Stirring Paint for Best Results

Stirring Paint Well

It may seem elementary to some.  If you’ve never done any painting, you might want to know how to stir a can of paint and know you’re doing it correctly.

All the heavier substances in a paint can (and other protective coatings) settle to the bottom -same as cream rises to the top of a quart of milk.  (I just realized the younger generation may not have experienced that).   Continue reading Stirring Paint for Best Results

Asbestos Removal

How to Successfully Remove Asbestos

It is extremely important to remove asbestos with very particular procedures in place. When asbestos is being removed, the particles become airborne and stay that way for a long time –and, are quite dangerous to the lungs.  The stringent procedures are designed to minimize the airborne particulate, thereby protecting the workers and the public at large.  For more perspective, see:   Continue reading Asbestos Removal

How to Bait a Lobster Trap

How to set a lobster trapA lobster trap must be checked often for live lobsters.  If left unattended for too long, they die and another crawls in to eat it.  That one could eventually die of starvation and another would be attracted and come in to dine on him.  

That cycle is broken in modern traps by a plate covered opening.  The cover plate is held in place with ties that deteriorate after awhile that allow the cover to fall off, allowing trapped lobsters out.   Continue reading How to Bait a Lobster Trap

Getting Rid of Mice

Mouse Traps and Getting Rid of Mice

I’ll Live Inside. You Live Outside, Thank You.


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It’s quite unlikely you will ever keep mice from entering a building. There are steps you can take to stem the tide, however, most of which are common sense. Beyond this, how mice get into your house is anybody’s guess. Small animals that enter dwellings (that includes ants) are in search of food. If they find some, they’ll set up camp. If not, they will likely keep moving. Continue reading Getting Rid of Mice

How to Grow Tomatoes

How to Grow Tomatoes

A Couple of Tomato Planting Tips from a Lady who Died about 50 Years Ago

I was How to Grow Tomatoesfirst shown how to plant tomatoes when I was about 10 or 11 years old by a elderly neighbor lady.    She let me use a small part of her garden and asked that I help her prepare the soil, carry the bucket of water, etc.  We planted her tomatoes and then mine nearby, on the other side of the garden patch.  It was a valuable lesson in ‘How-to’ gardening. She showed me how she did it and I never saw a reason to change that.  I still do it just like she showed me. Continue reading How to Grow Tomatoes

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

 Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners
The Sunflowers kind of overshadowed our tomatoes.

If you are seeking some pointers for setting up a vegetable garden, here are some rudimentary things that you might want to consider.  There are probably other questions that will pop up. This will get you started and you will most certainly learn as you go.  I might add that one of the best things one can do for a child that he or she will carry with them for life is to teach them to grow.  A neighbor did it for me starting when I was about 10 years old.  I have had -at the very least, a tomato patch and a few flowers every year since.  My father had a garden in later years but not when I was a child.   Continue reading Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Easiest Way to Get Rid of Mice

Author’s Note: This post includes two videos, Parts One and Two. If pressed for time, you are encouraged to bookmark the page and come back to finish this comprehensive article.

Mice Infestations: Regaining Control

Here in the Great Northeast (U.S.), it seems to happen at the end of every summer –when it starts to get cold at night and especially when the temps dip below freezing.  We can always count on the mice to come in (can’t say that I blame them). 

July 2015 UPDATE: To see the most effective and humane traps I’ve had in 40 years, scroll to the bottom and see the Raticator.  Over the past three years, in addition to a steady stream of mice in the garage and shed, I got rid of dozens of chipmunks and at least a dozen red squirrels.  Neither is shy about entering the Raticator and the results are always the same.  Lights out.

The Raticator is available in two models -one runs on 4-AAA batteries, the Raticator MAX on ‘D’ Cells and has an infrared detecting circuit built in.  This infrared circuit enables the unit to remain in ‘stand-by’ mode until a rodent waltzes in, thereby preserving battery life.

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Wild Bird Seed and Pesticides

How Big a Problem Are Pesticides in Wild Bird Seed?

One of the nice Wild Bird Seed and Pesticidesthings one can do for the birds and something that adds beauty to our surroundings -and is a great Home Garden Idea, is to feed the birds around our house.

It has been widely suspected that producers of wild bird seed weren’t able to provide a product without potentially lethal levels of pesticides.  A study recently reported on by the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has shown that it is safe.  The study was undertaken by the ABC because of occasional reports of contaminated seed and the wish identify the problem or dispel the suspicions. Continue reading Wild Bird Seed and Pesticides

Pumpkins and Squirrels

Squirrels and Pumpkins

After October and Halloween, Pumpkins and Squirrelswe usually place the pumpkins we used to decorate the porch and yard -off to the side in the woods adjacent to the house and garden.  And, every year, the squirrels will eventually chew their way into them looking for seeds  -or, to eat the pumpkin.  Not sure which they like most. Continue reading Pumpkins and Squirrels

Ten Point Home Maintenance Checklist


The items on this checklist are things you can do yourself. Deferred maintenance is very expensive in the long run because the damages and repairs required might not be something you are equipped to do yourself.

For example, if a slow leak develops in the drain under the kitchen sink or your dishwasher door gasket is leaking, if the leak is not detected, the damage could be very labor intensive (translated: expensive). Continue reading Ten Point Home Maintenance Checklist