An inexpensive, wood-sided house built in 1974, in bedroom corner next to closet (middle of outside wall) all of a sudden has a small but noticeable crack with gap all the way from
ceiling to floor. After 27 years here, about 6 months ago my husband installed french drain along that outside foundation because yard slopes downhill towards the house...used to pool at foot of deck-style stoop but that pretty much stopped. Also recently installed gutter guards. Yikes, help! Just patch and watch, or what?
Commented on Nov 20, 2012
Thanks again. Steve: I'm on the paranoid side myself--SO glad for this website to talk me off
Hello: Crawling around the dark recesses of my attic checking for leaks in a rain storm I saw 2 "Palmetto Bugs" in my attic. They weren't hiding or anything, one was on the wall and one
on the bottom of the roof (it's a very high ceiling, contemporary attic). Come to think of it, the cats occasionally find one around the closed-for-summer fireplace. How to get rid of them safely? I saw roach pellets in the store, should I scatter some of those around hidden corners? Or spray the outer recesses of the attic? Thanks!
Two small boxwoods suffered in last year's drought. They had some golden areas that are green again but also have about one small, bare section each. Should I just throw them out or will
they ever fill in again?
I just noticed one very old, lovely, but not too big dogwood has some bare branches at the very top. Is is on it's way out or fixable? Should I just cut it now or wait to see what happens in the spring?
Commented on Oct 05, 2012
Thank you for your insight. I'm happy to give them more time...I do love them just where they are.
We've had our house for about 27 years. When we bought it, I took a spackle knife and "smoothed" out tiny dings in the hallway sheetrock. Later we installed new windows and as a result
the light shines down the hall. This is very nice but it highlights all of the faint bumps. All these years later, is there any way I can smooth those out without making things worse? They are driving me nuts!
Commented on Jan 29, 2012
Wow, thanks. That's about what I would have guessed I'd have to do. Can't wait to fix it once