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MID-ATLANTIC WEATHER WATCH FOR AUGUST

Remnants of Gulf hurricane, heavy rain in the southern part of the region (1,2,3) with hot and humid weather (4,5,6); STORMS (7,8) followed by the 3 H’s – hazy, hot, and humid (9,10,11,12,13); Atlantic hurricane, heavy rain, severe STORMS  (14,15,16,17) turning hot and humid again (18,19,20,21,22). Periods of STORMS, mainly in the south (23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31).  

MONTHLY GARDEN ACTIVITIES


BEST DAYS FOR FARM ACTIVITIES 

                                                       


THOUGHT FOR TODAY'S 

LIVING  


"The wise man often says little while observing much; the fool observes little while talking a lot” 

                                                                                      John Gruber  (1768-1857) 

HINTS FOR THE HANDYMAN

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o renovate willow furniture, scrub with a brush, using salt instead of soap, and rinse thoroughly.  Do the work outdoors, if possible where plenty of water can be used, because all of the salt water must be rinsed off.
Reprinted from The Almanack of 1918

     Take it easy-- Don’t over-paint the exterior of your home!  Generally, every 4 to 6 years will be enough.  Over-painting builds up a too-thick cover which will crack and peel. 

From The Almanack of 1968

THE USEFUL ONION

     Absorb that "new paint” smell. Cut up slices of raw onion and place them in a bowl of water. Leave the bowl in the newly painted room overnight and it will absorb the strong scent of paint fumes.

     Clean rusty knives. Jab a dirty knife into a large raw onion and no more rust!

     Avoid windshield frost. Slice a raw onion in half and rub it against the windshield of your car at night. It helps prevent frost from forming overnight. 

     Polish metal. Crush up a raw onion and combine it with equal parts water. Using a damp cloth, rub the mixture on metal surfaces like faucets or fixtures until they're shiny and clean.

     Chop an onion in half and spear it with a long fork. First, scrub the grill with a wire brush to remove gunk, then turn on the heat. Run the speared onion over the grill until all of the debris is gone.

     Tired of extension cords pulling apart when stretched around the project or job site?  Try tying the cords together where they join.  Then, any pulling at either end will result in the knot tightening and not the cords coming apart. 

     Use a polyester filler to rebuild rotted or damaged wood. It can be molded and shaped to match the original wood profile. You can then paint over it and it won't ever rot.  

     If replacing or reseating a toilet, be sure to have an extra wax seal on hand.  Once you unbolt the toilet from the floor, you cannot reuse the old wax seal under it and it will have to be replaced. 

     Need to turn off the electricity to a certain room in your house but not quite sure which breaker to flip?  Just place a radio in the room with the volume loud enough to hear from where the breaker box is located.  Then start to flip individual breakers off. one by one. When you hear the radio go silent, you’ve got the right one!

     Rather than buying those ridiculously expensive anti-slip mats for a rug, just turn it over and run a few lines of acrylic-latex caulk every 6 inches or so across the width of the rug. . Let dry and flip over and the rug won’t be slip anymore!

     When painting lengths of trim and molding, elevate the piece up off the surface with plastic pushpins.  You can now paint the entire piece at once without smearing paint on the surface and the piece will not stick to the surface. 

A full shovel-full of snow can weigh up to 16 pounds. Save your back and spray your snow shovel with a nonstick cooking spray and watch the snow slide right off!

     When cutting crown molding, place the molding on the mitre saw fence at the same angle it is to be installed, but turn it upside down so that the ceiling edge is on the mitre saw's base and the wall edge is resting on the saw’s fence.  Then cope the inside corners.

     To clear icy steps and sidewalks in freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways. They won’t refreeze. 

     Save your fingernails the next time you have to add a key to a key chain .  Use a staple remover to pry the rings apart just a little allowing you to slip the new key on with ease.