House Buying Season

Because many buyers prefer to move in the spring or summer, the real estate market starts to heat up as early as February. Families with children are anxious to buy so they can move during summer vacation, before the new school year begins. The market slows down in late summer before picking up again briefly in the fall. November and December have traditionally been slow months, although some astute buyers look for bargains during this period.
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Heat Zones

If you’re not using a room, don’t heat it. Close off vents to rooms that are infrequently used, and shut the door. When you do need to use the room, just open the vent for the time you are in there, and keep your sweater on.
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Belt Sanding Edges

To prevent a belt sander from tilting near the edge of a workpiece and rounding over the corner, place another board that's the same thickness up against the workpiece. This way, the sander rides across the edge and on to the abutting board instead of rounding it over.
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Open Radiators

If your home has a boiler system, avoid covering radiators with screens or blocking them with furniture. It's also a good idea to add a reflecting panel behind radiators - you can purchase one at a home center or make one yourself with a plywood panel and aluminum foil.
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Construction vs. Plants

Several types of injury occur during construction. Those covered under other sections are grade changes and soil compaction. The other type of injury is mechanical injury to trunks. If the injury is minor, the tree will heal the wound with no difficulty. A major bark removal may kill some portion of the tree. Several wounds may girdle and kill a tree.
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Compost Materials

Anything that was once alive will naturally decompose. However, some organic wastes should not be composted at home. DO compost these items: grass clippings, leaves, plant stalks, hedge trimmings, old potting soil, twigs, annual weeds without seed heads, vegetable scraps, coffee filters, and tea bags. Do NOT compost these items: diseased plants, weeds with seed heads, invasive weeds such a quack grass and moring glory, pet feces, dead animals, bread and grains, meat or fish parts, dairy products, grease, cooking oil, or oily foods.
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Flood Warnings — Understand Them

Flood Watch - Flash flooding or flooding is possible within the designated WATCH area. Be alert.

Flood Warning - Flash flooding or flooding has been reported or is imminent. Take necessary precautions at once.

Stream Advisory - Flooding of small streams, streets, and low-lying areas, such as railroad underpasses and urban storm drains, is occurring.

Flood Statement - Follow-up information regarding a flash flood/flood event.
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If You Evacuate

Evacuate immediately if authorities tell you to do so. Listen to your battery-powered radio and follow the instructions of local emergency officials. Wear warm, dry clothing and sturdy shoes. Be sure to take your disaster supplies kit with you to a shelter or safe location. Use travel routes specified by local authorities—don't use shortcuts.

Before You Go - If you have the time: Turn off water, gas and electricity before leaving. Post a note telling when you left and where you are going. Don't forget about your pets and be sure to lock your home.
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