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  • Help Wanted: A Trustworthy Plumber in My Area

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    It all started when I noticed a strange smell coming from under the kitchen sink. At first the odor was so slight that I thought it was just my super-sensitive nose acting up. (Yes, I admit it: I am the type who spends several weeks every spring sniffling and snuffling as seasonal allergies afflict my schnoz. I’m also the type who notices lingering cigarette smoke in a room at fifty paces. On the plus side, you don’t need to ask twice – I love to stop and smell the flowers.) The Perfume Over time, as the “perfume” grew in intensity, I took action and emptied the under-sink area. The process reminded me of going to the circus and watching all those clowns climb out of a Volkswagen.

  • Oklahoma news briefs, Aug. 28

    Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs, Aug. 28, 2014

  • Eco-Friendly Electric Fireplaces: How Do They Stack Up?

    Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    There’s nothing cozier on a crisp fall day than sitting in front of your fireplace, enjoying its warmth and the hypnotizing play of the flames. Add in some good company, your favorite munchies, and maybe a faithful four-legged friend snoozing on the hearth rug, and you’ve got a recipe for total relaxation. If you’re committed to going green, the fireplace in this cozy picture could very well be an electric one. Let’s take a look at 10 reasons why electric fireplaces are an excellent eco-friendly option. 1. Unlike traditional wood-burning versions, electric fireplaces do not give off any toxic greenhouse gases, a no-no as stricter laws on emissions control are passed.

  • Oklahoma County 4-H members win awards

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Three Oklahoma County 4-H’ers were recognized for their achievements during the 93rd State 4-H Roundup at Oklahoma State University.

  • Edmond Fine Arts Institute opens enrollment for fall classes

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Edmond Fine Arts Institute is taking registration for adult and children’s classes.

  • Why Roto-Rooter is a Household Word for Drain Cleaning

    Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Roto-Rooter has become so synonymous with sewer and drain cleaning in the minds – and speech – of most Americans that many of us are shocked to find this common term is actually a trademark. It refers to both a patented plumbing invention and the corporation that it generated. Here’s the story of their success. A Remarkable History The drain cleaning business was revolutionized in the early part of the 20th century, when Samuel Oscar Blanc came up with a game-changing inspiration. This Des Moines resident’s diverse background included correspondence courses in mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as experience working as a phone lineman and salesman for a power pump company.

  • Children flock to Oklahoma County Free Fair

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    The Oklahoma County Free Fair wrapped up Saturday at State Fair Park.

  • 13 Awesome Advantages of Aluminum Decks

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Strong, weather resistant, lightweight, and surprisingly eco-friendly, aluminum has been widely utilized in both commercial and residential construction projects for many years. A relatively new use for this amazing metal is as outdoor decking, where aluminum offers homeowners a whole host of advantages. Here are 13 of them. 1. Strength. Two to three times as strong as the traditional choice for decks – wood, aluminum has the superior strength and rigidity of a structural material. It allows for 36-inch joist spans, with no sagging … even if you place large planters on your deck. 2. Lightness. Once again, aluminum shines, this time in the weight category. Easy-to-handle aluminum is just ¼ to ⅓ as heavy as wood (approxi

  • Organize a Greener Closet Today

    Updated: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    Organizing is the “in” thing as we all try to make our lives greener and simpler. And the first place we generally look to improve is the state of our closets. No matter how neat – and environmentally aware – you are, there is almost certainly at least one closet in your home that would benefit from a green makeover. How Will Organizing Make Your Closets Greener? Organizing starts with inventory – taking a good clear look at what you have on hand. Go through your closets with an objective eye. Inviting a friend to join you may make this challenging task easier. You are likely to find forgotten-about clothing and accessories that you’ll enjoy reusing -- either wearing as is or creatively transforming.

  • Ray Ridlen: How to preserve pumpkins until Halloween

    Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    Many crops are ripening earlier this year. Warm early-spring temperatures allowed gardeners to plant early and hot summer conditions favored growth. Pumpkins are no exception, and they pose a special problem since many gardeners want to save them for use at Halloween, which is still more than two months away. When harvesting has to take place early, selecting mature pumpkins, curing them properly, and storing them under the right conditions are important so that your Jack O’lanterns will look great in October. Harvesting Pumpkins will rot if harvested too young or if allowed to stay in the field once they are mature and exposed to freezing temperatures.

  • Treeless prairie didn't stump Oklahoma City land developer

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Oklahoma City-area land developer Paul B. Odom III founded his wholesale tree farm, Rosebrook Nursery, in the early 1990s on a 160-acre wheat farm he bought near Interstate 44 and SW 134. It was prompted by his realization that the need for trees — for himself, for other developers and for private landscape artists — was going to continue to grow alongside development in the Oklahoma City metro area.

  • Listing of the Week: 1423 Canterbury Place in Nichols Hill

    Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    The 3,469-square-foot home at 1423 Canterbury Place has four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, two living rooms, two dining rooms and an attached two-car garage.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: Putting the Grace in Gracious Living

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    I have missed the point. For years, I have written about gracious living, and thought I knew what it meant. Not that gracious living is an art I have mastered. Donkeys will fly first. But it is the nirvana toward which I clumsily travel, in halting steps, like the last-place contestant in a three-legged race.

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes

    Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for Aug. 23.

  • Smart Moves: Buying property with appreciation in mind

    By Ellen James Martin, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    As a homebuyer, how can you pinpoint a property that will gain value in the future rather than decline? Instead of relying on hunches, Allan Weiss suggests you take an analytical approach.

  • Community briefs

    Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    Community briefs

  • The House Detective: Beware of insulated stucco

    by Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Updated: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: My neighbor recently insulated his home in an unusual way. A contractor installed thick foam panels on the outside of the building and then applied a stucco finish. I’m thinking about doing the same thing to my house. Is this something that you would recommend? — Walter DEAR WALTER: The installation you are describing is known as EIFS: exterior insulated finish system. There is much information about this online because EIFS has been the subject of controversy and complaint. When installed properly by a competent professional who complies with all of the installation requirements, there may be no major problems.

  • Oklahoma City housing market splits with strong sales, slowing construction

    BY RICHARD MIZE | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Sales of pre-owned homes have been strong all year, as homebuilders watched for a construction rally that hasn’t happened.

  • Oklahoma real estate notes for Aug. 23, 2014

    Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Oklahoma real estate notes for Aug. 23, 2014

  • How to Find – and Use – Hidden Storage Space

    Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    In desperate need of more room to stash your stuff? You’re not alone. Approximately half of home improvement projects in the US focus on increasing available storage. Here’s the good news: Often you’ll have no need for a major remodel, like adding a shed or spare room, to organize your extra possessions. Examine your home from every angle -- under, over, up, behind, and in -- and you are likely to find snippets of unused space, just there for the taking. All you need to do is make the most of their potential. Under Bed. Typically there’s about a 7 inch gap between the bottom of your box spring and the floor. Although many folks use this area for cultivating dust bunnies, it is actually an ideal spot for storage.