We can all do our part to help prevent flooding in our neighborhood by making sure street drains are clear of leaves and other debris. Here are a few tips from the folks at Seattle Public Utilities:
- Avoid piling yard waste near the street where they can wash into drains. Put them directly into your yard waste bin instead!
- Use a rake to clear leaves from storm drains to keep them from getting clogged.
- Watch for traffic when clearing drains. Work from the curb, not the street and make sure children who want to help are supervised.
- Report clogged drains and flooding to SPU at 206-386-1800.
More information and resources here.
Saturday July 9, 2016
Second Use Building Materials
3223 6th Ave S Seattle, WA 98134
There is nothing better than having the right tool for the right job! Join our very own Doug for a presentation on the four w’s (who, what, where and why) of power tools. Learn how to assess which tool is the right tool, how to plan your tool use, safety considerations, and troubleshooting potential problems. There will be a demonstration of some of the more popular power tools and a conversation on where to find them. See you there!
More info here.
Did you know that medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning? When thrown in the trash or flushed down the drain, they pollute city water. You can protect your kids, families, community and environment by safely disposing of expired and unwanted medicines for free at a medicine drop-off location shown here.
There have been a number recent natural disasters that have had the potential to make an impact on the safety of the Washington State coastlines and cities. Thankfully, they didn’t, but they got us thinking about our role as a contractor for our community. Planning ahead for potential disasters is always a good idea. While few of our homes are at risk of tsunami damage, as featured in our article, “Danger Inspires Beauty,” natural disasters such as flooding and earthquakes have the potential to cause significant damage to our homes locally.
From securing bookshelves to the wall to replacing pressboard trim, and installing earthquake strapping (securing a home to its foundation) to installing perimeter french drains or sump pumps, there are many ways to mitigate and minimize potential problems.
We are happy to chat about ways you can make your home resilient (and beautiful)!
Spring cleaning time is almost here! Following are some of our favorite easy-to-make recipes for earth friendly cleaning.
- All-purpose Cleaner – 1:1 ratio of water and vinegar, 4 drops of essential oil (optional), a drop of dish soap. It’s a great window cleaner! (You will need to use it 2-3 times before it will cut through the wax build-up from commercial products, after which you can stop using the dish soap). (The vinegar smell goes away when it is dry.)
- Soft-Scrub – 1 c. baking soda, 1/4 c. liquid castile soap, 2 tsp. vegetable glycerin (as a preservative), 2-4 drops antibacterial essential oil such as lavender, tea tree, or rosemary (optional). mix and store in a sealed glass jar.
- Natural Disinfectant Spray – 1 c. distilled water, 1/2 c. vinegar, 2-4 drops antibacterial essential oil such as lavender, tea tree, or rosemary.
Ask an Expert, a regular event we facilitate at the West Seattle Tool Library, will be moving to 3rd Thursdays, beginning January, 2013.
New in 2013: Each month we will have a dedicated featured discussion focused discussions on hot topics for the season, including insulation, edible gardening and rainwater. Join us this month for a conversation on day-lighting your home and how to beat those winter blues.
These events provide an opportunity for homeowners and DIY enthusiasts to get together and share their stories of challenge and success, while drawing on the expertise of local coaches in fields such as solar power, green building and design, sustainable living, and urban gardening. These experts are willing to answer any question you may have on your current projects, future plans or anything else you’d like to discuss.
Every second Thursday Doug and Laura organize an Ask an Expert for the DIYer event at the West Seattle Tool Library. The venue provides the perfect opportunity for our community of DIYers to get together and share their stories of challenge and success, while drawing on local coaches in fields such as solar power, green building and design, sustainable living, and urban gardening. These DIY coaches are willing to answer any question you may have on your current projects, future plans, or anything else you’d like to discuss. Ask an Expert goes from 6-8pm so come join us on the upcoming dates: April 12th and May 10th at the West Seattle Tool Library located at 4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106. Everyone is welcome to attend, and it’s totally FREE!
The West Seattle Tool Library hosts an extensive library of tools and a workshop accessible to all. They empower people to take change into their own hands through extensive scholarship possibilities and access to volunteer-organized forums for professionals and amateur builders alike (like the Ask an Expert event) to come together and share ideas and projects. The West Seattle Tool Library and all its activities are open to individuals in and outside the West Seattle neighborhood.
If you have a project that you’d like to tackle and want more intensive or private consultations, Mighty House is set to help you make your vision a reality. We can help you save time and money and a lot of headache by consulting with you through the process of your DIY home improvement project.