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07-31-07, 07:58 PM
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Posted By jhomeowner

If they are old cabinets

If they are old cabinets [more than ?fifty years old], you may not be able to replace them unless you get door custom made by a cabinet maker. Stock and semi-custom cabinets generally are not made...
07-29-07, 08:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,362
Posted By jhomeowner

Do you mean that four out of sixteen doors were...

Do you mean that four out of sixteen doors were painted, or that 1/4 of each door?

Did you try sanding?
07-29-07, 08:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 10,821
Posted By jhomeowner

Windows are made of glass, and the only thing...

Windows are made of glass, and the only thing easier to break is a promise.

I close and lock all my first floor windows when I leave the house, but I still find it foolish; if someone wants to...
Replies: 8
Views: 1,374
Posted By jhomeowner

One more suggestion.

Make a bag filled with baking soda or charcoal from a piece of pantyhose, and duct tape it to the inside of the lid of the disposable undergarment container. It will absorb [well, actually, adsorb]...
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Views: 1,374
Posted By jhomeowner

Tactless suggestion.

Search the pet forum. Some people swear by certain products for their pets' accidents and markings.

Most substances that truly absorb odors work best in enclosed space. Baking soda, clay,...
07-19-07, 05:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 840
Posted By jhomeowner

I saw a technique on TV

[Norm Abrams, not one of those week-end make over shows]

Apply the stripper liberally, and allow it time to work; then put sawdust over the stripper. The saw dust will absorb the stripper and...
07-17-07, 07:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,807
Posted By jhomeowner

Something like this?

A design [as opposed to style] like this?

http://www.wildbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/02/ph01a.jpg

The most important issue is obviously drainage.

Another issue is natural light; the...
Replies: 2
Views: 1,436
Posted By jhomeowner

An aesthetic observation.

I think it looks all right under a real porch [with a roof] and on a foundation, but my neighbor had a professional job done on a new build [no porch] and, um, well ...

it just doesn't look...
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Views: 26,490
Posted By jhomeowner

Old shrub pots.

How big do you need?

Those cheap plastic five gallon pots shrubs come in are a nice size to bury, and easy to cut holes in, but they definitely need to be filled with rocks.

I made one just the...
07-08-07, 07:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,461
Posted By jhomeowner

Toxin concentration.

In parts of the plant: berries most concentrated, then leaves, then roots.

Seasonal: one reference says that toxin strength does not vary; however, that reference also suggests cutting and...
07-08-07, 06:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,461
Posted By jhomeowner

If I can find when the toxin is in highest...

If I can find when the toxin is in highest concentration, I will post back.

No, the toxin does not break down quickly. Never use equipment you've used around toxidendrons [toxicodendrons?]...
07-07-07, 07:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,461
Posted By jhomeowner

Poison Ivy 2007

[For those who pull this up on a search for information, I found this thread very helpful:

http://forum.doityourself.com/showthread.php?t=271466]

I have another question: when is the...
Replies: 3
Views: 8,163
Posted By jhomeowner

Solid v. transparent stain.

If anyone knows how to bleach a deck made of pressure treated wood that has been left to the mercy of six northern New England winters and summers to a uniform color [ideally without poisoning the...
Replies: 3
Views: 8,163
Posted By jhomeowner

Deck stain regrets and problems.

I bought a place with a 200+ s.f. deck made of pressure treated wood, with railing and two short steps. I believe it is at least six years old.

The deck is pretty sturdy, but had lots of moss and...
Forum: Water Heaters
06-29-07, 03:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,278
Posted By jhomeowner

Thank you for the response. I decide on...

Thank you for the response.

I decide on the conventional heater; the wiring couldn't handle a tankless, and I want the 40 gallon reserve.
Forum: Water Heaters
06-18-07, 05:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,278
Posted By jhomeowner

Tankless for hard water cottage in Maine?

I need to replace a water heater, and I do not know how to evaluate the tankless option.

I must replace the heater asap, because this is a week-end cottage, and a tank failure would be...
05-11-07, 04:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 891
Posted By jhomeowner

Grass clippings emptied weekly stink? Hmm. [Do...

Grass clippings emptied weekly stink? Hmm. [Do you have outdoor pets?]

Two things to remember about microbes: they need water, and the anaerobes tend to smell worse that aerobes. You want to...
05-06-07, 06:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,141
Posted By jhomeowner

With all respect.

HERBICIDES:
I hate herbicides in general. I hate non-selective herbicides a lot. I hate repeated applications of any poison even more.
And I REALLY hate herbicides around children.

There is...
05-05-07, 05:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,141
Posted By jhomeowner

Can you wait a year?

Tear out all the weeds, taking care to remove the roots. Do NOT compost weeds.

Turn over all the soil; working in some nice compost like manure.

Lay down a sheet mulch, like landscaping cloth,...
Replies: 6
Views: 4,036
Posted By jhomeowner

Just one question.

During those TWO years, didn't you ever worry that the pump would REALLY die when there were two feet of snow on the ground?


Still, I'm impressed.
Replies: 9
Views: 3,844
Posted By jhomeowner

The inspector I used is on some state board of...

The inspector I used is on some state board of advisors for septic systems; although he told me I must get a site evaluator in to design a new leach field, he did show me where the raised field...
Replies: 9
Views: 3,844
Posted By jhomeowner

And there is the problem.

I am certain there are well-drillers in Maine who have web-pages; I just don't know how to find them. What other terms are water well drillers likely to have on their pages?

The well is a dug...
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Views: 3,844
Posted By jhomeowner

Anyone from Maine here? Researching a new well.

I am trying to research wells in Maine. [I am interested in a property that may need a new one.]

You can guess the problems; I get 32 pages about the town of Wells [and one hit on the state...
Replies: 2
Views: 1,131
Posted By jhomeowner

Thank you SO much.

I think I get the basics of inspecting septic systems.

I am definitely getting a water quality test, and repeating the bacteriological test on my own.

I think I want to ban the use of bleach in...
Replies: 2
Views: 1,131
Posted By jhomeowner

Home inspection for Well and Septic

I hope to buy a small cottage by a lake with a well and a private septic system on site.

I am completely clueless about how these things work, and I will be using an inspector I do not know.
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