Growing Amaryllis – Useful Tips

I have grown a beautiful Amarylis, you know, the kind you buy at Walmart for $5, it grows, it blooms, it falls over, it dies. This time I took special care to move it as the wind would, everyday, (just like they do in the zoo), to produce a stronger sturdier stem. That did great, except it’s still too top heavy for that little pot. Does anyone know why they have to be in little […]

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Vapor barriers for walls

What do I need to know about vapor barriers and wall insulation. I will be re-doing some of my outside walls and want to add insulation. Some walls will be accessable from the inside. Some, from the outside (maybe). Some may be accessable from the inside now and the outside later. What do I need to know about insulation and vapor barrier? I heard once along time ago that you never want to put vapor […]

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Building supports under an existing porch

I have a porch on the back of my house that was not built by any code except maybe “had enough beer, let’s start that porch now.” It has a new layer of shingles on the roof and that’s the best thing that can be said about it. It looks like it was set on 4×4 pressure treated posts set on top of the ground. Since the ground slopes away from the house, some of […]

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