Home and garden
There’s a good case to be made for galley kitchens: They allow you to work without the obstruction of an island or table. They also keep the work area smaller, which means less walking from one appliance to another or to the sink. And galleys are great for smaller homes or apartments because they take up less room than an eat-in kitchen.
Deck construction is serious business, and you need to make sure everything is done correctly.
These trinkets are well-loved, even if – in some cases – only the memory of them remains.
Pantone’s new Color of the Year is Living Coral. Orange? Not really. Living Coral is updated and fresh, not orange, not peach, but instead, according to the celebrated Pantone Institute, the color of a vibrant sunset.
Q. I need your advice. My clothes dryer stopped getting my clothes dry. The problem was traced to the vent line being squished behind the dryer. I was also told the flexible plastic pipe was inferior. Can you share your magic way of connecting clothes dryers to vent pipes so they’re trouble free? – Valerie S., Mesquite, Texas A. When your clothes dryer is taking longer and longer to dry clothes, it’s often a sign of a clogged vent pipe, a clogged lint filter or a lint-clogged vent flapper.
It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but between hosting holiday festivities, shopping for presents and working full time, it can feel like the most stressful.
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause health issues. The gas is generated by the decomposition of uranium, a natural element. Some types of bedrock contain more uranium than others. The radon gas works its way out of the rock, up into the soil and into groundwater. It’s constantly clawing its way to the atmosphere.
Q. My roof is leaking, and my last attempt to get it repaired was fruitless. It rained again and water still came in. Where do most roof leaks happen? Is it OK to use caulk or black roofing cement to do a roof repair? I just need you to help get me up to speed so I can talk with a roofing contractor. –Geri G., Sea Girt, New Jersey A. Based on my 40-plus years of clambering around on roofs, I’d estimate that more than 90 percent of roof leaks happen at flashings.
Does your favorite holiday ornament have a story to tell?
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, decorating mishaps send nearly 15,000 people to the emergency room each year.
Consider mirrors as an affordable alternative to traditional artwork. Mirrors are typically lower priced wall decor.
Yesterday I did a 30-minute phone consultation with a gentleman who lives in New Jersey. It was a grim call because he was thinking about suing his builder. I started helping this man over a year ago as he started to build his dream home. Unfortunately, he signed a contract with a dishonest builder and didn’t discover it until it was too late.
The Spokesman-Review is seeking stories about treasured holiday ornaments.
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