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By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | July 25, 1992
It's often the littlest things that cause the biggest problems around the house. That's certainly the case for a New York state reader who's having a problem with galvanized screws.The offending screws are in a newly constructed, 1,300-square-foot, tri-level deck. The homeowners were so concerned about preserving the beauty of the deck that they asked for cedar, rather than pressure-treated wood, and for screws, rather than nails, "to avoid unsightly 'nail-pops.' ""Our contractor did a beautiful job constructing this deck, and we were quite pleased with its initial appearance," the reader writes.
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By Richard Irwin | August 1, 2001
Police Blotter is a sampling of crimes from police reports in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Baltimore City Southern District Burglary: Someone entered a house Monday in the 700 block of McHenry St. and stole three cameras, at least three lenses, camera cases and jewelry -- all valued at nearly $2,500. Burglary: Compact discs and several baseball trading cards were stolen from Abbie's Used Furniture in the 2000 block of W. Pratt St. between Saturday and Monday. Stolen vehicle: A 1992 Ford Explorer with temporary Virginia tags W578779 was stolen Saturday from in front of a carryout food store in the 600 block of Cherry Hill Road while the vehicle's owner was inside.
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By ROB KASPER | April 22, 1995
Like many working parents, when I get an unexpected phone call from home I grit my teeth. I have learned to dread the telephone calls that begin, "Dad, how has your day been, so far?" This greeting usually is followed by a report of crisis on the home front.Not long ago, for instance, that question was followed by a report that one of the kids had, well, accidentally knocked a hole in the kitchen wall.How big a hole? I asked. About as big as your 10-year-old son, came the reply.It seems as though the kid was either leaning on the kitchen wall or wrestling near the wall when his body "accidentally" landed on it. The kid was not hurt.
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By ROB KASPER | April 22, 1995
Like many working parents, when I get an unexpected phone call from home I grit my teeth. I have learned to dread the telephone calls that begin, "Dad, how has your day been, so far?" This greeting usually is followed by a report of crisis on the home front.Not long ago, for instance, that question was followed by a report that one of the kids had, well, accidentally knocked a hole in the kitchen wall.How big a hole? I asked. About as big as your 10-year-old son, came the reply.It seems as though the kid was either leaning on the kitchen wall or wrestling near the wall when his body "accidentally" landed on it. The kid was not hurt.
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By Richard Irwin | August 1, 2001
Police Blotter is a sampling of crimes from police reports in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Baltimore City Southern District Burglary: Someone entered a house Monday in the 700 block of McHenry St. and stole three cameras, at least three lenses, camera cases and jewelry -- all valued at nearly $2,500. Burglary: Compact discs and several baseball trading cards were stolen from Abbie's Used Furniture in the 2000 block of W. Pratt St. between Saturday and Monday. Stolen vehicle: A 1992 Ford Explorer with temporary Virginia tags W578779 was stolen Saturday from in front of a carryout food store in the 600 block of Cherry Hill Road while the vehicle's owner was inside.
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By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | June 27, 1992
We're so excited, we just have to tell someone. You see, we just reached an important milestone in our house rehab. We have a flush toilet in the family bath.That may not seem like a big deal -- yes, we've both lived with indoor plumbing for some time -- but for this particular old house, it's something of a first.The house was built about 120 years ago, so it didn't have indoor plumbing to start with. When we bought it a few years ago, the only plumbing was a hodge-podge of water pipes and drains that ran through a back addition built sometime in the 1940s.
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By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | April 1, 1995
Lately Randy has been thinking a lot about fasteners, having just entered the 20th century by buying a tool that goes a long way toward eliminating the hammer. It's a compressed air nail gun that will drive a wide variety of framing nails and he's been using it to drive 3 1/4 -inch nails into microlams (laminated floor joists) with 90 pounds of air pressure per square inch. However, not everyone wants to spend $350 for a compressor and $450 for a nail gun, so here's a sort of primer on fasteners for some basic jobs for people who still use old-fashioned methods.
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By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | July 29, 1995
When you spend a couple of weeks hanging and finishing dozens and dozens of sheets of drywall by yourself, you begin to recognize it for what it is: an art form. Tedious, but an art form. At least that's Randy's conclusion.It seems simple: nail a few big rectangles to a lot of big sticks. But the truth is, there are a lot of ways to do it wrong. If it's installed wrong, the finishing will be wrong. And if the finishing is wrong, the wall or ceiling will never look right.Drywall, which is also called wallboard or known by the brand name Sheetrock, comes in two sizes: 4 feet by 8 feet or 4 feet by 12 feet.
NEWS
May 18, 1993
Fort Meade to be feted in ceremony at the PentagonAn awards ceremony to honor Fort Meade as the most improved Army base in the continental United States will be held Thursday at the Pentagon.Col. Kent D. Menser, the garrison commander, will receive a trophy from Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, Army chief of staff. Later this year, Fort Meade will receive a $125,000 prize, which has been earmarked for more base improvements.The Department of the Army holds an Army Community of Excellence competition each year.
NEWS
December 30, 1992
Columbia center slates multimedia art exhibitThe Columbia Art Center in the Village of Long Reach will launch the New Year with an exhibit of multimedia creations by the New Arts Alliance, a diverse group of artists who live in Howard County.The show, "Masquerade," will run from Jan. 7 to Feb. 6 and will feature juried works that reflect various mask-making techniques well as masquerade themes.To launch the gallery show, a free, opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Columbia Art Center.
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By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | July 25, 1992
It's often the littlest things that cause the biggest problems around the house. That's certainly the case for a New York state reader who's having a problem with galvanized screws.The offending screws are in a newly constructed, 1,300-square-foot, tri-level deck. The homeowners were so concerned about preserving the beauty of the deck that they asked for cedar, rather than pressure-treated wood, and for screws, rather than nails, "to avoid unsightly 'nail-pops.' ""Our contractor did a beautiful job constructing this deck, and we were quite pleased with its initial appearance," the reader writes.
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By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | June 27, 1992
We're so excited, we just have to tell someone. You see, we just reached an important milestone in our house rehab. We have a flush toilet in the family bath.That may not seem like a big deal -- yes, we've both lived with indoor plumbing for some time -- but for this particular old house, it's something of a first.The house was built about 120 years ago, so it didn't have indoor plumbing to start with. When we bought it a few years ago, the only plumbing was a hodge-podge of water pipes and drains that ran through a back addition built sometime in the 1940s.
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