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What Are Flood Zones and X Heights

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    Flood Zones
    Flooding is one of the most dangerous situations for most people. Most people think that flooding can only occur around large rivers or at the ocean but there are many factors that can cause flash floods in areas that normally are dry during heavy rains.

    For this reason the federal government has performed studies of flood prone areas and assigned them X Zone Information. This data can be used by a number of people including your …

    Understanding Extended Service Plans

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      Most Manufacturers will offer some type of standard Warranty for their products. This may be a 1 year parts and labor coverage or a lifetime limited service plan. The difference depends on the product and the manufacturer.

      Understanding the coverage that you have and any additional plans offered by your contractor or retailer is important when you purchase any item.

      First is unconditional returns – Most large retailers will offer a 30- 60 or even a 90 day unconditional return policy. This means …

      How To – Grow Cucumbers

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        Cucumbers are one of the easiest crops for a home gardener to grow. With enough space, sunlight, water and food cucumbers will grow fast during the summer providing a variety of different uses.

        From Pickling to slicing up for salads there are  a large variety of cucumbers that you can try in your garden. Although the selection may be wide the care of the plants is basically the same.

        Cucumbers are actually a …

        How To – Growing Cauliflower

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          Cauliflower is one of the most popular vegetables for home gardeners. Although many people attempt growing cauliflower from seed doing so will probably result in poor results for the beginner.

          Belonging to the cole family along with broccoli, brussels sprouts, collards, kale, kohlrabi and, of course, cabbage.

          Start your plants early in spring or late summer. They like the bright cooler days  60F – 80F to promote good growth and will resist some colder days in fall.

          Soil Quality
          Soil should …

          How To – Growing Beets

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            Beets are one of the easier nutritious plants to grow in your garden. Although most people stick to the beet root you can also eat the greens in salads or cook them like you would turnips.

            Starting them in early spring they like the bright cooler days of 60F – 70F to promote good growth.

            Soil Quality
            Your soil should be well tilled to allow easy growth of the root bulb. If you have clay soil you …

            Active Solar Heating

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              Active Solar depends on movement from a collector to the area that the heat will be used. Sometimes the heat is used for water heating and other times it is used for space heating.

              There are two basic types of active heat collection: Air and Liquid.

              Hot water heating is a good example of an Active Liquid Heating System.

              A collector is placed on the roof of the building and a insulated hot water storage tank …

              How To – Soil Testing

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                Soil Testing is a great way to understand more about your lawn and garden. There are a variety of tests that can be performed by the home owner but a professional testing service can give you more accurate information about the chemical makeup of your soil. This is important for different types of plants vegetables and lawns.

                Most plants will grow in a range of 6.1 to 6.9 ph level this means the soil …

                Springtime Preventing Crabgrass and Weeds

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                  Every year we say we are going to work on our Lawn and Garden but by the time the summer heat comes around curing things like weed infestation and just poor quality lawns gets to the point where nothing works.

                  Since at the time we are writing this springtime is just around the corner or for some parts of the country it has already started we wanted to give you a few simple …

                  Choosing the right Container for your Plants

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                    There are many decorative options for plants today so making the right choice for your plants is getting tougher. We will look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of different materials and features found in commonly available planters.

                    First lets look at the different materials that planters are manufactured from.

                    Glass
                    Glass vases or pot shaped containers are best used for cut plants or hydroponic gardening.
                    One of the great features of glass is that …

                    HowTo Deal with Mold in your Home

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                      Mold is one of the more common problems in homes today but actually people are routinely exposed to more than 200 species of fungi every day.

                      The terms “mold” and “mildew” are nontechnical names commonly used to refer to any fungus that is growing in our home. Mold colonies may appear cottony, velvety, granular, or leathery, and may be white, gray, black, brown, yellow, greenish, or other colors.

                      Many molds or fungi reproduce by dispersion of …