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    Welcome to Reilly Painting and Contracting, "The Home Mechanics," and Reilly Properties. We are your Cleveland home contractors who specialize in major home design projects and remodels, and minor home repairs. We also provide house rentals throughout Cleveland, Ohio.

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    "Just a quick follow-up note on the work your crews did at my house over the last couple of weeks. In short; the porch railing, painting and tuck pointing was done professionally and looks great. More important, the crews that were out were customer service oriented, thoughtful, friendly and always let me know what was going on. I would not hesitate to recommend Reilly Painting."

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  • How to Choose The Perfect Live Christmas Tree

    Before you go to your local tree lot, follow these 3 simple tips to get the best tree possible.  First be sure to measure the ceiling of the room that you want to display your tree in as well as the stand that you will be putting your tree in, don't forget to bring a tap measure with you to check potential trees!  Second when you are choosing a tree run your hands along the needles and give the tree a shake,  you want the needles to be pliable and for very few to fall off . This indicates you have a fresh healthy tree. Finally make sure  the base of the tree is cut straight and is at least six inches long.


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    Keeping Trees Fresh
    Here’s how to maintain your tree’s fragrance and prevent mass needle fallout:

    1. When you buy your tree, have an inch cut off the base to make it easier for the tree to take in water. (Be sure the cut is straight so the tree will stand up properly.)

    2. If you don’t plan to put the tree up right away, place it in a bucket of warm water and stand it in an unheated garage or porch away from the wind and cold.

    3. When you bring your tree inside, use a stand that holds at least one gallon of water.

    4. Keep your tree well watered. Water prevents the needles from drying and dropping off and maintains the fragrance. Trees may use several quarts a day, so check the water level in the stand every few hours.

    5. Never let the water level fall below the base of the tree or the cut end may seal over, preventing further water intake.

    6. Don’t add anything to the water. Though some people swear that throwing in such extras as aspirin, soda water, bleach, salt, sugar, or Karo syrup keeps trees fresher longer, the experts say plain water, and plenty of it, is best.

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