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Sodding a New Lawn
Sodding is the quickest way to establish a new turf area around new construction or to repair damaged lawns. While spring and fall are the preferable sodding times for cool-season grasses, sod can be
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Update Your Home for a Lifetime of Living -- Retirement: Secure Your Future
Find out if your home is ready for your retirement: easy-visiting, easy-living, and easy on the budget.
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Prevention, Detection, and Control of Bed Bugs in the Home - Iowa IPM Notes
Bug bugs are embarrassing and annoying. This fact sheet answers common questions related to preventing, detecting and controlling bed bugs in the home.
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Proper Drainage Around Your Home -- Assessing, Repairing and Rebuilding Basements
Tips for improving the drainage around your home.
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Building Basements in Wet Locations - Assessing, Repairing, and Rebuilding Basements
Basements can be dry if they are well-designed, with adequate drainage. This publication discusses basement drainage, floor and wall design, concrete mixes and curing, insulation, and commercial base
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Controlling Moisture on Concrete Floors - Assessing, Repairing, and Rebuilding Basements
Several suggestions for dealing with basement moisture problems, keeping in mind most solutions are often expensive and involve compromises.
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Remodeling Community or Church Kitchens
Explains the six steps to follow for a successful remodeling of a community or church kitchen. Includes photos, sample floor plans, and resources.
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Minimizing Moisture Problems in New Houses
Find out about proper care in selecting and installing wood materials in houses. This can reduce decay hazards, minimize maintenance, and promote long useful service.
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Interior Woodwork in Houses - Wood Use
Learn about wood’s hardness and workability, dimension stability, fastening properties, and finishing ease.
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Permanent Wood Foundation for Housing
The Permanent Wood Foundation (PWF) system provides energy savings, fast and easy installation, and cost savings. Learn about its basic components, design, construction, and advantages.
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Cockroaches and Their Control
Learn about the five cockroach species in Iowa and the management and chemical treatment possibilities.
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Storm Recovery Guide
This document was created by LSU AgCenter and has been adapted for use in Iowa by Iowa State University Extension, some sections that do not pertain to Iowa have been edited or deleted.
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Selecting a Termite Control Service
If you suspect your house is infested with termites or if other property in your neighborhood has termites, consult this publication for information on how to make a decision for a termite service con
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Homebuyer Education eCourse: A Place of Your Own
An online course to help first-time homebuyers learn about the process of buying a home. The course is available anytime, anywhere from any computer with Internet access. At the end of five lessons, t
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Living on Acreages: What You Need to Know
Living outside the city limits is much different than living in town. What do you need to know to live closer to nature and in harmony with rural neighbors? If you’re thinking of moving to an acre
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Finishing Exterior Wood Surfaces - Wood Use
Learn how to finish, preserve and even refinish exterior wood surfaces. Includes natural weathering, clear film and water-repellent finishes, as well as bleaching oil and pigmented stains.
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Paint Problems on Exterior Wood - Wood Use
Learn about how to identify, prevent and alleviate problems with painted exterior wood. Includes pictures and detailed descriptions.
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Siding
Siding can do more for the exterior surface of your house than any other home improvement. This publication discusses all aspects of different forms of wood, metal, synthetic, and masonry siding.
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The Welcoming Home
To make your home entrance more accessible and welcoming, consider essential features, remodeling options, and special needs.
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Selection and Use of Preservative-treated Wood
When wood cannot be kept dry and protected from deterioration, preservative treatment can ensure long-term durability. This publication covers the types of wood preservatives, treating methods, how
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Inspect Flood-Damaged Appliances - Disaster Recovery Series
Flood-damaged appliances are unsafe and must not be used until they have been inspected by a professional. Some damage might not appear for months. Get the details here.
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Whole-House Fans for Summer Cooling
A whole-house fan can help keep your house cool during much of spring, summer, and fall without using an air conditioner. Fans have advantages such as saving energy and money but also some disadvanta
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Weather Stripping and Caulking Doors and Windows
Learn about this money-saving do-it-yourself project from detailed instructions that include graphics, text, and a measuring chart.
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Wood-Base Exterior Sidings for Houses
Learn how to select the right type and pattern for your wood-base siding to promote long service life and minimize maintenance.
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