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SOMETIMES I CAN BE SERIOUSWarning signs homeowners should watch for include when a salesperson: Contacts homeowner first (comes to home uninvited or contacts the homeowner by telephone);Tells the homeowner that the repairs need to make right away;Talks too fast and pressures the homeowner to sign...
Before the sale:Many areas require some sort of inspection prior to the sale of a residential property. Sometimes such inspections result in major repairs that must be handled by a licensed, bonded contractor and likely will require a permit for the work. More often, the work required is minor, a...
Theories abound on how and why we won World War II. I know the correct answer. It was the ingenious use by the American farmer of a ubiquitous product named baling wire, commonly called "hay wire." This fine product was carefully hoarded and experimented with by millions of farmers all through t...
Today I have invited Medford to join me in the “operation” of this blog. He has indicated a willingness to contribute his wit & wisdom to it. He tells wonderful stories of the old days on the farm, and has a common-sense approach to do-it-yourself home repairs. He & I may even disagree—but rememb...
I’ve worked over the years with many a “Re-al-tor” (rē΄əl tōr), but never—ever—ever with a “Re-li-tor” (rē lĭt΄ tōr). Why is it that this ridiculous pronunciation persists? It’s not easier to say—or is it? I can understand why non-members say it that way, but I don’t understand why members persis...
Yesterday morning I was having coffee with my old pal Medford Ambrose (the “Techno-Geezer”), and he was bragging about his “Wiki*,” and I bragged back that I now had my very own Blog wherein I was going to pontificate about home repairs. You see, Medford, pushing the octogenarian designation, has...
I don’t expect to write a lot in this blog, but from time to time, you may expect me to offer an opinion or two about home repairs & maintenance. Opinions I have many—and I’m usually willing to share (folks my age tend to be loooong on opinions, ‘cause we don’t let facts get in our way).