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    Re: pee stains on lawn from dog (fix)

    We had same issue with yellow grass after we got our dog. We feed our dog "Lawn Aids" which changes the ph of her urine. It has helped eliminate the yellow grass spots around the lawn. And we've...
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    Electronic rodent repellers

    I've been thinking of trying those electronic mouse repelling devices in my vacation home. After being almost over run with mice a few years ago we put out mouse poison which did the trick. But I'd...
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    Humidity in closets & cabinets

    We have problem with humidity in the closets in our vacation cottage. It is only used periodically by us so we don't run the A/C or have a dehumidifier running while we are not there. The rooms in...
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    Re: soil level around septic tank cover

    Our septic tank has only a few inches of soil above it with grass. The septic pumper guy digs out the lid each time. He clears a big space. He doesn't rebury it so we have to do it. We always make...
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    Re: Adding a deck outside enclosed porch

    Okay - have decided on the decking (mahogany - matches the flooring on enclosed porch). I realize that I will have to maintain this deck but I like to go barefoot and don't want to deal with hot...
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    Re: Adding a deck outside enclosed porch

    For houses in my area the other departments that have to approve a building permit are: zoning, conservation and health. My house has a septic system and Health dept want to make sure that deck...
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    Re: taming mint plant

    GTK, I'll just leave it. We don't water our lawn in the summer so that may take care of the mint growing on the lawn. The cutout tends to be wet so the mint is probably there to stay. But like I said...
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    taming mint plant

    A couple of years ago in the fall I planted a mint plant (catnip maybe) on the slope in the very back of my yard. My back yard slopes down into a wooded area. We have lots of bugs and the mint was a...
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    Re: Adding a deck outside enclosed porch

    "First, check if you need to pull a permit"

    I have to laugh at this because my town requires a permit for almost everything. I checked with building inspector to find out what is needed. I have to...
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    Adding a deck outside enclosed porch

    We enclosed our screen porch a few years ago. The porch is @ 7' off the ground. Now we want to install a small deck off the porch. We would be removing the current stairs from the porch and be...
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    Cleaning attic soffits

    We have loose insulation in the attic. I suspect that our attic soffits are at least partially blocked. I've read on the internet that we can clean the soffits from outside by blowing in air to clean...
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    Re-glaze tub and tile

    Planning remodel of very small bathroom. Even if I gut the bathroom the layout will stay basically the same as it is because the space is so small. Bathroom is old but relatively in good shape so has...
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    Faster way to drain hot water heater?

    We shut down our summer cottage each fall. Last thing that we do is drain the pipes and hot water heater. We go thru the same steps every year. Some years it's a bit quicker than others. But it does...
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    Re: Pipes Freeze in Winter

    We have an unheated basement - all electric house so no furnace - and temps can really drop. Previous homeowner wrapped basement pipes with insulation and heating wire with additional insulation on...
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    Bathroom countertops & heating choices

    Going to be gutting 3/4 bath and refreshing 1/2 bath. Starting to research my options. One thing that I'm trying to decide is what to use on the countertops. Want something basically maintenance free...
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    Re: Recoloring Grout?

    I think that they actually sell grout color pens. Years ago a contractor used white grout instead of the gray grout I had bought for my bathroom floor. He went out and bought a pen like thing then...
  17. Refinish wood floors - oil or water based polyurethane?

    Will be refinishing hard wood floors. Separating into 2 projects (1st floor/2nd floor) so we can live in the house (got pets - so no choice) while we refinish the floors. Debating between oil or...
  18. Thread: Moss on roof

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    Moss on roof

    Went to home show over the weekend hoping to view some bathroom fixtures but all I got was contractors selling their services. One of them was for clearing moss and mold off roof. My roof does have...
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    Dishwasher trays - plastic missing in spots

    We have a few spots on our dishwasher trays where the plastic coating has worn away and the area is beginning to rust. The dishwasher is @ 10 yrs old but it's had a few problem spots for several...
  20. Re: Ice in Bottom of Freezer - Even after Repairs!

    Had same issue - think that ours was an Amana model. We first noticed it when the refrigerator compartment wasn't as cold as it should be. We actually didn't have too much frost in the freezer itself...
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    Hinge on storm door

    We have aluminum storm door on our 3 season porch. It has full glass panel which we keep in all the time since this is the only door from the outside to the porch. We've had a bit of trouble with the...
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    Refinish or replace - wood floors

    Have noticed in last 6 months or so that oak floors (installed in early 70's) have been losing what's left of finish and are looking gray. This is happening in both low and high traffic areas. Even...
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    Converting upright piano into cabinet

    I have a beautiful tiger wood upright piano that is hopelessly out of tune. No one plays piano (once upon a time we had hopes of playing) so we would like to make something more useful out of it. My...
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    Re: Preventing damage from lightning strikes

    I'll look for the phone wire surge protectors. I have a 2 line business phone which is connected to a copper telephone line. It got fried by both lightning strikes even with an electrical surge...
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    Re: Preventing damage from lightning strikes

    Talked with electricians @ the whole house surge protector. One told me that it is better than the individual surge protectors but nothing is guaranteed if there is a lightning strike. The surge...
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