Gimme Shelter

GIMME SHELTER- Early heat: Treat it like summer
Published on Jun 12th, 2008
0 comments   Ken Bahr Ken's Lawn Service PHOTO COURTESY KEN BAHR Q: How can I take care of my lawn in this heat wave we've been having? What do I need to do to keep it thriving?    A: July and...
GIMME SHELTER- Hole in none: Put tree next to, not in your deck
Published on Jun 5th, 2008
0 comments Dave RoseneCertified Arborist & General Manager,Van Yahres Tree CompanyFILE PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER Q: I built my backyard deck around an existing tree, a birch about a foot in diameter, but now...
GIMME SHELTER- Got mosquitoes? DEET beats them all
Published on May 29th, 2008
1 comments John AshcraftHolistic Pest SolutionsPHOTO COURTESY JOHN ASHCRAFT Q: I've heard that spraying Listerine, the original medicinal type, is the best home remedy for getting rid of mosquitoes. Is this...
GIMME SHELTER- Rainy days? Deploy your bumbershoot
Published on May 22nd, 2008
1 comments Gary AlbertState Farm AgentPHOTO COURTESY GARY ALBERT Q: How can I protect the financial assets of my household, should I be sued?  A: There are so many "rainy days" that people can experience...
GIMME SHELTER- Giving way: Do sagging floors mean big trouble?
Published on May 22nd, 2008
0 comments Steve Shiflettowner, A. Shiflett Hardwood FloorsPHOTO BY Courteney Stewart Q: I live in an older house, and our floor boards are starting to give. Does this mean my floors are falling apart, or is...
GIMME SHELTER- House-keeping: Homework makes a home work
Published on May 15th, 2008
0 comments Gary AlbertAgent, State FarmPHOTO COURTESY GARY ALBERT Q: How do I make my home work for me financially, especially in the so-called housing crisis we're in? A: As the housing and financial markets...
GIMME SHELTER- Retro green: Making a '70s gem energy savvy
Published on May 8th, 2008
0 comments Alec CargileLithic ConstructionPHOTO COURTESY ALEC CARGILE Q: I'm thinking of buying one of those simple, "modern," open-floor-plan houses built in the early 1970s. Unfortunately, it was built when...
GIMME SHELTER- Stinky dog? Buy him some Arfmani!
Published on May 1st, 2008
0 comments Samuel SaleWakefield Kennel Inc.FILE PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Q: What can I do about my stinky dog? I give him a bath regularly, but a few days later he stinks again. When guests come to our house their...
GIMME SHELTER- Bloomin' Summer: Get landscaping started now!
Published on Apr 24th, 2008
0 comments Jay EltzrothEltzroth & Thompson GreenhousesPHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Q: Last summer, the terrible August heat sapped the color right out of our garden. This year, I'd like to make sure we have some...
GIMME SHELTER- Home alone: Get organized to go away
Published on Apr 17th, 2008
0 comments Sue BattaniOwner, Cville ConciergePHOTO BY Laura Burns Q: I'm about to leave for a two-week cruise around the Bahamas, and I want to make sure my house doesn't fall apart while I'm gone. What steps...
GIMME SHELTER- Stain pain: A solution is the solution
Published on Apr 10th, 2008
0 comments Jeremy DrumhellerCo-owner, Albemarle Carpet and Upholstery CleanersPHOTO BY COURTENEY STUART Q: Help! My kids are quickly turning my white carpet into an ugly shade of brown. What can I do to get...
GIMME SHELTER- Houseplant CPR: Water, sun, and kill the bugs
Published on Apr 3rd, 2008
0 comments Gary HessHorticulturist and grower, Ivy NurseryFILE PHOTO BY MEG MILLER Q: I can't keep a houseplant healthy to save my life. What should I do to prevent future massacres of these potted beauties? A...
GIMME SHELTER- Chi change: Feng Shui is the way
Published on Mar 27th, 2008
0 comments Peggy Woodallowner, Simply OrganizedPHOTO BY LAURA BURNS Q: What exactly is Feng Shui and how can I use it in my house?  Can Feng Shui help me find love and make me rich? A:About five years...
GIMME SHELTER- Giving way: Do sagging floors mean big trouble?
Published on Mar 27th, 2008
0 comments Steve Shiflettowner, A. Shiflett Hardwood FloorsPHOTO BY Courteney Stewart Q: I live in an older house, and our floor boards are starting to give. Does this mean my floors are falling apart, or is...
GIMME SHELTER- Holy smoke! How to prevent chimney fires
Published on Mar 13th, 2008
0 comments James FisherOwner, Chimney Restorations, LLCPHOTO BY Laura Burns Q: I have an older house that we heat with a wood stove, and I'm worried about a fire starting in the chimney. How can I prevent my...
GIMME SHELTER- Abandoned? When a car never leaves a space
Published on Mar 6th, 2008
0 comments Ric BarrickSpokesperson, City of CharlottesvillePHOTO COURTESY RIC BARRICK Q: Somebody parked their car on my street, and I would like them to move it!  What are the steps I should take before...
GIMME SHELTER- Ahhh.... Ewww!!! Keeping your Hot Tub clean
Published on Feb 28th, 2008
0 comments David CoxHot Tub Sales, Charlottesville AquaticsPHOTO BY Laura Burns Q: My hot tub has been looking pretty nasty lately.  Not only that, but it's starting to smell kind of funky too. ...
GIMME SHELTER- Time tested: Dry-laid stone, brick are best
Published on Feb 21st, 2008
0 comments Elizabeth NissosOwner, Mountain MasonryPHOTO BY LAURA BURNS Q: I'd like to replace my worn-out outdoor patio with new brick or stone. What's the best way to go about it? A: In Virginia, we have an...
GIMME SHELTER- Cover up: How to prevent clogged drains
Published on Feb 14th, 2008
0 comments Kevin BurnsOwner, Blue Ridge RooterPHOTO BY LAURA BURNS Q: My sink drain keeps clogging up, and every once in a while my toilet backs up. How can I prevent blockage in my household drains? A: In...
GIMME SHELTER- Pets gone green: Environmental ways to care for critters
Published on Feb 7th, 2008
0 comments Dr. Richard FreedmanV.M.D., Albemarle Veterinary Health Care CenterPHOTO BY LAURA BURNS Q: I feel like we've made a real effort to care for the environment around our home, but I worry about all...
GIMME SHELTER- Clutter buster: Focus on the little things
Published on Jan 31st, 2008
0 comments Peggy WoodwallOwner, Simply OrganizedPHOTO BY LAURA BURNS Q: After the holiday madness, I find myself with a messy house, lots of presents to find room for, and a New Year's resolution to "get...
GIMME SHELTER- Fearing foreclosure: How can I avoid losing my house?
Published on Jan 24th, 2008
1 comments Jason CriglerCrown Mortgage ServicesPHOTO COURTESY JASON CRIGLER Q: Lately, I've been having trouble making my mortgage payments, and my lender keeps calling me. One of the houses in my...
GIMME SHELTER- Shocking story: How fire can start in your walls
Published on Jan 17th, 2008
0 comments Chris WilliamsonOwner, Charlottesville Electric SolutionsPHOTO BY CLAIBORNE THOMPSON Q: I have become increasingly concerned about electrical fires. How do they start, and how can I prevent them? A...
GIMME SHELTER- Loop de loop: Let the earth heat the house
Published on Jan 10th, 2008
2 comments Jimmy NorthAirflow Systems Inc.PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Q: What the heck is a geothermal heat system? How does it work? A: The universal definition of geothermal is "pertaining to the heat of the earth...
GIMME SHELTER- It's cold in here: How can I keep my house warm?
Published on Jan 3rd, 2008
0 comments Mandy BurbageProject Manager, Charlottesville Community Design CenterPHOTO BY CLAIBORNE THOMPSON Q: I keep turning my thermostat up, but my house is still cold! I'm worried that I'm going to have to...
GIMME SHELTER- Winter worries: Be prepared
Published on Dec 20th, 2007
0 comments Mike JarrellGeneral Manager, Martin HardwarePHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Q:What are some essentials I might need to get at the hardware store to be ready for winter weather? A: You're going to need a good...
GIMME SHELTER- Winter woes: Keep garden healthy when it's cold
Published on Dec 13th, 2007
0 comments Corbin SnowSnow's Garden CenterFILE PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER Q:  I'm concerned about how my garden will fare during the cold winter months. What can I do to take care of my trees, plants, and...
GIMME SHELTER- Barking dog blues: Talk before taking legal action
Published on Dec 6th, 2007
0 comments Sgt. Peter Mainzer, Jr.Supervisor, Albemarle County Animal Control Unit.PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Q: We live in the County, and our neighbor's dog has been barking incessantly. We've told them about the...
GIMME SHELTER- Picture quality: What the heck is HDTV?
Published on Nov 29th, 2007
0 comments Mark FarringtonHarmony Home TheatersPHOTO COURTESY MARK FARRINGTON Q: I've heard about HDTV.  But what is it exactly and how does it work? A: HDTV is the first upgrade in the picture quality of...
GIMME SHELTER- Hot spot: Is your house wildfire safe?
Published on Nov 22nd, 2007
0 comments John CampbellPublic Information Officer, Virginia Department of ForestryPHOTO BY MEG MILLER Q: With Governor Kaine enacting a statewide fire ban throughout Virginia and the news of massive...