By Jeanine Matlow Special to The Detroit News Published 5:11 PM EDT Sep 26, 2019 As soon as summer began winding down to make way for fall, it was time to tackle my ongoing list of home repair, maintenance and improvement projects. Just because we hire others to do the work doesn’t make the process fast or easy. In fact, it often feels like a full-time job making multiple phone calls to get estimates and schedule appointments. Though some of these projects should have been addressed a few months back, summer always flies by even when I have the best intentions. For now, getting our back deck power washed and sealed tops the list, even though it can be a challenge to perform outdoor work given the unpredictable weather. Then there’s the garage door that rusted from the constant salting of our driveway during the extreme winters we’ve had in recent years. Unfortunately, when it comes to home improvements, ours rarely go as planned. For instance, I was elated when … [Read more...] about Smart Solutions: Tackling autumn repair and maintenance projects
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Sara Clemence, The Washington Post Published 6:06 am PDT, Friday, September 6, 2019 When Sara Kate Gillingham decided to install an outdoor pizza oven at her Upstate New York house, she didn't call a specialist. Gillingham, who is co-founder of the Brooklyn cooking school the Dynamite Shop, considers herself handy, and she liked the sense of ownership and accomplishment that would come with making the oven herself - especially in time for her 40th birthday party. Gillingham "nerded out" on wood-burning ovens, reading books and watching countless YouTube videos, she says. "There's so much information online, it's kind of dizzying." A few sites suggested that with the help of a few friends, an oven could be built in a weekend from a "put this in quotes," she says, "kit." The components, including fire brick, perlite and the oven dome in four pieces, would be delivered on a pallet, ready for assembly. That turned out not to be the case. She discovered that the oven needed … [Read more...] about DIY: Do it yourself or destroy it yourself?
Here we are again, four years later, fact-checking a campaign kickoff speech by Donald Trump. The fact-checkable claims were different this time around, but history repeated itself nonetheless. Trump's campaign kickoff speech in Orlando was littered with the same false or misleading claims he has so often repeated as president. related Phony numbers on trade. Unfounded claims about immigrants. False statements about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Fishy economic statistics and wild exaggerations about his presidential accomplishments.Our task was easier this time because, by now, we've assembled a database of more than 10,000 false or misleading claims from Trump. The president often deploys the same lines, over and over, in interviews, tweets and campaign rallies.So here are some of the highlights -- and lowlights -- of Trump's announcement on June 18 that he will run for reelection.-- -- --"We went through the greatest witch hunt in political history. … [Read more...] about Fact-checking President Trump’s reelection campaign kickoff