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Landscapers hacked down my roses

posted by: wmas1960 on 11.18.2012 at 12:39 am in Roses Forum

We moved into our house 2 years ago. When we bought the house there were some beautiful roses in front of the house. They were about 4' tall. Not knowing anything about growing them I did a little reading and decided to leave them be during the winters, I would clip off the spent buds and that was it. For 2 years, they wintered fine. Even after being buried under about 5' of snow in February of 2011. In the spring I would wait for them to show new growth and would trim them down to the nearest 5 leaves above the new growth.

I was shocked the other day when I looked out front and found that the landscapers had cut them almost to the ground and piled leaves around them. About 6". I know they will grow back but wondered how fast and how tall I can get them back to, next year. I am really bummed about this. I had gotten compliments from the neighbor about how wonderful they looked. And they were always full of bright red buds.

When we moved in, along with the rest of the yard, they were a bit over grown and there was a bit of dead woody branches in them. I had carefully thinned them out and trimmed them and feel I was having great success. Now, I just don't know what to expect and, maybe, if I am bummed about nothing. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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clipped on: 11.18.2012 at 01:05 am    last updated on: 11.18.2012 at 01:05 am

RE: New Lawn Mower (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: saxman1 on 03.20.2011 at 01:07 pm in Lawn Mowers Forum

20197. I have the forerunner of that model which was briefly sold as the Lawn-Boy Commercial 22271. Excellent mower in any mode of operation, the 20197 has the same deck and general design as the 22271, but not the Honda GSV190 commercial engine and sealed-bearing wheels. I do not see the blade brake/clutch as a safety issue at all, because I'm not sticking my hands into the blade area of a running mower for any reason. Besides, the 20197 has a magnetic engine cut-off that doesn't allow starting or running without the bag frame or mulch plug installed, and your hands do not enter the deck to manipulate these mode changes - and obviously the engine will stop once you release the engine control bail anyway. Plus, the Honda engine will re-start quickly and easily after releasing the engine bail to empty the bag, pick up a stick, whatever. I guess I'm simply not a fan of the BBC and consider it a useless 'feel good' add-on.
The clean-out port is of no importance. All mowers come with instructions for hosing out the deck with the engine running, and it makes just as much of a mess with or without the hose attachment.
Either model has a thick, tough cast-aluminum deck that will probably out last the engine - maybe two or three engines. I like the sophistication of the Honda OHC engines but the B&S is legendary. However, I definitely would accept the Honda engine to get the 20197.

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clipped on: 03.23.2011 at 06:06 pm    last updated on: 03.23.2011 at 06:06 pm

RE: Snowblower oil mixture (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: saxman1 on 02.26.2011 at 07:07 pm in Lawn Mowers Forum

Your mix will be adequate. It's better to have too much oil than not enough, but considering the application you'd have to be way low on oil to hurt it. You could use twice as much oil and it would just smoke a little more.

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clipped on: 02.26.2011 at 09:09 pm    last updated on: 02.26.2011 at 09:09 pm

RE: Ants or Termites, what to do? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: nimela on 11.30.2010 at 10:01 am in Home Repair Forum

I live near the Gulf and termites are rampant. We use a Concentrated Termite & Carpenter Ant killer. From Lowes or HD. Mix according to directions and spray damaged area before repair. It has been my experience that termites come to rotten wood, so look the reason the wood got wet in the first place and/or was it holding water rather than draining away from porch area. I am facing the same problem on the bottoms of my porch posts as we speak and the above is how we intend to fix. If you want to keep bugs from coming into your house you can put down some good old 20 mule team borax. Termites however attack wet wood that starts to rot so stick your screwdriver into the effected area to determine how deep the rotten wood is and clean it out before attempting to repair.

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clipped on: 02.25.2011 at 03:25 am    last updated on: 02.25.2011 at 03:40 am

Ants or Termites, what to do?

posted by: wmas1960 on 11.30.2010 at 12:31 am in Home Repair Forum

Oh the joys of home ownership. I just bought a home in a short sale. While in fairly good condition, there are those things that need attention. The house had been minimally occupied for over a year and I am finding plenty. Of little jobs to do.

One is an area of rot near the front door. As I checked it out to determine how soft the wood was, it crumbled. I opened it up and found my arm, from my hand to my elbow all covered in sawdust. I saw no signs of insects themselves but there was tunneling in the 1x and in what appeared to be a laminated beam inside.

After cleaning the area out, it looks like it is still pretty solid but all the dust has me concerned. The area is on the front porch about 10 feet from the soil. There have been no other signs, so far of bug damage around the house.

I have removed some of the trim and it has been open for a couple weeks. My intention is to repair the damaged wood, caulk it and paint it best I can. It has now gotten cold out and I don't know if I can still paint it or if I will need to wait till spring.

The big question though is if there is anything I need to do before I put it all back together. I don't want to just seal in the offending insects etc. And have them return next spring. Also, does anyone have any thoughts regarding Ants or Termites or how I can determine what they were.

I am north of Chicago.

Thanks for advice.

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clipped on: 02.25.2011 at 03:26 am    last updated on: 02.25.2011 at 03:38 am

Hvac quotes, Help Please

posted by: wmas1960 on 11.28.2010 at 01:25 am in Heating & Air Conditioning Forum

I just purchased a home. It was a short Sale and has a few issues that we are trying to work on. Mostly it is in great shape except appliances and mechanicals that are original and are over 22 yrs old. Mainly, on top of our list is HVAC, due to the current tax rebates and the fact that the current furnace is probably running less than 50 % efficient.

The house is 22yrs old, 2 stories, attic according to home inspection is double insulated. 1780 sqft with a crawl. We are located north of
Chicago.

I have 4 quotes and none of them seem to concur on the issue of AC Tons. Of the 4, only 2 did any inspection and measurements. One of the
others, I have thrown out as it was for Amana and the others Trane.
Asside from that, I thought the guy was a weasel from the get go.

So, on to the more serious contenders. All quoted the same furnace and
were a few hundred apart. However, the big difference comes with the AC. In the end we have about a $2000 difference. Bid one quoted a 15
seer 2 ton. Bid 2 also 15 seer said he thought it was 2.5 ton and bid 3 said 3 tons. I was told by the first guy that he thought 2.5 would be ok
but felt for budget and the effect of removing more humidity that he would
be inclined to undersized by .5 ton.

Does any of this make sense out there and what is the significance if I
were to go wit 2.5 and it ended up a half or a full ton small. I will note that the third guy was one who didn't even pull out a tape measure or look around the house. To his credit though he is the most local and seemed
more familiar with the neighborhood which consists of many similar houses with identical floor plans, ages and construction features.

Also, each company proposed different ways to install the flue and intakes. One said down, through the crawl and out the foundation wall. He said that he would put in a trap to drain condensate to the sump pump. The second said through the garage and out the side wall of the
house. The last said that he could go into the garage, through it's attic and out the roof. For 95 % units that we are talking about, do any of those proposals seem inappropriate.

Funny thing is that after 4 proposals, I am more confused than I was
before. Any thoughts and assistance woud be appreciated as I figure I
must decide by this week to schedule install by the 31st.

Thanks for all thoughts and help.

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clipped on: 02.25.2011 at 03:27 am    last updated on: 02.25.2011 at 03:36 am

Snowblower oil mixture

posted by: wmas1960 on 02.25.2011 at 03:11 am in Lawn Mowers Forum

Don't see a snowblower forum so thought I would post here. The other day, when getting gas I spilled some of the oil outside the can. Not a lot but can't be certain how much. Tonight while anticipating some snow, I took an extra bottle of oil, that I had, and measured a shot glass full and added it to the existing gas/oil mix.

I haven't put any into the machine yet. It is dry from our recent blizzard when I ran out. Before I use the new gas, I thought i would check if someone might know whether it would be safe to use what I have or should I try to get some fresh. What is the consequences if the gas/oil mix is too much oil or too little. Again, it is probably close but I just can't be sure either way. The machine is a Toro 210R that, I think is 50:1 and it is NEW so I wanted to make sure.

Thanks for any insight.

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clipped on: 02.25.2011 at 03:31 am    last updated on: 02.25.2011 at 03:35 am

Snowblower oil mix

posted by: wmas1960 on 02.25.2011 at 03:17 am in Tool Shed Forum

Don't see a snowblower forum so thought I would post here. The other day, when getting gas I spilled some of the oil outside the can. Not a lot but can't be certain how much. Tonight while anticipating some snow, I took an extra bottle of oil, that I had, and measured a shot glass full and added it to the existing gas/oil mix.
I haven't put any into the machine yet. It is dry from our recent blizzard when I ran out. Before I use the new gas, I thought i would check if someone might know whether it would be safe to use what I have or should I try to get some fresh. What is the consequences if the gas/oil mix is too much oil or too little. Again, it is probably close but I just can't be sure either way. The machine is a Toro 210R that, I think is 50:1 and it is NEW so I wanted to make sure.

Thanks for any insight.

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clipped on: 02.25.2011 at 03:32 am    last updated on: 02.25.2011 at 03:33 am