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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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I Got Two Knitting Needles And a Ball of Yarn

Posted on August 10, 2016 by rtco-admin

I like to knit.  It is a process.  First you have to pick out the pattern.  Then you  have to choose your yarn.  The actual act of working on project is relaxing, and it is highly rewarding to be able to proudly display your new work of art.  One of the reasons I like knitting […]

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Posted on July 13, 2016 by rtco-admin

Summer is here and with that is all of the fun of swimming and playing outdoors.  But that also brings us concern for our skin.  No one enjoys a sunburn and thankfully there are plenty of products to protect us. Consumer Reports did a study on different products and the spf levels.  The part that […]

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Keeping the Pests Away

Posted on June 15, 2016 by rtco-admin

There are bunnies in the garden at the Tool Library. Before you say “awwww- isn’t that cute”, you should probably know that the dogs are on the rampage and the gardeners here are cheering them on. Rabbits are abundant and abundant rabbits mean if we don’t get the garden’s bounty before they do, we are […]

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Pull a Post

Posted on May 11, 2016 by rtco-admin

A few months ago I got to try a unique tool that is here at the Tool Library. I have a neighbor who had bare fence posts in his yard from an old border fence. When I told him we had a new post puller here at the TL that we should try out, he […]

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Gutter Cleaning

Posted on April 13, 2016 by rtco-admin

Friends, patrons, countrywomen… Lend me your ear! Spring is upon us. A warm day is well spent inspecting and cleaning your gutters. Rainwater not collected and carried away from your home can do serious damage to roofs, walls, basements, and foundations. Fortunately, for us diy’ers there are several options for getting the job done. What, […]

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Gardening Fun

Posted on March 9, 2016 by rtco-admin

Although we have been very lucky to have had a mild winter this year, spring fever is still in the air. There are a lot of outdoor activities that can become indoor fun. Teaching kids about gardening is a great one. Wouldn’t we all like to see our kids learn new life skills, practice some […]

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Libraries Everywhere

Posted on February 10, 2016 by rtco-admin

Have you seen any little libraries in your neighborhood? They are the small, free-standing structures where individuals can “take a book, leave a book.” Little libraries allow you to share your favorite books with others as well as pick up a new one to read yourself! They not only increase literacy and influence reading, but […]

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Programmable Thermostats with Jodi

Posted on November 10, 2015 by rtco-admin

Jodi, our Senior Housing Program Manager, gives us some great thermostat advice in this month’s post: As a kid my mother was a stickler about the thermostat setting. One time, a pediatrician told her that the best temperature for living conditions was about 62 degrees. Although, now that I am paying the energy bills, I […]

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