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Monthly Posts: April 2015

When caulking, keep your index finger at the tip of the tube. As you apply even pressure on the back of the tube, your index finger is pushing the caulk gently in place. Again, err on the side of too little instead of too much.
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Most caulk tubes include bead size marking on the nozzle. Cut it with a sharp knife at a 45 degree angle at the mark for the bead size you need. Err on the side of too small rather than too large. The size of the bead should be about 2/3 the width of the joint you’re caulking.
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Tired of stripping out screw heads when drilling in long screws (particularly when putting together furniture with cheap fasteners). Try scraping your screw threads along a candle or some bees wax first. They’ll go in much easier. This is also useful when you’re screwing through particularly hard woods/surfaces.
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Worried about smacking your fingers when driving a nail? Here’s a trick to avoid that. Run the nail through a thin strip of cardboard or construction paper. Set the nail in the wood with a light tap, and then hold onto the cardboard as you drive it through with your hammer. You can tear the cardboard or paper away before securing the nail with a final tap.
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It’s Arbor Day, traditionally celebrated on the last Friday of April. Arbor Day was started by a pioneer named J. Morton who moved to Nebraska from Detroit and missed his native trees. He was a journalist who used his platform to encourage civic organizations and groups to plant trees to serve as wind breaks, prevent erosion, and provide shade, fuel, and building materials.
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It's Earth Day. The choices we make for our environment have a direct and sometimes even immediate impact on the cities and towns we live in. Ever hear of the lost city of Singapore, MI? It was a thriving mill town that supplied so much of the lumber to rebuild Chicago after the Great Chicago Fire, destroying its natural erosion protection, that the city was completely buried under the shifting Michigan dunes. http://ow.ly/IXSMl


Legend of lost mill city buried under Saugatuck dunes
www.mlive.com
Is Singapore a ghost town in our midst?
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Deadhead tulips and other bulbs as soon as the flowers fade to direct their energy away from making seeds and into rebuilding the bulbs.
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In just a few short weeks the peonies will be blooming in Indiana. Enjoy them longer by installing peony rings (like tomato cages) now to support their heavy flowers.
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