Repairing a lose board on your deck

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    Sometimes when you build with pressure treated lumber it will shrink more then expected this is the problem with one of or deck boards. Although replacing the whole piece is an option once you have stained your deck a few times and it has weathered for a season installing a fresh board will mean a mismatch in color.

    If you are using an opaque stain that will completely block the grain in the wood this is fine …

    What to look for in a Basic Drafting Software Package

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      In 1984 I got my first taste of CAD Computer Aided Drafting with AutoCad 2.something and since that time there is no way that I would go back to drawing by hand. The features that were available in that software are still pretty much the same and remain the basic tools for drafters, architects and engineers.

      Today’s CAD Drafting Software can provide the user with a variety of internal and add-on features. Everything from 3D rendering of your project with animated …

      Using Mulch in your Garden

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        There are many types of mulch that you can use in your garden and just as many reasons to use it.
        Most people like the way mulch looks in flower beds and around their small trees but the reason it is used has much more to do with garden maintenance then just its decorative appeal.

        Here are a few reasons you may want to use mulch.

        To reduce the amount of …

        Directory of Governmental Resources and Offices covering Pesticides

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          Directory of Governmental Resources and Offices covering Pesticides

          Alabama
           http://www.agi.state.al.us/
           http://www.agi.state.al.us/Word/PPPM.htm
          Department of Agriculture
          Division of Plant Protection and Pesticides
          PO BOX 3336
          Montgomery, AL 36109-0336
          (334) 240-7171

          Alaskahttp://www.state.ak.us/dec/eh

          http://www.state.ak.us/dec/eh/pest

          Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
          Environmental Health
          500 S Alaska St
          Palmer, AK 99645-6340
          (907) 745-3236

          Arizonahttp://agriculture.state.az.us
          http://agriculture.state.az.us/ESD/esd.htm

          Arizona Department of Agriculture
          Environmental Services
          1688 W Adams
          Phoenix, AZ 85007
          (800) 223-0618
          (602) 255-3664
          (602) 542-3579

          Arizona Structural Pest Control
          9545 East Double Tree Ranch Rd
          Scottsdale, AZ 85258

          Arkansas
          http://www.plantboard.org/
          http://www.plantboard.org/pesticides_licensing.htmlArkansas State Plant Board
          Division of Feeds, Fertilizers and Pesticides
          #1 Natural Resource Dr
          PO BOX 1069
          Little Rock, AR …

          Understanding Perennials, Annuals and Biennials

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            When planning your garden you can choose from a variety of different plants, bushes and trees.

            There are 3 basic types to choose from

            Perennials – Plants that survive for many years.

            Bushes and trees are examples of Woody Perennials.
            These plants will last for many years. Some like evergreens Pines or Holly bushes will keep their leaf structure year long. Others that are deciduous like Oak Trees will drop their leafs …

            Rose Pruning

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              Proper pruning of plants is something that all gardeners should learn.

              For many plants like roses pruning is necessary to improve the growth and flowering of the plant.

              Prune your roses in late winter – early spring to promote the next seasons growth.

              Summer pruning should be done to remove diseased or damaged stems or for harvesting flowers.

              You should also deadhead the flower buds once they have died.

              Always make clean sharp cuts …

              Planting Peppers and Potted Plants

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                Planting Vegetables in your garden is really easy to do and will give you months of enjoyment and food. 

                All vegetables are started by seed but as a home gardener you can take advantage of potted plants to reduce your germination and grow time.  Plants are available in early spring right after the last frost. Most Home Stores and Garden Centers carry a good selection but you can also purchase …

                Range Hoods – Selection and Cleaning

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                  There are three basic types of range hoods available for residential kitchens. Each type has its own advantages and features but whatever model you pick there are three main reasons you should get one.

                  The first is Fire Protection- A range hood made out of stainless steel or enameled steel will act as a buffer in case of grease or other fires on your stove. Since most cabinets are made out of …

                  Gas and Electric Cooktops – Selection and Care

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                    Your Stove is one of the most important parts of your kitchen and it should get proper care to last a long time.

                    There are three different types of stove tops that we will cover.

                    Electric with exposed elements
                    Gas with exposed elements
                    and Electric with Glass Surface

                    Each type has its own specific features and different methods of maintenance.

                    Electric Stoves with …

                    Disinfecting Refrigerators and Countertops

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                      Regular cleaning of your counter tops, cutting boards and refrigerator is necessary to reduce dangerous bacteria buildup in your kitchen. Bacteria can often be unseen and odorless so just because the surface looks visibly clean of dirt does not mean it is safe.

                      To disinfect kitchen surfaces we need to use a bleach solution.

                      Prepare the solution by adding 1 cup of household bleach to a gallon of water and then …

                      Cleaning and Polishing Aluminum

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                        Aluminum is one of the most common metals found in our homes. It is in our kitchen pots and pans it is also used in our cars for wheels and window frames and door jams. Other uses of aluminum include paint pigments, electrical wires and components, castings for camera bodies, siding for home exteriors, car engines, and any place where light and durable metal parts are needed.

                        Aluminum does not rust like Iron or Steel but it does oxidize and discolor.

                        It can …

                        Removing Stains from Carpet or Furniture

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                          It dosen’t matter how careful everyone tries to be… the fact is there will always be accidents but a few simple tricks should let you keep your sanity.

                          The most important thing is catching the stain as soon as you can.

                          1) Blot the area with a dry towel as soon as you can to remove the largest volume of the spill. 

                          2) Once you have removed as much of the wine or other liquid …