Innovative solutions for creating healthy, efficient, eco-friendly homes

November 2002

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All About Wells

One of the most-often-overlooked details of building a home in a rural setting is the well. Many people think there is plenty of clean and safe water waiting below the surface for them to use. Only after drilling the well do they find that this is not true. The water is often of poor quality or insufficient quantity. To make matters worse, there is often no money left in the budget to buy treatment equipment and no space in the home to place it. With a little pre-planning, all of this can be avoided.

Wet Above? Try Dry-B-Lo

Do you have a second-story deck that provides a nice, shady spot on sunny days, but offers no protection from rain? Dry-B-Lo converts the area underneath these decks, where rain and snow has to be allowed to drain through the decking, into an attractive, dry and usable outdoor living space. This professionally installed and fully ventilated system features all-aluminum construction with baked-on enamel in several colors and carries a limited lifetime warranty.

Rocky Top

For the past 15 years, solid-surface materials have been the buzz when it comes to countertops. Touted as the be-all-end-all of countertop material, these solid synthetic sheets, which are formed by mixing a mineral compound with polyester and acrylic resins, resist chips, dents and scratches, and are easily repaired. With performance like that, why would a homeowner even think about using something else in a kitchen? Many homeowners would argue solid-surface materials lack the one-of-a-kind beauty that only natural stone can offer.

Winterize Your Warm-Weather Power Equipment

After a long, hot summer of yard work, you might be eager to simply shove lawn mowers, weed trimmers or tillers into the shed or garage for the winter. But as satisfying as that might be, improper storage of outdoor power equipment can set you up for major headaches in the spring. Without proper preparations, power equipment left sitting all winter faces attacks from the elements and from internal chemical reactions that can cause permanent damage.

Bat-Proof Your Home

Most bats don't have rabies, but any bats that are active during the day, found in a place where bats are not usually seen (such as in your home or on the lawn), or are unable to fly are far more likely than others to be rabid. Common bat entry points are openings around chimneys; vents; open, unscreened windows and doors; and under eaves, siding and loose shingles. An animal control or wildlife conservation agency can help you bat-proof your home. The best time to do this is in the fall or winter, when most bats leave their roosts to hibernate.

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