Blog - Rosie on the House

21 March 2013

Like many problems in life, plumbing disasters usually happen because of neglect.Most homeowners don’t think about their pipes until they’ve got a clogged drain or a chronic leak. Here are five easy, inexpensive ways to prevent your home’s pl...

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08 March 2013

If water is getting into your wall from rain, a sprinkler that’s too close to your house, or even from a plumbing leak you’re likely to see patches of damage on your walls near the spot of the intrusion. That’s because drywall has a paper ba...

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14 February 2013

What are the pros and cons of compact fluorescent light bulbs?Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are poised to replace those familiar incandescent bulbs we’ve been using since electricity became a household necessity.Among their benefits:CFLs u...

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07 February 2013

Books:The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery (most current edition is 10). Has nearly 100 pages dedicated to poultry and resources for where to buy, how to, expert and hobby rancher input on not only chickens but everything needed in homes...

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31 January 2013

First, let’s look at the kinds of roof vents.Gable/louvers vents. Louvers are covered openings that allow air to escape the attic. They are located on the gable (non load-bearing) ends of the house and allow limited airflow. This system relies on w...

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26 January 2013

Cultured marble is made from powdered marble that has been cast in polymer and covered in a gel coat. Marble alone is very porous and would stain easily if installed alone. With every day use, the gel coat loses a little shine and surface scratches r...

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19 December 2012

Here are the top tips you need to stay safe!What are the best rules for Fireplace Safety?Don't burn trash, smoke and ashes can be toxicDon't use charcoal lighter of kerosene to light your fires, could flame upUse a spark screen while burning, and a g...

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13 December 2012

Hey y'all!You think of Rosie on the House as the most popular home-improvement radio show in Arizona.For me, Rosie on the House means something much more literal.For the six kids who grew up in Rosie’s house, Christmas officially began on the Eve w...

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24 November 2012

By popular demand, here are Rosie's Christmas Recipes, Stories, Music & traditions. ...

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23 November 2012

Odors are generally something we avoid in polite conversation. You’re not likely to walk into your neighbor’s house and ask, “Wow, what is that smell?”Homeowners aren’t shy though about asking us that question. We have dozens of ideas on ou...

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08 November 2012

Sweet Jennifer's Guide to Urban Farming‘The real voyage of discovery consists of not seeking new landscapes  but, in having new eyes!' - Marcel ProustRosie on the House Companies:Harper's NurseriesThink Green Irrigation and LandscapingMar...

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02 November 2012

Most homeowners approach electrical jobs in their home themselves with some anxiety. After all, if you mess up a plumbing job, it’s just a puddle of water on the floor; but when doing the wrong thing with electrical wires, the results can be more s...

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18 October 2012

Spending your money on maintenance is always wiser than buying a policy that kicks in only when something breaks. Here are a few hitches that can make a home warranty more trouble than it’s worth:  The plan doesn’t cover everything in your...

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05 October 2012

The Lazy B by Sandra Day O’ConnorHashknife Cowboy by Mack HughesPioneer Hunters of the Rim by Myrtle BransetterCavalcade of Arizona History by Marshall TrimbleOn the Border with General Crook by John BourkeCrossing Arizona by Leland Hanchett Jr.Maj...

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28 September 2012

Rosie likes a product called Termidor, which contains a very small amount of fipronil, the same ingredient used for flea and tick control on dogs and cats.It’s odorless, so you won’t be able to smell it, and termites can’t smell or taste it....

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14 September 2012

Tile roofing, which lasts a long time and won’t rot or burn under a scorching summer sun, is a great choice for Arizona rooftops. And nothing says “Southwestern style” quite like it. The most common tile roofs on Arizona homes are clay, concret...

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14 September 2012

Tile roofing, which lasts a long time and won’t rot or burn under a scorching summer sun, is a great choice for Arizona rooftops. And nothing says “Southwestern style” quite like it. The most common tile roofs on Arizona homes are clay, concret...

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01 September 2012

#1 Your Service Plan (At what time of day it is least expensive to use your utilities) #2 Total Charges for Electricity#3 Total Electricity Used (KwH)#4 Average Base Load (Electricity you use everyday, not including cooling or heating)#5 Divide your ...

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01 September 2012

#1 Your Service Plan (At what time of day it is least expensive to use your utilities) #2 Total Charges for Electricity#3 Total Electricity Used (KwH)#4 Average Base Load (Electricity you use everyday, not including cooling or heating)#5 Divide your ...

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01 September 2012

#1 Your Service Plan (At what time of day it is least expensive to use your utilities) #2 Total Charges for Electricity#3 Total Electricity Used (KwH)#4 Average Base Load (Electricity you use everyday, not including cooling or heating)#5 Divide your...

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