I live in a very small 834-square-foot condo, so having a real laundry room just isn't possible. So I carved out a little "laundry room" space right in the hallway. Washer and dryer are
hidden behind the curtain on the right, and cabinets with a small countertop for folding laundry are on the left where a coat closet used to be. The argyle wall is paint, not wallpaper. :)
Commented on Jan 13, 2013
Bonnie, I agree with you about small houses. Mine is bigger than I need -- about 2400 sq feet,
including an unfinished basement that's as big as my previous home -- but my hubby insisted we had to have a big house. We looked at smaller ones, but none of them could accommodate his needs (he was in a wheelchair). Now that he's passed on, I would go with a much smaller home if anything happened to this one. I like knowing, however, that we rescued an abandoned home rather than building a new one.
A severe thunderstorm just concluded at my home. During the height of the storm, rain was blowing sideways. I noticed spattered water in the doorway of my master bath and looked up to
find water beaded on the top of the door frame, which was formerly a window and is the point of attachment to the house (the bath was added five years ago). I've never had a leaking problem before, there's no sign/stain of previous leakage, and while standing there as the storm subsided, no more water came through. What should I do to seal the opening this came through (although I'm not sure where it did, except somewhere along the roofline).
Commented on May 23, 2012
HRT, there's really nothing to take pictures of. My neighbor, a former roofer and now an
inspector for an insurance company, came over this morning because he saw me outside last night eyeing the addition between downpours (it went on for hours). He went up on the roof and reported that the high wind had lifted the shingles around the house/addition joint slightly and allowed a little water to get in. He checked inside and didn't see a problem because there was no sign of water damage. I have an attic entrance in my bathroom for the HVAC venting, and he looked up in there to make sure everything was all right -- again, no sign of water damage, not even any signs of dampness from last night. He felt around and said he only felt a tiny bit of dampness that should resolve today or tomorrow. He also said the shingles will flatten back down with a day of sunshine. So it seems everything is all right. I appreciate all the answers and concern!
I tried starting tomato and cucumber seeds via the paper towel method (spray paper towel with water, sprinkle seeds, cover with another wet paper towel, put in ziplock bag), but no
sprouting. Then four days later I realized I'd sprayed the paper towels with vinegar rather than water (both in plastic bottles). Put seeds on new paper towels, reinserted in bag, but nearly two weeks later, still no sprouting. Did the vinegar kill the seeds? Should I try planting the seeds in temporary containers to see if they'll sprout, or just start over with new seeds?
Commented on Apr 06, 2012
Douglas, I'm a newbie to gardening and had read about the plastic bag method on a homesteading
website. I'm going to take your and Steve's advice to start over with new seeds and good starter mix. Thanks to both of you for helpng me!
I'm purchasing a new prehung interior door for my bedroom. It's an addition and the door was originally an outer exit. The current door is 32 inches, but the space in the brick itself
is exactly 36 inches, so there is a significant gap on both sides of the frame. However, I'd think a 36-inch door would require a larger opening than 3 ft. Also, the brick wall is very thick here, 9.5 inches, which is four inches wider than the other two brick-wall exit doors in the house. What width door should I purchase? And what kinds of changes will I have to make to the door's frame to accommodate the width of the walls?
Commented on Feb 27, 2012
I wish I could take credit for it, but it's just a baby photo I found on the web. Although
some days I feel so frazzled I'm surprised my hair doesn't stand up like that!
We installed framed-sealed glass in their existing doors by removing the top four panels, and replaced the plain transom above. Avoided replacing the whole door frame unit. All work completed on-site in a couple of hours.