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Now is the Time for a Kickin’ Fall Garden

Posted on August 16, 2017 by rtco-admin

As I sit here and watch the vegetable garden take over my yard, the last thing on my mind is what to do when those plants fade out. Although tomatoes and peppers can last until the first frost, many summer veggies like green beans, cucumbers and zucchini will be done producing soon, leaving space for new […]

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‘Tis the Season for Seed Saving

Posted on March 8, 2017 by rtco-admin

This blog post was originally written by former RTCO staff member, Stephanie Blessing. She has pursued her passion for gardening and is now the founder Red Beet Row, an educational farm in Jefferson, OH. Red Beet Row has recently partnered with East Jefferson Street library to start a seed library where members can check out seeds during the […]

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Anyone can Paint

Posted on February 15, 2017 by rtco-admin

We work with hundreds of volunteers every year and we paint a lot of rooms. It is a fairly quick and inexpensive way to make a home feel fresh and welcoming. However, if someone hasn’t painted before, the outcome can be disappointing. Choose the right sheen for your project. Paints come in gloss, semi-gloss, satin, […]

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Happy Days

Posted on January 12, 2017 by rtco-admin

Your parents always tell you to be thankful for what you have, but as a kid, this phrase is hard to swallow. No one understands you and it’s just simply annoying! However, I realize now that they were actually onto something: mindfulness and gratitude. Mindfulness is the complete awareness of your thoughts and feelings, good […]

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Installing a Hand Rail

Posted on December 14, 2016 by rtco-admin

Handrails are not difficult to install if you follow some simple rules. First buy a good rail.  Poplar is a good middle of the road choice but pine and oak are often also available.  It should be long enough to extend 6 inches past the top and bottom step.  It should also be between 34” and […]

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Caroline on the Road: How a Tool Library Can Help

Posted on October 31, 2016 by rtco-admin

During my time in Louisiana, I worked with Rebuilding Together Acadiana’s Executive Director to create a plan to launch a tool library for the Acadiana community. A tool library can help in a number of ways after a natural disaster occurs. They not only provide homeowners with the necessary tools to rebuild their homes, but […]

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Caroline on the Road: Facing Floods – The Aftermath

Posted on October 25, 2016 by rtco-admin

It is important to know the issues caused by flooding are not only harmful to your home, but also to your health. Water damage causes rotting which compromises the structural soundness of a home. It also invites problems that can affect your personal well-being such as mold and pests. A proper muck and gut along […]

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Caroline on the Road: Progress in Louisiana

Posted on October 24, 2016 by rtco-admin

Rebuilding Together Acadiana has all hands on deck to face the current issues at hand. The affiliate has held off on other programs to ensure homeowners affected by the floods are properly taken care of. Groups have been working five days out of the week to complete muck and guts and mold remediation. The average […]

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Caroline on the Road: Floods Know no Boundaries – Current Issues in Louisiana

Posted on October 21, 2016 by rtco-admin

Needless to say, flooding has been a huge issue in several states for the past couple of months. From the historic flooding in August that devastated several parishes in southern Louisiana to Hurricane Matthew, states are desperately looking for recovery. My first day in Lafayette, LA opened my eyes to the problems homeowners are still […]

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The Art of Using a Stud Finder

Posted on September 14, 2016 by rtco-admin

Stud Finders are invaluable tools for finding the studs or 2 x 4’s behind finished walls.  Finding these is critical for hanging anything that has some weight to it because drywall just cannot hold very much weight.  If for example you are going to hang a shelf on which you will put glassware or tableware, […]

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