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    Re: Small Town Pennsylvania House

    I'd agree with the first responder. The roof alone gives it away as "Dutch Colonial" but "revival" really says it, given its size, and obviously later construction.

    It's beautiful! Why not turn...
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    Re: What style is my plain old house?

    Since there was no military base there, but there WERE citrus groves and workers who needed housing, I'd say it's a "Shotgun house", based on the ones known across the South.

    Here's a link to a...
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    Re: What in Tarnation is this House?

    Yep, it's a Foursquare. But it's one that's been altered quite a bit, with the stucco and arches on the porch. Also, the small bay window on the second floor (a common feature) looks like the roof...
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    Re: What is the style of this house, please?

    It's not any ONE style, actually. In the early 90's, builders came up with various styles for mass-produced houses in new neighborhoods. Your is in a desert area, I gather? The style incorporates...
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    Re: This OLD house...what is it?

    This is definitely an Italianate (I live in one). The Foursquare did borrow heavily from the above style, but was mass-produced, often by large companies like Sears Roebuck and shipped by rail out...
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    Re: Strang white fungus, plant?

    I think I found your culprit. It LOOKS like this "California fungus": "Xylaria hypoxylon (L.: Fries) Grev.
    Flora Edinensis 1: 355. 1824.

    Common Name: Candlesnuff Fungus

    I just did an image...
  7. Re: Blown-in or batts un-insulated 1880's house

    Batts are cumbersome and can either come loose or compact, in a weird space like the one you describe, thus losing their insulating ability. Also, fiberglass batting is irritating and is possibly a...
  8. Rose of Sharon cuttings - when to plant?

    I successfully rooted a few cuttings from a mature Rose of Sharon. They've been in pots for 2 seasons, since I'm leery of putting them out where squirrels, groundhogs and pests like cutworms and...
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    Re: smelly water in my rain barrel

    The ****fish seems like a good idea, unless they're for watering veggies. Many fish carry parasites, like flukes and tapeworms. We stopped using them in our aquarium (feeder fish) as we never knew if...
  10. Re: How can I take my beloved apple tree with me when I move?

    Even if you DO successfully root a cutting, it'll be years before you get a decent tree. I'd try moving it, if you can afford it. More & more people are doing this now, especially with antique or...
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    Re: What kind of shrub to use?

    In addition to finding out what your planting zone, soil pH, sun and other factors are, you should try to vary the shapes and sizes of the shrubs. Rose of Sharon is a great shrub that flowers in...
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    Re: Garden bench

    I've heard of people using marine varnish (the stuff you'd put on wooden boats, or anything wood that's near water), on outdoor wooden counters or benches, etc.

    Sand it well, let it dry out and...
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    Re: cistern (Antebellum) pool?

    This is so COOL! :) We have a house dating back to at least 1877, with what was called an "Old pool" in the side yard. Like yours, it sinks every year, but we think it was really just a trash pit,...
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    Re: Landscaping plants

    I didn't see any replies! What did they say? I was going to guess OVERwatering, or a fungus caused by it. Another guess was the wrong soil pH, but that would cause more yellowing of leaves.
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    Re: Split Tree

    Sounds like some kind of maple tree, judging by the seeds. I'm not an expert, but my dad was a real tree lover (forestry major at UMass/Amherst). So, I hate seeing any tree get dumped. Still, a split...
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