Gimme Shelter

GIMME SHELTER- Root of the matter: Protect trees during construction
Published on Mar 29th, 2007
1 comments Adam DowningVirginia Cooperative Extension, Forestry & Natural Resources Agent Q: I'm a local developer proposing a project, and I want to make sure beautiful trees on the property are properly...
GIMME SHELTER- Has spring sprung? Local blooms tell the tale
Published on Mar 22nd, 2007
0 comments Debra DolmetschIvy Corner Garden Center Q: Ah, spring is finally in the air. What early blooms can we look for in the area? A: Now that our recent cold spell has passed, it's natural to want to see...
GIMME SHELTER- Feeling insecure? Lock the door and turn on lights
Published on Mar 15th, 2007
0 comments Erik HordModern Home Systems, Inc. Q: I'm thinking about getting a security system for my home. I'm also on a limited budget and don't want to go overboard. Still, I'd like to know what my options...
GIMME SHELTER- Safety check: What's in your first aid kit?
Published on Mar 8th, 2007
0 comments Steven HullSafetyStore.com Q: The other day my wife cut her finger, and when I opened our First Aid Kit there were no band-aids! Now I want to better prepared for accidents and disasters. What kind...
GIMME SHELTER- Smell rotten eggs? Make sure it's not gas
Published on Mar 1st, 2007
0 comments DJ ManafiCharlottesville City Gas Operations Q: We heard that last Wednesday was "Gas Safety Awareness Day." What should we be aware of?  A: Yes, last week Mayor David Brown declared Wednesday "...
GIMME SHELTER- Friend or foe? Historic status cuts two ways
Published on Feb 22nd, 2007
0 comments AaronWunschPreservation Piedmont Q: We just found out the old fixer-upper we bought is designated historic! Is that a good thing, or are we in big trouble? A: It all depends on your plans for the...
GIMME SHELTER- Cold case: What's in your winter survival kit?
Published on Feb 15th, 2007
0 comments Ronnie KiteMeadowbrook Hardware Q: Now that winter seems to have arrived, I find I'm totally unprepared to deal with all the snow and ice. Any tips on what to include in my winter survival kit? A:...
GIMME SHELTER- Funny smell? Make sure it's not mold
Published on Feb 8th, 2007
1 comments Dennis BianchettoCville-Enviro, Environmental Construction Services  Q: I'm worried that my house might have a mold problem. How can I tell if I should have it checked? Also, what are some of...
GIMME SHELTER- Wood you? How to install a wood stove
Published on Feb 1st, 2007
1 comments Bryan ParleeVP Acme Stove Company Q: I don't have a fireplace, but I'd like to save on my heating bill by installing a wood stove. How difficult would it be to install one? Any tips on what kind I...
GIMME SHELTER- Got radon? January's the month to find out
Published on Jan 25th, 2007
0 comments Wolfgang HermannNRSB certified Radon Mitigation Specialist Q: I recently read that January is National Radon Action month. Unfortunately, as a home owner, I don't know much about radon. What exactly...
GIMME SHELTER- Strong finish: take your time, do it right
Published on Jan 11th, 2007
0 comments Dale WoodHarris Furniture Shop ShopQ: I have an old coffee table I want to refinish myself, but I've never done it before. Can you guide me through the process? A: The whole business is a smelly...
GIMME SHELTER- Take a load off: Make firewood measure up
Published on Dec 21st, 2006
0 comments Wes DiggsProgram Supervisor, Weights & Measures, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer ServicesQ: How much is really in a cord of firewood? I just bought a new wood stove, and I want to...
GIMME SHELTER- Christmas tree live! Nature's best tw0-for one deal
Published on Dec 14th, 2006
0 comments Norm CarlsonSnow's Garden Center Q: I'm thinking of getting a live Christmas tree this year. Any tips on buying one, putting it up, and caring for it? A: There are a lot of good reasons to choose a...
GIMME SHELTER- Bright Christmas: Light it, don't burn it down
Published on Dec 7th, 2006
0 comments Stephen WaltonFire Marshall, Charlottesville Fire DepartmentQ: Trees, lights, candles, roaring fires...Christmas can be a fire safety nightmare! Any tips to keep the holidays safe? A:With Christmas...
GIMME SHELTER- Land line or cell? Decision is a close call
Published on Nov 30th, 2006
3 comments Jamie YowellAlltelQ: I hear a lot of people are getting rid of of their home phones and just using their cell phones. I'm considering it, but still wonder if it's a good idea. A: Yes, a lot of people...
GIMME SHELTER- Beat the freeze! Planting now yields color later
Published on Nov 23rd, 2006
0 comments Jay EltzrothEltzroth & Thompson GreenhousesQ: Is it too late to plant my bulbs for spring? When is the best time to plant them? And can I grow bulbs indoors that will bloom this winter?   A...
GIMME SHELTER- Fido fencing: Safe, secure, room to run!
Published on Nov 16th, 2006
0 comments Misty MundiePet Supplies Plus Q: I want to start keeping my dog outside when I'm away. What kind of enclosures do you recommend? A: Deciding what kind of outdoor enclosure to get depends on the dog....
GIMME SHELTER- Recycling rules: Sort paper for faster flow
Published on Nov 9th, 2006
0 comments Richard LynchRecycling Technicion, McIntire Road Recycling Center Q: I want to start dropping off my recycling again. Where do I go? Do I still need to separate types of glass? Any tips on being a...
GIMME SHELTER- Sparkle plenty: Clean windows = quick sale
Published on Nov 2nd, 2006
0 comments Jim HarshawAlbemarle Window Cleaning Q: How important is it to have my windows clean when selling my house? Any tips if I decide to do it myself? A: Of course, everything is important when you're...
GIMME SHELTER- New shoes: Quarter-round finishes floor job
Published on Oct 26th, 2006
2 comments Kurt Lehnert Q: I had my old floors refinished, but they removed and discarded the shoe molding. How do I go about replacing the shoe molding? A: Replacing your shoe molding is fairly simple, but you...
GIMME SHELTER- Be a preppie: Get windows and hardware ready
Published on Oct 19th, 2006
0 comments Bob Weakley, D.R. Weakley Painting Q: I want to repaint my old windows. I also want to refurbish the old painted window latches. Any tips? A: If you want your paint job to last, how you prepare the...
GIMME SHELTER- Paper stripping: Go easy, take it slow
Published on Oct 12th, 2006
0 comments Iney Byfield Q: I need to remove some old wallpaper. Is this a job I can tackle myself? A: With a lot of patience, removing wallpaper is something people can do themselves. And since having it done...
GIMME SHELTER- Deck make-over: Scrub, slosh, dry, and seal
Published on Oct 5th, 2006
0 comments John Flevarakis, J&A Painting & Home Improvement Inc. Q: Structurally, my deck is in good shape, but it looks terrible. Can I get some tips for refinishing it? A: Refinishing your worn-out...
GIMME SHELTER- Blind ambition: Cleaning windows & blinds
Published on Sep 28th, 2006
0 comments Melinda Somers, Cavalier Window Cleaning & Powerwashing Inc. Q: My windows and blinds are filthy! Any advice on how to tackle the job? A: Remember to clean your blinds first. That may seem like...
GIMME SHELTER- Mower maintenance: Don't wait until you need it
Published on Sep 21st, 2006
0 comments Donny Robey, Piedmont Equipment Co.Q: What's the best way to store my mower in the off-season so it will be ready to go in the spring? A: The most common mistake people make when putting away their...
GIMME SHELTER- Falling leaves: Choose composting over bagging
Published on Sep 14th, 2006
0 comments Norm Carlson, Snow's Garden Center Q: What's the best way to deal with the fall leaves on my lawn? Don't they hurt the grass? And what about composting versus bagging? A: While it's beautiful to see...
GIMME SHELTER- Lawn rescue: Gardner, hold that fertilizer!
Published on Sep 7th, 2006
0 comments Scott Bagley, Southern States Q: What can I do to rescue my lawn in these drought conditions? A: You mean before last weekend's deluge? About the only thing that will help your lawn these days is...
GIMME SHELTER- Stair master: Putting up a pull-down
Published on Aug 31st, 2006
0 comments Kelly Brignac, K & M Carpentry Q: I have a rickety old pull-down stairway to my attic. How big a chore is it to replace the stairs?  Can I install it myself or do I need to hire a carpenter...
GIMME SHELTER- Couch cocktail: Apply alcohol, soda to stains
Published on Aug 24th, 2006
0 comments Kevin Barnard, Rudy's Rug & Carpet Cleaners Q: Help! After applying a greasy ointment to a road rash he got in a bike accident, my son plopped down on my upholstered couch. How do I remove the...
GIMME SHELTER- Water woes: Test well before you sign
Published on Aug 17th, 2006
0 comments Ed Schroeder, Commonwealth H2O Services Inc.  Q: We're buying a new house and want to be sure our water supply is clean and healthy. Is there anything we should check for or have installed?...