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  • Roof ventilation: What does Rosie recommend?

    First, let's look at the kinds of roof vents.
  • How can I renew my cultured marble countertops?

    How can you spruce up the look of your kitchen or bath without spending a fortune? Freshen up your countertops!
  • Fireplace safety is important around the holidays

    When it finally gets cold in the Valley, many residents rush to light their fireplace up.
  • Christmas traditions at Rosie’s

    For the six kids who grew up in Rosie's house, Christmas officially began on the Eve with the reading of a "Cajun Night Before Christmas," because you know, chere, dem dere flyin' reindeer what you call dem, dey can't fly low through dem cypress kness and Spanish moss, no!
  • Bad Odors: How to get rid of them

    Odors are generally something we avoid in polite conversation. You’re not likely to walk into your neighbor’s house and ask, “Wow, what is that smell?” Homeowners aren’t shy though about asking us that question. We have dozens of ideas on our Rosie on the House Web site about how to get rid of this or […]
  • Four plumbing jobs you can do yourself

    It's 4 p.m. Saturday and you're cooking dinner for a big crowd, and suddenly the kitchen sink backs up. Who do you call? Or can you fix it yourself before guests arrive? Believe it or not, before you call a plumber, you can attempt this job yourself and probably succeed.
  • Home warranty: A good investment?

    Spending your money on maintenance is always wiser than buying a policy that kicks in only when something breaks. Here are a few hitches that can make a home warranty more trouble than it's worth.
  • A special reading list for Arizona’s centennial year

    Arizona is celebrating its centennial year in 2012. Here a list of books that cover-to-cover keep you in the know about your home state.
  • Which termite treatment does Rosie recommend?

    Rosie likes a product called Termidor, which contains a very small amount of fipronil, the same ingredient used for flea and tick control on dogs and cats.
  • How can I keep scorpions away from my home?

    You live in the desert - and so do scorpions. It is estimated that the Arizona desert is home to three scorpions for every 10 square feet. Fewer live in busy neighborhoods.
  • Summer Pest Guide: How can I prevent bugs from getting in my house?

    Here are some tips from my exterminator friends: 1. Expect unwelcome houseguests like spiders and scorpions from March until the end of November. In the winter, they’re content to live outside because the weather is pleasant. 2. Scout around your yard to find their hiding places. Favorite hangouts are under decorative boulders because there’s usually […]
  • Summer Pest Guide: How can I get rid of ants around my house and yard?

    We are always amazed at the topics that generate a significant response from our listeners; in this case ants! If you’d like to catch up or follow along on our ant journey in search of an eradication method that is effective, yet acceptable to all, below are the links to the segments covered on air, […]
  • Summer Pest Guide: How can I get rid of crickets in and around my home?

    If you’re seeing crickets inside your home, the more serious predators are sure to follow. So get rid of those crickets—fast. Here’s what not to do: Don’t empty a can of Raid on those creepy crawlers. Sure, you’ll drown the ones you can see, but their friends will simply sidestep the chemicals when they come […]
  • How can I prevent monsoon storms from damaging my flat roof and causing my ceiling to leak?

    The best way to prevent a leak is to know if your roof has a problem before the wind and rain begin. Don’t wait for water marks to appear on your ceiling before inspecting your roof to see if it can hold up during a storm. Climb up onto your roof (or ask a roofer […]