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PREVENT LAWN DAMAGE pg. 3 RECYCLE BEFORE TOSSING pg. 10
home & garden Sunday, April 22, 2012, page 2 Supplement to the Glencoe Advertiser
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AgStar Home Mortgage Services ............................................................9
Arnold’s Implement..................................................................................9
Babe’s Blossoms ......................................................................................9
Bergmann Interiors ..................................................................................2
Bussler Lawn Service ............................................................................11
Chris Schroeder - Rot-Not........................................................................8
Class-Act Outdoor Furnace......................................................................4
Dale’s Plumbing & Heating, Inc. ............................................................9
Dave Witthus Construction LLC..............................................................5
Flatworks Concrete Construction, LLC ..................................................8
Franke’s Conklin Service ......................................................................13
Fred Holasek & Son Greenhouse ............................................................7
Fresh Look Painting ..............................................................................13
Glencoe Fleet Supply ..............................................................................7
Heldt Painting & Contracting LLC..........................................................8
HideAway Stables ..................................................................................11
Hometown Landscape & Design/ProCrete ..............................................2
Jungclaus Implement......................................................................2, 8, 15
Kaczmarek Landscaping ..........................................................................9
Kahnke Brothers Tree Farm ....................................................................5
Kranz Lawn & ATV/Kranz Lawn & Power ............................................3
Larson Builders ........................................................................................4
McLeod County Solid Waste Department..............................................10
MidCountry Bank ..................................................................................15
Midwest Machinery Co............................................................................7
Minnesota Gutter....................................................................................15
Neubarth Lawn Care & Landscaping ....................................................16
Pro Home Improvement Inc. ................................................................11
Pro Landscape Maintenance ....................................................................3
RDV Construction....................................................................................6
The Builder’s Choice................................................................................6
This Old House ........................................................................................8
Wood’s Edge ..........................................................................................13
Ziemer Plumbing & Heating..................................................................15
home & garden Sunday, April 22, 2012, page 3 Supplement to the Glencoe Advertiser
Many homeowners aspire toward a pris-
tine and lush lawn. For some a nice lawn
gives them feelings of pride. Others be-
lieve a perfect lawn enables them to have
the best-looking house in the neighbor-
hood. Many homeowners spend hours out-
doors perfecting their lawns or spend a
good deal of money hiring professionals to
make their lawn more appealing. But just
because a lawn looks good now does not
mean it will look good later. That is be-
cause delicate grass can be damaged by a
number of different factors.
Grubs
Grubs are not very lawn-friendly. Grubs
are actually the larval stage of different
types of large beetles. These worm-like
creatures feed on the roots of grass and are
able to kill large sections of the lawn in a
relatively short amount of time. It can
sometimes be difficult to discern whether
grubs, drought or another other pest has
damaged a lawn. One way to check is to
grab a portion of the damaged lawn and at-
tempt to peel it back. If it comes back easi-
ly like a piece of carpet, it is likely grubs.
Spotting grubs underneath is a sure sign
these larvae are killing the lawn.
Using an insecticide for grub control in
July can help kill off grubs that start hatch-
ing in August through September. Grub
eggs do well in sunny patches of lawn that
are well watered. More shade may deter
them. There is also the option of letting the
lawn go dormant and not watering it, but
you will be left with a brown, unappealing
lawn.
Pet urine
Pets can also damage a lawn. Pet urine
can create burnt patches and significant
discoloration on the lawn, particularly if
the dog or cat uses one area consistently as
their potty zone.
The best way to prevent urine damage is
to walk your dog so that he or she will not
have free reign of the yard. However,
sometimes dogs get out or stray cats and
dogs visit your yard and relieve themselves
without your knowledge. So this method is
not foolproof. Therefore, you should take
added action to maintain a lush lawn.
First, make sure that soil and lawn is in
good health by fertilizing and taking care
of it properly. Second,
water can dilute urine and
neutralize its corrosive
properties. Some have
found that diluted urine
can often act as a fertilizer
to grass. You may have no-
ticed that the outside ring
of a urine-burned spot is
often greener than the
healthy lawn. Try to dilute
the urine prior to 8 hours
having elapsed for the best
effect.
Burrowing
animals
Moles and voles are
among the more common
lawn damage culprits.
Voles are small rodents
that resemble mice but
have stouter bodies, shorter
tails and rounder heads.
They feast on everything
from bulbs, succulent
roots, ground cover, and
even dead animals in their
paths. Their burrows en-
able them to move around
relatively undetected, typi-
cally until the damage has already been
done.
Moles, although they have a similar-
sounding name, are not related to voles
and look very different. They have a cylin-
drical body shape with velvety fur, very
small or invisible ears and large paws for
digging. Moles often feed on earthworms
and other small invertebrates found in the
soil. The burrows they create are essential-
ly traps for the worms, who fall into the
burrows, where moles easily access them.
Moles often stockpile worms for later con-
sumption in underground larders.
Voles can be kept away with natural vole
predators, such as cats, hawks, owls and
snakes. Mouse traps can also capture voles
when baited. You may also dig sharp mate-
rials or chicken wire into your soil around
planting beds to make it uncomfortable for
voles and moles to tunnel through.
Moles can also be controlled with traps.
Finding active mole tunnels will help you
place the traps effectively to either kill or
simply contain the mole. The live animal can
be relocated to a site where they won’t cause
trouble.
Lawn damage can occur through a number
of different factors. Finding out the cause can
help you find an effective treatment.
How to prevent lawn damage
Preventing lawn damage includes cleaning up after pets, whose urine can cause discol-
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J
ust a couple of years ago, Chris
Schroeder was new to gardening,
now she is the inventor of a new
gardening product, the Rot-Not™.
After she, and husband Dan, moved
from a house with a small lot in Shakopee
to a 20-acre hobby farm just outside of
Green Isle, the couple started their first
12-foot-by-12-foot garden.
At the end of the growing season they
found that the melons and squash were
rotten. “I didn’t know I had to turn them,”
Chris said.
She asked fellow gardeners at a local
farmers market how to remedy the prob-
lem. The common answer was to set the
melons and squash on cinder blocks.
After carrying one or two cinder blocks
to the garden, she knew there must be a
better solution.
She then cut up laundry detergent bot-
tles to help prop the produce off of the
ground. “That just wasn’t sturdy enough,”
she added.
This began an in depth search online for
a product for this particular problem and
found nothing.
With good old paper and pencil, Chris
drew out what she needed. An 8.5-inch-by
4.5-inch durable plastic apparatus to help
keep the produce off the ground.
Not sure where to go from her note-
book, Schroeder saw an ad on TV for In-
ventHelp™.
With financial help from her mom,
Kathy Hisle, she contacted InventHelp™
and started the process.
InventHelp™did the patent search to
ensure there was not another product like
it out there, registered the name, and
helped with a lot of the legal aspects in-
volved.
In 2009, Chris was invited to INPEX in
Las Vegas, one of the largest invention
trade shows sponsored by InventHelp™.
At the show, Chris was approached by a
Chinese company that offered to produce
the mold and product for a reasonable
price.
It was important to Chris that the prod-
uct be produced in the United States and
be free of plastic with toxins and other
foreign materials.
She then met with a company in North
Minneapolis that wanted $35,000 to make
the mold.
The search
continued until
she met with
Brian Jilek of
Suburban Mold
& Machine, Inc.
in Glencoe.
Together
Schroeder and
Jilek worked to
make the mold
locally in a price
range that was
reasonable.
Schroeder
then found Tau-
rus Engineering
and Manufactur-
ing, Inc. in
Faribault to pro-
duce the prod-
uct.
These partner-
ships not only
accomplished
the goal of hav-
ing the products
produced in the
United States,
but all within 60
miles of Green
Isle.
Rot-Not’s™
are made of re-
cycled plastic
and can be
reused from year
to year.
As melons,
squash, pumpkins and gourds start form-
ing, place them on the Rot-Not™while
the stems are long enough and flexible.
As the product started coming off the
production line, last summer, Schroeder
was able to secure a booth at the Sibley
County Fair to promote the Rot-Not™.
She hopes to be there again this year. She
was also invited to the McLeod County
Master Gardeners Horticulture Education
day, that took place at the McLeod County
Fairgrounds.
What else is next for Rot-Not™?
Schroeder would like to see the product
go worldwide.
“‘Belly rot’ isn’t a problem that is spe-
cific to Minnesota, its an international
problem,” Schroeder commented.
She has applied to the ABC television
program Shark Tank, and started the ven-
dor registration process with large retail-
ers such as Target.
Rot-Nots™are currently available at
the following locations: This Old House,
Arlington; Cenex, Green Isle; Bloomers,
Gaylord; Home Solutions, Norwood;
Mustard Seed, Chaska; Runnings,
Hutchinson; Tonkadale, Minnetonka;
Prairie Farm Supply, Belle Plaine; Coun-
try Store, Belle Plaine; and online at
www.rotnot.net.
Schroeder is also currently working
with retailers in North Dakota, Idaho,
Massachusetts, and Texas.
Today, while the Schroeders are not
working full time for the Minnesota De-
partment of Transportation or promoting
Rot-Not™, they are getting ready to plant
their 60-foot-by-180-foot garden.
One thing they can be sure of, their
melons, pumpkins and squash will not
have belly rot.
From rotten melons, to new gardening product
home & garden Sunday, April 22, 2012, page 4 Supplement to the Glencoe Advertiser
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There are more than 2,700 different types
of earthworms residing on the planet. Earth-
worms are often known to be workhorses in
the garden, helping to aerate and fertilize the
soil while filling it with nutrients.
Earthworms recycle materials like dead
leaves, decaying animals and feces so new
plant seedlings can grow and have the pro-
cess begin anew.
Worms have been around
for 120 million years — one
of the few species of insects
that have stood the test of
time. In just one acre of soil,
there may be a million or
more earthworms turning over
the soil and chewing on or-
ganic matter. Without earth-
worms, most plants would not
thrive.
Earthworms have mucous
covering their bodies in order
to stay moist. This helps them
to breathe through their skin.
You may have noticed that
after it rains worms appear on
sidewalks and outside of their underground
burrows. This is not because they are drown-
ing underground, but because the environ-
ment is moist after it rains, making it more
conducive for worms to breathe and move
around to find mates.
Normally the dry conditions above ground
make them dry out and die. Earthworms
can be remarkable creatures to watch. Con-
trary to popular belief, worms do have a
mouth and an opposite end for waste re-
moval that is not interchangeable.
home & garden Sunday, April 22, 2012, page 5 Supplement to the Glencoe Advertiser
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Fun facts about earthworms
Many homeowners prefer the feeling of
carpet underfoot. There are styles, colors
and patterns that can please just about
anyone these days — in a variety of price
points. However, brand-new carpeting can
start to look dingy very quickly if it is
not maintained; and that is a wasted in-
vestment. Carpet cleaning is essential to
the care process.
There are different steps homeowners
should take to main-
tain the appearance
and quality of carpet-
ing. The easiest one is
regular vacuuming of
the carpet to remove
dirt. Think about how
sandpaper works. The
grit smooths down
rough edges of wood.
If sand and dirt are on
carpeting fibers, the
friction of walking on the carpeting es-
sentially creates a sandpaper effect. This
can wear out carpet fibers and reduce the
life of the carpeting.
Another method to keep carpeting look-
ing new is to remove shoes when entering
the house. Shoes can track in all sorts of
unpleasantries, from dirt to chemicals to
animal waste. These particles can transfer
from the soles of shoes to the carpet. Just
think of the amount of bacteria the carpet
could be harboring.
Bare feet also can contribute to dirty
carpets. The natural oils on the feet can
end up on the carpet and eventually con-
tribute to trapped dirt. Instead, use slippers
and socks when walking around the house.
Carpeting that needs to be revived may
need a thorough cleaning. One can rent or
purchase a carpet-cleaning machine. There
are many commercial cleaning solutions
available as well. But homeowners look-
ing for an effective, inexpensive and green
solution may want to try a white vine-
gar-and-water mix for cleaning the carpet.
This will soften the fibers and break down
stains. Warm water should be used in car-
pet-cleaning machines.
This will help break
down the dirt and oils
in the carpet.
Although the ma-
chines do not soak the
carpet, it can be damp
for several hours. It is
best to do the carpet
cleaning when the fam-
ily can leave the house
for a while to allow the
cleaned carpeting to dry thoroughly.
Carpets that only need spot-cleaning
can be done with a few different methods.
Automotive brake cleaner is good at re-
moving food stains. WD-40 can remove
grease or oil. General stains can actually
be removed with shaving cream. Allow the
shaving cream to sit on the stain for at
least 30 minutes. A vinegar-and-water so-
lution should be used after these methods
are employed for extra cleaning.
Always blot stains clean on carpeting.
Rubbing can grind in the dirt further.
These methods of cleaning will help
keep the carpet fresh, clean and safe for
the family.
Do-it-yourself
carpet cleaning
Spot-clean carpeting
and do a thorough
cleaning on occasion to
help keep it looking new.
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(ARA) - Sprucing up your home for
spring does not have to mean spending
huge amounts of time and money. In fact,
there are many projects that you can com-
plete in a weekend that will improve the
look and feel of your home. With a little
guidance and the right tools, you can easi-
ly get your home in top shape by Monday
morning.
Paint refresh
Commonly recognized as one of the
most easy and cost-effective interior up-
dates, painting is a weekend project that
can completely transform the aesthetic of
your home. When purchasing paint, a
quality product will ensure your end re-
sults are beautiful. Low-quality, inexpen-
sive paint will likely require a number of
coats to get the coverage needed, resulting
in more time and money spent. To avoid
increased time and cost, use a premium
line of paint. When choosing paint for
your next weekend project, remember that
a quality product will achieve the best end
result and save you time and money in the
long run.
Lighting update
Tired of the same old lamps sitting on
your end tables but don’t have the funds to
revamp your lighting decor? A new lamp
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Adding trendy, fun acces-
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new and more put-together
look. Think vases and bowls,
wall art and rugs. When
adding accessories, look for
colors that complement what
is already in the room. Plants
and flowers also can add en-
ergy and color, some with
the added bonus of a pleas-
ant aroma.
Furniture renewal
One easy way to update
furniture on a budget is by re-
covering it or using slip covers. Premade
covers are available in a wide variety of fab-
rics and designs, or you can create a custom
cover for your sofa or armchair. More ambi-
tious crafters may actually reupholster fur-
niture to create a completely new-looking
seating option. After repadding and cover-
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pieces for a completely modern feel.
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Carpet has seen better days? Replace it.
Hardwood is scuffed and dull? Refinish it.
You also can achieve the look of natural
wood or stone flooring with luxury vinyl
tile. This affordable option is no longer
your grandmother’s vinyl, now available
in a variety of natural finishes that are
both durable and modern. If replacing is
not in your budget, simply give your
flooring a good cleaning and use accent
rugs to cover blemished areas.
Check off a project on your home im-
provement to-do list this weekend, and
enjoy the results through spring and be-
yond.
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Gardeners rely on a number of factors when
deciding on what to plant in their gardens and
around their property. One of the most impor-
tant things to take into consideration is the cli-
mate.
Since 1960, the go-to source for climate and
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flower bed into a colorful spot bound to
catch a buyer’s eye.
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to retain moisture while inhibiting weed
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• Prune trees and
shrubs. Pruning
trees and shrubs is
one of the easiest
and most effective
ways to improve a
landscape. Dead
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sure to remove any fallen branches from
the yard on a regular basis.
• Clean bird baths and other water fea-
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well maintained. If not, buyers won’t see
the yard as a sanctuary but rather a place
where mosquitoes congregate and odors
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any debris from water features, including
leaves and algae, and clean the filters so
water is always clear.
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By Lori Copler
Staff Writer
S
pring cleaning? Before you rent a
dumpster so you have someplace
to toss that old, snarled-up ball of
holiday lights or that stained infant car
seat, check out the McLeod County Solid
Waste Department to find out what you
can get rid of for free.
You will probably be surprised. Besides
traditional recyclable products like alu-
minum cans, plastic and paper, the recy-
cling center at the solid waste facility
takes items as varied as old cooking oil
and grease to fishing line.
“Every year, we look for new ways to
serve our residents,” says Sarah Young,
solid waste coordinator.
Recently, the solid waste facility ex-
panded the types of plastics it will take in.
Before, it accepted only Number 1 or 2
plastic (the type is imprinted on the prod-
uct), but now takes in numbers 3 through
7.
The county finally found a vendor with-
in the United States — the recycling cen-
ter doesn’t want to ship local waste to
other countries — to accept those plastics.
“We took advantage of that and now we
are accepting all types of plastic,” said
Young. “That includes yogurt tubs, butter
containers, the plastic sleeves in cereal
boxes, plastic spoons and forks — all of
which can be put in the blue curbside re-
cycling bins as well as the drop boxes.”
There is only one stipulation, Young
said — the product must be clean.
A variety of other items are accepted at
the recycling and household hazardous
waste facilities, from wine corks to styro-
foam.
Young said the solid waste department
is working with municipal liquor stores to
collect wine corks. They are used by com-
panies to make soles for shoes and san-
dals. Last year, McLeod County collected
28 pounds of wine corks.
Another item the center is now accept-
ing: infant car seats.
Young said the solid waste and public
health departments collaborated in an ef-
fort to get expired infant car seats out of
circulation.
Most car seats “have either a ‘born-on’
or an expiration date,” said Young, a factor
that many people are not aware of. Over
time, parts on the seats may become loose
and the plastic may deteriorate from sun
damage, rendering them unsafe for use.
“We wanted to make sure we got those
out of circulation,” said Young. “A lot of
times, you’ll see them at garage sales or
sitting at the end of a driveway with a
‘free’ sign on them. Those car seats may
not be safe.”
While Public Health’s main goal is
safety, Solid Waste wanted to make sure
the materials are used. Collected car seats
are dismantled, and the fabric, metal and
plastic are all reused or recycled, said
Young.
Some other items the recycling center
takes in:
• Styrofoam packing from appliance
and other boxes. The packing needs to be
taken to the center rather than put in recy-
cling bins to keep it clean, Young said.
“Otherwise, it gets dirty and yucky and
the vendor doesn’t want it.” Also accepted
are packing peanuts, which again, are
taken at the facility rather than curbside
recycling, both to keep them from blow-
ing around outdoors and to keep them
clean. Also accepted is bubble wrap.
• Cooking oil and grease, which is taken
through the household hazardous waste
facility even though it’s not hazardous,
simply to keep it from contaminating
other products, Young said.
• Holiday lights, battery adapters and
chargers and extension cords. While holi-
day lights are seasonable, the facility will
take them year-round as people clean out
attics and garages, Young said. The coat-
ing is stripped from the cords and the cop-
per is recaptured.
• Fishing line and lead sinkers. Berkley,
a manufacturer of fishing line, will take in
old fishing line and recycle it.
• Seed bags from farmers. Young said
the county is working with area seed com-
panies to reclaim the bags, but the recy-
cling center also will take them year-
round as farmers clean out sheds.
• Batteries. “From button batteries to
car batteries,” Young said. “Musical greet-
ing cards, electric toothbrushes — a lot of
products have batteries. We’ll take all
types — alkaline, rechargeable, acid …”
• Recordable media, such as CDs, zip
drives, VHS tapes, DVDs. A company in
Washington melts the plastics and makes
new disks, Young said.
Young also noted that the annual coun-
tywide collection — which takes in tires,
mattresses, appliances, scrap metal, elec-
tronics, furniture and other items, is set
for May 19 from 8 a.m. to noon at the
solid waste facility in Hutchinson. Some
items carry a fee for disposal, others do
not, Young said.
Solid Waste also will work with busi-
nesses on how they can recycle goods,
Young said.
“We’re very open to doing recycling au-
dits for businesses and helping them out,
as well,” said Young.
For more information about the pro-
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Hutchinson.
Spring cleaning? Recycle before tossing
In 2011, the McLeod County Public Health and Solid Waste departments combined efforts to recycle outdated infant
and toddler car seats. Sarah Young, solid waste coordinator, is shown above with the cartons of seats that have been
collected in the first quarter of 2012.
Photo by Lori Copler
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By Karin Ramige
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Obtaining a building permit for what
seems like a small repair or project may
seem to be an unnecessary expense, but
it is an important step that cannot be
ignored.
Building permits ensure that con-
struction projects and new construction
meet the standards that are regulated
by the Minnesota State Building Code.
It ensures that buildings are safe and
pose no risk to the welfare of the public.
The city of Glencoe, and most other
cities, has a building permit process to
help home owners and contractor en-
sure they are meeting the required safe-
ty guidelines.
Once a project is complete, the city
has contracted MNSPECT, Inc. to works
with homeowners and contractors to
complete the building permit process.
Permit applications can be obtained at
the Glencoe City Office for the follow-
ing types of projects:
• New home construction.
• Finishing a basement.
• Remodel.
• Decks.
• Detached garage and accessory
buildings.
• Additions.
The building permit process for com-
mercial projects varies slightly from the
residential procedure.
The biggest difference being that three
sets of the project blueprints are re-
quired at the time of the building permit
application. These plans are reviewed by
the building inspector prior to the is-
suance of the permit.
General permits are issued over the
counter at the city offices for the fol-
lowing projects:
• Re-roofing.
• Re-siding.
• Window replacement for same size
openings.
• Fences.
• Utility sheds (less than 120 sq. ft.).
• Mechanical permits are required
for the replacement of furnace and air
conditioning units.
• Plumbing permits are required for
the replacement of water heater, lawn
sprinkler systems with 1 ft. meter in-
stallation.
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Air Conditioner: A mechanical permit is
required for new installation and replace-
ments
Cement Slabs: Slabs for small sheds with
no permit must be placed on property
within required setbacks from property
lines. Slabs without any construction do
not require property line set backs.
Deck: A building permit is not needed if
the floor of the deck is less than 30 inch-
es high and not attached to the house.
Mobile home owners need a building per-
mit for a deck if it is larger than 3 feet x
3 feet.
Demolish garage: Need a building permit
only if utility runs to the garage. Minimum
fee.
Fence: A general permit is required if the
fence is to be higher than 30 inches and
the following requirements must be met:
height limitation - 30 inches in front of
house and 78 inches on side and rear of
property; property line set back - 2 feet on
side yard (also on corner lot), 5 feet on
backyard, no set back on front yard (can
be on property line). Fence over 6 feet
high requires a variance permit. Check
for easements on property.
Furnace Permit: A mechanical permit
is required when a complete replacement
is done.
House moving: A building permit with
two pictures and a special use permit are
required when moving a house onto a lot.
Outdoor Pool: No permit is required for
an above ground pool less than 5,000 gal-
lons. In a residential area. For insurance
purposes, a fence of minimum height of 4
feet plus gate is necessary. Pool over 5,000
gallons requires a special use permit.
Retaining wall: A building permit is re-
quired if the wall is over 4 feet in height
from the bottom of the footing to the top
of the wall. Set back requirements are the
same as a fence.
Satellite dish: A building permit is re-
quired if it is placed on top of a building,
but not if it is placed on the ground.
Sign: A building permit is required for all
signs. A sign cannot be placed on the
boulevard. It should be placed on private
property.
Steps: If the step is attached to the build-
ing, a building permit is necessary be-
cause footings are required. If the steps are
pre-manufactured and not part of the
building, no building permit is required.
Underground sprinkler system: A
plumbing permit is required and the ap-
plicant needs to contact th building in-
spector because he needs to make sure a
back flow check valve has been installed.
Must have 1 foot water meter installed
in addition to plumbing permit fee.
Windows: A general permit is required
when replacing windows of same size or
smaller. A regular building permit is re-
quired when making the window opening
larger.
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home & garden Sunday, April 22, 2012, page 13 Supplement to the Glencoe Advertiser
For parents, experiencing their kids
leaving the nest cannot only be a momen-
tous event, but it can also be one some-
times tinged with a bit of sadness. After
all, your little boy or little girl is all grown
up now. However, looking at the bright
side, this means you now have one or
more rooms that can be turned from a
kid’s bedroom into a space you can now
enjoy.
You may have been making due with
storing your personal effects into rooms in
the house simply because of necessity. But
now that the kids have flown the coop, it’s
possible to take over their rooms and turn
them into something tailored to you and
your spouse. The following are a few
transformations that can take place.
Craft center
Many people enjoy making things with
their hands, be it painting ceramics or knit-
ting sweaters. A room that is set aside for
different types of craft projects can keep
work undisturbed and organized. Walls
filled with shelves and storage containers
alongside bulletin boards will create a util-
itarian feel to the room. Have a large task
table so you can spread out work and com-
fortable sitting chairs. Stick with a floor-
ing material that can be cleaned quickly,
like tile or wood in the event of spills.
Sports room
Sports enthusiasts may want to set up a
room devoted to collections of trophies,
collector cards, memorabilia, and any
other sports-related items. Add a sofa or
recliners in the room as well as a big-
screen TV, and this spot can be the perfect
place for watching the game undisturbed.
Home office
For those who have been doing bills at
the kitchen table or trying to work from
home amid the noise of the kitchen or the
television in the family room, a home of-
fice can be just the solution. If the room is
large enough, place two desks face-to-face
so it can be a his-and-her work center. Use
neutral paint colors so that it will be more
of a gender-neutral space.
Private bedroom
Although topics of the bedroom are
often kept hush-hush among friends and
family, many men and women aspire to
one day having their own bedrooms. After
time retreating from the master bedroom
because of a spouse snoring or simply be-
cause of being on opposite schedules, sep-
arate bedrooms enable you to create rooms
that cater to you. Put in the amenities you
desire and encourage your spouse to re-
vamp the other bedroom according to his
or her desires as well.
Guest retreat
Many times guests are forced to sleep
on a pull-out bed or sleeper sofa when
staying over at a loved one’s. Having an
extra bedroom available can enable friends
and family members to stay overnight with
comfort and ease now. Decorate the room
in neutral colors and invest in comfortable,
hotel-quality linens for the utmost in luxu-
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Library
Some people simply enjoy the ability to
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home’s external appeal. If plants are in
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Dressing up rooms is easily
achieved by hanging artwork on the
walls. However, hanging them at the
right height, ensuring they are straight
and avoiding errant holes in the walls
can prove more challenging than
many would like to admit.
Some people hang pictures at the
wrong height. Others miss the stud in
the wall and have to keep trying over
and over to get the picture to stay ver-
tical. There are some tips to follow
that cut down on needless work and
make the process a bit easier.
Using templates is one of the easi-
est ways to hang pictures. Simply
trace the outside of the frame onto a
piece of paper or cardboard for each
picture that will be hung. Then use a
tape that is not very tacky to tem-
porarily hang the templates on the
wall. Play with placement so that an
idea of layout and the finished prod-
uct can be realized. This is particular-
ly helpful if multiple framed photos or
artwork will be displayed.
This method enables homeowners
to step back and view the entire pic-
ture, instead of having one hand on
the picture frame while eyeballing
placement. Plus, it eliminates the need
to punch holes into the wall only to
find the frame is not placed where one
desires.
After the placement is finalized,
hang the actual frames, one by one,
removing the templates in the process.
Another key tip to remember is that
it is not essential that a wall beam is
tapped into when hanging a picture on
the wall. While homeowners should
certainly attempt to locate a beam
when hanging heavy items, some-
times the stud does not fall where it
will be aesthetically pleasing to hang
the frame. In such instances, expand-
able wall anchors can provide more
stability. There are different anchors
available depending on need. Some
are plastic and can be pushed into a
hole in the drywall. Once a screw is
used in the anchor, the anchor will fan
out and grab onto the backside of the
drywall. Metal anchors may be
spring-loaded and provide even more
strength.
Here are some other pointers to
keep in mind.
• Try grouping four pictures togeth-
er in a square or rectangle to create
the illusion of one larger picture.
• Always hang pictures at eye-level.
• When hanging a picture or art-
work over the sofa, only leave a few
inches so the picture is the focal point.
• Keep scale in mind. Do not place
one small picture on a large wall.
Conversely, do not put a large picture
on a small wall.
• Consider the use of similarly hued
picture frames or ones all of the same
style to lend a cohesive look to the
photo arrangements.
• When hanging art over a piece of
furniture, it should not be longer than
the width of the furniture.
• Pull colors from the furniture and
other decor so that photos or artwork
coordinate with the design style.
• Think about illuminating the art-
work. An upward or downward facing
spotlight can make the picture pop in
the room.
• Use an art shelf to display photos
and other knick-knacks. It will take up
less space on the wall and can offer a
contemporary feel to the room.
• Pictures can be hung diagonally
going up a staircase or anywhere there
is a natural progression of height.
• Hanging pictures vertically gives
an air of refinement and looks good
next to a doorway.
Hang pictures the professional way
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