• Electrical Panel Upgrade -- When and Why

    Updated: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    Your electric panel is Command Central for the electrical system in your home. From there, power may be turned on and off and sent to outlets throughout your residence. Also known as a breaker box, the panel contains breakers or fuses which will "trip" or "blow" in response to a short or overcurrent. A panel's capacity is measured in amps. Sixty amps used to be the norm for residential electricity needs. However, with today's plethora of supersized appliances and electronic devices undreamed of just a few decades ago, chances are that you may need to upgrade your old breaker box. When There are four obvious indications that the time to replace your electric panel has come. First, your homeowner's insurance may demand install

  • Achara picked as name for elephant at Oklahoma City Zoo

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    The Asian elephant was born Dec. 22.

  • Life briefs, Jan. 13

    Published: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    Life briefs, Jan. 13

  • When Your Electric Baseboard/Wall Heater Needs Repair

    Updated: Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    When it's winter and co-o-o-o-ld, the last thing you want is for your heating system to fail. Electrically powered baseboard/wall heaters are normally extremely efficient, converting nearly 100 percent of their energy to produce heat and warming only the parts of your house that you choose. Still, as with any household appliance, you will occasionally encounter problems. If your baseboard heater needs repair, there's a natural tendency to assume that an electrical issue is at fault. However, although this is the commonest reason, it is not always the case. Be an informed homeowner and learn the difference between a minor bug that can be taken care of with a simple DIY fix and one that will require a professional HVAC technician to repair

  • Nothing Says Welcome Like a New Wooden Door

    Updated: Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    A brand new wooden door gives that special feeling to your front entrance. It welcomes you and your family home after a long day at work or school, greets your visitors, and projects an elegant, well cared for look that increases curb appeal. But besides adding a generous measure of inviting style, a new exterior door installation has a number of other distinct advantages. Versatility Wood doors are suitable for every taste, home style, budget, and doorway size and shape. They can be planed to fit into a doorframe of irregular dimensions. Select a door manufactured from a sustainably grown and harvested type of wood which is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Choose from among pre-hung, stock, or custom doors

  • What Every Homeowner Should Know About Roof Inspection

    Updated: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    Which part of a house is the source of over one third of all homeowner's insurance claims? If you answer "the roof," you're right on the money. A leaky roof is not just annoying, but can also lead to all sorts of problems. For example, dampness and mold resulting from a leak will threaten your home's structural soundness, as well as your physical health. Water leaks can even get into your electrical system, where it may cause power outages and fire hazards. Professional roof inspection will pinpoint potential problems before they become serious.

  • Oklahoma couple develop 'Garden Anywhere Box'

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    Larry and Letitia Pierce’s Garden Anywhere Boxes will be on display Friday through Jan. 18 at the 2014 Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show at State Fair Park.

  • Improving Your Home: Mysterious gurgling a potentially serious plumbing problem

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    Q: When we flush our toilet in our master bathroom the tub drain in that room gurgles. What is causing this? A: Within your home’s plumbing system, you have a series of drain and vent pipes. When you flush a toilet or run water into a sink, the water enters the drain pipes and from there it goes into the sewer or septic system. The vent pipes, on the other hand, run vertically up through your home’s roof. Their job is to equalize pressure within the plumbing system, and to allow potentially dangerous sewer gasses to escape. Even though the drain pipes carry liquid and solid waste and the vent pipes carry air and gasses, they’re all interconnected in a carefully sized and balanced system.

  • Ray Ridlen: Brushing up on mole facts

    By Ray Ridlen | Published: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    The worst offense committed in the name of mole control is the great landscape lie that insecticides will cure the problem.

  • Oklahoma County land sales

    Updated: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $29 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more.

  • About space Oklahoma City real estate notes for Jan. 10

    Published: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    About space Oklahoma City real estate notes for Jan. 10, 2015

  • Free health fair Saturday in Oklahoma City honors PACE

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    In celebration of Oklahoma City’s first Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, PACE, the Valir PACE Foundation will hold a free health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 721 NW 6.

  • OKC Beautiful's Gardening Tip of the Month: Consider an evergreen cedar to fill in a bare spot in your winter garden

    By Carla Sharpe | Published: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    Many of us who use perennials and flowering shrubs as the focus of our gardens find ourselves staring at bare spots in the winter months, wishing we’d planted something that would stay green all winter. Now is a great time to review your winter landscape and consider whether you have a great spot for an evergreen tree or shrub that you can plant later this year and avoid that bare spot next winter. Here are Loretta Aaron’s tips on the cedar, a beautiful evergreen for our area: The family of true cedar (Cedrus) is among the most beautiful of the needle evergreens. Color range of needles is wide — yellow, blue, gray and green. Shape is unique. Most are not symmetrical. I consider the form artistic. These can be grown in

  • Series brings books to life at Myriad Botanical Gardens

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    Children and their parents took part this week in the Bringing Books to Life series at Myriad Botanical Gardens.

  • The House Detective: Home inspector goes to small-claims court

    By Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    DEAR BARRY: I’ve been a home inspector for about two years, so I’m still learning. Unfortunately, I just learned a very hard lesson after doing a free walk-through inspection as a favor for a real estate agent who was buying a high-rise condo. Eight months later, he is suing me because he found fogging between the panes of a large dual-pane window. The controversial window is on the 15th floor, and the cost to replace it is $2,500. The agent had the window replaced before notifying me of the problem, and now he expects me to pay for it. We’re scheduled for small- claims court next month, and I’d like some advice in presenting my side of the story. — Tim DEAR TIM: Welcome to the enervating world of home

  • New Moore neighborhood will include ClimeMaster geothermal heating, cooling systems

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    The homes in Avondale are expected to achieve Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index scores in the 30s and 40s, making them up to 90 percent more efficient than a typical home on the market.

  • Oklahoma City home and garden notes for Jan. 10

    Published: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    CALENDAR For more information, call the phone number or use the email address provided. To submit items, call Melissa Howell at 475-3770 or send email to mhowell@opubco.com. Reference “Home and garden calendar.” Please submit items at least 10 days before publication. MEETINGS CENTRAL OKLAHOMA BONSAI SOCIETY, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Program to be announced. Visitors welcome. OKLAHOMA ORCHID SOCIETY, 1 p.m. Jan. 18, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. CENTRAL OKLAHOMA BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION, 7 p.m. Jan. 22, main auditorium, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Bring a snack to share. OKLAHOMA HORTICULTURE SOCIETY, 7 p.m. Jan. 27, OSU Agriculture

  • 'Innovative ideas' to be on display next week at Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    The 2015 Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show will be Friday through Jan. 18 at State Fair Park.

  • Upgrade front door for energy savings

    Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    Simple changes to your front door can enhance the energy efficiency of your entire house, keeping you warmer and saving you money all winter long.

  • Farmers Grain Co. in Edmond, Oklahoma, will be auctioned

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    The company’s grain trade dates to 1890, and the present business to 1922, at the property near downtown Edmond.