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&Garden MARCH 2010

INTERIOR - SHAPING UP YOUR GARDENING - HARVESTING A


HOME STYLE HEALTHIER GARDEN

EXTERIOR- HOME IMPROVEMENT YARD -PRUNGING TIPS


PROJECTS

A S p e c i a l S u p p l e m e n t To T h e N e w s - R e v i e w
Page 2–The News-Review, Spring Home & Garden Roseburg Oregon, Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Home Improvement Projects


More Important Than Ever
(MS) -- Families know how im- expensive and can quickly drain A beautiful, updated bath- ing a family room, as opposed to
portant it is to retain the value your remodeling budget. Now is a room will undoubtedly add value simply remodeling one, will help
of their homes, especially when good time to check out a contem- to your home, but it can also be a a homeowner recoup as much as
we hear so much about diminish- porary laminate countertop, which money pit that sucks away your re- 80 percent of their original invest-
ing home values and foreclosures. offers luxury looks at a surprisingly modeling dollars due to potentially ment at resale. Remember to plan
Still, remodeling is one of the best low cost when compared to stone. high material and labor costs. In the space by factoring in the size of
ways to preserve your home’s value Wilsonart(R) HD High Definition an effort to cut back, try searching your family, the ages of your kids
and in some parts of the country, Laminate is available in 43 designs for discounted fixtures like shower (and their friends), and perhaps
homeowners can still recover up created specifically for heavy use heads and faucets at home improve- even the possibility of additions to
to 90 percent of their remodeling horizontal surfaces like countertops. ment stores or at online sources like your immediate family, like grand-
costs despite falling home prices. If The deep, rich look and dimen- eBay. parents or babies. Some families go
you’re a homeowner who’s in the sional texture can give your kitchen Oftentimes, the cost of as far as taking out walls to improve
process of remodeling, consider countertop the look you want with- new luxury-name fixtures can run space, but careful planning and wise
budget-friendly options to get the out the sacrifice. Custom cabinets, between $500 to $1000 while mass- furniture positioning can help you
look you want without breaking the though gorgeous to look at, can also market versions may provide the avoid drastic changes to the room
bank. Here are several tips to give make a significant dent in your bud- same look for less. Many manu- that tend to drain your budget. If
you some less expensive options get plan. To get the same look for facturers, like Moen and Delta, you’re handy or can afford to hire
when remodeling. less, install oversized crown mold- provide detailed installation instruc- a carpenter, built-in shelving and
Kitchen ing on top of stock cabinets to make tions so you can save there, too. possibly an entertainment/gaming
The countertops are one them “pop.” Most people won’t Those popular glass or decorative nook are useful and popular addi-
of the high impact surfaces in your notice the difference, and you’ll nickel knobs and pulls on cabinets tions, and can be painted, stained,
kitchen. While natural stone op- save enough to buy a new appliance and doors can often run as much as or simply covered with laminate to
tions like granite and quartz, as well or two. $20 apiece. A better option is over- match your decor.
as solid surfaces are alluring, they’re Bathroom sized hardware -- eight to 12 inches Bedrooms
long as opposed to the standard From a purely practical standpoint,

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you a bold look for less. and your family to sleep and take

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sidering durable laminate instead flect an atmosphere of serenity and
of stone, which can be stained by comfort. It’s also the perfect place

Thank cosmetics and cleaners. Another


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decide to change the color scheme
to install energy efficient windows,
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You of your bathroom in a few years,
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Page 4–The News-Review, Spring Home & Garden Roseburg Oregon, Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Shaping Your Home’s Style,


rageous. “Next to your home’s physical
Yes, but how? design, the entry door contributes
If you’re remodeling an existing significantly to architectural style
home, changes should blend with and curb appeal,” Kibler says.
your home’s current look for con- “Manufacturers’ many styles
sistency. For new homes, you have and options make it possible
a clean slate from which to create to create one-of-a-kind, rather
your style. than one-size-fits-all, entries that
Structural features and building are consistent with virtually any
products shape a home’s look. Size, architectural style.”
proportion, roof pitch and types of Many of the latest trends in entry
dormers, columns and porches are doors center around textured fi-
structural influences on a home’s berglass entry doors. These doors
style. The shape of your windows, have wood-grain textures to
the profile and color of your trim, mimic real wood doors but they
and the texture of an entry door are more durable, require less
demonstrate how building products maintenance and are six times
impact a home’s appearance. As more energy efficient than wood
an illustration, Tudor homes are doors.
Available textures of fiberglass have expanded. Homeowners can now create an entry door frequently defined by their stucco
reflective of their home’s architecture without the cost of a custom wood door. or stone exteriors, steeply pitched What are the choices?
roofs, banks of windows, and dark Various grain patterns and tex-
(MS) -- You want a home with pa- about you -- whether conservative, timbers that break up the facade. tures make textured fiberglass
nache. A look that says something fun, classic, contemporary, or cou- There are countless choices in most entry doors suitable for a wide
building product categories. Look- range of architecture, including:
ing at one of those categories, entry - Victorian or other period styles
doors, you will find wood, steel, can be enhanced by a Mahogany-
smooth fiberglass and textured grain door, which has a fine-to-
fiberglass doors in a variety of sizes medium texture and wavy grain.
and panels, and with many decora- When it’s finished in a dark stain,
541-673-1088
tive options to put your signature a Mahogany-textured door is
on the entry. Other product cat- timeless and traditional.
egories have an equal number of - Craftsman or Prairie styles are
We are here to provide the products
options, but the front door takes best captured by doors with a
you need to get the job done! special consideration because it’s consistent, vertical-grain fir texture
the focal point of a home, according that has clean lines and simple de-
Give us a call for your quote, or come out and see us to to Jeff Kibler of Peachtree Doors tail. Some manufacturers offer small
answer any questions! and Windows. dentil shelves in the door panel for
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010–The News-Review, Spring Home & Garden Roseburg Oregon, Page 13

Harvesting a Healthier Garden


(MS) -- Spring is here at last! Most of warp nor become infested and are year old son,
us can’t wait to shake off the winter recyclable. The patented heavy duty, and it was
blues, to get out into the sunshine, corner joints and brackets make it a breeze,”
walk the dog, play catch with the kids simple to increase the size and height says Paula
or just take a stroll in the park. For dimensions at any time. It’s like ‘Lego’ from Valley
homeowners, it’s the first chance to for gardeners!! Forge, PA.
work on the yard, restore a lush lawn “I have a small back yard which is “We had lots
and, for an increasing number of used by my entire family and dog,” of rain last
gardening aficionados, create a home says Nicole from Spring, Texas. “So night, so it
vegetable garden. Inner city urbanites, I like having an area set apart from was very easy
even those with a postage stamp size the rest of the yard in which I can to get the
yard, have been swept up by the ‘grow garden. This system is so easy to put corners into
your own’ movement. together, and it looks great! I’m not a the soil. We
Victory Gardens, first introduced by very good construction person, but I filled it with
strengthening a plant’s roots and
Eleanor Roosevelt during the Great found the assembly instructions were compost, chopped leaves, manure,
enabling it to pick up more nutrients
War, were the original community easy to follow, and all I needed was a and top soil. I think this is a great
in the process. Mulch, meanwhile,
raised gardens. People were screwdriver and a mallet.” raised bed frame. We plan to plant
can help keep down harmful weeds,
encouraged to grow their own veggies Home vegetable growers control the onions and garlic in this one, and will
thereby reducing the competition a
in support of the war effort. Today, quality of the soil, nutrients and other be putting more of these in the veggie
plant will have for valuable water and
raised garden beds have replaced additives so veggies and fruits grown garden within the next few weeks.”
nutrients.
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Page 14–The News-Review, Spring Home & Garden Roseburg Oregon, Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Re-designing a Family-friendly
Entrance with U. S. Hardwoods
(MS) -- Being out and about is simply HardwoodInfo.com), U.S. hardwoods
the “norm” these days. Rain or shine, are the all-natural choice for sturdy,
practically a third of each day is spent attractive and healthy design materials.
outside of the home. What returns Not only nature’s “greenest” building
indoors with us can be a problem, material, hardwoods are easy to main-
however. tain, don’t trap dust, dirt and other al-
Did you know that as much as 85 lergens and are often recommended by
percent of the contaminants in your doctors for individuals with allergies
home got there via your family and or asthma. Plus, the wide range of spe-
you? Healthy and green living ex- cies provides a spectrum of colors and
perts suggest stopping dirt, germs and grain patterns to satisfy any decorating
other contaminants at the door. Not scheme. And with native growth well
exactly sure how? A re-designed fam- exceeding removal, the U.S. supply
ily-friendly entrance -- mudroom or of hardwoods for cabinetry, furniture,
laundry room -- is the perfect solution. shelving, flooring, and millwork is
The mudroom concept is as old as -- by definition -- sustainable now and
the horse-drawn plow. Manor houses The multifunctional laundry room of American Woodmark’s New Southern for future generations.
and farms usually had a back room or Home features sleek maple cabinetry in a work-inducing environment. Oak, maple, hickory, and cherry make
porch where muddy clothes and boots wonderful and popular species choices
were deposited and hardworking fam- wraps and rainwear “The Not So Big House,” Susanka for cabinets and shelves. They are
ily members washed up before enter- 2. A bench for boot and shoe removal suggests transforming this often used, available in hundreds of styles and
ing the main house -- an early version 3. Cabinets or walk-in closets for stor- often overlooked area into an ultra finishes and will suit any decorating
of today’s back door. However, with age functional yet very attractive space. preference. Then complete your design
the advent of indoor plumbing and 4. Adjustable height shelving for Adding plenty of natural light will with bead board paneling compli-
eventual other “modern convenienc- purses, backpacks and briefcases keep it bright and inviting. And a mented by hardwood flooring. Low-
es,” mudrooms were sacrificed and the 5. A vertical locker for storing baseball plethora of storage and space require- VOC finishes keep hardwoods looking
laundry room evolved into the home’s bats, skis, hockey sticks or other items ments will be satisfied by incorporat- great and performing well. And today’s
“family” entrance or transitional room 6. An umbrella stand ing built-in cabinets, countertops, durable new finishes make U.S. hard-
between the not-so-clean garage and 7. Hooks for pet leashes and clean-up even an island. Cabinetry will store woods a wonderful choice even for
the main living space. supplies and organize, while counter space will wet, humid environments.
If you are striving to create and 8. A bulletin board to post schedules allow for bill-paying, mail-sorting, Remember, according to the healthy
maintain a healthier living environ- and keep families on track scrap-booking, gift wrapping, craft- living experts, these alternative en-
ment for your family, and changes to 9. Trash can and recycling containers ing activities, indoor gardening, and trances provide an important barrier
your home’s “transitional room” are 10. A General “catch-all” for car keys even a computer workstation. That’s between outside and in. As you plan to
in the works, consider including some and other commonly used items total functionality and here’s how U.S. make the space as functional as pos-
of the following to make the space Longtime champions of the mud- hardwoods fit right into the design sible, by incorporating nature’s “green-
functional, healthy and as attractive as room/laundry room re-design include mix. est” building material into the design,
possible: Martha Stewart and architect Sarah According to the American you’ll make it healthy and beautiful as
1. Hooks and hangers for coats, Susanka. In her best-selling book, Hardwood Information Center (www. well.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010–The News-Review, Spring Home & Garden Roseburg Oregon, Page 15

Get Three Times the Payback for


Replacing Old Windows
(MS) -- Many factors have you want wood interiors on your
converged to make 2009 and windows, you’ll want to choose a
2010 a great time for home re- clad-wood window -- vinyl-clad,
modeling. Projects completed fiberglass-clad or aluminum-clad.
now will increase a home’s Peachtree’s 600 Series premium
curb appeal, make it more fiberglass-clad wood windows
energy efficient and reduce the yield U-factors and solar heat
homeowner’s tax burden. gain coefficients well below the
The federal government is now federal tax credit criteria and the
offering a tax credit for hom- recently revised ENERGY STAR
eowners who make qualifying criteria due out in 2010.
energy-efficient upgrades, Most windows today have low-
such as replacing windows emissivity (Low E) coatings and
and doors. Homeowners can two panes of glass, using the
receive a tax credit equal to 30 airspace in between the panes as
percent of the product cost, up insulation to help minimize heat
to $1,500, for improvements and cold loss. Peachtree has an
made in 2009 and 2010. exclusive high-efficiency glass
In order to receive the called Zo-e-shieldTM, which uses
tax credit, windows or doors a proprietary combination of com-
must meet strict criteria: .30 or ponents and materials to surpass
lower U-factors, which mea- energy efficiency ratings of stan-
sure the amount of heat escap- dard window glazing available.
ing through a window or door Zo-e-shield can reduce energy
in an hour; and .30 or lower costs between 12 and 29 percent,
solar heat gain coefficient, Energy efficient doors and windows can pay numerous dividends, including lower utility depending on which area of the
which measures how well a bills, higher resale value and even tax breaks. country you reside. A cost-sav-
window or door blocks the heat ings calculator at www.zoeshield.
generated from sunlight. It is facturers produce products that readily ficient. The composition of the win- com can help you determine how
important to note that not all ENERGY qualify for the tax credit. Peachtree’s dow or door is a major factor, as is the much you could save on utility bills
STAR(R) rated windows or doors meet qualifying products include all-vinyl, glass. by replacing your old drafty windows
the federal tax credit criteria. vinyl-clad, fiberglass-clad and even All-aluminum windows will be the with Peachtree windows made with
“Consumers should not be select aluminum-clad and wood win- least energy efficient, whereas vinyl Zo-e-shield glass.
deceived; not all windows and doors dows.” and clad wood windows will be the For more information on the federal
qualify for the federal tax credit,” Identifying Energy Efficient most efficient. Vinyl windows with energy tax credit, visit www.recovery.
said Dave Koester, brand manager Windows, Doors multiple hollow chambers within gov or www.peachtreedoor.com.
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Page 16–The News-Review, Spring Home & Garden Roseburg Oregon, Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Choose Real Wood


For Authentic Backyard Projects
smell and feel of real wood. Don’t be And the natural strength and integ-
fooled; go with the grain and choose rity don’t come at the expense of our
real wood for your decking and back- environment. Well-managed forests
yard projects. provide natural wood products and a
Still Number One host of benefits for wildlife and the
What’s the one thing historic homes environment -- choosing real wood is a
have in common? Real wood. From win-win.
the framing to the flooring, the front Wood: It’s Real
porch to the back deck: builders have Man and nature have long held a
relied on real wood as the building durable, unbreakable bond. The more
material of choice. It’s we nurture that bond and protect the
durable, it’s beautiful natural resources around us, the stron-
and it lasts. ger the relationship will grow. Choos-
Wood remains the top ing artificial decking means choosing
building material for products made from finite resources,
outdoor living projects products that use exponentially more
like decks and gazebos energy to manufacture. Wood is the
-- especially pres- only renewable and recyclable build-
sure-treated pine, used ing product on the market.
most often for outdoor This year, when it comes time to build
(MS) -- As the days get longer and the living. To
projects because of a deck, gazebo or even a birdhouse,
sun gets warmer, homeowners looking connect to the
its structural integrity. choose wisely: choose wood.
out their back windows see ... the same nature within
old backyard. Never fear! It’s easy to your backyard,
change the look of a yard with decks, you need all-natural, genuine products.

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gazebos, raised garden beds -- all of It’s no surprise that wood remains at
these enhance outdoor living spaces the top of the building material list for ood fences
and create a nice oasis for the family to so many people.” make good neighbors
spend the warm outdoor months. And Like Wood Isn’t Wood
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010–The News-Review, Spring Home & Garden Roseburg Oregon, Page 5

Starting at the Front Door


through the to advances in manufacturing,” faux and true wrought iron grille
doors’ vertical Kibler says. “With the number of work, or stained glass. The patterns
grain, uniform options available, homeowners can in decorative glass are formed by
and coarse create the entry they like, within using different types of glass, glass
texture. These their home’s architecture but with- chips and caming, which provides
doors often out the cost of a custom wood door. the distinctive outline to the pat-
have a plank The green attributes of a fiberglass terns in brass, antique copper, zinc
style to re- door are an added benefit.” or black patina.
semble board- Each of these doors’ styles can be Entry doors are generally sold
and-batten, enhanced by choosing an appropri- through lumberyards, home cen-
distressed wood ate panel. Panels range from flush ters and window and door dealers.
doors. Rustic panels with no windows to panels The installation of a new door,
doors with with full-length windows. Six- or especially a door with sidelites,
ornamental eight-panel doors are indicative of transoms and complementary fixed
clavos highlight the Colonial-period houses, where- windows, can be quite involved.
Post Medieval as the top of the door panel in a Installation should be left to a
English tenden- Craftsman home will often have a professional contractor or a skilled
cies. window with stained or geometric- do-it-yourselfer. To help you shape
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Keep ants from marching all over your parade


Whether they’re parad- which they carry back and feed to the worker ants are sent out from the
ing across your kitchen
counter or simply
ruining your backyard
rest of the colony. But while the insec-
ticide in the bait should ultimately kill
the worker ant, it must work slowly
main colony in search of moisture and
food to bring back, following an ant is
a sure way to find out how they are en-
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barbecue, ants are an enough that the worker has time to tering the area. Look for ants that are
unwelcome house guest get back and share the bait with the carrying small bits of food -- for this, a
across the country. colony. That is the only way to get rid bright flashlight and a bit of patience
“There are two basic of both the ants you see and the thou- are needed.
ways to deal with ants,” sands you don’t. * Put the ants on a liquid diet. “Ants
says Stewart Clark, Clark notes that many indoor ant prefer liquids because they can’t digest
director of research problems are actually linked to a food in solid form,” says David Oi, an
Successfully controlling unwanted ants involves baiting them and development at colony that is outside. Often the most entomologist with the U.S. Depart-
with an ant bait product. TERRO, the leading effective solution, therefore, is one ment of Agriculture in Gainesville,
manufacturer of ant that addresses the problem outside the Fla. “Although they do eat some solid
(MS) -- With spring set to hit full control products for home. “For a longer-term solution, foods for protein, in nature, ants prefer
swing, many people are anxiously consumers. “Aerosol sprays offer im- turn to an ant bait product,” suggests sweet nectars.”
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to the return of warm weather. see. However, there are thousands of bait closer to the colony itself, making the least toxic substances available as
For homeowners, few opponents are additional ants in the colony that will it significantly easier for worker ants to an insecticide, and has been proven by
as pesky and problematic as ants. No soon find their way to your food.” transmit the bait. The patented TER- numerous independent laboratories to
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Find the Right Contractor Fit for


Your Basement Remodel
One of the more popular projects be found liable should a worker get contractor’s first
for homeowners is turning a base- injured on your property. Ask any attempt at such a
ment into a more livable area. Be contractor you’re considering for project; you want
it converting the basement into a the name of his insurance company the contractor to
home theater or adding a bar and and contact that company to verify be well versed in
pool table to make it your very own his coverage. If he isn’t comfortable the job to ensure
watering hole, ideas abound when it providing this information, don’t he does it right
comes to converting the lowest level hire him. and keeps costs
of the home. * Permits: Even though a basement down.
But even though they’re popular, remodel is inside your home, that * Guarantees: The
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ment might want to consider hir- mandates a permit to do any major work for a specific
ing a contractor rather than going projects, like a basement remodel. period of time. When envisioning their dream basements, many homeowners are
it alone. Because of the extensive While homeowners can pull per- In general, a 12- quick to think of converting their existing basement into a home
work that goes into finishing a base- mits themselves, the contractor month guarantee theater. But thanks to the difficult nature of such a project, it
ment, the help of a professional should do this. If he doesn’t want is acceptable. But might be in a homeowner’s best interest to hire a contractor.
can be the ideal way to ensure you to, it could be a warning sign that be sure that all
materials that come with warranties.
get that dream room, be it a home he’s not a licensed contractor. In materials have acceptable warran-
For the environmentally conscious
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homeowner, ask the contractor to
own “man cave”. When looking for hassle, one homeowners shouldn’t than a year, and you should make
use green-friendly materials when
a contractor, be sure to consider the have to put up with if they’ve hired sure that the contractor uses only
building the basement.
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Spring has sprung!


5 easy DIY projects to upgrade your home
Funky Storage Locker: Tired of trip-
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for any home. “There is an increased focus on real
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depth and character to any yard. Add a the economy,” says Brad. “We seem to
charming wood arbor to a quiet corner be turning the corner of commercial-
and create a special space perfect for ism and recentering on the home, on
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Pruning Tips for Trees Find the Right Fireplace


and Shrubs (MS) -- Few home accessories add a
more inviting touch than a fireplace.
In addition to the warmth a fireplace
ing stove is typically made from cast
iron, which takes away from the im-
age many people have of the tradi-
Homeowners typically spend lots of provides, the cozy ambiance is also tional fireplace. Wood-burning stoves
time caring for their property. Be it appealing to many homeowners. allow homeowners to determine their
a modest ranch house or a mansion Even better, those looking to add a efficiency thanks to a controlled air
on top of a hill, a home’s outside ap- fireplace to their home now have an feed that enables users to control the
pearance is often a point of pride for abundance of options to choose from. feed to the flame.
homeowners. * Masonry fireplace: Masonry fire- * Zero-clearance fireplace: A zero-
One commonly overlooked element of places are popular in larger homes clearance fireplace, also known as a
an aesthetically appealing home is the that boast high ceilings and big- prefabricated fireplace, is often the
inward. When cutting them down, try
role trees can play. Trees can add an ger-than-average rooms. Masonry fireplace of choice for homeowners
to cut them to right around two feet
element of beauty to a yard while also fireplaces are the type most people building their own homes because
above ground, and cut close to an inch
playing a practical role, such as shading instantly picture when they think of they are not heavy and can be easily
above a bud or strong shoot.
the grass from intense summer sun and a fireplace. However, they are not installed. These fireplaces also have
* Evergreen shrubs. Evergreen shrubs
acting as great support for hanging a the most energy efficient option, as a extra insulation, meaning they can be
won’t flower, but they can be pruned
hammock. large amount of heat typically escapes installed in close proximity to flam-
after they have produced cones or
While trees can add appeal to a through the chimney. mable materials.
shrubs. That typically occurs between
homeowner’s property, they can also * Gas fireplace: Gas fireplaces are not * Electric fireplace: For homeowners
late winter and early spring, so this can
be an eyesore if not properly pruned. for the traditionalist, as they don’t who want a fireplace but are lack-
be done as the weather begins to warm
Homeowners hoping to get the most require wood or matches to create a ing one key element, a chimney, the
up as part of your early season spring
out of their trees should consider some fire. For many people, however, that’s electric fireplace can come to the
cleanup.
pruning guidelines. a bonus, as the gas fireplace can be rescue. While the ambiance might not
* Evergreen trees. In general, ever-
* Fruit trees. If the buds on a fruit tree turned on with the flip of a switch, be up to par with that of a masonry
green trees do not need to be pruned.
have already started swelling, you’ve providing immediate heat and ambi- fireplace, electric fireplaces will put
It’s generally obvious when an ever-
waited too long too prune. In general, ance. a significant dent in monthly heating
green does need to be pruned, as the
fruit trees are best pruned in late winter * Wood-burning stove: A wood-burn- costs.
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Choosing the Right Decking Material


Billed as low-mainte- Both composite and wood decks why many homeowners seek op-
nance and attractive solu- can warp, fade or be scratched and tions in composite decking.
tions for the yard, vinyl dinged. ‘Green’ Factor
or composite decks have Wood decks may have the advan- There are supporters and detractors
become the materials of tage over composite materials in to both wood and composite decks
choice for more hom- this arena simply because of their in terms of environmental impact.
eowners in recent years. ability to be refinished. Therefore, Wood decks seemingly are harmful
They’re supposed to last if an area is damaged or faded it can to the environment because of the
longer and require less be repaired. The same options are harvesting of wood and depletion of
maintenance than wood not available with composite mate- forests, but forests can be replanted.
counterparts -- perfect for rials. Composite decks are made from
homeowners who would Durability plastics, which do not decompose
rather enjoy their out- Composite decks, those made of vi- easily when disposed of.
door spaces, rather than nyl, plastic, polypropylene, polyeth- Both wood and composite decks
spend hours each season ylene, or a combination of plastic require many chemicals for cleaning
maintaining them. and wood pulp would seem to be and other maintenance, which can
But how do composite more durable than wood decks. seep into the ground and leach into
materials really stack up It’s true that composite products water supplies.
against wood? Before you resist weather-related damage Heat Factor
choose your decking ma- better. However, a relatively high Homeowners placing a deck around
terial, consider the pros rate of expansion and contraction a swimming pool or in a sunny loca-
and cons of any available can cause composite decks to warp tion may be concerned with how
options. and hardware to loosen. Composite hot the building material will be
Resistance decks also are not as easy to re- underfoot.
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Choosing Appliances for Your Lifestyle


(MS) -- Enter a department store on it, or whatever the do, failing to follow the rebate direc-
or even a big-box electronics re- gizmo may be. tions exactly results in rejection of the
tailer and you’ll be met with aisles of One thing to consider rebate.
glistening appliances -- everything to when getting new ap- Before simply falling for the
meet your every whim or desire. But pliances is that newer features or the appearance of an ap-
do you really need all of those bells models are much more pliance, consider reading customer
and whistles? Are you simply drawn energy efficient than reviews about it. Consumer Reports
in by the novelty of these gadgets? models even 10 years and other watchdog agencies may
Many people purchase appli- old. Energy star models have published reviews about the ap-
ances on a whim, without really giv- can save you money on pliance’s performance. This may help
ing thought to how they will actually energy bills and may you narrow down your choices even
use them. An avid chef might need even garner you tax further, and eliminate one appliance
a six-burner range, but what about a benefits. that at first seemed to be the perfect
bachelor who simply heats up left- Another thing to choice, but until deeper scrutiny.
over takeout? Probably not. There consider are rebates on You can also save some
are microwaves that can heat up any models of appli- money by foregoing extended war-
food automatically after scanning the ances you’re consider- ranties on your appliance purchases.
product’s UPC code on the box. But ing. Rebates may be Research indicates that the cost of
doesn’t it take the same amount of manufacturers’ ways the extended warranty fails to be
time to simply punch a few digits into of making one model worth the purchase, as the warranty is
the keypad? Don’t spend for frills appear more afford- seldom needed. Even if an appliance
you’ll never use. you can do without. This will help you able than another. But in breaks down after the manufacturer’s
Before visiting the store, get the most machine for the money. reality, if you fail to mail in the rebate warranty has expired, repair costs
think about how you will use the ap- Remember, sometimes an appliance you won’t realize the savings. It is may be less than the cost of the ex-
pliances you are purchasing -- large is not worth the expense because the estimated that 50+ percent of people tended warranty anyway.
and small. Consider the convenience set up and clean up are time consum- fail to redeem rebates. For those who
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Page 12–The News-Review, Spring Home & Garden Roseburg Oregon, Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Theory of Leak Detection


WATER LEAKS ARE EXPENSIVE
It is always a joy when decking, and the list goes on. and repeatable fashion. This often patch them back was no doubt at
after having had a hidden leak In order to remain non- requires the use of modern leak least a half a day’s work. In most
of some sort located accurately, destructive, the process cannot detection tools such as electronic cases, time and effort like that do
a customer exclaims, “That is include hit and miss search leak sound amplification equipment not come free of charge. Compare
amazing! Technology is incredible methods. This means if there is a and electromagnetic pipeline the cost of this kind of work with
these days!” Being able to impress suspected leak underneath a tile locating equipment that helps the accurate, efficient leak detection
a client is one of American Leak floor, the search cannot be done operator achieve maximum levels of that might be guaranteed. You’ll
Detection’s main goals. What by removing tiles and breaking accuracy. see the savings.
is sad is that there are so many concrete in areas where the leak Besides just the equipment, Skilled leak detection
residents who do not realize such “probably” or “most likely” exists. though, the operator must be well services also prove to be cost-
service is available to them. The Probably and most likely don’t skilled in the use of the equipment effective in the short term when you
mere fact that many residents count. For example, just because and methodology of leak and line look at the restoration costs created
are so shocked when they have a the pool deck might slump in one locating. In the same way that by hit and miss methods. What if
leak located accurately says some area only does not guarantee a not just anyone with a scalpel your floor is covered with rare tile
education in the principles of leak leak exists in that precise point. is considered a doctor, not just that takes a tile specialist to repair?
detection is needed for many. The water could be traveling anyone with leak and line location Imagine the cost of restoring several
Non-destructive along the path of least resistance equipment is considered an expert areas of the tile after a hit and miss
One of the most important under the concrete puddle in that leak or line locator. Mainly, this is search is performed.
facets of quality leak detection is area. Breaking the deck without a because there is no equipment in It does not take expensive
that it is non-destructive. The goal positive confirmation that the leak the leak detection field that locates tile to incur excess restoration
is to accurately locate any leak exists there is hit and miss. leaks independent of the operator. costs, though. Carpet replacement,
without damaging the environment Accurate and systematic The process takes a combination drywall patching, deck refinishing,
within or under which the leak In order to locate leaks non- of technology, training, and and cabinet repair can all add up
exists. This includes drywall, destructively, the process must experience. quickly as well if these are the
concrete, wood, or tile floor, pool usually be done in a systematic Cost effective things affected in a hit and miss
When you couple systematic and search.
non-destructive, the result is a cost In the long term,
effective product for the every day professional leak detection can
consumer in short and long terms. save property value. A pool deck
In the short term, a professional with multiple patch marks is less
leak detection service can save appealing than a deck with one
a building owner thousands of patch. A tile floor with one slightly
dollars. How? Think about the off color tile is less appealing than
time and effort that can be spent a floor with an accumulation of
locating a leak by breaking concrete variously colored patches. When
and digging in “probable” locations. it is necessary to alter property
I have seen instances where several for repair, the key is to do so as
holes were made in a floor, and the infrequently and inconspicuously
leak was still not found. The time as possible. Professional leak
required to make those holes and detection services can help

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