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  • Are Additives for Septic Tanks a Scam?
    According to the EPA, more than one in five households in the United States need to use on-site wastewater treatment systems, or septic systems, to treat organic wastewater on their property. When we moved from California to Delaware, we became one of those owners. Neither the builder nor the inspector told us that we needed to add …

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  • Is Jeep Ducking Only for Wranglers?
    Jeep brought a lot of attention to the Jeep ducking trend at the Detroit auto show this year.You may have heard about people “ducking a Jeep,” where they leave a small rubber duckon random jeeps when they are out in public. Sometimes the duck includes a writtenmessage or a compliment, and sometimes they simply leave …

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  • Why Are Houses Abandoned?
    My wife and I were driving around a couple of weeks ago, and noticed a few run-down, abandoned houses, and were wondering how they got that way. We soon found out that abandoned houses don’t get that way overnight. It’s often a slow process that starts with the excitement of buying a new house and …

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  • Do You Need a Permit For a Garage Sale? (Quite Often)
    A couple of weeks ago, we had a Homeowner’s Association (HOA) meeting and voted to have a garage sale in the spring of next year. A question was posed, do you need a permit for a garage sale? Being a former cautious bank compliance officer, I had doubts, but most people didn’t think we needed …

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  • Why Are New Houses Painted Magnolia?
    When people build new houses, they make choices that will appeal to the largest number of potential buyers. The idea is for buyers to be able to visualize their belongings and their family in the home without any distractions. This helps them make a decision about whether or not the home is right for them. …

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  • How Do You Get a Stuck Key Out of a Door?
    When your key gets stuck in the lock, it can be frustrating. You need to get it out or anyone has free access to your home, your office, or any other place that the door provides access for. It is important to know what you can do in this situation. Normally, the key gets stuck …

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