March/April 1993 Edition

Cobweb Problems?

I have cobwebs in various areas of my house. How can I prevent them?            
Control spiders by keeping them from entering your home or, in severe cases, with insecticides.
 To control spiders, caulk any cracks in the foundation where they are likely to get in. Check and seal gaps found around doors, windows, pipes and where wiring enters the house. Remove spiders from firewood before it is brought indoors. Clean up messy areas where spiders breed.
 If you have severe spider problems, apply an insecticide such as chlorpyrifos (Dursban) or propoxur (Baygon) around baseboards, corners and others areas where spiders are found. These chemicals are available at well-stocked garden centers. Be certain to follow all recommended safety procedures. Because pest control companies have access to a wider variety of insecticides, you may get better results if you hire them to treat spider problems. 
Remember, though a nuisance indoors, they are beneficial outdoors because they feed on many other pests. Go easy on the chemicals.      

Painting Vinyl Gutters?

I am planning on painting my house next summer and want to change the color scheme. Is it possible to paint vinyl gutters.
Here's how Genova, a leading manufacturer of vinyl gutters, recommends painting their gutters:
First wipe down the surface with denatured alcohol (be careful - the fumes are toxic). Next, apply a light coat of Raingo spray paint as a primer base, or any other vinyl siding paint primer. Then paint the gutters with an exterior latex paint or vinyl siding paint. Genova does not recommend the use of oil-base paint on their product, nor do they recommend painting the interior of the gutter.
However, keep in mind that by painting them you loose the biggest advantage of vinyl gutters - no maintenance. Think twice before you paint, because once you do, you're committed to painting regularly in the future. 

 Turn Off Pilot Light In Summer?

 I have a gas furnace in our home and would like to know if you should leave the pilot light lit during the summer months.
It is okay to turn the pilot off during the summer but if your furnace is located in a cool, moist area like a basement of crawl space, condensation can form around the heat exchanger when the pilot is off. If the heat exchanger isn't corrosion resistant, it could be damaged. You should check with your dealer or call the manufacturer to find out about yours.
By turning off the pilot light you can cut your gas consumption by 2% to 5%, a savings for you and an easy way to conserve our fossil fuels. 

Source: Handyman Magazine. 

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 Joke Of The Day     

The woman asked her pastor what is the secret for finding the perfect Husband. The pastor replied "marry an archeologist. That way the older you get, the more he will like you."

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Essien Offiong

Interstate Realty, Inc.

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