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GIMME SHELTER- Tree take-down: Remember the Golden Rule
Published on Aug 10th, 2006
0 comments Keith Mann, Timberland Associates Q: I have a thick dead tree 40 to 50 feet high that I want to take down myself, but it's leaning over a storage shed and a play structure. It's also pretty close to...
GIMME SHELTER- Gutter gussying: Get that water flowing!
Published on Jul 27th, 2006
0 comments Ronnie Kite, Meadowbrook HardwareQ: My metal gutters are clogged and crooked, but I don't want to replace them yet. Any tips on saving my old gutters?  A: Giving old gutter work a makeover can...
GIMME SHELTER- Damp damage: Control that moisture
Published on Jul 20th, 2006
0 comments Corin Major, Airflow Diagnostics Institute  Q: I'm worried about moisture damage to my home. My basement is damp, and I've noticed some of my walls have been sweating. What can I do? A: Given...
GIMME SHELTER- Choosing a realtor? Do your homework first
Published on Jul 13th, 2006
0 comments Jim Duncan, Century 21 Manley, www.realcentralva.com Q: We're thinking of buying a house, but we have no idea how to choose a realtor. Can you help? A: When choosing representation for what will most...
GIMME SHELTER- Sticky business: Elbow grease opens windows
Published on Jul 6th, 2006
0 comments Russ Melton, Charlottesville Handyman ServicesQ: I have older windows in my house, and they keep getting stuck when I try to open and close them. How do I unstick my windows?  A: Unfortunately,...
GIMME SHELTER- Stereo woes: When the music stops
Published on Jun 29th, 2006
0 comments Sinisa "Z" Maricic, Crutchfield Corp. Q: How can I get the most out of an old stereo system? What are the options I have to replace my old stereo equipment?  A: To improve old equipment, make...
GIMME SHELTER- Busy bees: Big black borers love wood
Published on Jun 15th, 2006
0 comments Matt Yeager, Brown Extermination Company Q. Those giant carpenter bees at my house are driving me crazy! They're so aggressive and they burrow holes in my deck. I even got stung by one. How do I stop...
GIMME SHELTER-Rock on! Building a wall takes patience
Published on Jun 8th, 2006
0 comments William Vlasis, Ivy Corner Gardening Center & Landscaping Q: I want to build a simple rock wall in my yard, but I've never done it before. What should I know before I get started? A: Building a...
GIMME SHELTER-Rover sleep-over: How to choose a kennel
Published on Jun 1st, 2006
0 comments Samuel Sale, Wakefield Kennel Inc. Q: We're going away on vacation and can't bring our dogs, but we've never boarded them before. What should we know before choosing a kennel? A: First you need to...
GIMME SHELTER-Balding lawn? You better hurry!
Published on May 25th, 2006
0 comments Donnie Toms, Southern States Q: Most of my lawn looks great, but there are a few areas where the grass has stopped growing. How can I fix these patches? A: If you find that certain areas of your...
GIMME SHELTER-Get set up: How to arrange your rooms
Published on May 18th, 2006
0 comments Caroline Macdonell Minsky, the Artful Lodger Q: We just moved into our new place, and I'm exhausted. Plus, I dont know the first thing about decorating. Any good tips? A: Your first question should...
GIMME SHELTER-Birdie buddy: Help your feathered friends
Published on May 11th, 2006
0 comments John Lane, Wild birds Unlimited Q: How is the recent drought affecting the bird population? Should I be worried about the birds at my feeder? How can I help them? A: Wild birds suffer in any extreme...
GIMME SHELTER-Keeping your cool: Maintenance is the key
Published on May 4th, 2006
0 comments Q: What can I do to get my air conditioning ready for the warmer weather? A: After months of inactivity, your air conditioning will need some attention before you crank it up this year. You'll first...
GIMME SHELTER-Aeration therapy: Let your lawn breathe
Published on Apr 27th, 2006
0 comments Q: I'm always driving on my lawn, and the grass has started to look pretty lame. How can I reinvigorate the green? A: If you drive on your lawn a lot, your best bet for getting the grass greener and...
GIMME SHELTER-Planet ant: Give em' the sweet bait
Published on Apr 20th, 2006
1 comments John Ashcraft, Holistic Pest Solutions Q: Now that it's warm, ants are invading my house! How do I get rid of them? A: Any kind of warmth from the sun brings ants out, but once the ground warms up,...
GIMME SHELTER-Lumpy mattress? Test drive new foam models
Published on Apr 13th, 2006
0 comments Anne Weaver, Mattress King Q: Okay, our old mattress is killing us! My wife and I need a real bed and a decent night's sleep for once. What are our options? A: Given the fact that people spend nearly...
GIMME SHELTER-Spring planting: It's time to get your hands dirty
Published on Apr 6th, 2006
0 comments Q: Is now the time to plan my new garden? What's the best way to get started? What can I plant now? A: You can definitely get off to an early start, but it can be worrisome. As this "spring...
GIMME SHELTER-This cold house: The re-insulation solution
Published on Mar 30th, 2006
0 comments Q: We bought an old house in Belmont, and we've been freezing this winter! Now I'm worried about keeping it cool this summer! How can I insulate my house better? A: Re-insulation is something we do...
GIMME SHELTER-Suck it up: Needs determine the right vac
Published on Mar 23rd, 2006
0 comments John Vermillion, Charlottesville Sanitary Supply Q: My old vacuum is shot, and I need a new one. What are my options? A: First, ask yourself a few questions. Do you have mostly wall-to-wall carpet or...
GIMME SHELTER- Anchors away! Make shelf bracket secure
Published on Mar 16th, 2006
0 comments Travis Johnson, Martin's Hardware Q:I want to put up some bookshelves. What's the best way to secure them to my wall? A: Before you start, it's important to know what kind of walls you have....
Anchors away! Make shelf bracket secure
Published on Mar 16th, 2006
0 comments Travis Johnson, Martin's Hardware Q:I want to put up some bookshelves. What's the best way to secure them to my wall?   A: Before you start, it's important to know what kind of walls you have....
GIMME SHELTER- Flappers and floats: How to fix the flush
Published on Mar 9th, 2006
0 comments Keith Cline, Absolute Plumbing Q: Help, my toilet won't flush! Is there any way I can fix it myself? A: If your toilet won't flush because the water in the bowl doesn't go down, you're in trouble....
Flappers and floats: How to fix the flush
Published on Mar 9th, 2006
0 comments Keith Cline, Absolute Plumbing Q: Help, my toilet won't flush! Is there any way I can fix it myself?   A: If your toilet won't flush because the water in the bowl doesn't go down, you're in...
GIMME SHELTER-Radiator rust: Preparation is the key
Published on Mar 2nd, 2006
0 comments Ronnie Kite, Meadowbrook Hardware Q: I keep painting my radiators, but rust spots keeping coming through the paint. How can I avoid getting these pesky rust spots? A: Of course, since water...
Radiator rust: Preparation is the key
Published on Mar 2nd, 2006
0 comments   Ronnie Kite, Meadowbrook Hardware Q: I keep painting my radiators, but rust spots keeping coming through the paint. How can I avoid getting these pesky rust spots?   A: Of course, since...
GIMME SHELTER-Shower power: When the flow goes slow
Published on Feb 23rd, 2006
0 comments John Fitch, Fitch Services Q: When I take a shower, there's barely a trickle of water. How can I increase the power of my shower? A: If the water flow in the rest of the house is great, the answer...
GIMME SHELTER-Smart house: Technology lets home run itself
Published on Feb 16th, 2006
0 comments Erik T. Hord, Modern Home Systems, Inc. Q: What are the advantages of home automation? Won't it make my home environment more complicated? A: Home automation combines various residential systems...
Smart house: Technology lets home run itself
Published on Feb 16th, 2006
0 comments   Erik T. Hord, Modern Home Systems, Inc. Q: What are the advantages of home automation? Won't it make my home environment more complicated?   A: Home automation combines various...
GIMME SHELTER-Moisture mystery: When water haunts the floor
Published on Feb 9th, 2006
0 comments Brian Gillispie, Gillispie Enterprises LLC Q: In the hot weather when the humidity is high, my wood floors "sweat" in certain places. How do I stop this from happening? A: Although it's...
GIMME SHELTER-Toppers: Tile over vinyl problematic
Published on Feb 2nd, 2006
0 comments Bradley Burditt, Old Dominion Tile Q: Can I put tile down over the vinyl flooring in my kitchen? Or should the vinyl be removed? What's the best way to prepare the floor surface? A: About two years...