Q: I have door problems. One of my doors closes by itself, and it isn’t supposed to. The other door doesn’t latch correctly. How can I fix these?
While Las Vegans are surviving another summer of record heat and monsoon rains, others can’t wait to move here. They are shopping for a second home that they will occupy when winter arrives in Montana, Michigan or Minnesota. These “snowbirds” will arrive in the coming months and enjoy a Southern Nevada winter while their neighbors back home are enduring freezing temperatures and snowstorms.
Two major problems occurred to landscape plants and fruit trees these past few weeks during the summer. First was the heat. They were stressed. High temperatures seemed to linger longer than normal. In addition, minimum nighttime temperatures stayed elevated well into the 90s for more days than I remember in the past.
Over the years I’ve written about interior changes that should be done as we or family members age and want to stay at home. It’s what we call aging in place.
In the world of interior design, problems often take the form of odd nuisances. For instance, wasted cabinet space in kitchen corners brought us the Lazy Susan. The annoying storage dilemmas (like not being able to properly store a pizza without setting it sideways) found with narrow vertical fridge-freezer combos ushered in Euro-inspired bottom drawer freezer popularity.
Q: Whenever I run my dishwasher, water runs out onto the top of the sink. Is the problem my dishwasher or something else?
Q: I have a Mexican bird of paradise that was planted five years ago that suddenly died. It had flourished until now. I pulled out the plant and sent you some pictures of the dead plant, girdling or circling roots and borers that I found in the center of the stem that probably killed it.
For people who love outdoor cooking, the variety of gas and charcoal grills has never been better.
Q: I have two paloverde trees in front of my house. One seems to be fine while the other has struggled for four years. I am told the tree is healthy, but every summer it leaks white, sticky foam from the trunk. This foam attracts bees and beetles. The tree has received professional borer treatments twice a year, but it’s still bad.
“All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.” — John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), British philosopher, on liberty (1859)