Kliethermes Homes & Remodeling, Inc.June 2014
In This Issue
Dan's Rib Recipe
Top 10 Summer List
Safety First in Your Garage
Quick Links

Turn Someday Into Today!
Dan's Rib Recipe

Baby Back Ribs purchased from Sam's Club


Rub on Paul Purdonne's Meat Magic (Order @ 1-504-731-3590)


Preheat charcoal in Weber Smoker. (Dan swears by a Weber Smoker--any other smoker and the flavor will be different.) Add about a gallon of water in the lower reservoir.


Do Not Add Wood Chips


Place rubbed ribs in the Weber Smoker on upstanding racks. These racks can be purchased from Westlake Hardware. Very important that the ribs stand up and do not touch one another.  


Close the smoker. Open the lower and upper ports and smoke for 4 hours. If middle of July and smoker is in the sun, cook less time--say 3 hours.  


The key to great ribs is to leave them alone. Don't check on them. Let them cook   




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Are you excited to see summer finally arrive? It is a time for digging out the gardening tools, the tackle boxes, and the bicycles--all from the garage. Were these items neatly stowed away last time they were used, or were they simply thrown in a pile on the garage floor? Read below to see why it is important to remodel and organize your garage!
Top 10 Summer List      

With summer just around the corner be sure to check these items off your list:

  1. Have roof flashing, caulking, shingles inspected in preparation for the spring storms.

  2. Inspect caulking around windows, doors, and any openings into the home.

  3. Change your ceiling fan's direction.

  4. Clean your dryer vents.

  5. Check insulation around windows and doors.

  6. Replace HVAC filters regularly.

  7. Run the bathroom exhaust fan during showers.

  8. Switch to compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs.

  9. Plant a shade tree next to your outside air condition unit.

  10. Consider installing an attic fan or vent.

Once your list is complete, cook up a rack of ribs (see my recipe in sidebar) and enjoy your summer.

Dan Kliethermes   


Safety First in Your Garage

In your enthusiasm for remodeling your kitchen or bath, other less exciting spaces in your home may be ignored, even though they desperately need a make-over. A garage is one of those oft-neglected areas, because homeowners typically are not very concerned about the appearance or functionality of their garages. However, if you thoughtfully consider some of the items that you regularly deposit in your garage, you will realize the importance of having a plan for organizing and improving your garage as well.


  • Hazardous chemicals--such as paint, automotive chemicals, herbicides and pesticides, propane tanks for gas grills. All chemicals should be stored in the original container, tightly sealed and locked in a strong overhead cabinet, so children and pets cannot come into contact with them. Propane tanks should never be stored in or near the garage where they are in close proximity to combustible materials.
  • Sharp equipment--such as woodworking or gardening tools. Tools should be securely attached to a wall or stored in a closed cabinet. If left lying about, they could cause an injury if someone accidentally steps on them.
  • Toys, sports equipment and camping supplies--such as balls, skateboards, bicycles and fishing rods. Store smaller toys in open wire baskets or bins at a level kids can easily reach. Bikes can be hung from wall or ceiling brackets. Items that are strewn on the garage floor pose a tripping hazard. 

Garage storage systems offer many customizable options to help you organize all these items and more. For example, Organized Living's freedomRail Garage system includes metal rails, brackets and uprights, along with sturdy Melamine GO-Boxes. Gladiator utilizes heavy-duty PVC GearTrack Channels and GearWall Panels to arrange a wide variety of storage accessories for the garage. These systems can also offer sturdy tables with casters, benches, wire baskets and other accessories. Garage storage systems assist you in making the best functional use of all available garage space, whether it consists of wall storage, elevated ceiling storage or a combination of both. Ceiling storage is perfect for seasonal items, such as decorations and camping supplies.


As you are remodeling your garage, also make plans to improve the lighting. Sufficient illumination is necessary for car maintenance tasks, and your work table needs to be well-lit for you to easily and safely complete your projects. Overhead fluorescent fixtures are often recommended, with electronic ballasts for temperatures below 50 degrees F. in unconditioned garages. Consider LED for safety (no mercury) and energy savings. In addition, consider installing a new garage door with windows on top or retrofitting your existing door, so the space may be flooded with natural light during the daytime. Also, windows may be installed above the storage walls. Finally, your garage may not have enough electrical outlets to meet your needs. Instead of winding an extension cord around the room, it is safer to install a few additional outlets.

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