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    sump pump dilemma

    Hey Everyone,

    When the previous owners had the house built they installed a sump pump system which is very necessary, but its not working as it should. After much self investigation I believe...
  2. Re: Want to be featured on thisoldhouse.com? Tell us your best holiday home memory!

    My Mom and Dad where the best Santa(s)!

    We grew up with very little, (six people in two bedrooms) but Christmas was always the best. My three sisters and I were sent to bed early on Christmas...
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    Re: Tilling shower ceiling

    I showed your responses to my husband and he finally has agreed to my idea, thanks for your input.:)
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    Re: Old grout stuck on my tub!

    Well my sister experienced the same exact situation in her home, her solution was to use, with a light touch, a very sharp, single edge razor. There were a few scratches left behind, but these were...
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    Tilling shower ceiling

    Hey Everyone,

    The shower in one of our bathrooms is a fiberglass triangle insert that runs about 5 1/2 feet tall, the problem is the sloping drywall above the insert has suffered water damage due...
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    Re: Treated lumber stain/protectant

    I agree whole heartedly, you have to wait till the wood acclimates to your environment. Most teated lumber you'll buy is fairly green that is why it is recommended that you let the wood "season" for...
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    Re: What deck to choose

    I researched a lot of choices before we put our deck in and we chose ipa. The wood is wonderful, it stays smooth and doesn't splinter. The cost though expensive, wasn't that much more than the...
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    refinishing eucalyptus outdoor furniture

    Hey there,

    I bought a eucalyptus outdoor table last year and now it needs to be refinished. I sanded and tested a transparent penetrating oil on the under side of the table, and the color is...
  9. Re: Be in TOH’s Cheapskate Hall of Fame 2009

    When we replaced our old laminated kitchen counter top and back splash, I repurposed the back splash to make a free standing storage for our CDs. I also used pieces of left over copper tubing for...
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    Help! Privacy needed

    We live in the country and have neighbors and their teenage sons that camp by their pond that abutts our property. They must have 30+ acres but choose to camp right were we can see and hear them and...
  11. Re: What is the best insulation product to deter bugs

    SUPERJ - The sill is above ground about a foot so there is no contact with dirt, the vinyl siding hangs over the the bottom so there's nothing exposed the the elements. I believe the cement slab is...
  12. Re: What is the best insulation product to deter bugs

    Love you guys

    I don't believe there is moisture problem (the base framing all looks dry), the little buggers climbed up to the second floor of the detached garage and made a home in the...
  13. What is the best insulation product to deter bugs

    I need to insulate our garage before setting up a work shop, at present there is no insulation so its all ready to go. I need to know what is the best insulation to use that would deter a possible...
  14. Thread: Who Honey?

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    Who Honey?

    Well since I am the "Honey" in our household, I guess I have to nag myself to get our garage together. For Christmas my Sweetie gave me a a supper router, a 12" double-bevel compound miter saw a...
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    Re: Foam Insulation vs carpenter ants???

    Ok now I know that spray insulation isn't the great solution I thought I would be, any ideas on what would be a good insulation? Is there stuff out there that evasive bugs don't like? Since the...
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    Re: Foam Insulation vs carpenter ants???

    Ed21,

    What's "yard guard", sounds like I need a barrel of the stuff.

    Normwantabe
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    mulch vs. carpenter ants

    Does anyone out there have any good advice for flower bed mulch other than wood chips? We live in the country and have a big problem with carpenter ants. We have an exterminator come ever year and...
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    Re: Foam Insulation vs carpenter ants???

    Oh My God, the hot tub, it never occurred to me that a hot tub would be heaven to those buggers. My husband will freak out if I even suggest a problem in/with his beloved hot tub, I will address...
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    Foam Insulation vs carpenter ants???

    I had to remove some insulation along the foundation wall in the basement to allow the exterminator to spray for carpenter ants (an annual event), now I need to replace it. I was considering using...
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    Cleaning stone fireplace

    Hello Everyone,

    When we bought our home, the floor to celling field stone fireplace had melted wax on it. I'm reluctant to melt it because I'm concerned that it will penetrate and change the...
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    Riddexplus any good?

    Has anyone use the advertised product riddexplus for bug/pest control? It sounds great but does it work?, would it mess up wireless phones/computers? Thanks for you help

    Normwantabe
  22. Thread: New Sod

    by normwantabe
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    New Sod

    We just laid new sod the other day and now I need to know the best watering program. We live in northeast pennsylvania and fall is just about to start. Should we keep the ground soggy or damp, is...
  23. Thread: Radon

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    Re: Radon

    johnnyb,

    If the previous owners have gone to the trouble of installing a radon filtration system it should take care of any problem. Radon is a gas that slowly seeps into the basement through the...
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    Re: ipa decking

    Trilemma,

    We live in the northeast and just put an ipe deck(facing south with sun exposure all day), Like you we used the hidden deck biskets to attach our deck boards. I liked the unfinished...
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    Poll: Re: Hiring A Gardener How Much To Pay?

    Since you have a small yard and a few flower beds I would recommend getting a flat rate. Your yard will need attending more often than you flowers so it shouldn't be very expensive. Weeding, as you...
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