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    Re: drywall repair after wallpaper removal

    Rich, we just finished redoing this in our master bedroom. It had 40 years of wallpaper on the walls, about 5 layers thick, with lots of cracks and peeling sections. What an eyesore. So we did it...
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    Re: thoroseal or drylock

    Sounds exactly like a problem that we had, but no longer. For years, heavy rains caused a wet basement, as the cracks along the wall (where the floor meets the wall) allowed in seepage of water....
  3. Thread: lawn care help

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    Re: lawn care help

    glurf, that's a really big question! It took me 10 years to finally get the gorgeous lawn we always wanted. Get a good manual on lawn care and read about the basics. Weed control is really easy. The...
  4. Thread: Zoysia Grass???

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    Re: Zoysia Grass???

    In the Northeast, zoysia grass is considered an intrusive weed. It was planted by my neighbor many years ago, and it has been invading our beautiful Kentucky bluegrass/perennial ryegrass lawn. It...
  5. Thread: Ants

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    Re: Ants

    We live in NY and had carpenter [large black] ants in and around our house. The professionals came and sprayed, but that was both expensive and useless. Then I bought some ant dust made by Bonide....
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    Re: Poison Ivy - Round Up at hard frost?

    Hoff, just one more bit of advice from someone who is fiercely PI-sensitive: clean up any exposed skin IMMEDIATELY with 90% alcohol, not rubbing alcohol (there are 2 kinds in the store). It dissolves...
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    Re: strange kind of grass growing in my lawn

    Dave, this has been an ugly season in the Northeast. Too much rain in the spring, then hot, dry weather for long spells. We have similar patches. September is great for rebuilding a lawn,...
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    Re: Need LOTS of help

    V9, you certainly have a huge challenge. Shade and dogs are not very conducive to a lush green lawn, getting rid of the weeds is not that difficult- just apply Scotts Plus-2 at the proper time for...
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    Re: Paint for laminate cabinets

    We just finished a bathroom that had shiny laminate doors. Sherwin Williams has several excellent latex primers- we used Pro Block. It covered completely and left a great flat finish. Two coats of...
  10. Thread: Finish Too Shiny

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    Re: Finish Too Shiny

    Hi Jenny, I think that if you had your chairs done by someone, it would be a fair amount of work to dull the finish with steel wool or other abrasive, as the chairs may have detail that is not easy...
  11. Re: water wont drain from dishwasher even after replacing w/new dishwasher & disposal

    or... your water pipe (into which the output drains) may be clogged, possibly requiring a roto cleaning.
  12. Thread: Wallpaper Prep

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    Re: Wallpaper Prep

    Interesting that you should ask, since I just yesterday finished doing the very same job in our bedroom. OK, the paper is off. Now be sure that the backing is also off. It's the paper behind the...
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    Re: How to clean holes under rim

    Agree with earlier responder... get a new toilet. The new ones are low-volume gravity flushes that can save LOTS of water each year, and can be installed by a plumber in about an hour. We had 2 new...
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    Re: Loose Door Handle

    Erik, this handle looks pretty old. The house looks nice, so if this were my place, I'd bring the handle to the local store and find a matching replacement. It won't cost more than a few dollars and...
  15. Thread: Lights Out?

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    Re: Lights Out?

    Sounds like loose wires somewhere. Our 70 year-old house has weird wiring, in that several rooms are on the same line. I notice that when one plug is disconnected, we lose the next one also, which...
  16. Thread: Lawn seeding

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    Re: Lawn seeding

    Robert, if you have an established lawn, starting over is quite drastic and usually unnecessary. In the fall (best time) or in the spring, over-seed your lawn, fertilize it and water until it is...
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    Re: Help with Soft Soil !!

    ***, that's strange. I wonder if you have a hole from the construction. I doubt that any grass will fill in the softness. I would probe the area and see how far down the softness goes.If it's just a...
  18. Thread: seeding the lawn

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    Re: seeding the lawn

    It might, but why bother? In the northeast, you can overseed in April and have a good growth in 30 days. Although the very best time to seed is in the fall. After power-raking our lawn last year to...
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    Re: Lawn de-thatching

    It depends. If your surface is compacted, or has a thatch layer on the surface, aerating it or de-thatching it with a power rake is a good idea. You could ask your lawn service to do it first, or you...
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    Re: Brick Lawn Border

    If the soil is reasonably loose, I would dig down about 3 inches, then apply about an inch of sand. Use builder's sand or sandbox sand, so as to avoid a product with any salt in it (like from a...
  21. Thread: Mulch & Termites

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    Re: Mulch & Termites

    Agree that you don't want to attract bugs, of any kind. If this were my yard, I'd put on goggles, take my weed-wacker and spend a few days cutting back the ivy as best I could near the roots. It's a...
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