October 7, 2013 |
Above-normal rainfall since early June has yielded a bumper crop of mold and mildew issues, homeowners and professionals tell me. But one of the worst reports comes from Richard A. Heath, worshipful master of the Palestine-Roxborough Masonic Temple. The building is seldom used in summer, and when Heath stopped by in late August, he saw mold on the back wall of the banquet hall. "In the vestibule of our lodge room, this same back wall has photos of our past masters, and many of the mats and photos are covered with mold," he wrote.
August 9, 2013 |
The Cheltenham Township School District is dealing with mold in the middle school and lead paint in an elementary school that could delay the start of the academic year. Summer maintenance crews discovered "a significant presence of mold" at Cedarbrook Middle School in July, Superintendent Natalie Thomas wrote to staff. They placed vacuum systems and dehumidifiers in several classrooms and hallways to eradicate it, but the mold kept reappearing due to "excessive damp weather and humidity," according to district documents.
July 13, 2013 |
Question: We have moisture in the crawl space under our house in Rehoboth Beach, Del. The exterminator has been telling us this for about three years, and each year the report gets worse. My husband has faith in the builder of the house, who lives in the neighborhood. Three years ago the builder told us that the exterminator was wrong, so we ignored the warning. Now there is mold growing and other issues. We were told that the grading of soil needs to be corrected and that we need a French drain for our outside shower that is up against the house.
June 19, 2013 |
KANYE WEST's sixth studio album, "Yeezus," is the latest affront from an artist who keeps inventing ways to tick people off. At first listen, it is hostile, abrasive (both sonically and lyrically) and intentionally off-putting, as if to test the loyalty of even his most ardent fans. But, as usual, that's only the beginning of West's new detour, on the Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam label. West is used to being written off as a shallow, petulant, needy, self-serving braggart, a talented artist who can't resist impaling himself on his own ego. And some of that is true, as West himself will be the first to say. But even as he barges in full-on full of himself in "Yeezus," West demonstrates that he has a lot more on his mind than just self-aggrandizement or self-immolation.
December 15, 2012 |
The last time we met, I wrote about a couple in Elkins Park who were dealing with the expensive cleanup of a purported mold problem that began with a routine energy audit. In the homeowners' defense - which they failed to mention in their first e-mail to me - they had obtained other estimates and had done as much homework as civilians can do on problems that often require an impartial expert. As usual, and this is why I treasure my readership, your response to this situation came fast and furious.
November 24, 2012 |
ASHLAND, Pa. - Children were once punished with coal in their Christmas stockings. However, Len S. Kimmel prefers it when people give coal as a gift. Over many years, he has turned coal dust and rice coal - small pieces of anthracite - into jewelry and paperweights shaped like penguins and pigs. "I loved doing it and going out to be a vendor at shows and meeting people," said Kimmel, 79, of Fountain Springs. For more than 15 years, Kimmel has been crafting coal sculptures, using coal dust, rice coal, epoxy, and molds, and selling his work at area malls.
August 17, 2012 |
Question: About three years ago, the trim on my sister's house was cleaned, sanded, and repainted with the same good-quality, oil-based paint. Now, for the first time in 25 years, she's discovered what definitely looks to be mold on a door that had been cleaned with house wash and Clorox. Dirt or soot not evident before is also there. It soon spread to adjacent windows and trim and is now everywhere all around the house regardless of sun or shade and even inside storm windows. None of the neighbors has this problem.
June 10, 2012 |
As host of the U.S. Open on four previous occasions, the Olympic Club in San Francisco has been known in the annals of golf not for who won the championship, but for who did not. Your Open champions at Olympic have been Jack Fleck over Ben Hogan in 1955, Billy Casper over Arnold Palmer in 1966, Scott Simpson over Tom Watson in 1987, and Lee Janzen over Payne Stewart in 1998, with Fleck and Casper winning in an 18-hole playoff. Together, the four winners captured a total of seven major titles in their careers.
June 1, 2012 |
One of the more emotional phone calls Kevin Baggett made after being named head men's basketball coach at Rider University this week was to Tracie Daly, daughter of his St. Joseph's coach, Jim Boyle. Those weren't glory days back in the '80s on Hawk Hill for Baggett. Everyone knew it. Baggett said he sat out his senior season by "mutual agreement" with his coach. Former Hawks teammate Bruiser Flint, now Drexel's head coach, was at the Rider news conference Wednesday when Baggett's appointment, after 16 years as an assistant coach, was made.
March 26, 2012 |
HE'S HOPELESSLY behind in the delegate count, and his campaign is practically hitchhiking to Tampa on nickels and dimes, but make no mistake about it: Rick Santorum is still running to be president. At some point, he stopped campaigning realistically to take the oath on Jan. 20, 2013. The president who Santorum is running to be is Ronald Reagan. And here's where it gets even weirder: The Gipper role that Santorum is auditioning for is the 1976 model - the year when Reagan lost.