Q: I have a light set in my backyard that is plugged into an electrical outlet that has two silver flaps to cover the plugs. The system works fine except that I get very nervous when it rains. My fear is that the water will run into the electrical outlet and zap the system. Are my fears unfounded?
Q: You wrote about some kind of blanket to wrap your plants with when it gets cold in winter to keep frost from /harming them. Can you tell me where I can buy them?
Julia Buckingham is wild about design, but her approach is a meticulous philosophy that pulls from the past and mixes cleanly with the present. The Chicago-based interior designer is renowned for her genuine admiration for antiques that she seamlessly combines with her eye for modern and trendy.
Q: Do you have a recommended type or brand of asparagus that does well here in Southern Nevada? I read your blog, and you noted the purple varieties are sweeter, but do they grow as well as other types?
Building a custom home is a complex and time-consuming project. What with the mounting pressures as the process moves forward from drawing board to building phase and then on to furnishings, it’s little wonder that clients try to avoid change orders and cost overruns and now, more than ever, want and need to get the biggest bang for their buck.
Sorting through the best candy for trick-or-treaters and nailing down the best costume for your little monsters don’t scratch the surface of Halloween decisions for the most ghoulish of the outdoor home decorators of the season.
Dear Gail: We’re looking to replace our foyer chandelier. We still have the builder’s original. We’re wanting something with more of an impact, as this one has always felt too small. Can you give us some guidance on size and where to start? — Roger
Q: I have a kitchen faucet that is dripping from the spout, so I planned on replacing the cartridge to stop the dripping. My problem is that I took the handle off and discovered that this type of faucet doesn’t use a cartridge. Instead, it has just a metal stick poking up through the top of the faucet’s body. Can this type of mechanism be repaired or am I looking at a new faucet?
Q: We have a nice size pool we must drain for maintenance. Is it safe to use the water for watering plants? We have a small lawn and some raised beds with vegetables.
No day goes by without a newspaper story or television report on millennials, those young people born during the early 1980s to the late 1990s. They’re everywhere because the millennial generation represents one-quarter of the population.