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Free Pumpkin Carving Templates – Download Printable PDF Stencils

October 5, 2011

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View our videos:
Pumpkin Carving Ideas for 2014
Pumpkin Carving and Halloween Decorations
6 Techniques for Pumpkin Carving with Power Tools

Click the images below for the full, printable PDF Pumpkin Carving Templates. 

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New for 2013, Mix & Match Pumpkin Eye, Nose and Mouth Patterns.

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2 Bats Pumpkin Carving Pattern (Click to Download PDF)

Cut out with jig saw or small pumpkin carving saw, or

Use linoleum cutters for outline, wood chisel to remove large area and a small drill holes for the eyes.

3 bats Free Pumpkin Carving Templates   Download Printable PDF Stencils3 Bats Pumpkin Carving Pattern (Click to Download PDF)

Cut out with jig saw or small pumpkin carving saw, or

Use linoleum cutters for outline, wood chisel to remove large area and a small drill holes for the eyes.

witch thumb Free Pumpkin Carving Templates   Download Printable PDF StencilsWitch Pumpkin Carving Pattern (Click to Download PDF)

Cut out with jig saw or small pumpkin carving saw, or

Use linoleum cutters for outline, wood chisel to remove large area.

crescent moon Free Pumpkin Carving Templates   Download Printable PDF StencilsCrescent Moon Pumpkin Carving Pattern (Click to Download PDF)

Use a small diameter drill on every hole on the pattern, or

connect the dots and linoleum cutters for outline and a wood chisel to remove large area.

cat Free Pumpkin Carving Templates   Download Printable PDF StencilsCat Silhouette Pumpkin Carving Pattern (Click to Download PDF)

Cut out with jig saw or small pumpkin carving saw, or

Use linoleum cutters for outline, wood chisel to remove large area.

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Cut out with jig saw or small pumpkin carving saw.

Scary Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Carving Pattern (Click to Download PDF)

scary jack 1 thumb Free Pumpkin Carving Templates   Download Printable PDF StencilsCut out with jig saw or small pumpkin carving saw, or

Use linoleum cutters for outline, wood chisel to remove large area.

Sharp Teeth Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Carving Pattern (Click to Download PDF)

scary jack sharp teeth Free Pumpkin Carving Templates   Download Printable PDF StencilsCut out with jig saw or small pumpkin carving saw,

or Use linoleum cutters for outline, wood chisel to remove large area.

Skull Pumpkin Carving Pattern (Click to Download PDF)

skull thumb Free Pumpkin Carving Templates   Download Printable PDF StencilsCut out with jig saw or small pumpkin carving saw, or

Use linoleum cutters for outline, wood chisel to remove large area.

ghost thumb Free Pumpkin Carving Templates   Download Printable PDF StencilsGhost Pumpkin Carving Pattern (Click to Download PDF)

Cut out with jig saw or small pumpkin carving saw, or

Use linoleum cutters for outline, wood chisel to remove large area.

scarecrow Free Pumpkin Carving Templates   Download Printable PDF StencilsScarecrow Pumpkin Carving Pattern (Click to Download PDF)

Cut out with jig saw or small pumpkin carving saw, or

Use linoleum cutters for outline, wood chisel to remove large area.


Related Post:

Pumpkin Carving – 6 Creative Ideas using Power Tools

Part of our series on Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for 2011

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Repair. Improve. Maintain. One call does it all!

Handy Halloween Ideas In the News

October 29, 2014

Mr. Handyman had our third year of promoting our pumpkin carving with power tools tips and tricks. We were thrilled to be invited back to Fox & Friends Weekend and several franchise owners also secured local television segments. As toolbox experts from completing thousands of residential and commercial repair, maintenance, improvement and remodeling projects, Mr. Handyman figured out how to use a jigsaw, sawzall, wood chisels, cordless drill, pumpkin gutter, spade and coring bits to save time with this annual chore.

Here’s a snapshot of our media appearances throughout the country:

Fox & Friends Weekend:

You can watch how Mr. Handyman President J.B. Sassano held his own with the excited cast of Fox & Friends Weekend this past Saturday as he taught pumpkin carving with power tools. Anna Kooiman, Clayton Morris, Tucker Carlson and Janice Dean had a blast picking up tools and learning how a jigsaw and cordless drill can make the task of pumpkin carving a cinch. Our 2:55 segment is hosted on Fox & Friends’ website, and we also appeared in two promotion spots leading up to our appearance. Behind-the-scenes photos of the pumpkins and prep behind the scenes has been posted online at https://www.facebook.com/MrHandyman

We were so excited when @annakooiman tweeted about the show!

Here are some more behind the scenes photos of our Fox & Friends experience:

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We were pretty excited about traveling to the Big Apple!

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Mr. Handyman President JB Sassano and Director of Marketing Megan Conway prepare for our live TV segment

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Fox & Friends host Clayton Morris gives pumpkin carving with power tools a try!

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Mr. Handyman President JB Sassano and Fox & Friends hosts Tucker Carlson, Clayton Morris, Anna Kooiman, and Janice Dean get together for one last photo opportunity!

 

Bob Curley on WOFL TV:

Mr. Handyman serving Winter Park, Oviedo, Maitland owner Bob Curley appeared on WOFL-TV on Oct. 25 and showed off popular Florida teams on his pumpkins as well as etched the co-hosts’ image. You can watch Bob’s segment at: http://youtu.be/SdeNmPjaF7I

Allen Ellison on WBIR TV:

Allen Ellison, owner of Mr. Handyman of West Knoxville was invited back to WBIR TV and showed how to use gourds and smaller pumpkins as accessories for your Halloween pumpkin. You can watch Allen’s segment on Mr. Handyman’s You Tube channel at: http://youtu.be/svT5eSeNqyY

Mike McCalley on WJXT TV:

Mike McCalley, owner of Mr. Handyman serving Greater Jacksonville, showed viewers of WJXT TV tricks like painting a pumpkin with chalkboard paint and etching jack-o-lantern teeth with a wood chisel. Mike appeared in the 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. segment, and the videos have been linked and uploaded to the Mr. Handyman You Tube page.

Jeff Jansen on Great Day Houston:

Jeff Jansen, owner of Mr. Handyman of Central Houston, appeared on KHOU – Great Day Houston. He shared tips for pumpkin carving with power tools and did a great job! Check out his video on Mr. Handyman’s You Tube page to see a pumpkin with holes filled with decorative marbles. So cool!

For more Halloween decorating ideas and free, pumpkin carving templates, check out our other blog posts:

http://blog.mrhandyman.com/2011/10/06/pumpkin-carving-6-creative-ideas-power-tools/

http://blog.mrhandyman.com/2014/09/30/pumpkin-carving-ideas-spooky-halloween-decorations/

http://blog.mrhandyman.com/2013/10/15/free-jack-o-lantern-patterns-cookie-cutter-pumpkins/

http://blog.mrhandyman.com/2012/10/05/pumpkin-carving-ideas-2012-free-pumpkin-stencils/

Basement Renovation and Remodel Ideas

October 27, 2014

A finished basement—or even a partially done one—increases usable square footage. Turn your bottom floor into a retreat for the man, woman, or teen of the house, or the entire family for that matter, with help from your professional handyman. Here are some options.

Eliminating Leaks

french drain1 300x238 Basement Renovation and Remodel IdeasA basement remodeling or renovation project should start with ensuring that the space is waterproof. A leak can cause costly damage and create unhealthy conditions in an unfinished basement, let alone one you have turned into a regularly used room.

You have two options if leaks exist: a French drain or a sump pump. We install the first outside of your home by digging a ditch and filling it with gravel, rock or perforated pipe to redirect surface and ground water away from the foundation. The latter goes into the lowest part of your basement and involves creating a pit for a pump that will move water out and away from the house. There are different kinds of pump systems: submersible and pedestal. We can advise you as to which will work best for your particular house.

Basement Facelift

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Basement Remodel by Mr. Handyman of North & West Central MD

If you have previously finished part or all of your basement and simply need a remodel, we can do whatever work is required. Installing sheetrock, painting, upgrading lighting, and adding moulding are just a few of the options.

In this basement remodel, we added custom wood trim to the columns and ceiling to create a game room that could just as easily be above ground as below. In fact, the trim work matched that found in other rooms, creating consistency between the rooms and adding to the overall design aesthetic of the house. We also swapped out less attractive can lights with ceiling fans that served a dual purpose.

Full Basement Refinishing

In another remodel, only a concrete subfloor, exterior walls and an unfinished ceiling existed. We started by adding framing to the walls and building out separate rooms. Insulation went in next, followed by sheetrock for the walls and ceiling. The floors of the laundry room and bathroom were covered in tile, with the bathroom getting a fully tiled shower with bench and detail work. A finished fireplace and carpeting in the main area and on the stairs completed the work.

Other flooring options exist in addition to tile and carpeting. We have installed wood floors in a number of finished basements, which once the space is made waterproof is possible. And we can always dress up any support columns with finish work.

Getting Started

Whether you have a basement that has been partially refinished or remains untouched, we can help with the remodeling or renovation from day one. Our designers can brainstorm ideas with you and come up with a layout that not only serves many purposes but also is comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. Tools such as our project budget estimator and 3-D modeling help you see exactly what the basement will look like and how much it will cost.

More and more of our clients have kids returning home or parents moving in, requiring extra livable space. Let us help you make the additions to your household as stress free as possible as well as make their new home comfortable.

Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

2014 Pumpkin Carving on Fox & Friends

October 24, 2014

Mr. Handyman is back in New York City and on Oct. 25 around 9:50 a.m., President J.B. Sassano will share some new pumpkin carvingGoodHousekeeping magazine cover 225x300 2014 Pumpkin Carving on Fox & Friends with power tools tips and tricks on Fox & Friends.

Back at our Home Office in Ann Arbor, the team purchased, prepped and perfected about 25 pumpkins to be displayed and demonstrated on air. To preserve our masterpieces, we soaked the cut and gutted pumpkins in a tub of water with a cup of bleach to kill bacteria. Then, a clear coat of varnish was brushed on to add a shiny sheen.

This year’s projects include:

  1. A three-pumpkin statue created by using a PVC pipe as the frame, a 3-inch coring bit on a cordless drill and a 3/4-inch spade bit to create polka dots. Adorn with vines or a fall leaf swag and lights for a classy display.
  2.  A large and small pumpkin paired together look especially cool when you cut holes with a 2 1/2 –inch coring bit and add toy mice and rats.
  3. A beige pumpkin is sure to pop when ½-inch spade bit is used to cut holes perfectly sized for colored, decorative marbles to be added!
  4. We fell in love with the pumpkin on the cover of Good Housekeeping’s October 2014 edition, so we will recreate it on air.
  5.  A metallic blue spray paint will make our pumpkin shine as our pumpkin carving template of a crescent moon is cut in and stars are easily added with cookie cutters and a rubber mallet.
  6.  Another template includes our ghost etched on a pumpkin covered in chalkboard paint.
  7.  Four pumpkins spell out BOO! using a 1/2 –inch spade bit and cordless drill.
  8.  Three small pumpkins are decorated as vampires by simply cutting out mouths, adding kids’ costume teeth and thumbtacks as eyes.
  9.  Turn a pumpkin on its side and use the stem as a nose for a fun look. The mouth was cut out using a drywall saw and teeth were etched using wood chisels. Cloves from the spice cabinet are inserted as pupils.
  10. We’re super proud of our etched Fox & Friends and Mr. Handyman pumpkins. Using a stencil with the logos, push pins marked the outlines and wood chisels carved out the design.
  11. BHG.com has free templates on Pinterest for a flame and they show how to create a safe camp fire using carved pumpkins. So cool.
  12. Mix up your porch design with a white pumpkin, cut out slits, insert a wooden bead on a wooden dowel in each eye space and you have a cool mummy.

To access Mr. Handyman’s free pumpkin carving templates, additional Halloween decorating ideas and videos to help you make this Halloween your coolest yet, check out our Halloween headquarters!

DIY Home Improvement

October 23, 2014

As we quickly approach the colder winter months, now is the best time to finish all those last minute d0-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement projects that have been put-off through the summer months. Taking initiative now will ensure that when you’re cooped-up this winter, you’ll be able to enjoy your new and improved home. Here are five common and fun DIY home improvement projects that will have you excited to spend time indoors:

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Photo cred: glendale kitchen cabinets on Flickr

1. Front door makeover: Your front door is the first thing people see when they enter your home. A fresh coat of paint or a new front door installation can truly make a big difference in the appearance of your home. So improve your curb appeal and your first impression with a simple coat of paint to your front door. Check out our blog on refurbishing, replacing, and painting front doors here

2. Cabinet revamp: Instead of investing in new cabinets, replace your knobs and/or pulls with modern hardware. You’ll be amazed at the difference that a little hardware update can have! Replacing the hardware on your cabinets is a quick and painless DIY project — even the most “un-handy” folks can conquer this task! In addition, if you want to give your cabinets a serious revamp, try refacing or staining your kitchen cabinets. Click here to see how to reface your cabinets the right way.

3. Bathroom tile installation: Over the years, bathroom tile endures a lot of wear and tear due to water damage. If your bathroom flooring is more than five years old, it could be time to replace it, depending upon the type of flooring you have. To find out what type of bathroom flooring is best for your home and budget, click here.

4. Update your bed: Treat yourself to a new headboard. Whether it’s to add new upholstery or a headboard built from recycled wood, there are tons of low cost DIY ways to update your headboard. A new headboard will give you  Check out all the DIY headboard ideas on Pinterest here.

5. Garage shelves: Unfortunately, the garage can be one of the first places to become disorganized and forgotten. It is so easy to use it as storage instead of its intended purpose. But as winter quickly approaches, you may have already wondered how you will fit your car inside once the first snow hits. Set one day aside this weekend and build some new storage solutions. You will be so glad you did it once you can comfortably leave the home in the dead of winter. Peep our homemade DIY garage shelves here.

Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money over time. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

 

Painting Furniture and Other Household Items

October 18, 2014

 

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Photo cred: Kemal1998 on Flickr.

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders. Whether you’re sprucing up old cabinets, updating a flea market find, or adding some flare to an accent chair, a quick coat of paint to furniture is a great budget-friendly way to update and modernize your home. Although painting furniture and other household items is a fairly common DIY home project, there are some crucial steps to keep in mind…

 

  1. Remove hardware: Although removing all the hardware off a dresser or cabinets may seem tedious, it will make the rest of the DIY project substantially easier. It will speed up the sanding process and create a seamless painting process that is more consistent when you aren’t having to paint around knobs and pulls.
  2. Patch holes or inconsistencies: If you are working with wood, especially if the piece is antique or more than a few years old, chances are there will be inconsistencies in the wood. Use a wood filler to smooth out the nicks and holes before sanding.
  3. Degloss and prime: If your piece has a wax or gloss finish, you may need to use a deglosser before you prime. Basic paint deglossers can be found at any hardware or home improvement store. After deglossing, one coat of primer will do the trick for most pieces.
  4. Sand: After you have removed all hardware, your piece is free of holes and imperfections, and is completely gloss free, you should now be ready to sand. Sand the piece in its entirety-  make sure to be thorough. Proper preparation is the key to a successful paint job.
  5. Wash: Thoroughly wipe down your freshly sanded piece with warm soapy water. It is important to get rid of all the leftover dust and dirt before painting. Painting on top of a sandy or dusty piece will make the paint bubbly and messy.
  6. Paint: Now you’re ready for the fun part! Paint one or two coats (depending on the type and color of paint you choose) and make sure to let each coat dry for at least six hours. Tip: To get an antique look like the photo above, sand your piece in the corners and edges to create a distressed look.
  7. Sealant: Sealing your new and improved piece of furniture is the last step before you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Seal your project with one coat, leave to dry overnight, and you’re done!

Remember adding a personal touch can be a great way to show off your artistic flare. More importantly, get creative and have fun!

Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

Childproofing Four Important Areas of Your Home | Infographic

October 17, 2014

Parenting requires a big lifestyle change, including changes around the house. Yes, we’re talking about babyproofing products and there is a lot of them. From childproof gates to childproof door locks to childproof outlets, the to-do list goes on and on…

So where do you start?  We created Childproofing Four Important Areas of Your Home infographic to make your home safer for your new little bundle of joy as he or she learns to crawl around the house.

Have any friends or family members that are expecting a little one? Use the social sharing buttons at the bottom of this article to share with friends.

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Need help childproofing your home? Mr. Handyman can help. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

5 Must Have Details for a Master Bathroom Remodel

October 13, 2014

In many homes, the master bathroom simply serves its purpose. Turn yours into a space for resting and relaxation with a remodel that includes these five must-have details.

Radiant-Heat Flooring

bathroom interior 300x300 5 Must Have Details for a Master Bathroom RemodelBathroom floors are typically made of tile, a chilly material even during the summer months. Looking for your dog on a hot day? Check the rooms with tile.

Adding a radiant-heat system to flooring keeps your feet as well as your entire body warm because the heat has direct contact, instead of falling from above as with conventional systems. Because of this, radiant heat also proves more energy efficient.

Both electric and hydronic radiant-heat systems are available for floors, with the former costing less to install but more to use, making it a better choice for master baths than for larger rooms. Tile suits these systems best, as stone and ceramic conduct and maintain heat best and do not face temperature limitations like other materials, including wood. Concrete floors also suit radiant-heating systems.

No matter which system or material you choose, know that existing floors must be removed as the wires or hot-water tubes gets installed underneath.

Double Sinks

Imagine not having to share a sink with your significant other. No more reminders to rinse the bowl after teeth brushing. No more clutter around the sink because each person wants their supplies within reach. Many a relationship has been saved by double sinks in the master bathroom. If you have the room and money in the budget, go for it.

Big, Wall-to-Wall Mirrors

Not everyone has a boutique-style closet with large mirrors. If yours simply holds clothes, not allowing for a proper, well-lighted look, install wall-to-wall mirrors during your master bath remodel. The choice of wall covering also will make the space look much larger than it its.

Jacuzzi Tub

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Photo Credit: Patrick Stahl on Flickr

There are bath people and shower people, with the former convinced that the latter have just never experienced the benefits of a true soaking tub with Jacuzzi jets.

Jacuzzi tubs offer a multitude of benefits. A soak at the end of the day, relaxes the body and mind by relieving physical and emotional stress. A bath before bedtime also can help alleviate insomnia because it lowers your body temperature and helps you fall asleep more easily.

The soothing waters of a Jacuzzi tub also improve overall circulation, massage veins and arteries, and relieve joint pain and muscle strains. Proper placement of a jet in relation to an aching muscle results in a deep-tissue massage.

Dermatologists also recommend this bathroom feature as a way to create a higher level of oxygenation in the skin, which boosts production of collagen and elastin. The warm waters also encourage your body to sweat and detoxify.

Skylights

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Photo Credit: Wendy Bunch on Flickr

Did you know that skylights also have health benefits? Natural light provides a healthy dose of vitamin D, a deficiency of which can have negative effects on your mental and physical health. The light coming through a skylight in the master bath reduces mildew and mold buildup that can cause chronic respiratory problems.

Natural light also improves the appearance of a room as well as its energy efficiency and eco-friendliness. With sun spilling in from above during the day, you can skip turning on artificial lights. Combine moonlight and candlelight at night for an even more relaxing soak in that Jacuzzi tub.

While all of these features are a must-have for the master bath, consider picking and choosing if you are on a limited budget. You may decide that where you live, such as in Arizona, makes skylights more desirable than radiant-heat flooring. Your professional handyman can help you come up with the best possible remodel for your home.

Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

Interior Painting: Fun Colors for Bedrooms and Bathrooms

October 11, 2014

The easiest way to give your bedroom or bathroom a new look is with paint.  It is affordable and is easily changeable if you don’t like the look.  The hardest part to picking a color palate is deciding which color to start with.  Here are a few tips to help transform your bedroom or bathroom into a fun space that you will love!

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The newest trend in bedroom and bathroom color is the bolder the better. Neutral colors like beige and brown used to be a popular choices that have now been replaced by aqua green, orange and dark blue.  These bold new colors are motivating and create a cheerful place to wake up to in the morning. Often the best way to choose your bold new color is to become inspired by throw pillows, a shower curtain or another accent item in the room. You know you already love the color now you just need to expand on it.

Stay Neutral and Timeless

If you don’t want to commit to painting an entire room turquoise that is okay.  You can still add fun colors to your room without painting all four walls.  Paint just one wall a bold color like yellow or deep red and make it an accent wall.  Still too much commitment?  Try painting colored stripes on one wall with some of your favorite colors.  This is a great idea for a nursery or kids bedroom. Another trick is to add colorful accents throughout the room to give it a pop of color.

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Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

Fall Home Maintenance: Interior and Exterior Tips

October 7, 2014

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist 231x300 Fall Home Maintenance: Interior and Exterior TipsFall has arrived, and winter will be here before you know it. The drop in temperatures means it’s time to perform seasonal chores around the house. Download Mr. Handyman’s free fall home maintenance checklist and get started, whether you take the DIY route or assign out tasks. We also have winter, spring and summer maintenance checklists to keep handy for seasons to come.

Prepare the Outside of Your Home for Winter

If you live in an area of the country where the patio or deck pretty much closes, clean the furniture and store inside. Or you can cover it to protect fabrics from damaging winter weather.

Drain all garden hoses, roll up and remove any kinks, and store inside, as freezing temperatures can cause the hose to crack. Replace insulation on spigots as needed.

If you have trees and landscaping close to the house, trim branches back so they don’t brush against the house during storms. You also want to avoid having heavy branches fall and damage your home or car. Outsource this work if you do not have the necessary experience or equipment.

Now is also the time to fix any drainage issues you put off addressing in the summer months. Melting snow and ice should flow away from your home’s foundation, not puddle up next to it and potentially leak inside.

Inspect all gutters and drains on the property, removing any leaves and debris that has already gathered in them. You will want to do this every few weeks as the leaves fall to avoid a clog in your drainage system. Again, if you are not comfortable performing this task, as it requires ladder work and heights, assign it to your professional handyman.

Finally, fertilize your lawn. The roots will absorb the nutrients and use them throughout the winter months.

Inside Your Home

Fall is the perfect time to replace the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as in flashlights. Save partially used batteries to use up in other less vital roles, such as in the many kid’s toys that Santa will deliver.

Clean all light fixtures and replace any burned-out bulbs. Remember to set aside any light bulbs that contain mercury for recycling. Not only will you keep the harmful substance out of the soil, but the glass, metal, and other materials can be reused. If you live in California, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Vermont, or Washington, you are prohibited by law from sending these bulbs to a landfill.

Drain your hot water heater and check for sediment, which can build up in the tank and decrease energy efficiency and also clog water lines. Your particular water heater will have come with instructions for performing this task, or outsource this job. This is also a good time to check its pressure valve.

furnace energy savings Fall Home Maintenance: Interior and Exterior TipsRemove and clean the filter in your furnace. If you’re still using disposable filters, upgrade this season and save money in the long run with a reusable one. They are also more efficient. No matter which you have, though, clean or replace it, as doing so can result in up to a 15 percent savings on your heating bill. Keeping insulation around your furnace in good shape also contributes to those savings.

Some of these tasks also fall on the winter home maintenance checklist. Perform as early as necessary depending on the temperatures in your area of the country. For example, some areas in the south can procrastinate for a few more weeks, while those in the north should not. Remember: Prevention costs much less than repairs.

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Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Spooky Halloween Decorations

September 30, 2014

pumpkin carving with power tools Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Spooky Halloween DecorationsMr. Handyman has had a blast with Halloween for the last few years. We have created many, free pumpkin carving templates and have come up with all sorts or Halloween Decorations and tips for carving pumpkins with power tools.   Finding inspiration for Halloween décor is a breeze with the tips below. We pulled a few of our favorite finds from Pinterest and other websites to share and also rounded up the many ideas and tips we’ve offered over the past few years. Happy Halloween!

Outdoor Halloween Decor

mini pumpkin hanging bat1 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Spooky Halloween DecorationsDIY Coffin With Skeleton—This spooky lawn decoration could be made in no time with nothing more than a pallet and Halloween-store skeleton, plus the appropriate tools, of course.

Halloween Wreath—Check out this tutorial for making a burlap wreath. It says to trick or treaters: We want to scare you with style. Also, the materials will last for several seasons to come.

Mummy Lanterns—Dress up outdoor lanterns with gauze and googly eyes for a fun welcome.

Indoor Halloween Décor

How cute—er, we mean scary—are these:

  • Halloween Garland—Made with different Halloween-themed ribbons, they make an excellent family project.
  • Trick or Treat Banner—Simply print this banner out!
  • Ghost Buntings—Tissues, string and cotton balls. Another fun craft for the kids.
  • Halloween mobiles—This involves printable templates and just a few craft supplies. Easy peasy.
  • Also, this ghost family made of gauze is adorable. Choose the décor project, whether for inside your home or outside, that best suits your level of craftiness.

pumpkin pattern composite 202x300 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Spooky Halloween DecorationsHalloween Fun With Pumpkins

We offer 24 free pumpkin carving templates on our blog, from bats and black cats to jack-o-lanterns of varying degrees of scariness. Simply download and get to work. We also include step-by-step instructions that tell you which tools to use for the best results.

If you like instructional videos, we have those, too:

Get additional pumpkin-carving ideas for 2014 or combine your love of Halloween and power tools. In the latter video, we show you how to use a jigsaw to cut the lid off a pumpkin. We also clue you into a product called the Pumpkin Gutter, which you can attach to a cordless drill to empty the inside in no time at all. Coring bits are also your friend when carving pumpkins.

For more pumpkin inspiration and how-to’s, visit our all things pumpkin page.

  • Tips for Pumpkin Decorating With Kids
  • Pumpkin carving typically involves sharp tools, which are not kid friendly. There are other ways to get the little ones involved in decorating pumpkins, though.
  • Chalkboard Paint—This product available at your local home improvement store gives kids a creative outlet that does not involve knives. Simply give them a pumpkin, small roller brush and tray filled with the paint, and chalk. The best part of this craft? You don’t have to gut the pumpkin! Get more tips on using chalkboard paint to decorate pumpkins.
  • Cookie Cutters—Halloween-themed cookie cutters and a rubber mallet can also replace the need for sharp tools. After you cut off the top and empty the pumpkin, kids place the cookie cutter against the outside and tap with the mallet until it pokes through. Get more info on using cookie cutters to carve pumpkins.
  • Don’t Throw Out the Pumpkin Guts

While it might be tempting to toss what comes out of the pumpkin during carving, why not put the guts to use? You can make roasted pumpkin seeds. Pull off as much of the stringy mess as possible and place in a bowl. Mix with melted butter or olive oil for a plain seed, or you can go sweet with brown sugar or spicy with chili powder. Pop in the oven for 20 minutes or so at 375 degrees F, and you have a tasty treat for all ages.

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

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