Handymen and women who relish in completing outdoor projects in summer feel cooped up during the winter months. Fortunately, there are plenty of indoor jobs that you can do to stay active and fend off the winter blues.

All the time you’ll spend warm and toasty indoors means you’ll have plenty of opportunities to notice the squeaky door hinges and creaky floorboards you put off fixing over the summer. Floorboard repair is simple. Invest in an anti-squeak repair kit and use it to fasten the boards down, dampening noise pollution. For less than $5, you can buy a can of powdered graphite to puff into the pin when your door hinge turns.

You should also scan the homestead to make sure safety precautions are up to par. Replace the batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, and check your electrical cords for cracks. Next, wash the exhaust filter on your kitchen stove to remove grease, which both improves the flow in your exhaust vent and cuts down on the chance of kitchen fires amplified by grease.

About the Author
Leveraging over 30 years in the industry, Herbert R. Sargent is the President of Sargent Corporation, a heavy-construction company that performs jobs in several states, including Maine, Vermont, and North Carolina.

Headquartered in Augusta, the Maine Better Transportation Association promotes the value of a strong infrastructure. Focusing on improving and maintaining an efficient transportation system, this organization has aided the state’s citizens since 1939. Called the Maine Good Roads Association until 1983, it originally concerned itself with ensuring that public money went towards highway and bridge development. Over the past 75 years, it expanded its mission to support the state’s transit system, ports, airports, railways, and pedestrian facilities.

With a regular presence in the state’s legislature, the Maine Better Transportation Association is credited with numerous accomplishments over the past decade. In 2008, it contributed to the passage of LD 2313, which provided $160 million over four years for bridge reconstruction. The previous year, it helped draft a measure that planned for the future of Maine’s transportation system. Additionally, the Maine Better Transportation Association successfully campaigned during bond referendums, and garnered hundreds of millions of dollars for infrastructure repair.

About the Author: Involved in the construction industry for over three decades, Herbert R. Sargent has served as the President of his own Stillwater, Maine, firm since 1991. Active in his community, Sargent performed as President of Maine Better Transportation Authority, and still holds a seat on its Board.