April 25, 2016 |
I know I talked about painting in a recent column, but that was just about my plans for the exterior of the house this year. In the meantime, the Paint Quality Institute in Spring House has come up with suggestions for sprucing up a house to get it ready for sale. The top 10 touch-ups: Make sure the front door is well-painted. It will make a great first impression. In the entry hall, touch up areas where the paint shows marks or nicks, and clean every surface. Better yet: Put on a fresh coat of neutral-colored paint throughout.
June 14, 2015 |
Don Rossi wanted country living with easy access to major roads. His wife, Marian Rossi, wanted a historic house. It was 1991, and the couple, recently married, were relocating to the Philadelphia area from upstate Pennsylvania for Don's job. So, the two spread out a map, pinned the most desirable areas, and happily settled on what they've christened Terra Sanctum, a circa 19th-century house nestled on a wooded wonderland in Exton. The one-acre property was once part of a larger tract owned by William Penn.
January 1, 2015 |
Dow Chemical Co. has quietly settled lawsuits brought by the estates of two chemists who died of brain cancer after working at the former Rohm & Haas Co. research labs in Montgomery County. The company, which purchased Rohm & Haas in 2009, agreed to pay a total of $950,000 - $475,000 in each case, according to records filed in Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia. The settlements bring to a close nearly a decade of litigation, during which plaintiffs' attorneys alleged that Rohm & Haas did not provide lab employees with sufficient protection against toxic chemicals and did not adequately warn them about the rising number of brain cancers.
October 4, 2013 |
A MURAL at 68th and Wyncote avenues in West Oak Lane depicts a group of determined drug warriors gathering to fight the dealers. Look carefully and you'll see a little pigtailed girl of 7 standing with her father, looking just as determined. The little girl was Sherrill Lynn Nash, proudly marching with her father, Joseph Nash, to rid their neighborhood of the scourge of drugs. All her life, Sherrill had the grit and drive of the true fighter, not only against drugs but also in her own life, refusing to let serious physical disabilities keep her from living to the fullest.
September 23, 2013 |
Marsha Weinraub and Stuart Schmidt embarked 17 years ago on the transformation of a barber shop and brownfield into a dramatic home with two gardens. At the time, the couple were living with two young sons in a small rowhouse in Fairmount. "I was carrying babies up and down steep steps," Weinraub recalls. Seeking more space, they checked out a storefront corner house and two overgrown lots for sale nearby in Spring Garden. Three rowhouses had been built on the site in the mid-1800s.
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.
April 29, 2013
4-week bills , Apr. 30; 3-month and 6-month bills , Apr. 29; 1-year bills , Apr. 30; 2-year notes , Apr. 28; 3-year notes , May 7; 5-year notes , Apr. 24; 7-year notes , Apr. 25; 10-year notes , May 8; 30-year notes , May 9; 10-year TIPS , May 23; 30-year TIPS , Jun. 20. Business Referral Luncheon , presented by BNI, King of Prussia chapter. Peppers Italian Restaurant, 236 Town Center Rd., King of Prussia; 610-792-2105. Reservations required.
April 20, 2013 |
Question: Our house was fitted with white aluminum siding by the prior owners decades ago. We've been in it about 16 years now. The siding has held up OK except in the front above the porch, which gets the morning sun. It is losing its paint. Is there a preferred method of dealing with this? Answer: Yes there is. And for advice about anything paint, I turn to the experts at the Paint Quality Institute in Spring House. First, how should you prepare old aluminum siding before painting?