Hi Robert, We enjoy reading your very informative column. In 2006 we hired a local, reputable and licensed contractor for a major remodel of our home. Interior work included the addition of electrical outlets, wiring for ceiling fans, installation of an electric whirlpool bathtub (in a bathroom previously containing only a shower unit), removal of a non-load-bearing interior wall and installation of new doors and windows throughout. Outside, electrical light fixtures were installed onto our ...
Pssst. Hey buddy, Come close, listen up and keep this to yourself. I've found the secret to water conservation in the yard. It's simple.
Whether used indoors or outdoors, stone adds warmth and character that no other building material can deliver. Once, only the very wealthy could afford homes graced by the sophistication of stone. But with today's manufactured stone veneer products, stone's exquisite looks are within the reach of a wide range of homeowners.
Fresh flowers have the power to lift our spirits. Even a tiny vase of pansies can dress up a windowsill. To get the most life out of our cut flowers, it's important to cut them at the right time and treat them with care. Here are some tips for prolonging the life of your flowers.
If you've ever found yourself days-deep and dollars-down into a home improvement project, only to discover that you overlooked something very important and you NOW have to call in an expert to bail you out - then you can appreciate those unusual souls who get help from experts BEFORE they dive in. It's sort of like reading the math chapter before you attempt the problems at the end of the chapter - a bit of a no-brainer.
Hello Mr. Lamoureux, We live in an HOA and our water pressure is very low. We had a plumber come out and he said that, "The city is bringing it in at 55 pounds of pressure which should be fine." I don't know if this is high or low, but our shower pressure, especially upstairs is very, very low. He also said some people take off the prv and this would help with the pressure. ...
Check your watch. Depending on what time you are reading this, you might have to put down your coffee and dash out your door. Don't even bother to fix your bed-hair, and no one will care if you forget your socks.
Hi Robert, I hope you can help answer some questions I have about water heaters. My water heater sprung a leak about a month ago, so we had it replaced. The plumbing company put in a new Bradford White unit model # U45036FRN Ultra Low Nox series 50-gallon 40,000 BTU's. I had a unit before - also a 50-gallon. The problem I have with this new unit is after two people in our house take ...
Today, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Castaic Lake Water Agency, 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road (above Central Park) (Note: The CLWA Open House runs concurrently with the Smart Gardening Workshop.) The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Environmental Programs Division sponsors the Smart Gardening Program. Smart Gardening Workshops cover all of the Smart Gardening program components in a presentation of approximately two hours in length. Each component provides residents with tools and techniques necessary to ...
Located on the hill above Central Park, the Castaic Lake Water Agency's Conservatory Garden and Learning Center is a community project put on by CLWA in an effort to increase water awareness in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Robert, I want to replace an electric range with gas but have to have a gas line installed. I have estimates from two plumbers. One would run the line from the garage where the main line enters from the meter, the other would T-off the one inch line from the furnace, which is in the house. I have been told T-ing off from furnace would cut down gas flow. Also, I have called the gas ...
If you caught my "When plants attack!" column in Escape yesterday, you know I am not a big fan of yard work - especially in the spring, when every plant in the yard seems to be growing at warp speed. At this time of year, maintaining my yard can blow half of each weekend, not to mention the damage it does to my health, sanity and social schedule.
Stephanie Correnti was busy squashing aphids with her fingers when we stopped by to view her roses. "I get them one at a time," she said, and added that she was trying to protect the environment and her dogs by avoiding the use of pesticides.
They say talking to your house plants is good for them. Maybe that works in your vegetable garden as well. And, why not take it even further? Maybe you could try being a garden cheerleader:
Hi Robert, This is the first time I've written to you and I need help! I think I have a problem with my pool. The return jets on the pool are emitting hardly any water; the pressure is very low and my equipment is working very hard to keep up; the psi is always at 45 and it works loudly. This has not always been the case. Last summer, I replaced the entire skimmer, cleaned ...
When a home smells good, it makes a favorable impression on visitors. This is exactly what home sellers want when they put their house on the market.
Key indicators point to conditions for a seller's real estate market this spring.
Spring home improvement season is on the way, and if you're like most homeowners you have a list of jobs you want to accomplish.
It's time to think spring, which means fresh home updates. Spring home improvement projects will help you update your home, add comfort and save more of your hard-earned paycheck.
It's cold out there. In much of the country, now's the time when home serves as a cozy refuge from the ice and snow. We light our fireplaces and wish for springtime.
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