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By ILYCE GLINK and ILYCE GLINK,thinkglink.com | October 26, 2008
I sold my home in Vermont this past June (I now live in New Jersey), and since the closing, that area has received tremendous amounts of rain. As a result, the new owners have had water in the finished basement. They claim we knew about the leaking in the basement because they discovered "staining" from where it had occurred before. We never had water in the basement in the eight years we lived there, other than condensation on the pipes, which would weep onto the floor. After wrapping the pipes in foam insulation and having air conditioning installed in the home, we never had that problem again.
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BUSINESS
By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | October 13, 1996
Randy recently collected his first flame on the Internet, when he entered a newsgroup discussion about foundation plantings and whether they lead to water problems in basements.One newsgroupie wrote that he had been told by a house inspector not to put foundation plants (flowers, bushes or shrubs) close to his house "because they retain water and would aggravate an already worrisome wet-basement problem."Randy wrote back, "I think foundation plantings are OK, as long as they don't restrict the flow of water from the house."
NEWS
By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Staff writer | March 17, 1991
With most of the chemicals once stored in a Gaither home on their way to incineration in South Carolina and assurances from public agencies that no ground water was contaminated, residents are markedly lessworried than they were two months ago.In sharp contrast to a packed meeting in early January, only eight residents showed up Thursdaynight to hear officials tell them that the cleanup of the Small homeand storage shed had been completed. Both meetings were at the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Hall and featured the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Maryland Department of the Environment, and countyhealth and environment departments.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Restaurant Critic | May 21, 1993
Strapazza must be doing something right. The popularTowson pizzeria and inexpensive Italian restaurant has spin-offs in Annapolis and now on Charles Street, with a new Strapazza scheduled to open across from Oriole Park at Camden Yards.The Charles Street location puzzles me a little. Towson and Annapolis and Camden Yards make perfect sense, but it wouldn't occur to me to open a restaurant like this in the basement of a downtown office building. What makes the combination lunch and dinner menu so appealing is that it's remarkably inexpensive for dinner.
NEWS
By Alec Matthew Klein and Alec Matthew Klein,Sun Staff Writer | March 26, 1995
QUEENSTOWN -- Five years ago, Robert W. Kearns walked away from $30 million offered by Ford. Last week, he simply shrugged when he won $21 million from Chrysler.What Mr. Kearns wishes he had is the time he's lost.For 32 years, Mr. Kearns has relentlessly pursued automakers worldwide to get proper credit for inventing the intermittent windshield wiper. In the process, he saw his marriage collapse, suffered a nervous breakdown and consumed every waking moment steeped in lawsuits.Some -- even his daughter -- have questioned his sanity.
BUSINESS
By Dean Uhler | September 30, 2001
Ron Landy of Woodbine informed me about an incident where he had water flood over his basement door threshold, and he's worried that it will recur even though the builder made improvements to the drain. He wrote: "I recently moved into a new home with an areaway - a stairwell leading to a below-ground basement. The bottom of the well has a drain that leads directly to the sump pump. ... During a serious storm in early July, we had 5 inches [of water] in one hour, the drain was overwhelmed, and water seeped under the door to the stairwell and damaged the carpet in the finished basement.
BUSINESS
By Dean Uhler | March 24, 2002
A letter from Edwin Leimkuhler of Baltimore described an offer from a waterproofing contractor to install a black, slitted, corrugated plastic tubing around the perimeter of his basement. He was told, however, there was a danger of it becoming clogged with an accumulation of dust and dirt. Another company proposed using rigid plastic pipe with holes in the underside of the pipe. He wants to know whether there is any important difference. What Edwin is describing is the essential component of a typical basement waterproofing system - a drain tile or "French drain."
NEWS
By RICHARD IRWIN and RICHARD IRWIN,SUN STAFF | October 12, 1995
The bodies of a man and woman were found yesterday in the basement of a neat rowhouse in the Yorkwood section of Northeast Baltimore, police said.Police found the bodies -- a man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s -- about 11 a.m. in the rowhouse at 2027 Crestview Road.Police were called by a relative who had been unable to contact the female victim for several days.Officer Robert Weinhold, a police spokesman, said officers who entered the two-story brick dwelling through a rear first-floor window smelled a foul odor caused by the decomposing bodies.
NEWS
By Stacey Hirsh and Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF | April 10, 2000
On his way to work, Bob Henig sometimes takes an 85-mile detour for breakfast at a roadside restaurant in Pennsylvania -- and it isn't just for the French toast. "I'll arrive at work with a big smile on my face," said Henig, 45. For Henig, long motorcycle rides have become a ritual, but they have also become his livelihood. The Howard County businessman has taken what started as a pastime in his basement and revved it into a $6 million business. "I guess hobby run amok is where it started," said Henig, who will be honored next month by the U.S. Small Business Administration's Baltimore District Office as first runner-up in the state's entrepreneur success award program for 2000.
NEWS
By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
A fire caused $165,000 worth of damage to a Brooklyn Park house Thursday evening. Thirty-five members of the Anne Arundel County and Baltimore fire departments worked to put out the fire, which was reported around 5:30 p.m., in the basement of an unoccupied two-story single-family dwelling in the unit block of 7th Avenue, according to a news release. It took less than 30 minutes to get the fire under control. No injuries were reported. Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the incident.
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