Here's an overview of this week's four-hour homeowner radio broadcast
Outdoor Living Hour - Notes from the Nursery
Join us for Notes from the Nursery with Jay Harper! Talking all things #FruitTrees&Citrus
On The House Topic: There Is Nothing Basic About Today's Laundry Room
The most recent statistics reported by the National Association of Home Builders states that 91 percent of home buyers want a laundry room included in their home, more than any other home or community feature. Most homes built after 1970 have either a laundry room or laundry closet. Homes built before then tend to have the washer and dryer hookups on the back porch or in a separate enclosure behind the carport. Tired of lugging loads of laundry across the house, today homeowners prefer a laundry room or laundry closet closer to the bedrooms. Some homes even have two laundry rooms...
Homeowner Topic: Open Home!
Chat with Rosie & Romey! Got a Question? Call in!
Weekly To-Do Topic: #APlaceForEverything | No need to call in a search party to find container lids! We'll be sharing simple cabinet and drawer organization tips so tune-in!
Jay Harper discusses gardening 'to do' tips. Pruning roses and deciduous trees for spring growth. First fertilization of the year. Prime time to plant tomato plants and plan for summer vegetables.
Weed and spurge prevention with pre-emergent.
CALLER: Has a problem with goathead weeds in lawn.
Pre-emergent comes in liquid and grandular form. How to apply it.
TEXT: Has weeds around ash trees. How to get rid of it without hurting the tree.
Trimming citrus trees very carefully to shape. Reminder fruit grows on old wood.
Suggestions on protecting smooth skin trees trunks from sun damage.
Winter lawns usually last thru April. Tips to keep it going and when to transition to summer lawn.
Discussion of planting new trees. Which ones grow the fastest and ones that take time.
Jay lists the tomato varities that grow and produce well in this climate.
You can plant a tomato stem, with the fuzzy hairs, that can root and grow a new plant.
Laundry rooms have become popular among home buyers with better cabinets, countertops in a larger space. Rosie and Jennifer discuss their laundry room features and Rosie's visits to other homes with laundry rooms.
Discussion about front loading washing machines versus top load. Maintenance on the rubber gasket on the front loaders. Dual energy home for the dryer for choice of gas or electric.
CALLER: Getting calls from people who say they need to have their dryer vent cleaned and offering to do it because it could cause a fire. Wants to know if the fire hazard is true.
Rosie discusses the work on a customer's recent laundry room renovation that was so well thought out, everyone was impressed. (Though the 2 hour meeting to discuss the project was a bit long). Thinking thru the space carefully can pay dividends in how much you can put in that space.
Regarding the laundry room project in Segment 2, Don Ryden of Ryden Architects calls to defend himself for the 2 plus hour meeting in designing the laundry room.
Don and Rosie details the process and questions he considered to design and expand the laundry room.
Producer Garry asks Don who designed the dryer vent that goes up to the roof.
Discussion of a new appliance that dry cleans, steam cleans and sanitizes clothing and other fabrics. Samsung's 'Air Dresser' and LG's 'Styler'.
Another suggestion called 'Prop And Stop' for the front load washer to keep the gasket from mildew.
Some more items to consider in the laundry room.
What can we learn from the Texas Winter Storm disaster. Discussion of why the City of Mesa asked residents to conserve natural gas for Texas. Natural gas travels in the pipeline at its highest pressure at 17 MPH.
Randy Cole of Fox Valley Electric talks about home generators and the surge in interest for them because of power outtages during the Texas winter storm. Randy explains how they work and the various sizes in electric generation.
Followup questions from homeowners.
A home with a dryer hose connected to the attic (not a dryer vent) and how to clean it?
Can you double layer roofing felt on a spanish style roof?
Has a 50 year old sewer line. Insurance only covers 25-hundred dollars due to the age. Rosie explains why we don't recommend 3rd party homeowner warranties and look at a rider on your homeowners insurance that can cost you less.
We talk with Baxter in Austin, Texas on how he is handling the snow, power and water outtages and grocery store issues during the Winter Storm disaster. Starting with loading the bathtub with snow!
CALLER: Looking to turn his garage into more of a workshop. Only has three outlets in the garage. Looking for suggestions on how to get more power into the garage.
Our Most Asked Question Of The Week: Can you clean the coils on the refrigerator? Yes and we talk about recommendations to consider.