(quote) Rachel-731570 said: And I need help trimming some way high up limbs from my maple tree so they don't extend over my roofs -
Although I cannot recommend a safe way for a DIYer to trim high limbs
from a tree while on a ladder, I will note that your comment about it
being a maple tree ties into your decision about the gutter guards
metnioned in your other post here. Most if not all of the gutter guards
(the names differ by manfucaturer) are designed to prevent leaves from
entering the gutter by placing a semi permanent cover on the gutter with
slits in it to allow the water in and the leaves to flow over the top
of the gutter. Maple tree seedlings (that I often call helicopters - due
to the way they fall from the tree) are thin enough that I have yet to
find a gutter guard system that successfully prevents them from entering
the gutter - thus clogging the gutter - and the cover making it near
impossible to get them out. Also older roof shingles will tend to lose the granular coating that is on them - also creating a build up in the gutter. For the above reasons, I cannot recommend the use of gutter guards to prevent leafs from the gutters because of the other problems they cause.
In regard to the roofing issues, without seeing the problem, I am going to guess you are referring to full or partial shingles missing. What I can offer is knowledge that Home Depot sells the shingles separately, if you only need a few, while Lowes only sells them by the pack (maybe more than you need). If pictures were available, i am sure more specific help could be offered by many here as to a possible remedy/fix for the problem.
While technically you could post the pictures on your profile, I would imagine most CM members are looking for other types of picture in peoples profiles ( no wise cracks from the peanut gallery about shingles
at my age
) One might consider a free online account with a service such as flickr (www.flickr.com
) owned by Yahoo these days if I am not mistaken. Pictures could be posted there and a link provided here in the forums so that other CM members could see the problem and still not know any identifying information about you - if none was made available through your flickr account.
In regards to ANY electrical issue one might have for DIYers, one would have to first be very comfortable knowing which breakers (fuses in older houses) to turn off/unscrew/remove prior to doing ANY work. And to make sure that EVERYONE in the house is aware of it being turned off so they do not turn it back on while in the middle of work being done. In reality, if one is hesitant in doing any electrical work for the first time - they are probably safer having someone else do it and watching closesly and asking questions for similar problems down the road that could then be tackled with a bit more confidence.
For any other problems anyone is having - sometimes a picture of the "doohickey" causing the problem can often lead to others being able to offer up better search terms to be used in your quest for answer to the problem. And if anyone ever gets that Teleport thing working where there is food on the other end, they better make the door width adjustable because I love to eat LOL