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On Father’s Day, Actions Speak Louder Than Ties

How to thank the guy who taught you to wield a putty knife, and to shut the door and quit heating/cooling the outside — for crying out loud!

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A happy dad inside his clean garage

A clean and organized garage is a Father's Day gift any dad can appreciate. Image: Darkcloud/iStockphoto

You could buy him something. But how many World’s Greatest Dad mugs and barbecue mitts does a guy need?

Instead, spend a little time. Do some chore that Dad would otherwise do. Finish a project he hasn’t had time to complete.

You’ll save money — now that will make Dad happy — and show your father how much you care. Here are some ideas:

  • Hose off and hang up the hammock that’s still sitting in the basement. Scrub stubborn stains with a vinegar spritz.
  • Dig up that weed tree that’s popped up between the hydrangeas.
  • Clean gutters clogged with tree blossoms and other spring debris.
  • Power wash and reseal the deck.
  • Shine up the gas grill. A little baking soda will help get rid of burned-on chunkies.
  • Clean out the garage — at least sweep it.
  • Change the toilet flapper.
  • Lay sod on lawn bare spots.
  • Spackle, sand, and paint dents and holes in the walls.
  • Hang up that picture of the grandchildren.

What’s the best Father’s Day gift you ever gave to your Dad? Received from your child?

lisa-kaplan-gordon Lisa Kaplan Gordon

is an avid gardener, a member of the Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, and a builder of luxury homes in McLean, Va. She’s been a Homes editor for Gannett News Service and has reviewed home improvement products for AOL. Follow Lisa on Google+.

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