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Q: One of our toilets leaks constantly from tank to bowl. We can hear it and know it is running up our water bill, big time. I put in a new flapper valve, but it didn’t help. What next? — Ray
Dreamhomes Every issue of Sunset, the venerable periodical of au courant living in the West, brings a fantasy land of carefree couples and relaxed families inhabiting homes that seem too perfect to be real.
The first week of October is a good time for dirt work.
The first bit of fall inspiration often comes from a glimpse of pumpkins gathered at a farmers market or a roadside stand. It’s time to chill in oh-so-many ways. Temperatures cool off, and all things winter and cold don’t seem so distant anymore.
Q: I have a roof leak in the front bedroom corner of my house. The house has a flat roof and all seams and skylights were resealed, says my roofer. However, the roof still shows signs of leakage, albeit not all the time. (The bedroom ceiling is open so we can see where the leak is.) Last Saturday, the wood was completely dry; Sunday showed shows of wetness, as well as Monday.
Don’t fall down on the job of keeping your gutters and downspouts clear and in good repair. They may be an “out of sight, out of mind” aspect of your home exterior, but neglecting them can lead to costly repairs.
Oooh, there’s a sale table of perennials. And look at that rose, half-price. And oh my gosh, there’s that Japanese maple I’ve been wanting reduced by 40 percent! Is this you? Then like many gardeners around here, you’ve been noticing that fall is when Northwest nurseries offer big-time plant discounts.
The stunned crowd at Sotheby’s burst into a rare round of applause when a museum-quality Persian carpet sold for a record-setting $33.76 million in June.
Sharing a meal or relaxing on a deck, patio or balcony can be the highlight of a summer day. And when the season changes, proper care can make your outdoor furniture last for summers to come.
Like a lot of young, idealistic men, Austin Carrier had no problem giving his opinions on the issues of the day. His usually centered on the local, sustainable food movement.
Housekeeping, drudgery? Not to us members of the unofficial “clean club.”
At long last, there is an answer to why a reader’s newly installed “smart meter” reported normal usage for one or two days, then surged for the next day or two — following no particular pattern.
Q: After six months in this house, I notice ceiling paper started coming loose at the edges. I put glue in the edge and tape to hold. Now I see more cracks and puffing.
Elizabeth Sorensen’s request to landscaper Bret Ratfield was simple: privacy, please. She ended up getting that — and an 80–foot long meandering brook as well.
The end of August is when the garden begins to change outfits, preparing for the cooler season ahead with warmer colors and a slower metabolism.
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