy costs by learning why and how it works in the most simple, cost efficient ways and do much of it yourself. Take control by learning the facts. This class will help you identify areas of energy loss in your home, and show you how to remedy them.  Hands-on experience is part of this class.
Monday, November 13, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Classes are offered in two cycles per year. If you miss a class during the current fall 2017 session — and that’s okay — then you will automatically be registered for the next cycle in spring 2018.

For more information on our classes, contact Janie Hamilton at 304-720-0141 ext. 18 or janie@hfhkp.org.

Tips to Save Money During Peak Summer Heat

As the temperature continues to rise this summer, your power bill doesn’t need to increase by extreme degrees too. Saving money is easy.

save money on bills with energy efficiency tips

Here are some strategies from Appalachian Power to conserve energy and save money on your electric bill.

• Close the drapes on the sunny side of your home while you are there, or close all window coverings if you are leaving for the day.

• Turn off unnecessary lights and use energy-efficient fluorescent light bulbs, which use less energy and give off less heat.

• Seal air leaks with caulking and weather stripping, and minimize door traffic to keep the cool air inside.

• Use heat-producing appliances such as your dryer, dishwasher and range during the cooler nighttime hours.

• Turn air conditioners to the highest comfortable setting to save money. Energy experts recommend 76 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re home and 80 degrees while you are away. Adjusting your thermostat up a few degrees will have a significant impact on your cooling bill, saving approximately 30 percent on your summer cooling costs.

• Clean or replace your air conditioning filter monthly, or as needed.

• Keep coils on the exterior air conditioning unit free of dirt, grass clippings and leaves.
Save Money

For more information about how you can save money and maintain your home for years to come — check out our Master Homeowner Program — designed to teach you the basic skills necessary to be a successful, lifelong homeowner.

Learning to Reuse & Refurbish Old Furniture

Many of us find a piece of used furniture that speaks to us, but it may not match the décor in our homes. That is where Rich “The Refurburator” Chapman comes in. Chapman owns “Refurburator” in Kanawha City. His store offers custom furniture painting, interior design, chalk paint classes and estate sales. He also enjoys giving back to his community by volunteering.

Chalk Paint Classes DemonstrationSince opening his store in 2016, Chapman makes time to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Partnering with our Master Homeowner Program, “The Refurburator” teaches classes in The John L. Dickinson Family Homeowner Education and Community Center.Class Participants Painting

“I have always known how Habitat helps people in the community with housing and home education,” Chapman says. “This is my way of helping too.”

 

Saturday, July 22 marks the third class Chapman has taught in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Eleven participants from Kanawha and Putnam counties signed up to learn how to take old furniture, such as tables and chairs, and give it new life. The class members worked with Dixie Belle chalk paint and a special finishing wax over the course of three hours to completely transform their pieces.

Chapman insists that every old chair, table and wardrobe can be made new again, saying, “a great way to keep these items out of the landfill is to repurpose them into something more useful.”

The chalk paint that class members used is very forgiving, according to Chapman. A lot of times he uses it to create an aged appearance on pieces he sells from his shop, saying the paint can be distressed with little effort. As for how long the class member’s renewed furniture will last, Chapman says that under normal conditions, if it is waxed, it will last for years. “That’s what I like about Dixie Belle paints. They last for a really long time, unlike latex paints that can chip and peel if you put something like a lamp on them.”

Chapman plans to host more classes at Habitat for Humanity’s community center in the future. Whatever your skill level, the projects his classes take on are a perfect match for anyone — from a novice do-it-yourselfer to an expert crafter.

If you’re interested in checking out Chapman’s “Refurburator” store, it is located at 3706 MacCorkle Avenue, SE, in Kanawha City.

For more information about our upcoming classes, or to learn how you can host your own workshops in The John L. Dickinson Family Homeowner Education and Community Center — contact Janie Hamilton at 304-720-0141 ext. 18. You can also email Janie at Janie@hfhkp.org.

 

 

Reuse Refurbish Old Furniture Classes Saturday July 22 Class

Class members wipe down their furniture to clean any residue off — no sanding needed — before applying the first coat of paint.

 

 

 

 

 

Chapman takes time to work with each class member — making sure there are no questions or problems with the painting process.

Introducing the Master Homeowner Program

When Terri bought her first home in 2007, she quickly realized that she had no idea how to operate a house.dreamstime_xs_26029015

“When you buy a car,” said Terri, “at least you get an owner’s manual and the salesman shows you how to set the stations on the radio. But at my closing, the realtor and lawyer handed me the keys and that was it!”

Terri learned quickly how much she didn’t know about being a homeowner. She had no idea that she needed to change her furnace filter until after a costly repair visit from the HVAC repairman. She didn’t know how to winterize her home, who to call if she had an electrical problem or how do diagnose a leaky pipe.

Terri’s story is common. People who buy a home through conventional means receive no training. The fortunate ones have a friend or a relative who can show them the ropes, but many more are left adrift without any direction or do-it-yourself know-how.

“When I heard that Habitat home buyers receive in-depth training on how to be a successful homeowner, I thought, ‘Why hasn’t anyone offered that to people like me?'”

We heard you, Terri.

Introducing The Master Homeowner Program
Habitat for Humanity’s vision has always been a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Here in Kanawha and Putnam Counties we have been hard at work for 28 years building new houses for qualifying families, but we also recognize that there are a lot of people who are currently living in homes whose state of repair is on a downward spiral. Many people simply lack the skills and knowledge necessary to maintain their home, and many others do not understand the importance of doing so. It has become clear to us that in order to achieve our vision, not only do we need to continue to build new homes, but we need to address Women's Workshopthe deterioration of existing housing in our community.

To address the issue, Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam has developed the Master Homeowner program to empower homeowners in our community to be proactive and proficient in the basic skills that are required to maintain the condition and value of the largest investment in their lives. The program is designed to instruct and inform homeowners or those planning to become homeowners, in all areas necessary to be successful, healthy, lifelong homeowners.

The Master Homeowner Program is structured similarly to the widely acclaimed Master Gardener Program offered by the WVU Extension Service: a certificate program that features classroom instruction, and hands-on experience. Classes are taught by professionals in the field and participants then take the information and apply it in their own homes.

The program was developed with the needs of Habitat for Humanity Home Buyers in mind, but is open to everyone. Anyone who owns their own home or wishes to own a home in the future is eligible to receive the Master Homeowner certificate. It will take most participants 9-12 months to complete all of the program requirements.

For more information contact Janie Hamilton at 304-720-0141 ext. 18 or janie@hfhkp.org or visit the Master Homeowner page here.

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