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Can you help me ID this?

posted by: confused_newbie on 08.14.2007 at 01:18 pm in Garden Clinic Forum

Hi all, I just discovered yesterday that my basil plant seems to be infested with a teeny tiny insect. I turned over a few leaves and there are maybe 1-3 of these little things, and some flew away when I touched them. The plant seems to be intact though. What are they? Can I ignore them? Thanks!

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clipped on: 08.15.2007 at 04:16 pm    last updated on: 08.15.2007 at 04:17 pm

biostack vs earth machine on rodent resistance

posted by: confused_newbie on 08.13.2007 at 02:53 pm in Soil Forum

Hello all,

I blame you all for turning me into a compost junkie... not yet :) Anyhow, I tried lasagna gardening and thought that a compost bin would be more convenient. Cost has been a concern, but I just found out that I can get a biostack for $28 or an earth machine for $45 through my city and county. The bigger concern is rodents though, since I saw one running on a cable the other day, and it is a known issue from our house inspection report (they found rodent droppings in the crawl space).

So I read that the biostack has no bottom, which worries me, but it is cheaper. I am going to limit my kitchen waste to only fruit and veggie, and will dig a hole to bury them in the pile. Should I be worried about the bottomless biostack? What about the earth machine? What's your experience? Thanks!

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clipped on: 08.13.2007 at 03:04 pm    last updated on: 08.13.2007 at 03:04 pm

ideas to replace a dying lawn

posted by: confused_newbie on 08.13.2007 at 03:03 pm in California Gardening Forum

I have a bean shaped patch of lawn and I want to replace it. It is dying anyways presumably because I didn't water enough. The problem is, this patch is right in the middle of the garden, and the minute you walk into the house it is what you see out the window in the living room. I want to replace it with some water conserving plants that aren't going to be an eyesore, or grow too tall to obstruct the view. Any ideas?

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clipped on: 08.13.2007 at 03:04 pm    last updated on: 08.13.2007 at 03:04 pm

organic fertilizer other than compost?

posted by: confused_newbie on 08.09.2007 at 01:42 pm in Organic Gardening Forum

Hello all,

I just started on veggie gardening and maintaining a few fruit trees and two small patches of lawn. I would LOVE not to use chemicals, but DH is permanently opposed to the idea of compost (smells -> flies => he cannot stand them + lack of space => stings in the house). So so far I have resorted to not fertilizing. Weeds are ok, I usually pull them young or pour hot water on the bigger ones. But I am told that veggies, such as lettuce, need fertilized soil. So I looked in Lowes and boy, the organic fertilizers are expensive!

So I am asking here if you know alternatives to store brand organic fertilizers. I knew a few like egg shells and rice water etc (are they urban legend or not? dunno), but would love to learn more! Thanks!

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clipped on: 08.09.2007 at 01:42 pm    last updated on: 08.09.2007 at 01:42 pm

suggestions for newbie

posted by: confused_newbie on 08.07.2007 at 08:07 pm in Vegetable Gardening Forum

I just started out and would like to seek your opinion on what's easy to grow! I was researching on the web and read that August probably isn't a good time to get started, so I am getting a bit frustrated. I saved some bell pepper seeds that just started to sprout, and some heirloom tomato seeds that are germinating too. I read that swiss chard is good for beginners. Any recommendations from your experience? Thanks!

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clipped on: 08.07.2007 at 08:07 pm    last updated on: 08.07.2007 at 08:07 pm

fruit tree watering frequency

posted by: confused_newbie on 08.06.2007 at 02:17 pm in Fruit & Orchards Forum

Hello all,

I have a few fruit trees that I love for them not to die :) I was researching on the web how frequently I need to water them, and everyone seems to recommend "deep watering" once a month or so. What exactly is deep? Is running a hose at the base for 10 minutes deep enough? FYI, I have oranges, meyer lemons, some kind of satsuma/tangerine/i dunno what, pears, apples, cherries and mulberries.

Thanks!

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clipped on: 08.06.2007 at 02:17 pm    last updated on: 08.06.2007 at 02:17 pm

Fleas!!

posted by: spinnock on 04.23.2002 at 10:34 am in Home Disasters Forum

Does anyone know a quick fire way of getting rid of fleas? We have moved into a house and recently discovered it has fleas. We don't have any pets so they must be from the previous owner. We have brushed, vacuumed and mopped all floors with disinfectant and bleach. Then put down flea powder on the concrete floors and floorboards, followed by spraying all soft furnishings with flea spray. This was last night, but I am still being bitten when I'm in the house. Also, is there a way of stopping them jumping on your clothes. We have had to wash everything but can't dry any of it until we get rid of the fleas. Hanging clothes on the washing line isn't possible either as its raining constantly. HHHHEEEELLLLLPPPP!!! I hate being treated like a bugs dinner!!

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clipped on: 04.23.2007 at 04:00 am    last updated on: 04.23.2007 at 04:00 am

tile floor underlayment

posted by: confused_newbie on 03.20.2007 at 03:23 am in Bathrooms Forum

a while ago i asked about tile floor height hoping that our hallway hardwood floor can come flush with our new tile bathroom floor. it is determined that it can't be done due to our extremely skinny hardwood. now i have a follow-up question regarding the tile floor underlayment: can i lay down cement board directly on top of my 2 x 6 t&g planking? the instruction says we need plywood underneath the hardiboard, but we'd like to minimize the ramp up from the hardwood floor in the hallway. can i go thinset -> CBU -> thinset -> tile?

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clipped on: 03.27.2007 at 07:48 pm    last updated on: 03.27.2007 at 07:48 pm

travertine tile grout size

posted by: confused_newbie on 03.18.2007 at 08:07 pm in Bathrooms Forum

hi all, i finally bought my bathroom floor tiles!! we picked a honed and filed 18" x 18" travertine tile and we are ready to diy! we bought 1/16" spacers since i like minimal grout lines. can we actually do 1/16" (since these are natural stone tiles not ceramic)? i know we need unsanded for 1/16" but not sure if we can actually do 1/16" with natural stone tiles... thanks!

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clipped on: 03.18.2007 at 08:08 pm    last updated on: 03.18.2007 at 08:08 pm

Is there such a thing as................

posted by: boatnuts on 03.05.2007 at 06:39 pm in Bathrooms Forum

..........a classic master bathroom upgrade that will stand the test of time......15 years....20 years......without looking dated?

If so.......

Flooring material?
Wall finish?
Shower surround material?
Cabinet and counter top material?

It seems what is *in* today is *dated* in 10 years.....a disturbing thing for folks wanting to upgrade but not planning to sell the house in the next 10 to 15 years.

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clipped on: 03.18.2007 at 04:18 am    last updated on: 03.18.2007 at 04:18 am

help evaluate lemon tree

posted by: confused_newbie on 03.17.2007 at 06:22 pm in Citrus Forum

i just moved into this house for about 3 months, and am enjoying the lemon tree that the previous owner planted. however i think the tree is dying, and i have no knowledge of gardening so i am asking for help... i know i need to prune and probably fertilize it and water it, but if it is dead / diseased then i am not going to bother. the lemons are really juicy though! i hope it isn't beyond repair :( thanks!

about 6 ft tall


big juicy lemons


getting a few dead one on the tree


leaves yellowing


leaves drying, but got flowers too


something's wrong w/ the leaves

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clipped on: 03.17.2007 at 06:23 pm    last updated on: 03.17.2007 at 06:24 pm

hot tub maintenance

posted by: confused_newbie on 03.17.2007 at 02:16 pm in Pools & Spas Forum

so i bought this house that has been on the market for half a year while vacant. and we moved in for about 4 months. there is a hot tub in the garden and it's been covered for the whole time, and there is water in it that either runs at economical mode or not running at all. i am quite sure the water is stale since it hasn't seen any activities for 10 months - what do i need to do to revive the tub? i assume i need to somehow drain the water, clean the tub, refill it with water and some chemical treatment? sorry i know nothing about hot tubs... do i need to know what material the tub is to buy the appropriate cleaner and chemicals?

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clipped on: 03.17.2007 at 06:24 pm    last updated on: 03.17.2007 at 06:24 pm

hot tub maintenance

posted by: confused_newbie on 03.16.2007 at 07:04 pm in The Garden Party Forum

hi all, i am not sure if this is the right place to post but based on my search results it appears appropriate :)

so i bought this house that has been on the market for half a year. and we moved in for about 4 months. there is a hot tub in the garden and it's been covered for the whole time, and there is water in it that either runs at economical mode or not running at all. i am quite sure the water is stale since it hasn't seen any activities for 10 months - what do i need to do to revive the tub? i assume i need to somehow drain the water, clean the tub, refill it with water and some chemical treatment? sorry i know nothing about hot tubs...

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clipped on: 03.17.2007 at 06:24 pm    last updated on: 03.17.2007 at 06:24 pm

tile floor thickness

posted by: confused_newbie on 02.12.2007 at 02:37 pm in Bathrooms Forum

hi all,

i searched with different keywords and didn't see any related topics on this - so i am tiling my bathroom floor which is currently vinyl + 3/8 plywood + vinyl + 3/8 plywood. yup, 2 layers originally, i don't know what the previous owner was thinking. the current configuration, with the two layers of everything, is about 1/2" ramp up from the hardwood floor outside. my architect friend told us that we should try as hard as we can to make it flush. there's just no way, is there? at a minimum, after we pull out the two layers, we need to lay down 1/4" wonder board, and the tiles are definitely thicker than 1/4". how do people make their bathroom walkway flush!?! i am confused...

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clipped on: 02.12.2007 at 02:41 pm    last updated on: 02.12.2007 at 02:41 pm

Tile Floor Question - Ditra or not?

posted by: jenswrens on 08.09.2006 at 10:19 am in Bathrooms Forum

I was going to put 18x18 travertine tiles in my laundry/bath, but I've been over to the John Bridge forums and used their deflector tool. It tells me my floor is rated only for ceramic. My plan was to use the travertine anyway and use Ditra underlayment and hope for the best. But now I've ditched that idea and want to find a ceramic or porcelain that looks like travertine.

My question is do I still need to use the Ditra if I go with ceramic? Right now there is a 3/4" subfloor, with a layer of 1/2" thick plywood on top of that. Can I just thinset the tiles right to this plywood? Or not?

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clipped on: 02.05.2007 at 09:34 pm    last updated on: 02.05.2007 at 09:35 pm

Clarifying questions re: niche waterproofing and grout

posted by: sorriso on 02.03.2007 at 12:49 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We're almost ready to go with our shower/tub tiling and now I have questions after reading jejvtr's thread.

I tried to add a photo but couldn't figure it out, I did it in the test session though, but I didn't save it. The niche appears quite similar to jejvtr's.

We will be adding three marble shelves, pitched for water drainage and the bottom shelf will have a lip. Do I understand correctly that we need to add a waterproofing agent on top of the cement board in the niche area before tiling?

Regarding grout, our tiling center (independent company here in Bangor, Maine) sold us "Kerapoxy Stain-Free Grout (silver #27)." The owner is a tile guy and we've been happy in our limited interactions in the past. Why is he selling us premixed if it's a no-no? For our kitchen floor I know that we did mix it ourselves.

Our upstairs bathroom was done years ago by a different local, nonchain tiling center and the grout failed immediately. I certainly don't want any more grout problems.

What exactly should we be asking for for grout? We are doing the floor as well. The shower area is a white subway tile and the floor is white hexagons with black rosettes.

Finally, he has told us that we do not need to seal the tiles or grout at all.

Thank you for all your input. I have done copious reviewing of threads here, got educated, got confused, got overwhelmed and now would be grateful for your responses to my personal questions!

Linda

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clipped on: 02.05.2007 at 02:36 pm    last updated on: 02.05.2007 at 02:36 pm

natural stone tiles

posted by: confused_newbie on 02.02.2007 at 10:21 pm in Bathrooms Forum

hi all,

i've been reading here and over in john bridge's forum about natural stone tiles... just want to clarify; if i use honed filled travertine and seal it once a year or so, it should be okay as bathroom floor and wall? i am going to have a shower over tub combination so the tiles are not going to get soap/water directly at them, but still some splashes. thanks!

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clipped on: 02.05.2007 at 01:54 pm    last updated on: 02.05.2007 at 01:54 pm

two shower curtains for L-shaped rod?

posted by: confused_newbie on 02.01.2007 at 06:51 pm in Bathrooms Forum

this is a dump question, but i couldn't figure it out from reading online... do i use two pieces of shower curtains for an L-shaped corner shower rod with ceiling support? doesn't that mean the shower curtains need to be skinnier too, since now two pieces would cover 60" (tub length) +32 (tub width)" = 92", which is 46" wide each? i only see curtains around 71" wide... am i missing something?

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clipped on: 02.01.2007 at 06:56 pm    last updated on: 02.01.2007 at 06:56 pm

RE: L-shaped rod for shower stall (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: pam_r on 09.22.2006 at 02:59 pm in Bathrooms Forum

This site has them

www.eqwip.com

This one has ones that bow out, and are less expensive
http://www.signaturehardware.com/class229

Also these sites:
http://www.a-ball.com/adtemplate.asp?invky=19627

http://www.clawfootsupply.com/style106

Most of these are made to be cut to size.

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clipped on: 01.30.2007 at 07:22 pm    last updated on: 01.30.2007 at 07:22 pm

masonite palazzo interior door - hollow or solid?

posted by: confused_newbie on 01.24.2007 at 02:01 am in Woodworking Forum

hi all,

i went to home depot today to look for an interior door for my bathroom, and i wanted a solid core MDF. i like the designs of the masonite palazzo doors, but i was told by the home depot guy that it is hollow cored. it does feel solid though. on the label it doesn't say whether it is solid or hollow cored, and i couldn't find an answer from the masonite site. the home depot guy didn't seem to know what he is doing, that's why i am asking here :) thanks!

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clipped on: 01.24.2007 at 02:01 am    last updated on: 01.24.2007 at 02:01 am

toto aquia from homeclick?

posted by: confused_newbie on 01.22.2007 at 02:59 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I searched the forum on homeclick reviews and naturally I am scared to buy from them. However they do have the best price on toto toilets especially with their 10% off. I saw that most complaints on homeclick is from 2005 - any recent updates? By the way, not a lot of vendors carry toto's aquia so I don't have a lot of choices. thank you all!

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clipped on: 01.22.2007 at 03:04 pm    last updated on: 01.22.2007 at 03:04 pm

66' x 34' bathtub

posted by: confused_newbie on 01.21.2007 at 08:49 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Is it really that difficult to find a bathtub!? Argh I am so frustrated. I am looking for recommendations for a basic non-jetted acrylic bathtub with 66"x34" dimensions. I prefer 18" depth or so but that's not a hard requirement. I went to Lowes and HD and couldn't find any :( Also checked out Kohler and American Standards' site but no luck! Thanks!!

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clipped on: 01.22.2007 at 01:45 pm    last updated on: 01.22.2007 at 01:45 pm

Please share your shower niche pics

posted by: lford on 12.02.2006 at 05:05 pm in Bathrooms Forum

My tile guy wants me to tell him what I want to do and I have no idea. Please help, show me your shower niche.

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clipped on: 01.20.2007 at 03:41 pm    last updated on: 01.20.2007 at 03:41 pm

Recessed soap and shampoo alcoves ?

posted by: springvillegardens on 12.13.2006 at 09:43 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I am redoing my master shower and would like recessed soap and shampoo alcoves rather than ones which stick out and don't match. Are there any hints for their size, location in the shower, tiling and suporting of these alcoves?

I was planning on framing them out with 2x4's and then backerboard and then tiling. Also - what is the best method of tiling these little alcoves - using bullnose tile or half-round pieces - does anyone have any pictures of such? Thanks.

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clipped on: 01.20.2007 at 03:37 am    last updated on: 01.20.2007 at 03:37 am

toto colonial vs cotton white

posted by: confused_newbie on 01.19.2007 at 04:34 am in Bathrooms Forum

hi all, i am trying to match a toto toilet to my ikea hallviken sink - should it be colonial or cotton white? thanks!

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clipped on: 01.19.2007 at 01:41 pm    last updated on: 01.19.2007 at 01:41 pm

grohe pressure and volume control

posted by: confused_newbie on 01.17.2007 at 03:44 am in Bathrooms Forum

I searched through this forum and couldn't seem to find an answer to this - does the volume control for Grohe shower fixtures only work with thermostatic valves but not pressure balanced valves? I want to be able to adjust volume and temperature during shower, but I don't think I need a thermostatic valve since I don't need to pre-set temperature and such. Am I understanding it correctly? Thanks!!!

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clipped on: 01.19.2007 at 01:40 pm    last updated on: 01.19.2007 at 01:40 pm

Toto Aquia owners flush problems?

posted by: jewelly on 10.06.2006 at 01:21 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Many showrooms tell me the dual flush toilets on the market don't do a great job of getting the bowl clean, partly because of low water levels in the bowl which also leads to odor issues. Has anyone with a Toto Aquia experienced this lack of proper, uh, evacuation that makes you need to use the brush? I love the look of the Aquia and see that many people on the forum love theirs but can't find any mention of the flushing working well or not. I am also considering the Pacifica.

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clipped on: 01.19.2007 at 01:38 pm    last updated on: 01.19.2007 at 01:38 pm

hand shower recommendations

posted by: confused_newbie on 01.16.2007 at 02:19 am in Bathrooms Forum

Hi all,
As my user name suggests, I am a confused newbie - first time home owner doing a complete remodel of the guest bathroom under extreme time pressure. Help plz!
We are shopping for a hand shower system that attaches to a shower bar for adjustable height. We went to a bath fixture showroom today and was overwhelmed - we picked a few that we liked (based on the outlook, of course, due to our lack of knowledge otherwise), and got quoted $800 - $1300. They are Grohe and Hansgrohe brands.
Then I started lurking here and saw that rainshower or alike isn't recommended for strong showers. I'd like to ask if there is any particular simple hand shower system that you guys recommend?
Background info - it is for the guest bathroom so we don't care that much / have a preference. We wouldn't want plasticky ones though, so we thought brand names like Kohler / Grohe are safe. The boyfriend insisted on a water pressure control in addition to a temperature control, so I guess we want two knobs. We are doing a tub / shower combo so we will need a tub spout with a diverter too. The price quote was on all 3 - tub spout + controls + shower.

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clipped on: 01.19.2007 at 01:35 pm    last updated on: 01.19.2007 at 01:35 pm

grohe discontinued lines

posted by: confused_newbie on 01.17.2007 at 05:41 pm in Bathrooms Forum

so i used grohe's site to build my project, and was shopping using that PDF sheet that their site saves for you for the project. i was told that a few lines are discontinued! e.g., tempra 4000, relexa, 5" tub spouts in their components section, etc. argh! they should update their site to reflect that!
then i found that some sites still carry these discontinued items. what do you guys think - is it safe to buy discontinued items? i don't know if they are discontinued because of defects, or because of style / sales / profit margin.

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clipped on: 01.19.2007 at 01:35 pm    last updated on: 01.19.2007 at 01:35 pm