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This is our new Home Improvement column by author, gardener and outdoor adventurer Tom Seymour. This is featured in the Real Estate section of your newspaper each week. Tom Seymour of Frankfort is a homeowner, gardener, forager, naturalist, Registered Maine Guide, amateur astronomer, magazine and newspaper columnist and book author.

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    July 28, 2021

    When disaster strikes

    Tom Seymour, of Frankfort, is a homeowner, gardener, forager, naturalist, Registered Maine Guide, amateur astronomer, magazine and newspaper columnist and book author.

  • Published
    July 5, 2021

    Generators

    Tom Seymour, of Frankfort, is a homeowner, gardener, forager, naturalist, Registered Maine Guide, amateur astronomer, magazine and newspaper columnist and book author.

  • Published
    June 15, 2021

    Consider a deck or porch

    It’s summer and it’s hot. When evening shadows fall, most people prefer to sit outside on a deck or screen porch, rather than abiding indoors by the air conditioner. For those homeowners who have neither a deck nor a screen porch, you would be amazed how the addition of either one of these can add […]

  • Published
    June 10, 2021

    How much power equipment do we really need?

    Sometimes less is better. That’s especially so when it comes to outdoor power equipment. Sure, power equipment saves time and energy, and it also enables us to perform jobs that might be just too difficult with manually propelled equipment. But it is possible to go overboard with this stuff. Many do and many regret it. You’ve seen it. Drive past a house and there, taking up space, are two lawn tractors, a …

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    June 3, 2021

    Sometimes DIY is not always so red-hot

    “Why would I pay someone else to do something I can do myself?” was always my motto. Indeed, that attitude has caused me more problems than you can shake an Allen wrench at. In fact, do-it-yourself isn’t always such a red-hot idea. Often, having a pro do the job really does save time and money. But still, that independent streak lives within me and sometimes it rears its foolish head, much to my detriment. Take, …

  • Published
    May 27, 2021

    Filling in the valleys

    Sometimes the answers to our landscaping puzzles lie right under our feet. I recently solved two problems in one fell swoop. Specifically, two areas behind a retaining wall along the little stream that runs behind my house were too low and needed fill. But to have fill hauled in was expensive and also, there was no way for a truck to get to the problem areas. This was a job that called for shovel-and-wheelbarrow …

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    May 13, 2021

    Out with the old

    It’s so hard to part with things that you have had around for decades, even things that have outlived their useful lives. Inertia plays a part too, since it’s much easier to live with clutter than to make the big move to get rid of it once and for all. But sometimes clutter becomes too much to ignore. Deep down you realize that the time has come to part with the accumulated items from years past. There are …

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    May 6, 2021

    Move ACs safely and easily

    It lurks around the corner and could manifest itself any day now. And when it does, will you be prepared? I’m talking about hot weather, heat waves. The long-range forecast for May calls for above-normal temperatures across the northeast, including Maine. Most houses are good for a day or two of high heat, but after that some remedial means must come into play. And for most of us, at least those without heat …

  • Published
    April 29, 2021

    The importance of houseplants

    Plants, or lack of, are among the first things I notice when going to someone’s house. How barren a room looks without a few plants on the windowsill. And how empty a windowsill appears with not even a small potted plant to grace it. Yes, plants make a place feel homey. They round off the rough edges and create a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere. The best thing about decorating with houseplants is that you don’t …

  • Published
    April 29, 2021

    The importance of houseplants

    Plants, or lack of, are among the first things I notice when going to someone’s house. How barren a room looks without a few plants on the windowsill. And how empty a windowsill appears with not even a small potted plant to grace it. Yes, plants make a place feel homey. They round off the rough edges and create a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere. The best thing about decorating with houseplants is that you don’t …

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