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100 Activities That Will Get You in the Spirit of Fall

There is so much more to enjoy in the fall than eating apple pie and going on a hayride (though those are two of the most popular activities). Check out 98 more things you can do to get in the spirit of fall.

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Gather Around a Fire

The crisp, cool air makes a bonfire fantastic in the fall. Don’t have a fire pit? Get an idea of what you want with these 37 sensational fire pits.

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Horseshoes

Horseshoes is a classic summer/fall fun game that’s perfect for entertaining guests at a party, or just passing the time with your family. Strike up some friendly competition by installing a court yourself. Here’s a great tutorial to check out that’s fun to look at, too!

If you love outdoor projects, check out these eight ways to increase backyard fun.

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Garage Sale

Spring cleaning is normally seen as a prime time for yard sales, but a post-summer garage sale can be the perfect way to clean out the summer toys and gear you no longer need while making room for holiday decorations—not to mention making a little extra cash, says Aaron LaPedis, author of The Garage Sale Millionaire. Plus, it is a great way to meet your neighbors and their kids before school starts to set up playdates and carpools, he adds. Follow these tips to rake in the big bucks.

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DIY Bird Feeder

Suet, which can be purchased at most grocery stores, is the hard fat around the kidneys and loins of cows and sheep. Especially In the winter, suet is a source of heat and energy for insect-eating birds. You can make a simple suet bird feeder from a mesh bag that produce comes in. Just shape the suet into a ball, roll it in birdseed (although this isn’t necessary), put the suet in the mesh bag and hang it outside.

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Canning

The fall is a good time to start canning since it’ll be harvest season, too. Learn how to can and what you’re able to can.

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Go to a Farmer’s Market

Everyone loves the farmer’s market during watermelon and peach season but your local growers have plenty of great things to offer as the weather cools down too, says Kristamarie Collman, MD, a family medicine physician specializing in preventative health, nutrition, and weight management. “Take advantage of the seasonal foods such as butternut, pumpkin, and other root vegetables,” she says. “These eats are loaded with vitamins and immune boosting nutrients to help keep you healthy throughout the season.” Add these summer superfoods to your diet for a glowing complexion.

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Camp

Thanks to cooler temps, fall camping can be the best camping, says Christian Shauf, CEO and founder of Uncharted Supply Co. The mild weather, changing foliage, and crackling fire will give you lasting memories, plus nothing will solve your sadness about summer ending better than crisp air and the beautiful colors of the leaves around you, he adds.

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Plan an Adventure

Combat the dreaded end of summer by giving yourself something to look forward to. “Create a dream board filled with pictures of places you want to go or things you want to do to celebrate fall,” says Janine Knighton, creative director at PuttingAPinInIt.com. Apple picking, drives to see the changing leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, a cozy bed and breakfast, a sumptuous Thanksgiving family feast—whatever says “fall” to you. Then hang it somewhere you can see it every day, she adds. These 38 photos of fall across America will inspire you.

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Button Up Your Cabin

Fall’s the time to winterize your cabin. Here’s a good place to start with what you’ll need to do.

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Go Glamping

Not everyone is giddy to go camping but they might be for glamping, the glamorous form of camping. You’ll want to add these 32 things for the glamping experience.

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Jumbo Jenga

What’s better than gathering around an intimate table after dinner and playing a game of Jenga? DIY jumbo Jenga in the backyard, of course! You may have noticed some restaurants and parks have added an interactive space to their patios and open areas with this game, among others. Now it’s your turn to build the game yourself. Here’s a great tutorial to try out for adding life-size Jenga to your backyard fun.

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Ladder Golf

Ladder golf is the kind of game that’s fun for all ages. You’ll need a little hand-eye coordination, but pretty much anyone can play. Here’s how to make your own DIY ladder golf game.

If regular golf is more your speed, work on your golf game at home by sectioning off a piece of your yard for a putting green.

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Cornhole Set

Cornhole, or bean bag toss, is a fun game that’s great for buddying up with a friend and playing against another duo. And while you can find the game online or at many stores, it’s also really easy to make. In fact, you can likely make a much better one than you can purchase! Here’s how to build a set that will last you for many backyard games to come.

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Hike

Fall’s a beautiful time to hike. With the cooler climes you won’t return home a sweaty pig. Who know, you might be able to find some cool twigs you can use to make this picture frame.

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Go See the Leaves Change

Find out the trees that are the best for fall color before you go out.

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Pumpkin Picking

Pumpkin picking is a staple of fall. Want to know how to speed up the pumpkin carving process?

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Corn Maze

A corn maze is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in the fall, provided you remember it’s not a race.

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Apple Orchard

Pick up some apples for pie, cider or an apple bobbing contest at an apple orchard. It might be a good oasis from a congested pumpkin patch or corn maze. Check out how to create an apple spear to pick up apples in your yard.

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Jump in a Pile of Leaves

The only fun part of raking leaves is getting to jump in them afterward. Try one of these super useful tools for dealing with leaves when it’s time to clean up.

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Hot Air Balloon Ride

If you ever wanted the best fall color experience, watching the leaves from a hot air balloon might be the most awesome way to do it.

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Hayride

Create a connection with the harvest by going for a hayride. A bale of hay can be kind of comfy.

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Airbnb For Fall Colors

The fall colors can be a good excuse to get away and you might be amazed what’s available on Airbnb. Get really adventurous and try renting one of these houseboats that feel like tiny home or immerse yourself in the canopy with a super cool treehouse.

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Knit

Sit by the fire, sip on a pumpkin-spiced latte and get to work on a scarf for winter. Or try macramé, it’s all the rage.

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Pick up Pine Cones

Pine cones can be a tripping hazard in the backyard, not to mention a hinderance to mowing your lawn, so gather them up and turn them into a creative wreath. Using a pooper scooper to pick up pine cones is one of our 45 hugely helpful home hints

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Go Birding

As the leaves start to fall, spotting birds becomes easier. Birding is a good opportunity to get outside and explore. You’ll want to check out these backyard creations, including one that is perfect for birders.

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Pumpkin-Spiced Latte

Stay in and create your own pumpkin-spiced latte, everything always tastes better when it’s homemade. Coffee will taste great in this pour-over coffee maker.

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Fly a Kite

Flying a kite is an activity that a child of any age can enjoy. Marvel at the scenery while flying a kite. An old kite spool can turn into an incredibly handy tool at home, see how.

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Harvest Party

Wouldn’t Thanksgiving be a lot more fun if you could have it with friends? Maybe, maybe not, but a harvest party can serve as a Thanksgiving with friends. Use the produce from the farmer’s market and brew up some pumpkin-spiced lattes. You won’t believe all the pumpkin-spiced products out there now.

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Fall Festival

Find a spot with a fall festival. It could be a great day trip to a charming small town.

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Cider

Brew up some cider with apples from an orchard. A good cup of cider can hit the spot in the fall.

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Make a Scarecrow

A scarecrow can serve a purpose in the garden at home but it can be an incredibly fun activity for parents and children. Get creative with the design of your scarecrow after seeing some of these cute scarecrows.

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Bike Ride

A bike ride along a shady bike trail is a great way to spend a few hours on the weekend. It can be pretty relaxing to coast along the trail and hear the birds chirp. Accessorize your bike with these 10 awesome add-ons.

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Friday Night Football

The passion and unbridled enthusiasm of high school football is a sight to behold. It’s also a great way to feel part of the community.

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Arboretum

Arboretums can feel like a vacation without having to go far. The kaleidoscope colors of the flowers will leave you impressed and perhaps inspired to add color to your backyard.

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Leaf Prints

Grab some paint, a roller, construction paper and some leaves to start making leaf prints. It’s a fun activity for parents and children. Hang them on the refrigerator to break up the usual drab decor.

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Apple Bobbing

Apple bobbing has been a staple of Halloween parties for decades and it’s a fun way to pass the time.

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Pumpkin Bread

Bake some pumpkin bread to get into the fall spirit. It can be a little slice of heaven.

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Watch Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Fall Movies

As Halloween approaches, fall is a good time to queue up some classic movies like Legend of Sleepy Hollow or Hocus Pocus. Here’s a home theater that will make you jealous.

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Ghost Hunting


Try something out of the ordinary and go ghost hunting. There are more and more ghost hunters out there and it’s a good opportunity to learn more about ghosts.

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Reading Nook

There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book on a cool afternoon. Find a sunny spot at home to set up a reading nook.

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Try Home Brewing

The home brewing craze may have subsided but fall might be the perfect time to give it a whirl. The cooler temperatures make it easier to work outside to brew.

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Watch Football Games On TV Outside

The days of nice weather start to become fleeting in fall so take the opportunity to pull the TV outside to watch college and pro football. Or set up a TV in the garage if you don’t want to haul one in and out of the house. You could go big and set up an outdoor theater.

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Reclaim Something

Get going on that project you wanted to finish whether it’s revitalizing an old piece of furniture or repurposing something.

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Horseback Ride

Take some time and hop on a horse for a scenic trip. There’s something peaceful about plodding along a trail, time seems to slow down a little.

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Build a Treehouse

If you’re ambitious, a treehouse can be a pretty cool project. It’s a little escape for kids to get out of the house and feel like they’ve got a space of their own. Be sure to check out these mouth-dropping treehouses to get some ideas.

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Track Animals

Take the time to learn more about nature by getting to know different animal tracks. It’ll make those hikes like a little investigation and a bit more engrossing. Just make sure you don’t see any mice tracks heading into your house, you can prevent that with these tips.

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Go to a Nature Center

If you’re not savvy on nature, a nature center is a great outlet to gain some knowledge. Many have interpretive stations that will answer some of the questions you have.

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Fall Garland

Drag in some leaves to create a gorgeous decor item for your home. Garland is fairly simple and pretty easy to store when winter hits. Try these fun fall outdoor containers, too.

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Get Started on Halloween Costumes

A lot of the fun in Halloween is the picking of a costume. Get a head start and start planning when fall arrives. That way you’ll have time to create your costume. A roll of duct tape can be quite the tool for costumes, see some of the craziest here.

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Start Building Halloween Yard Decorations

If the weather starts to take a turn, stay inside for a day to start creating Halloween decorations for inside or for the yard. You’ll love these monstrously creative Halloween creations.

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Leaf Hunt

Identify different leaves around the yard or at a park with a leaf hunt for kids. Have them place leaves into bags that have a matching picture. It’s fun learning experience for kids. If you need a refresher, here’s a good guide on identifying tree species.

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Acorn Crafts

If you’ve got a tree dropping acorns, keep a few on hand to create some acorn decor. It’s a little DIY project that won’t cost you anything besides time. Try these 11 incredibly simple DIY decor ideas.

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Creepy Cottage Pumpkin

DIY a miniature Halloween scene inside of a foam pumpkin to use year after year for fun decoration. Check out how to get it done.

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Barn Dance

Find a barn dance nearby, gather a group of your friends and dance the night away!

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Rock Climbing

If you’ve never done this before, we recommend getting some experience at an indoor rock climbing facility. Then if you get the hang of it, rock climbing outdoors is an amazing experience to enjoy in the fall.

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Stargazing

You can stargaze while camping, or you can drive a ways outside of the city and recline on the hood of your vehicle to take in the night sky. Better yet, check out some of the world’s best stargazing destinations.

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Sunflower Farm

In addition to pumpkins, sunflowers are a quintessential fall plant, and visiting a sunflower farm makes for a fabulous fall experience. And it’s great for taking photos!

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Clean Out Your Gutters

Your gutters work hard over fall and winter, and they need your help. Clean them out before it gets too cold. This will prevent gutters from overflowing with rain or snow and damaging your roof. Plus: Gutter Repair

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Spread Mulch to Protect Perennials

Spread mulch among your perennial flowers and plants. This will help insulate them from frigid temperatures and also provides a bit of extra protection against hungry creatures. Plus: The Family Handyman Guide to Mulch

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Prepare Your Fireplace

Prepare Your Fireplace

For wood fireplaces, clean them out thoroughly, check the chimney, and make sure that you have an ample supply of wood. Gas and electric fireplaces can also benefit from an annual inspection before winter begins. Plus: When to Clean a Chimney Flue

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Clean Up Your Lawnmower and Other Yard Tools

Clean Up Your Lawnmower and Other Yard Tools

Your lawnmower and other yard tools are probably dirty after a spring and summer of use. Don't let that dirt and grime sit around all winter. Instead, clean and tune up these tools so they will be ready for the next heavy work season. Plus: Tune Up a Lawn Mower

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Trim Problem Bushes and Trees

The last thing you want are branches to hit your house during a windstorm. Now is the time to inspect nearby trees and shrubs, and cut any low-hanging or dying branches before they can do damage. Don't go crazy, though. Trimming promotes new growth, so wait until your bushes and trees are truly dormant (after winter, early spring) to do your annual pruning. Plus: Tree Pruning Techniques

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Rake Those Leaves!

If you live in a snow-prone climate, getting your leaves up before the flakes fly is a good idea. You may think you know everything about this time-honored lawn care tradition but click here for five ways to make this job a little easier so you are fall ready.

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Aerate the Lawn

To ensure lush grass and a healthy lawn in the spring, fall is the best time to aerate. Aeration breaks up compacted soil to allow water and fertilizer to penetrate deep down into a healthy root system. A must do fall ready project. For more, check out our fall lawn care guide.

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Prep Your Garden

Prep your fall ready garden now for less work in the spring. Remove any annuals that are past their prime and rake out any rotting leaves. To protect your garden pots from breakage due to freezing water, empty, clean and bring indoors for the winter. After that's done, check out these 10 easy to build planters and start planning your spring building projects!

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Clean and Store Garden Tools

Act now to protect your garden tools from rust, wear and tear. Be sure to give your tools a good cleaning, sharpen blades as necessary and be sure they're dry before you store them. After all of this prep they will be fall ready.

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Inspect Your Fence

Fall is an ideal time to inspect fences and take care of any rot or structural issues before they become problematic. Ground frost can cause weakened fence posts to heave and shift over winter. This will result in damage all along the fence line. For the skinny on how to take care of any fence maintenance and make it fall ready, you may need to do, check out our guide here.

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Drain Ponds

Falling leaves and debris can do more than clog pumps and filters. They can encourage algae growth in your otherwise pristine pond. Get your pond fall ready by draining and cleaning your ponds and waterfalls to prevent damage. Plus: How to Build a Backyard Pond and Fountain in One Weekend

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Clean and Fill Bird Feeders

Winter can be hard going for birds in terms of finding food to eat. Be sure to refill your bird feeders now and make them fall ready. This will keep our feathered friends happy and fed for the winter. If you don't have a bird feeder or house, creating one is a great indoor project over winter.

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Plant Bulbs

A colorful garden in the spring requires fall ready planting. Plant early flowering plants in September where they can still take advantage of fall rains. Follow depth directions to avoid frost damage over the winter. Plus: The Frugal Gardener: 10 Ways to Save Money in the Home Garden

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Repair Cracks

Fluctuating temperature levels and moisture can wreak havoc on your driveway, sidewalks and steps. Take time to fall ready your steps by repairing cracks and holes now before a minor problem becomes a major issue.

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Store Outdoor Furniture

Often overlooked but essential to keeping your outdoor living space in tip-top shape is cleaning and storing your garden furniture out of the elements. Fall is also a perfect time to clean up any rust, repaint or repair your garden furniture so it looks great when you uncover it in the spring.

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Practice Pest Control

You're not the only one who wants to be warm and cozy. Cooler weather encourages all sorts of insects and pests indoors and they will take any open path they can find. Take some time this fall to inspect any areas where pests can find their way indoors and put a stop to their attempts. Check out our fall ready pest-prevention guide for all the details.

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Get Your Gutters Ready

Make sure your home is ready to deal with the rain and snow that comes as the seasons change. Walk around your home and check for loose gutters, broken pieces and detached downspouts and make the necessary repairs. Ensure your gutters are clear of leaves and other debris and that your downspouts are directing water away from your foundation. Plus: Pumpkin spice deodorant? Yep, they've taken it too far! Check out these other outrageous pumpkin spice products available today.

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Check Exterior Caulking and Weatherstripping

Fall is the perfect time to make sure your house is properly caulked and your weatherstripping is in good shape. Inspect around windows, doors and anywhere else two materials meet to make sure the caulk is in good shape. Check weatherstripping around doors and replace if it's broken or missing – it's super easy to do.

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Give Your Roof a Once-Over

No one wants to be fixing a roof in the dead of winter. Give it a once-over to make sure there aren't any signs of trouble. Pay attention to broken or missing shingles, missing flashing and any discoloration.

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Install Frost-Proof Outdoor Faucets

Install Frost-Proof Outdoor Faucets

New outdoor faucets are frost-proof and also prevent unsanitary water from contaminating your water system. Installing a new outdoor faucet takes just a few hours and will give you peace of mind all winter long. These other fall to-dos are a little less work and a lot more fun.

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Winterize Your Sprinkler System

You don't have to pay someone to blow out your sprinkler system. You can do it with your own compressor, but be aware that even the largest home compressor isn't powerful enough to blow out the entire system at once. If you like number crunching and you have the original irrigation layout showing the gallons per minute (gpm) of each sprinkler head, divide the gpm of each zone by 7.5. That'll give you the cubic feet per minute (cfm) you need to blow it out. Otherwise, rent a 10-cfm compressor and hose from a tool rental center. Set the compressor air pressure regulator to a maximum of 80 psi for rigid PVC pipe systems, or 50 psi for flexible black polyethylene pipe. Then turn off the water supply and set the system timer to open just one zone. Next, open the manual drain valve at the end of that zone (if equipped). Then, connect the air line to the blow-out port, as shown. Close off both valves on the backflow preventer. Then remove the plug on the blow-out port and screw in a quick-connect hose adapter. Snap on the air hose and connect the other end to the compressor. Now blow out the line. The heads should pop up and spit out water. Disconnect the hose as soon as they run dry. Don't overdo the blow-out—without water cooling the plastic gears, they can melt in less than a minute. Move on to the next zone and allow the heads to cool. Then go back and blow out each zone a second time.

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Drain Garden Hoses or Waste Money on ReplacementsFamily Handyman

Drain Garden Hoses or Waste Money on Replacements

Due to circumstances (laziness), I sometimes neglect to drain garden hoses before putting them away for the winter. Usually it's not a problem. But every once in a while, freezing water splits a hose open. I've lost a few cheap hoses this way and a super-expensive one (ouch!). That's just dumb because draining hoses is so quick and easy: Blast out the water with an air compressor or stretch them out on a sloped yard or driveway. If you need to buy a new garden hose, learn how to do a simple test, right in the store, to see if the hose will be kink-free! Gary Wentz, Editor-in-Chief

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Drain Mechanical Sprinklers or Buy a New One in the Spring

I bought one of those sprinklers that looks like a little tractor. It's designed to follow the path of the hose on the ground. It was expensive, but it worked perfectly for my irregular-shaped yard; that is, until it spent the winter in my unheated garage. The residual water froze and destroyed the gears inside. The following spring, all it did was dribble water and make a clicking sound. I should have drained it before storing it. Just to be safe, I'll keep the new one on a shelf in the basement. If you'd like to find out how to save time and money on lawn watering, check out these 11 clever tips. — editor Ken Collier

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Change Your Furnace Filter

Changing your furnace filter is one of the easiest things you can do to keep your furnace in good shape. If you haven't changed it in a while, make sure you have a fresh one before your turn your furnace on for the first time.

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Check Your Chimney or Risk a Fire

Creosote buildup causes chimney fires. You should have your chimney professionally inspected or cleaned after every 70 fires. If you burn wet wood (which you shouldn't), have it inspected or cleaned every 50 fires. Don't remember the last time you had it cleaned by a pro? A quick way to tell if your chimney needs cleaning is to run the point of your fireplace poker along the inside of your chimney liner. If you find a 1/8-in. layer (or more) of buildup, call a chimney sweep. For additional expert chimney maintenance advice, check out what two certified professional chimney sweeps have to say.

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Stop Airflow Up the Chimney

Stop Airflow Up the Chimney

Fireplace chimneys can be very inefficient, letting your warm inside air disappear like smoke up a chimney. If you have airtight glass doors that seal the opening, you're in good shape. (The doors are available at fireplace retailers and home centers.) If not, a special balloon or chimney-top damper will get the job done. For fireplace chimneys that are seldom or never used, inflate a Chimney Balloon inside the chimney to stop the air leaks. Buy it directly from the company . Partially inflate the balloon by mouth or with a pump, then stick it into the chimney and blow it up the rest of the way. Putting in and taking out the reusable balloon can be messy (here's when to clean a chimney flue), so you don't want to hassle with chimney balloons if you regularly use your fireplace. But that doesn't mean you have to settle for energy loss. Instead, you can install a chimney-top damper system, like the Chim-a-lator, which seals the top of the flue when the chimney's not in use. A lever in the fireplace controls the damper via a long cable. Installation involves attaching the damper and screened-in cap to the chimney top, then mounting the lever in the fireplace. If you don't feel comfortable working on the roof, hire a chimney sweep or mason, who can install the system for you.

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Deep Clean Rugs and Carpeting

Deep Clean Rugs and Carpeting

Take advantage of one of those beautiful fall afternoons to give your rugs a deep clean. Take area rugs outside and give them a good shake (or a good whack), then give them a thorough vacuum with your shop vac. Don't forget our interior carpets—you can rent a carpet cleaner and give your carpet a deep clean before you start hosting holiday gatherings.

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Get Your Snowblower Ready for Service

You'll want to be sure your snowblower starts before the first big snowfall. Take some time to get your snowblower running and in good order so it'll be spitting snow as soon as it hits the ground.

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Stockpile Firewood

Stockpile Firewood

Whether you have a source of wood on your property or need to purchase a cord or two, fall is a great time to spend cutting and chopping wood to burn in your fireplace all winter long. And if you're using a chain saw, make sure to brush up on your safety knowledge before you hit the forest.

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Store Summer Toys

Store Summer Toys

Putting away big items such as bicycles, balls and hoops is a good way to start your fall garage preparation. Here are eight excellent bicycle storage ideas to help get you started.

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Rotate Storage

Take some time this fall to rotate your bins and other storage for easy access throughout the season. Move summer items to the back and pull forward any Halloween or winter holiday items. If you store winter sports gear in the garage, pull those bins to the front for easy access. Plus: Garage storage tips to maximize every inch of your garage

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Garage Door Maintenance

It's important to make sure your garage door is reliable all year. Spend some time this fall to maintain and repair your garage door to avoid any problems later. Follow our step-by-step guide to garage door maintenance to get the job done in no time.

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Install Weather Stripping

Install Weather Stripping

If you have a door to your home in your garage, fall is the time to install or replace weather stripping to keep the heat in, and the elements out. Here's how.

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Insulate

If you use your garage as a workshop or storage all year round, you may want to consider insulating your garage door for maximum heat retention. Follow our guide which tells you exactly how to properly insulate your garage door, here.

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Preserve Lawn Supplies

Lawn products like seed and fertilizer soak up moisture in damp garages. To keep them fresh, store them in giant zip-top bags (available at discount stores). Learn how to grow a lush lawn here.

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Switch to Warmer Bedding and Clothes

Switch to Warmer Bedding and Clothes

Bring out your seasonal bedding and clothing and pack up your summer wear for next season. Remember to keep your clothing somewhere safe from outdoor pests and extreme temperatures. It's a good idea to do this early so you have a chance to wash and freshen winter items before using them.

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Insulate Pipes to get Your Home Ready for the ColdFamily Handyman

Insulate Pipes to get Your Home Ready for the Cold

When temperatures drop below freezing, standing water in your pipes can start to freeze. This can ruin valves and even crack brittle pipes, leading to leaks and water damage. If your pipes aren't protected or you have installed new plumbing, you can get your home ready for the cold by insulating your pipes. This can be done with simple foam sleeves.

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Inspect Your Screens and Windows

Fall is the perfect time to throw open windows and let fresh, cool air inside before the days get too chilly. But you should check your screens first to make sure they are aren't warped or bent. Large spaces encourage curious insects to enter your home. This is also a good time to check your window weatherstripping to make sure the felt is intact and not letting any drafts through.

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Prepare Your Entryway for Muddy FeetFamily Handyman

Prepare Your Entryway for Muddy Feet

Is your entryway and home ready to deal with the dirt and moisture that fall and winter bring? Make sure there are places to store dirty clothes or equipment and ways to take care of muddy shoes or boots. Keep that dirt away from your floors by making sure it never enters the house. Plus: 15 Tips For An Organized Mudroom

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Protect the A/C Compressor or Risk Damage From a Falling IcicleFamily Handyman

Protect the A/C Compressor or Risk Damage From a Falling Icicle

There's no reason to wrap your entire air conditioner for the winter, and many manufacturers advise against it because it can invite rodents and cause condensation, which can lead to early corrosion. But it's not a bad idea to set a piece of plywood on top of the unit to protect it from falling icicles. And see our maintenance guide to learn how to clean your air conditioners in the spring.

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Clean Weep HolesThe Family Handyman

Clean Weep Holes

Weep holes may be the tiniest feature of many sliding windows and vinyl replacement windows, but they serve a big function. The little holes, located on the exterior bottom of the frame, are an outlet for rainwater to drain away from the home, but they often can become clogged up with debris. To make sure they're working properly, spray the outside of the window with a garden hose – a steady stream of clean water should exit from the holes. If it doesn't, use a wire hanger or compressed air to force the blockage out. Re-test with fresh water to ensure they're completely cleaned. While you're at it, do these 10 more vital home maintenance tasks you'll regret if you forget.

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Candy Corn Wreath

This fall wreath uses the classic Halloween candy in a brand new way. So simply hot-glue the candy on a wreath form in this orderly brick pattern or, if you prefer, in a quirky random pattern.

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Burn Brush

Fall is usually a good time to take care of that build up of brush around the yard. Plus, the smoky smell is pretty pleasant.