Homemade Bug Repellent

While summer brings thoughts of backyard barbecues and outdoor activities, it is also the time of year when the bugs come out. One of the worst culprits that ruin our summer fun is the mosquito. Applying smelly, sticky bug sprays full of chemicals can make outdoor activities even less enjoyable.

Here is an idea for making homemade chemical free mosquito repellent that can also be used to keep away ants and fleas:

Ingredients:

1/2 litre of alcohol
100 grams of whole cloves
100 ml of baby oil or similar (almond, sesame, chamomile, lavender, fennel etc)

1. Marinate the cloves in alcohol for four days.

2. Stir the marinade every morning and evening.

3.  After 4 days add the oil of your choice. The repellent is now ready to use.

4. Gently rub a few drops of oil into the skin of the arms and legs. This can also be used on pets to keep fleas away.

 

Open house on 8/2/2015 at 8 Dartmouth Drive Framingham, MA 01701


Date: 08/02/2015 Time: 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM  
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PRICE REDUCED! Don’t miss this N. Framingham cul-de-sac neighborhood with easy access to Rt 20 for shopping & restaurants as well as hiking and biking trails. Open floor plan in this very gracious & spacious home. Cathedral ceiling, skylight, beautiful brick hearth, hardwood floors and wood stove in family room that overlooks the 20 x 40′ in-ground pool. Enormous living room with hardwood flooring, fenced-in back yard & large side yard, screened-in porch plus deck. Roomy master suite with access to bright and airy loft area that’s perfect for a gym, studio, library, office and/or play space! Private cedar planked spa room with hot tub in basement. Updates include: hardwood flooring in family room & master bedroom, refinished hardwoods in living & dining rooms, state of the art Buderus high efficiency heat & high efficiency air conditioning. NEW: irrigation, front door, driveway, gutters, dishwasher, all tub tiles, counters, sinks & more!

Single-Family – 8 Dartmouth Drive Framingham, MA 01701 now has a new price of $549,900!

PRICE REDUCED! Don’t miss this N. Framingham cul-de-sac neighborhood with easy access to Rt 20 for shopping & restaurants as well as hiking and biking trails. Open floor plan in this very gracious & spacious home. Cathedral ceiling, skylight, beautiful brick hearth, hardwood floors and wood stove in family room that overlooks the 20 x 40′ in-ground pool. Enormous living room with hardwood flooring, fenced-in back yard & large side yard, screened-in porch plus deck. Roomy master suite with access to bright and airy loft area that’s perfect for a gym, studio, library, office and/or play space! Private cedar planked spa room with hot tub in basement. Updates include: hardwood flooring in family room & master bedroom, refinished hardwoods in living & dining rooms, state of the art Buderus high efficiency heat & high efficiency air conditioning. NEW: irrigation, front door, driveway, gutters, dishwasher, all tub tiles, counters, sinks & more!

This is a Colonial/Garrison style home and features 10 total rooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, 4 bedrooms, 1.20 Acres, and is currently available for $549,900.

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How to Fix a Leaky Hose

Have you every hooked up the garden hose only to find more water is coming from the spigot than the end of the hose? Don’t throw away your hose fixing a leaky hose is easier than you think.

Here is how to make a simple, inexpensive repair to get your hose back in working order:

What you need:

Coupling
Mender
Knife
Tape
Washer

If the leak is from the spigot:

If your hose is leaking from the spigot it is usually the washer that has dried out or deteriorated with age.  Simply remove the old washer, and pop in a new washer. If the hose is still leaking, try replacing the coupling.

If your hose has a small leak:

Clean and dry the area of the leak in the hose. Use common electrical tape or specially designed hose repair tape to mend the leak. Overlap the tape while wrapping it around the hose.

If your hose has a large leak:

A large leak is a little more difficult to repair. Cut out the damaged section of the hose and replace it with a mender. Use a sharp blade and straight cuts on the hose. Take the removed portion of the hose with you when purchasing the replacement because parts differ by manufacturer.

Follow these steps:

Clean and dry the hose.

Rub soap on the area you’re repairing. This will make it more pliable and easier to work with.

Carefully cut out the damaged portion of the hose with a sharp knife and leave the ends as square as possible.

Loosen the screws on both sides of the replacement coupler.

Fully insert the cut end of each section of hose into one side of the clamp mender.

Evenly tighten the screws until the clamp is tight.

Attach the hose to a sprinkler or nozzle, and turn on the water to test the connection. If water leaks out, tighten the connection until water no longer leaks.

 

Open house on 7/26/2015 at 8 Dartmouth Drive Framingham, MA 01701


Date: 07/26/2015 Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM  
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NEW PRICE WITH A FRESH LOOK!!! Open Sun 11-1 PM!!! Don’t miss this N. Framingham cul-de-sac neighborhood with easy access to Rt 20 for shopping & restaurants as well as hiking and biking trails. Open floor plan in this very gracious & spacious home. Cathedral ceiling, skylight, beautiful brick hearth, hardwood floors and wood stove in family room that overlooks the 20 x 40′ in-ground pool. Enormous living room with hardwood flooring, fenced-in back yard & large side yard, screened-in porch plus deck. Roomy master suite with access to bright and airy loft area that’s perfect for a gym, studio, library, office and/or play space! Private cedar planked spa room with hot tub in basement. Updates include: hardwood flooring in family room & master bedroom, refinished hardwoods in living & dining rooms, state of the art Buderus high efficiency heat & high efficiency air conditioning. NEW: irrigation, front door, driveway, gutters, dishwasher, all tub tiles, counters, sinks & more!

Open house on 7/26/2015 at 351 Edmands Road Framingham, MA 01701


Date: 07/26/2015 Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM  
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OPEN HOUSE CANCELLED! Privacy & convenience meld together! Stunning remodeled kitchen with an abundance of cabinets, quartz counters and stainless steel appliances. Many recessed lights and stylish pendant lighting over granite island with seating. Glass tile back-splash, glass rack and open floor plan for easy entertaining. Beautiful floor to ceiling stone fireplace in living room. Hardwood flooring throughout upper level was just refinished. Foyer has brand new flooring too. The completely finished walk-out lower level has front-to-back family room with sliders to yard. Additional 2 rooms can be used for bedrooms, home office, library, play room or gym. Beautiful composite deck overlooks lush greenery & is perfect for entertaining large crowds or an intimate gathering. Upstairs full bath has double vanity, Corian sinks/counters, jetted tub, tile floor and neutral tile tub surround. Full bath in lower level too! Exterior recently painted, updated windows & fully insulated attic.

Single-Family – 351 Edmands Road Framingham, MA 01701 is now back on the market!

OPEN HOUSE CANCELLED! Privacy & convenience meld together! Stunning remodeled kitchen with an abundance of cabinets, quartz counters and stainless steel appliances. Many recessed lights and stylish pendant lighting over granite island with seating. Glass tile back-splash, glass rack and open floor plan for easy entertaining. Beautiful floor to ceiling stone fireplace in living room. Hardwood flooring throughout upper level was just refinished. Foyer has brand new flooring too. The completely finished walk-out lower level has front-to-back family room with sliders to yard. Additional 2 rooms can be used for bedrooms, home office, library, play room or gym. Beautiful composite deck overlooks lush greenery & is perfect for entertaining large crowds or an intimate gathering. Upstairs full bath has double vanity, Corian sinks/counters, jetted tub, tile floor and neutral tile tub surround. Full bath in lower level too! Exterior recently painted, updated windows & fully insulated attic.

This is a Split Entry style home and features 8 total rooms, 2 full baths, 3 bedrooms, 1.08 Acres, and is currently available for $368,897.

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Benefits of Lawn Sprinklers

Just because you have a beautifully landscaped yard does not mean that you’ll have to spend all your time working to keep it that way. With a professionally installed sprinkler system, your lawn, and gardens will be the envy of the neighborhood. Automatic sprinkler systems are more than a convenience, they are a necessity when your daily schedule does not allow time for manual watering.  The following information on how your landscaping will benefit from a sprinkler system may help you decide whether or not to have one installed in your own yard.

Improved Overall Health And Appearance:

One of the obvious benefits of installing a sprinkler system is improving the health of your landscape. When irrigation is done correctly, the lawn and garden plants will respond with healthy growth. Besides the aesthetics, a vibrant, thriving landscape will help increase the value of your property.

Water Conservation:

A properly installed sprinkler system can be helpful in conserving water. The system can be set to supply the lawn and gardens with the smallest amount of water necessary to sustain good health.  Sensors can also be installed that detect natural moisture which stops the sprinklers from turning on when it rains.

Time Saver:

If there is one thing we don’t have an abundance of today, it’s free time.  Regardless of how well we try to plan our days, we never seem to have enough time to accomplish everything we set out to do.  Manually watering the lawn and gardens is tedious and time consuming. Also, this method typically does not provide the same consistent amount of water as an irrigation system.  It is a great relief for many homeowners to leave the watering responsibility to the automatic sprinkler system.

Efficient Irrigation:

There is a variety of different lawn sprinklers, all designed to irrigate specific landscape areas.  The main goal is to install a sprinkler that allows an even distribution of water in the most water efficient manner.  Spray irrigation consists of jets/nozzles placed at strategic locations on the lawn that spray water at regular intervals. Drip irrigation involves underground piping that  drips water, moistens the soil, and hydrates the plant’s root system. Prior to installation, you will consult with a  professional  technician to determine the ideal sprinkler type and orientation in relation to your specific landscape design.

Maybe it time to invest in an irrigation system and take the chore of watering the lawn off your “To Do” list.