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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Refreshing Idea

  Make a wonderful organic, refreshing citrus drink in minutes!
1 orange
1 lemon
1 lime
Some Mint Leaves (Marys suggestion)
Cut each of the above into 1/4 slices and remove seeds. Using a Mason jar, add the above and slightly crush them using the end of a utensil but do not pulverize. Add ice and fill container, then fill with fresh water and let stand for a few hours in the fridge, enjoy!!

If you add the juice to ice trays, you can make some wonderful ice cubes to go with your drinks and smoothies












Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Weed Trimmer not starting

Weed trimmers can be a pain to start at times, and when they start to get old, sometimes they need a little help to get some gas into the cylinder head. Some use starting fluid for this, but a small amount of gas can work as well

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Your weed trimmer

How often has this happen to you?

Weed trimmers can be a pain to start at times, and when they start to get old, sometimes they need a little help to get some gas into the cylinder head. Some use starting fluid for this, but a small amount of gas can work as well,

Friday, March 30, 2012

Pavers

Looking to give your property a durable driveway, a whimsical walkway, or a patio with pizazz? If you're reading this article, you're probably already on the right track. Concrete or brick paving stones can help any yard look its best. They're versatile, long-lasting, and you can customize your design to be as dramatic or as low-key as you want. They're even a cinch to install! Well, kind of. Installing pavers correctly requires patience, planning, and elbow grease, but you can do it and save yourself some money in the process.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Terrarium

What is a terrarium? It is a mini indoor garden that is contained inside a glass container. In the glass container are plants that require low maintenance, which makes it perfect for people who are on the go. You don't even need a green thumb.

There are a wide variety of plants that you can use in your terrarium. Also they look great sitting on a desk, or side table, or any space you have, that may be limited. A terrarium, brings the outdoors in.

  

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Make a rain garden

There are lots of ways you can reduce water pollution, but rain gardens may be the most beautiful of them. A rain garden is like a bowl or basin in your yard that captures rainwater from your roof, sidewalks, and driveways, and allows it to soak into the soil instead of polluting local watersheds as stormwater runoff. As an added bonus, since rain gardens are planted with an assortment of native plants, they make an attractive, low-maintenance addition to your yard.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Your new lawn

Planning a new lawn? If so it can take some careful planning. Knowing what to do is how you will create a successful lawn, one that you desire. Putting new seed to create that lawn is cheaper and less labor than using sod. Getting your soil checked will give you better info on what type of seed is best for you. Repairing any grades in your yard will also need tending to. Make sure to add amendments to your soil as well. You should always add a starter fertilizer before you seed. After applying the seed, rake to evenly spread the seed out.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Citrus Peels and Your Garden

Citrus peels can be used in myriad ways instead of simply tossing them out or composting them. In a household that consumes many oranges, lemons, grapefruit, tangelo, and other citrus, making use of the peels can save you money and produce some wonderful results.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Think about this

If you're already taking environmentally friendly steps at home, it's a natural extension to take similar measures at work, both to save energy and to create a healthier workspace environment. Making the environment more pleasant for yourself, more energy efficient, and more eco-friendly will increase your enjoyment of the workplace and lessen its impact on the environment as a whole.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Grease hard to get off your stove

It doesn't matter how careful we are, when we cook we can get grease on our stove tops. Untreated, this can be a nightmare when we go to clean it. You can scrap it off, but your going to end up with unsightly scratches. Removing it the gentlest way you can is the best way to go. You can try some tips I have:

Mix 2 tsp. of dish soap into 1 cup of warm water.


Dip a sponge into the soapy water. Wipe the sponge over the grease stain until the stain is saturated.

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    Allow the soap mix to sit on the stains for at least 15 minutes. Apply more soapy water as needed to keep the stains damp.

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    Sprinkle baking soda over the dampened grease spots and scrub the area with a damp sponge.

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    Dip a clean cloth in white vinegar. Rinse the area with that cloth to eliminate leftover soap and grease.





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    Thursday, February 02, 2012

    Vents for your Roof

    Roof vents are devices that allow the moisture in a house to escape, which prevents the growth of mold and mildew. Roof vents also help to keep wood rot, which is a form of fungal decay, from developing in the house. Roof vents are made of plastic or metal, and are also known as turbine vents. You can buy the materials needed to install a roof vent at a home improvement or hardware store.

    Wednesday, February 01, 2012

    Deer in the Yard

    If you live in the country or even by woods, you have deer in your yard. They are pretty aren't they. But to be hones they are very destructive, and they don't need to be in your yard or your garden. Lawnmowers, they are not, but they will eat everything but your grass, isn't that a kick.

    You can help keep them out with a few tricks. Like spreading hair in your garden. Get different hair from family members. The human scent will keep the deer away. Put some hair in a old stocking and hang it in the garden will also help to.

    Get your self some hot peppers and make a spray, this will help keep them away from plants.

    Also do some searching for plants that deer do not like and plant them as a border in your yard and your garden.

    Remember to, don't feed the deer, this will only make them and more come.
     

    Friday, January 27, 2012

    How to attach a garden hose to a facet

    It is convenient to attach a garden hose to a kitchen faucet when a large container needs to be filled with water, or when plants need to be watered. This is especially the case when an outdoor garden hose spigot is not available. Even when a garden spigot is available, hot water may be needed. Large containers may be too heavy to lift from the kitchen sink, and may not fit in the sink or under the faucet at all. Containers may also be unsanitary and pose a health risk if they come in contact with the kitchen sink or counter top. Garden hoses can be easily attached to kitchen faucets that have screw-on tips.


    Get a faucet adapter. This is a small adapter that screws onto the faucet and converts the end of the faucet into a male garden hose fitting.
    Unscrew the faucet tip. Take care not to drop pieces that are contained within the tip. A good idea is to put a towel in the sink to catch anything you may drop; the towel will prevent things from going down the drain. Screw on the faucet adapter. Make sure that it forms a good seal with the faucet, but there is no need to use tools to tighten it. Screw on the hose. The hose screws onto the faucet adapter. Make sure it is screwed on tightly enough so that it forms a watertight seal. Replace the faucet tip after using the hose. Remove the hose and faucet adapter, then screw the faucet tip back on relatively tightly so that it forms a good seal. Check for leaks. The faucet may leak from the replaced faucet tip. Use the leak-free faucet.

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    coyotes out of your yard

    Coyotes are very smart, opportunistic, and innovative animals; indeed, they're so smart that they've even learned to chase schoolchildren to get them to drop their lunch bags![1] As the numbers of coyotes increase, they're becoming more courageous and adaptive to our human-shaped environments and they're less easily intimidated. With brave coyotes starting to venture farther out of the forest and into rural areas and campsites, we have both a need and a responsibility to deter them from built environments or where humans are undertaking activities, in order to avoid harm to either humans or coyotes.

    Monday, January 23, 2012

    History of your home

    If walls could speak, oh, the stories your house would tell… If you own an older home, you’ve probably at some point wondered who slept in your bedroom long before you, when your plumbing was last updated, or, maybe, why that ghost keeps hiding your car keys. Want to get a glimpse into the secret past of your abode? Try these steps.



    Inspect your house closely. You can learn a lot just by looking. Check out how your house was built and what type of building materials were used. Examine the walls and moldings. Look for original materials, such as the bricks of the fireplace. Housing design has changed dramatically over the years, and you may be able to find some clues as to when your home was built, what substantial changes it has endured, and how well off the original inhabitants were. If you don't know how old the house is, try looking under the water tank lid on the toilet. Toilets are usually date-stamped under the lid, giving you a rough estimate of when the house was built, since the toilet would presumably have been installed shortly after it was manufactured. You can also get a good idea of how long it has been since a room was remodeled. Different styles of kitchen cabinets and appliances, for example, go in and out of vogue every few years.

    Talk to your neighbors. If you’re new to the neighborhood and want to find out about the recent history of your house, your longtime neighbors may be able to help. Plus, asking about your house and the neighborhood is a great way to break the ice.

    If you live in the United States, visit your local or county courthouse to look at the deed registry. The registry is usually found in the clerk and recorder’s office. Ask for the registry of deeds for your particular property. In the U.S. this information is indexed by a lot and block number in a city, and a section, township and range for rural property.

    Track down previous owners to find out what improvements were made. The owner information can also be accessed by tracing the deed history. Once you find out who the previous owners were, track them down by searching the Internet or using one of the many commercial people-locator's services available. Speaking with those who came before you may allow you to get a better image of the original house. Of course, this is easier said than done if the owners you’re looking for died a hundred years ago.

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

    Aluminum Foil Use Tips

    Aluminum foil, isn't just for baking any more. I want to share with you, some tips, for using aluminum foil.

    Did you ever reach for your brown sugar, after its been open, and it's as hard as a brick? Well here is how to make it soft once again. Take some aluminum foil, and place some of your brown sugar in it. Preheat your oven to 300 and cook the brown sugar for only five mins. And you will have soft brown sugar.

    Did you know you can also use aluminum foil for fabric softener. Yup, you can, just roll some aluminum foil up into a ball, toss it in the dryer, and your foil will be the new fabric softener you ran out of. It will attract all the static from your clothes.

    The aluminum foil will also help you improve your ironing board. Just remove your ironing board cover and place some aluminum foil at the top of the board. Then you will replace the cover. By doing this the foil will hold heat from your iron, and this will help you get a better press on your clothes, not only on top but on the bottom as well.

    Don't have a sharpener for your scissors, well get out the aluminum foil and let it do the job. Using several layers of aluminum foil will sharpen your scissors by cutting through the layers. This is a cheap and quick way to get the job done.

    Ah, grilled cheese, this can be messy. But not if using aluminum foil. Make your sandwich as you normally would. But after your done put it in aluminum foil and make a pouch. Then take and place in a cast iron pan and press on both sides, and you will have the perfect grill cheese.

    Friday, January 13, 2012

    Gypsum Board in Cold Weather


    If you are trying to finish any work in the cold weather on gypsum board, this can affect its performance. It can also affect the behavior of the board as well. 

    Using the right joint compound will help minimize this problem.

    Also make sure you are using the right ventilation system, it will help to generate the right conditions that affect your material.

    For more information please feel free to contact me.
     

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

    Furnace thermostat

    Your furnaace thermostat is what controls when and how your heat will produce. If you have a low voltage this type reduces the incoming line from 120 volts down to 12, this will depend on your furance. Ask your professional if this type is good for your home.

    Monday, January 09, 2012

    The unheated space

    Did you know that homes in warm climates may not even have a heating system. This is because the home stays warm naturally. This may be nice, but if you don't live in a warm climate, this can be a problem for a space in your home that does not get heat.

    This can be a costly problem, using space heaters and other heaters. It can also cause a fire.

    The best option is to contact a professional and see if they can run off your heating vents into your room with no heat.

    Never try this on your own.

    Monday, January 02, 2012

    Begin the New Year

    Hope everyone had a Great start to the New Year