Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Water. More than is really necessary.

Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers.

Thomas Tusser A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, 1557
Source: Bartlett'sFamiliar Quotations, 2002 p. 151

And the product of April monsoons? It has been mighty wet in good old Des Moines and if, like me you have a slightly leaky basement, what to do? Bring lawn chairs down and enjoy a damp afternoon by your own personal creek? Sounds lovely, even if the fishing is really really bad. But your house would perhaps prefer another option. Should you decide to tackle this problem, here are some helpful books:

Home, water & moisture problems : prevention and solutions /
by Branson, Gary D.
The JLC guide to moisture control : practical details for durable buildings /
from the editors of the Journal of Light Construction
Popular mechanics weatherproofing & insulation /
by Jackson, Albert, 1943-, Day, David, 1944-, Popular mechanics

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