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Using the wrong copper tube could lead to watery disaster Posted May 29, 2016 5:00 AM
Q. I always read your column in the Sunday newspaper, and wanted some more detail to your answer to an earlier question. I have had similar problems with the cold water pipe that runs to my hot water heater. Would you be able to further clarify the possible causes?
Borrower decisions on HECM reverse mortgages Posted May 28, 2016 3:00 AM
There are three major decisions a senior must make when applying for a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage, more commonly known as a reverse mortgage.
New mortgage lending rules bring mixed results Posted May 27, 2016 5:00 AM
Eight months into the most comprehensive and challenging set of rule changes affecting homebuyers and sellers in more than four decades, how’s it all going? The preliminary results are rolling in and they’re mixed. There’s strong evidence that average times to close loans are longer than they were under the old rules.
Mow more frequently in spring as grass grows Posted May 29, 2016 7:14 AM
Use a mulching mower that leaves the grass clippings on the lawn. This means less work for you and it recycles those extra nutrients into your lawn. Regardless of which mower you choose, mow more frequently during spring to accommodate rapid grass growth.
Consider using perennials in your containers Posted May 29, 2016 7:13 AM
Container gardening has become so much more chic than red geraniums, vinca vines trailing over the edge, and a green spike in the middle for height. In addition to the scads of new annual flowers introduced each year, savvy gardeners peruse the perennial benches for a wealth of container gardening opportunities.
How to attract butterflies and bees Posted May 29, 2016 7:11 AM
Any size garden can attract pollinators from a large flower bed to a single planter with a few select pollinators. Be sure to choose nectar and pollen-rich plants. I recommend you plant clumps of the same flower rather than a single plant as pollinators are drawn to mass plantings when looking for a place to feed.
Outdoor ‘rooms’ make great use of yards
Posted May 28, 2016 5:00 AM
Suburban homeowners with large patios or decks have enough outdoor space to easily create more than one outdoor “room,” with a dining area, a cooking or kitchen area and a separate lounging area. By doing this, they are adding value to their homes, said Dan Mayer, owner of Northwest Metalcraft in Arlington Heights.
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Prevent air conditioning problems this summerAir conditioners are about to be switched on for the warm summer months so it is time to get them serviced and prepared for the hard work they will do. Eric Noack, service manager of the heating, ventilation and cooling division of ABC Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric, has some tips to keep your system functioning well during the heat of the summer.
HomeWerks opens new showroom in NapervilleFor the past 20 years, HomeWerks has been renovating and improving Chicago-area homes. The Orland Park-based firm recently opened a new showroom in Naperville.