The way to Remove English Ivy Roots From Block Walls


English ivy (Hedera helix) is an invasive creeping vine with rootlets that cling to a vast range of vertical surfaces like block walls, cement and brick. It is possible to cut English ivy vine stems…

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Maggot Parasites at Corn


It’s simple to assume maggots eat anything, especially if you’ve seen them dining on garbage or road kill. These offspring of various kinds of flies, mosquitoes and gnats are pickier than we assume and their…

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Do Yellow Turn?


Studying the patterning, position and range of yellow leaves on lemon tree (Citrus limon) leaves gives some clues about why they have changed colour. Hardy at U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through…

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How to Install Unfaced Insulation


Homeowners think about insulating material when are worried about high heating costs, or they’re purchasing a house, preparing to sell one and looking to spend less. Most new homes are built with insulation that was…

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The Way to Insulate the Walls in an Older Home


Inadequate insulation in the exterior walls of your home wastes energy and forces your heating system to work extra hard. This shortens the life of your equipment and costs you in replacement and maintenance expenses…

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Sample Checklist Form for Home Inspection


Home inspectors must possess, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a comprehensive knowledge of construction materials and practices and in certain states need a particular permit. Formal inspections will consequently demand a trained and seasoned…

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The Classic Gable Takes a New Turn


Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron call the gable type the “ur-type” of house, and they’ve abstracted it into residential and other commissions, including the Parrish Art Museum in Long Island, New York….

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Online, Nobody Knows You're a Lamp


Don’t look now, but you are on the Internet. It’s great, isn’t it? Soon your family appliances — refrigerator, stove, alarm clock, air conditioner, garage door opener and lights — will all get on the…

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7 Shade-Loving Rarities of the Plant World


“Pteridophyllum racemosum,” I replied, thereby landing a privileged internship at New York’s Stonecrop Gardens. My bottomless admiration for woodland plants, of which the said Pteridophyllum is an uncommon example, has consistently repaid. Obscure or mainstream,…

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Pine Cones: Not Just for Christmas


Odds are that the last time you saw a pine cone at someone’s house, it had been on a mantel bedecked for the holidays. Even though these beauties tend to get tossed back outside or…

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