DIY Windowbox Planter

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DIY Windowbox Planter

Supplies:
1 aluminum gutter
2 gutter caps
8 sheet metal screws
1 tube of silicon caulk

Tools:
drill (w/ drill bit)
caulking gun
1.25 steel snips

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The biggest pain for this lil project is cutting the aluminum gutter in the parking lot to fit it in your car. You might want to bring/buy some leather gloves so you don’t cut yourself. Also, remember to bring your measurements and a measuring tape. If you don’t have a pair of snips, you can buy them in the store. I bought my supplies from home depot, but i’m sure lowe’s or ace hardware sell gutters as well. Home depot keeps the gutter caps in boxes right beneath the gutters. Be sure to get both the left sided and right sided caps.

If you make one of your own, please post a pic. I’d love to see it.
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Update:
Since I planted succulents, I figured I would just spray them a lil from time to time and not have to worry about drainage. But I got lazy and started watering them, and wasn’t keeping track of how often, resulting in saturated roots and very unhappy plants.

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Finding The Right Contractor For A Rehab Or Foreclosure Project

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Probably one of the most important steps and pieces of information is finding the right contractor for getting some or all of the job done.

I know many of you are handymen and would prefer to do it yourself but you must remember that you're not going to be able to do everything. Try not to waste time, money and resources on getting things done (like plumbing or electrical work for example) that you know you cant do.

This is how I personally conduct business with contractors. I always bring multiple contractors and get multiple bids for the work to be done on the property. I hire a general contractor that hires all the sub contractors and gets permits on his own. The benefit is that I can spend more time going to other properties and getting other work done with out having to be at the job site each and every hour. On the down side, I'll probably be losing a bit of margin and some profit that I could of possibly made. However, if you've done your homework right, having a general contractor should enable you to get the job done sooner, more efficiently and done right the … Read More

Top Tips To Get Your Finances In Order

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Top Tips To Get Your Finances In Order

Tracking every penny that passes through your life can prove a process that is both taxing and confusing. If you are proactive and keep track of all that happens with your personal finances, you will be able to save yourself from getting in trouble later on. Newer tools and technologies like online banking make streamlining matters very simple, but there is no replacement for mental vigilance.

Don’t pay big fees to invest your money. Investing brokers dealing with long term situations charge service fees. Your total return can be affected by the fees they will charge you. Avoid using brokers who charge large commissions and steer clear of high-cost management funds.

It is a great idea to continually file your personal taxes while they are due. To get your tax refund as soon as possible, you should file your earnings taxes early. This is a better idea to submit near April 15th if you have an opportunity the you owe the federal government money in taxes.

While you are trying to fix your credit, your credit history may decline. However, this is not an indicator you have created a misstep. Simply carry on and add positive activity to your credit … Read More