August 21, 2016 |
I was going to pass on further discussion of tankless heaters until I received an email from Sandy Wardrop, who offered a contrarian viewpoint. I had received a number of responses to my original query about user experiences. "Put me in the 'never again' group," Wardrop said of tankless heaters. Wardrop said the model was a big-name gas brand with no support from a mini-tank - one that is put on a sink to boost availability. The issues: Every time you call for hot water, it emits a burst of gas into the environment as gas is built up to heat the water.
August 1, 2016 |
I hope I'm not too late with this advice, because the children in these parts have been off from school for summer vacation since June. Because the kids may be around the house a little longer than usual each day this time of year, there is increased opportunity for things to get messier. The best, but more expensive, solution is to send them to sleepaway camp for several weeks. If that option isn't available, however, Derek Niederquell of 1-800 Water Damage - a national firm in property restoration specializing in water, fire, and carpet cleaning - offers some tips for keeping your rugs in good shape.
July 28, 2016
Makes enough dough for 16 empanadas 3 cups flour, plus extra for rolling 1/3 cup lard or 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 3/4 teaspoon salt About 3/4 cup very warm tap water 1. Pour the flour into a large bowl. Work in the fat with your fingers until homogenous. Dissolve the salt in the hot water; work it into the flour mixture, creating a medium-stiff dough. Knead just enough to bring the dough together. 2. Divide the dough into 16 portions, roll each into a ball, set on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and let rest at least 30 minutes.
July 18, 2016 |
I no longer have a deck, but the memories of how needy those structures could be over the long haul linger. I remember being so busy during the spring and summer one year that I waited until late October to wash and waterproof the deck. It was a warm spell, and I coated it by the light of the full moon at 5 a.m. Be that as it may, here are some tips to better deck care, courtesy of Trex, which manufacturers decking: Nail pops and splintering are common occurrences with any type of wood deck, especially after a winter of fluctuating temperatures and precipitation.
July 11, 2016 |
Not wishing to leave a gap in coverage and wanting to make sure you read our Real Estate offerings every Sunday, I'm continuing last week's discussion of on-demand hot water with the assistance of my readers. Mary Jean Cunningham of Philadelphia says: "We have an oil-fired hot-water heating system with what is called a 'summer-winter hookup' - the oil burner also heats our water, and we have no separate water heater or water tank. "We've had this system with two different oil burners for 30 years and no complaints, no problems at all, and unlimited hot water any time.
July 4, 2016 |
You folks are amazing! Reader Jeanne Vasquez asked a few weeks ago about tankless water heaters. I asked you to tell us your experiences. I can run only a few of the 78 responses I received within the first 24 hours. Here are some: "We went tankless in our house a few years ago, when we had to replace our old water heater. "I think we would do it again. We've not had any problems with it, but there are a couple caveats. "Due to the location move (tankless is mounted near gas line/exhaust and wall)
April 1, 2016
Makes 4 servings 3/4 cup white wine (use something Italian) 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (infused with fresh thyme is optional) 4 eggs 4 teaspoons garum 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a roasting pan with a dish towel. Fill the roasting pan halfway with very hot water (just shy of boiling). The towel inside the pan will prevent four ramekins from sliding around. Place one ramekin in the pan to make sure the water comes up to an inch below the top of the ramekin.
March 26, 2016 |
Full of roadside-sold soft pretzels, we'd zoom past pine trees, hand-painted antiques sale signs and Jersey tomato stands. From the backseat - the way-way-back - we sucked hard on plastic juice-box straws and fogged windows to play tic-tac-toe. Then, about 30 minutes past when pop music turned to static, we'd sense it. Crawling over lumpy suitcases, boogie boards, and grocery bags, we'd strain for the window crank, roll it down, and let the salt air pour into our lungs. When I reflect on the Shore of my youth, I'm lying in my underwear on a twin bed. It's 5 o'clock and the sun is just starting to dip outside the window next to me, a light breeze lifts the lace curtains, chills my sunburned skin.
December 18, 2015
Here's a quick meal designed to get you in and out of the kitchen faster than you can say "holiday baking holiday decorating holiday shopping. " Smoked Salmon and Avocado Eggs Benedict 2 servings For the sauce: 4 tablespoons butter 1 lime 1 large egg 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder 1 to 2 teaspoons distilled vinegar Water (optional) For assembly 2 large eggs 2 English muffins, preferably whole-wheat Flesh of 1 ripe avocado 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 4 ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon 1. For the sauce: melt in the microwave on low, then let cool for 2 minutes.
December 6, 2015 |
Where does the time go? Just when you finally get the central air-conditioning working well enough to make the house comfortable, cold weather threatens to show up. Here are some ideas that might help cut your energy costs this winter, courtesy of Sunnova, the solar-power company: Does your house really need hot water when no one's home? Probably not. Consider installing a timer on your water heater, to turn it off when you're not there. Use cold water instead of hot when washing clothes.