Each year, thousands of Arizona residents email or call Rosie Romero’s radio show with questions about everything from preventing fires in their chimneys to getting rid of tree roots invading their sewer system. His goal is to provide answers that suit the specific lifestyle wherever someone lives in Arizona.
QUESTION: The carpeting in my 5-year-old house is pretty well worn out, so I want to take it all out and replace it with tile. That would include putting tile in the bedrooms as well, but will that be upsetting for potential buyers of my house? I’m hoping to move in a couple of years.
ANSWER: Personally, I prefer to have all tile floors in a house because it’s a lot easier to keep clean. You can’t imagine the amount of dirt and debris that builds up in carpeting, even when you vacuum pretty regularly. You can’t go wrong with installing hard surfaces, in my opinion. But to answer your question, it’s your house so you should do what you want to your home and enjoy it.
Q: Above the bathtub, I have a bathroom window that is hardly ever used. I opened it recently and noticed that the seal between the window panes seems to have deteriorated. A lot of condensation has built up between the panes. Can this dual-pane window be fixed or do I have to replace it?
A: Years ago, that window couldn’t have been saved. But now there is a process by which they drill a few little holes into the window perimeter and inject a sealer on the interior to fix it. If you have to replace the window, you may want to buy one that’s framed in aluminum.
Q: I took a bunch of cuttings off a Meyer lemon that belonged to a friend of mine. I used rooting compound and put the cuttings in small planter pots covered with plastic bags. They have all sprouted new leaves, but how will I know when they have put out enough roots to be transplanted to bigger pots?
A: You may have to pull one out of its little pot to see if it has big enough roots. Try to do it gently so that you can repot it as well. It’s possible to raise citrus from cuttings like these, but it’s hard work. It can take lots of experiments with cuttings before you finally figure out how to do it correctly. If you do transplant them, keep them in a shady spot to start with.
Q: I started some cucumber plants in a raised vegetable bed that is about a foot wide and 4 feet long. They’ve been in the ground for two weeks now, and some of the plants are dying. Is it because I put too many plants in the bed, or is it something else? I’ve kept the soil very moist at all times.
A: It might be because the soil is too wet; when it’s too moist, the roots are deprived of oxygen. The plants can’t get enough oxygen if the soil is too wet. You might also need to add organic fertilizer to the soil.
Q: Can you install solar panels on a manufactured house?
A: If it’s a metal roof, you can’t do it. If it’s a wood-framed roof with two-by-six trusses it might work. Sometimes there are weight limitations for the roofs of manufactured houses that would make it impossible as well.
However, mounting a system on the ground is possible if there is a big enough site next to the house and if the owner of the house also owns the land where the solar system would be installed.