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Can I Walk on My Tile Roof or Is It Too Delicate?

Can I Walk on My Tile Roof or Is It Too Delicate?

Walking on a clay tile roof can cause the tiles to crack.

December 16, 2014 9:33 pm
What Kind of Tree Will Do Well in a Yard at a Higher Elevation?

What Kind of Tree Will Do Well in a Yard at a Higher Elevation?

Palo verdes may be native to the Arizona desert, but frost, mistletoe and other problems can sometimes damage them.

December 09, 2014 10:03 am
How Do I Flush Out My Water Heater?

How Do I Flush Out My Water Heater?

You can do the maintenance job of flushing the water out of a water heater yourself. Take care to get rid of all the sediment that is building up that could corrode the water heater.

December 02, 2014 9:31 pm
Tropical-Style Weather Boosts the Caterpillar Population

Tropical-Style Weather Boosts the Caterpillar Population

Sesame caterpillars are thriving this year and may be munching bougainvilleas.

November 12, 2014 5:11 am
How Can I Fix My Leaky Water Fountain?

How Can I Fix My Leaky Water Fountain?

Water fountains need sealing to stop or prevent leaks.

November 05, 2014 7:53 pm
A mini-split air conditioner.

A mini-split air conditioner.

A mini-split air conditioner is usually easy to install, and is perfect for cooling off a garage or one room.

November 01, 2014 3:45 pm
Why Is Water Leaking Out of My Vents When It Rains?

Why Is Water Leaking Out of My Vents When It Rains?

If water leaks from a supply vent during a rainstorm, it’s probably not from a leak in the roof. Try an HVAC company.

October 21, 2014 9:47 am
Garage Door Springs Are Not a DIY Job

Garage Door Springs Are Not a DIY Job

Garage-door torsion springs are under tension. If not replaced properly, there is potential for serious injury.

October 07, 2014 8:35 am
Extra-Shiny Glazes on Tile Floors Can Be Hard to Maintain

Extra-Shiny Glazes on Tile Floors Can Be Hard to Maintain

Saltillo tiles can be harder to keep clean if they are finished with a heavy glaze.

October 01, 2014 6:05 am
Can I Still Use an AC That Has Been Dormant for Three Years?

Can I Still Use an AC That Has Been Dormant for Three Years?

Even if you don’t use an air conditioner every single year, it probably will run just fine after a period of dormancy. 

September 16, 2014 10:06 am
Should I Remove the Mistletoe From My Tree?

Should I Remove the Mistletoe From My Tree?

Mistletoe, like this clump on a palo verde, is a common parasite that grows on desert trees. Remove it promptly if it seems to be spreading.

September 09, 2014 10:54 am
Reader wants to replace kitchen hood fan

Reader wants to replace kitchen hood fan

Kitchen fans built into a microwave unit have less power to pull exhaust fumes out of a room that can really need it.

September 03, 2014 7:56 am
How to get rid of large oleanders

How to get rid of large oleanders

Oleanders grow well in Saudi Arabia and Morocco, so it’s no wonder that they thrive here.

August 27, 2014 7:59 amLoading…
How Do I Cover and Repair the Surface of My Foam Block House?

How Do I Cover and Repair the Surface of My Foam Block House?

Many flat roofs in Tucson are covered with foam like this.

August 20, 2014 8:10 am
Water from the laundry room is backing up into the kitchen sink

Water from the laundry room is backing up into the kitchen sink

If draining water from a nearby laundry room backs up in the kitchen, your pipes may need cleaning out.

August 13, 2014 6:24 pm
Why Did My Baby Bougainvilleas Die?

Why Did My Baby Bougainvilleas Die?

Bougainvilleas are hardy once they get started, but be gentle with their roots.

July 14, 2014 9:43 pm
What to do with a "dead" outlet?

What to do with a "dead" outlet?

Call an electrician for complex repairs.

June 30, 2014 8:19 am
How Hard Is It to Install a Ceiling Fan?

How Hard Is It to Install a Ceiling Fan?

Replacing a light fixture with a ceiling fan or a fan plus a light can be a difficult do-it-yourself job.

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Why Do My Patio Tiles Have Sooty Looking Spots on Them?

Why Do My Patio Tiles Have Sooty Looking Spots on Them?

Don’t seal saltillo tile when it’s installed outside in direct sunlight. The sealer can make the surface slick when wet.

May 20, 2014 5:27 am
How to move a saguaro

How to move a saguaro

Even a small saguaro can be very heavy and difficult to move to a new location.

May 13, 2014 8:31 am
Can I start an agave farm in my backyard?

Can I start an agave farm in my backyard?

Small Agave “pups” like the one next to the adult plant in this photo can be transplanted into containers.

May 06, 2014 3:30 pm
A walk-in tub can be an excellent choice for equipping your home for aging-in-place.

A walk-in tub can be an excellent choice for equipping your home for aging-in-place.

The pressure of the water in the walk-in tub will hold the door closed, so leaking shouldn’t be a problem.

April 29, 2014 9:42 am
How Close to the House Can I Plant a Tree?

How Close to the House Can I Plant a Tree?

A sturdy hopseed bush shades the wall of a house.

April 22, 2014 10:45 am
Can I Have Insulation Blown Into My Wall?

Can I Have Insulation Blown Into My Wall?

Foam insulation can be injected into walls to solve several problems.

April 16, 2014 6:40 am
Can Solar Panels Be Installed Over Vent Pipes on My Roof?

Can Solar Panels Be Installed Over Vent Pipes on My Roof?

Roof vents release plumbing gases outside your home.

March 16, 2014 12:47 pm
Can I Sell the Big Saguaro That I Have in My Yard?

Can I Sell the Big Saguaro That I Have in My Yard?

Saguaros are a protected native plant in Arizona.

March 03, 2014 11:14 pm
Desert Willow

Desert Willow

The desert willow’s leaves will turn brown and drop in the winter, so it’s a good time to trim it to the proper shape.

February 25, 2014 10:15 am
old angle stop

old angle stop

Old-style angle-stop valves are also known as multi-turn compression valves.

February 11, 2014 1:38 pm
new angle stop

new angle stop

This is a new-style ball-joint valve that is a lot safer to use on a water line because it’s not susceptible to freezing because of calcium build up.

February 11, 2014 1:36 pm
A rooftop AC system

A rooftop AC system

A rooftop installation of air conditioning equipment can save space and be less noisy than having the condenser standing just outside your house.

February 04, 2014 10:33 am
Flooded patio

Flooded patio

When a patio floods, try to reroute the path of the water with gutters and downspouts or a rock-lined trench drain.

October 21, 2013 11:58 am
Agave

Agave

This is the time of year when majestic agaves often fall prey to grubs that have eaten away the core of the plants

October 09, 2013 9:23 pm
I need advice on building planter boxes for vegetables

I need advice on building planter boxes for vegetables

Make your box small enough to work on without walking inside.

September 17, 2013 10:26 am
Rosie on the Roof

Rosie on the Roof

When a garage door won’t close or open completely, it’s often because of a problem with sensor lights on the door tracks. Check them for dust and dirt first, and if cleaning them doesn’t work, call a professional.

August 22, 2013 9:27 am
18 rosie-p1

18 rosie-p1

August 15, 2013 7:24 pm
Paper works best for air-conditioning filters

Paper works best for air-conditioning filters

One-inch pleated paper filters are the best to use with your air-conditioning intakes. Washable filters tend to restrict airflow.

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How can I bring down my electric bills?

How can I bring down my electric bills?

Repairing or replacing air ducts can help bring down your energy bills. The age of the HVAC system might be a factor, as well.

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Hire electrician to find switch-outlet connections

Hire electrician to find switch-outlet connections

Holding your nose when you open the spigot? If your water smells like sulfur, it could be a problem with the water heater or with a well.

June 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Mourning doves are taking over the neighborhood

Mourning doves are taking over the neighborhood

Don't be surprised if mourning doves come calling. They are among the most abundant birds in Arizona.

June 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Sealer should not be used outdoors on slate; it will cause flaking

Sealer should not be used outdoors on slate; it will cause flaking

If you use slate outdoors, as on this backyard bench, don't seal the tiles, as the sealer will deteriorate in intense sunshine.

June 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Big bang in pipes is due to water pressure; fixing it is important

Big bang in pipes is due to water pressure; fixing it is important

The outdoor bib where you connect your garden hose is the place where you check your home's water pressure.

May 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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