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  • Cicada Killer Wasp
    Cicada Killer Wasp

    My yard has recently been infested by the “747” of wasps.  The Eastern cicada killer (a.k.a. cicada killer wasp) is the largest wasp in North America.  So naturally, when one see two or three...

    • Posted August 13, 2010
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  • Nominal Lumber Size
    Nominal Lumber Size Dimensions and Conversion Chart

    In a way, it has always disturbed me that the lumber industry can’t come up with a simple format for measuring their product.  Why can’t a 2×4 be just that, 2″x4″?  Instead I have...

    • Posted June 11, 2010
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  • Dog urine killing grass
    Stop Dog Urine From Killing Grass

    If you research ways to save your lawn from dog urine you may get a little discouraged.  You will find many different approaches to solving the problem, but nothing that is going to guarantee...

    • Posted May 31, 2010
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  • How to Repair an Asphalt Driveway
    How to Repair an Asphalt Driveway

    Winter’s frost can wreak havoc on an asphalt driveway.  With some regular maintenance, you can extend the life of your driveway and save a bundle in replacement costs.  It is generally recommended that you...

    • Posted May 7, 2010
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  • Top 10 Reasons to Consider Building with Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF)
    Top 10 Reasons to Consider Building with Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF)

    With the current interest in “being green,” Insulating Concrete Forms or, ICFs are quickly becoming a preferred building method.  It’s  a mainstream technique throughout Europe and gaining traction within the United States.  If you’re...

    • Posted April 27, 2010
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  • How To Cut Down A Tree

    Let me get straight to the most important aspect of cutting down trees… Safety.  This is an extremely dangerous task.  If you’re a novice at operating a chain saw and your ambition is to...

    • Posted March 22, 2010
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  • Electrical Wiring and Circuit Capacity
    Electrical Wiring and Circuit Capacity

    If you plan on wiring an outlet or light fixture onto an existing electrical circuit you will have to determine if the circuit has enough capacity to handle the additional load. Start by adding...

    • Posted March 16, 2010
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  • Refinishing Hardwood Floors
    Refinishing Hardwood Floors

    Refinishing hardwood floors can be a dusty, time consuming chore, but can produce great returns on the sweat equity for “DIY”ers.  Here is how you go about boosting that equity. Prep the Room Like...

    • Posted March 14, 2010
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