Gimme Shelter

GIMME SHELTER- Doggy playground: Build one in your neighborhood!
Published on Nov 15th, 2007
1 comments Brian Daly Assistant Director, Charlottesville Parks and RecreationPHOTO BY MEG MILLER Q: We'd like to have a dog park in our neighborhood.  How do we go about it and what's required? A: First...
GIMME SHELTER- Leaf grief: Bag or vacuum? That's the question
Published on Nov 8th, 2007
0 comments Steve LawsonPublic Service Manager, Charlottesville Public Works Department PHOTO BY MEG MILLER Q: Does the City collect leaves? If so, do I need to bag them or can I just rake them out to the curb...
GIMME SHELTER- In the dark? Do holiday lighting right
Published on Nov 1st, 2007
0 comments Jim Harshaw, Albemarle Window Cleaning, Holiday Lighting SpecialistsFILE PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Q: We want to be better prepared this year when we break out our holiday lighting. Any tips for doing...
GIMME SHELTER- Kitchen switchin': Simply reconfigure to save $$$
Published on Oct 25th, 2007
0 comments Barry Easter, Cabinet SolutionsPHOTO BY MEGAN MILLER Q: I'm looking for a cost-effective way to create bigger space in my kitchen without knocking down any walls. Ideas?  A: Simply remodeling...
GIMME SHELTER- News subject: Keep your house out of the limelight
Published on Oct 18th, 2007
0 comments Ric Barrick, Charlottesville's Communications DirectorFILE PHOTO BY COURTENEY STUART Q: A TV station wants to do a live shot in my neighborhood with my house in the foreground.  They're not on...
GIMME SHELTER- Value judgment: Property assessments, and how to appeal them
Published on Oct 11th, 2007
0 comments Roosevelt Barbour Jr., Charlottesville City AssessorPHOTO BY MEGAN MILLER Q: How is my property value assessed? And can a property owner appeal an assessment? A: You've heard it before, but it's...
GIMME SHELTER- Fall gardening: Take time to tend the soil
Published on Oct 4th, 2007
0 comments Gary Hess, Horticulturist and Grower, Ivy Nursery PHOTO BY MEGAN MILLER Q: What can I do to help my lawn throughout the fall and winter? What kinds of plants, shrubs, and trees can I still plant...
GIMME SHELTER- Permit primer: Do I need a permit for that?
Published on Sep 27th, 2007
0 comments Tom Elliott, Charlottesville City Building Code OfficialPHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Q: I'm thinking of making some improvements to my home, but I'm not sure about what changes require a building permit....
GIMME SHELTER- Therma-what?: Styrofoam houses explained
Published on Sep 20th, 2007
0 comments Architect Alan ScoutenPHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR   Q: I'm thinking about building a house now, and I've heard of this ThermaSteel construction. What exactly is it and what's so great about it? And...
GIMME SHELTER- Keep it local: How to choose an ethical lender
Published on Sep 13th, 2007
0 comments Jim DuncanCentury 21 Manley, www.realcentralva.comFILE PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR       Q:I want to buy a house, but the mortgage industry seems to have become so treacherous. How do I find...
GIMME SHELTER- Brush up: Let paint transform your space
Published on Sep 6th, 2007
0 comments Laura Lee GulledgeCobalt DesignsPHOTO COURTESY LAURA LEE GULLEDGE Q: We'd like to add something unusual to our home, like a mural, faux finish, or some other artistic touch, but we really don't have...
GIMME SHELTER- Smell a rat? Banish skunks and other critters
Published on Aug 30th, 2007
0 comments John Ashcraft, Holistic Pest SolutionsFILE PHOTO COURTESY JOHN ASHCRAFT Q: How do I keep skunks out of my yard?  Also, what about buzzards, raccoons, possums, and other large pests? Do I need...
GIMME SHELTER- Fuzzy menace: Avoid stinging caterpillars
Published on Aug 23rd, 2007
2 comments Peter Warren, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Agriculture & Natural ResourcesFILE PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Q: While I was pruning my shrubbery, I brushed up against an oak tree and something stung...
GIMME SHELTER- Grilling tips redux: Keep that cooking canvas clean!
Published on Aug 16th, 2007
0 comments Q: We enjoyed John Atkins' grilling tips last week, but wanted to know more about keeping our grill clean. Should we clean it every time we grill? What's the best way to remove that nasty grease and...
GIMME SHELTER- There's the rub! Spicing up your summer grilling
Published on Aug 9th, 2007
0 comments BBQ Connection, Pigs on the RunPHOTO COURTESY JOHN ATKINS Q: We've been using our outside grill a lot this summer, but everything we cook ends up dry and tasteless. How do we spice up our meats and...
GIMME SHELTER- Summer lawn woes? Sharpen mower blades, pray for rain
Published on Jul 29th, 2007
0 comments KEN BAHRKen's Lawn ServicePHOTO COURTESY KEN BAHR Q: How can I take care of my lawn in the hot summer days of late July and August? What do I need to do to keep it thriving? Also, is there anything...
GIMME SHELTER- Greenhouse effects: Put it off until tomorrow
Published on Jul 19th, 2007
0 comments Jay EltzrothEltzroth & Thompson GreenhousesPHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Q: We just moved into a house with a small greenhouse attached. We'd like to start using it but have never grown plants in a...
GIMME SHELTER-Buckets of rain: Harvesting rainwater saves $
Published on Jun 28th, 2007
2 comments Garnett MellenEasement and Education Programs Coordinator, Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation DistrictPHOTO BY LUCIE STONE Q: This spring, I finally got around to planting a garden, and I...
GIMME SHELTER- Going 'green'? It's never too late to learn
Published on Jun 21st, 2007
1 comments   Ryan Jacoby Director of Operations, The Habitat Store, Charlottesville PHOTO COURTESY RYAN JACOBY   Q: They say you can't teach old dogs new tricks, but my wife and I want to start doing...
GIMME SHELTER- Cool down! Tips for proper a/c installation
Published on Jun 14th, 2007
0 comments Jerry KiddBeck CohenFILE PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER Q: I just moved into an older home without air conditioning. I'd like to think I could survive without it, but Charlottesville's notorious summer...
GIMME SHELTER- Piling on: Great compost makes great crops
Published on Jun 7th, 2007
0 comments Norm CarlsonSnow's Garden CenterPHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Q: I've been trying to live more "green" these days, but my kitchen waste has really increased with my present indulgence in lots of tasty...
GIMME SHELTER- Back-up power! Home generators good in outages
Published on Jun 5th, 2007
0 comments Richard MedeirosNever Dark Whole House GeneratorsPHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Q: It seems like every time there's a storm, the power goes out! We're thinking about buying a generator for our house, but we...
GIMME SHELTER- Let's get grillin': How to build a backyard firepit
Published on May 31st, 2007
0 comments Tom ElliottOwner, Chinquapin Hill Gardens, LLCPHOTO BY LUCIE STONE Q: I want to enhance my backyard so I can host some killer outdoor gatherings this summer. Any suggestions for building an easy...
GIMME SHELTER- Butterfly bonanza: Plant it and they will come
Published on May 17th, 2007
0 comments Linda Marchman, Owner, Social ButterfliesPHOTO COURTESY LINDA MARCHMAN Q: How do we get Monarch butterflies to return to our garden? We saw so few last year. And what do we need to do to attract...
GIMME SHELTER- Not fade away: Film reduces glare, fading, heat
Published on May 10th, 2007
1 comments Michael PaschallCo-Owner, Clear View Window Tinting, (434)996-8468, www.clearviewtint.com Q: While cleaning my house the other day, I lifted a rug and noticed that my wood floors have significantly...
GIMME SHELTER- Dispel dull: Keep kitchen knives sharp
Published on May 3rd, 2007
0 comments Monique MoshierOwner, Happy Cook, 977-2665 Q: My knives will hardly cut a cucumber anymore. Should I just replace them, or can I sharpen them myself? Are there any tricks for keeping them sharp...
GIMME SHELTER- Dark shadows: How to avoid outage ouches
Published on Apr 26th, 2007
0 comments Eddie Medeiros Never Dark Whole House Generators LLC, 434-975-3275   Q: Several of my neighbors have recently installed power generators in their homes. I'm not bothered by the occasional ...
GIMME SHELTER- Party down: Planning's the key to perfection
Published on Apr 19th, 2007
0 comments Jennifer CarrollJennifer Carroll Events, LLC Q: My husband and I want to throw a party, but it's been a long time since we last organized one. Any tips on making ours a success? A: Whether you want...
GIMME SHELTER- Fresh eyes: Liven up space with a new look
Published on Apr 12th, 2007
0 comments Caroline Andersson-HenriUpstairs-Downstairs Interiors Q: Now that spring is here, I want to spruce up my space. What can I do to liven things up without spending a fortunate on redecorating? A: You...
GIMME SHELTER- Aphid attack! Act now to save your plants
Published on Apr 5th, 2007
2 comments Peter WarrenVirginia Cooperative Extension, Agriculture & Natural Resources Q: I have some young plants I am planning to put my garden, but now I see they are infested with aphids. What should I...