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  • Can I install concrete pavers myself?
    Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of | March 30, 2013 12:03 pm

    Pavers may be the easiest patio surface to install yourself.

  • What kind of maintenance should I do on my plumbing?
    Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of | March 23, 2013 12:03 pm

    Like many problems in life, plumbing disasters usually happen because of neglect.

  • How do I repair blisters in drywall due to water damage?
    Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of | March 8, 2013 6:03 pm

    If water is getting into your wall from rain, a sprinkler that’s too close to your house, or even from a plumbing leak you’re likely to see patches of damage on your walls near the spot of the intrusion. That’s because drywall has a paper backing, so when it gets wet, it can bubble and wrinkle, sort of like a sheet of paper does.

  • What are the pros and cons of compact fluorescent light bulbs?
    Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of | February 14, 2013 8:02 pm

    Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are poised to replace those familiar incandescent bulbs we’ve been using since electricity became a household necessity.

  • Romey’s Chicken Resource Guide
    Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of | February 7, 2013 8:02 pm

    For everything you’ve ever wanted to know about chickens, check out what Romey has to say.

  • Roof ventilation: What does Rosie recommend?
    Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of | February 2, 2013 12:02 pm

    First, let’s look at the kinds of roof vents.

  • How can I renew my cultured marble countertops?
    Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of | January 28, 2013 7:01 pm

    How can you spruce up the look of your kitchen or bath without spending a fortune? Freshen up your countertops!

  • Fireplace safety is important around the holidays
    Rosie on the House | December 28, 2012 7:12 am

    When it finally gets cold in the Valley, many residents rush to light their fireplace up.

  • Christmas traditions at Rosie's
    Christmas traditions at Rosie’s
    Rosie on the House | December 13, 2012 12:12 pm

    For the six kids who grew up in Rosie’s house, Christmas officially began on the Eve with the reading of a “Cajun Night Before Christmas,” because you know, chere, dem dere flyin’ reindeer what you call dem, dey can’t fly low through dem cypress kness and Spanish moss, no!

  • Bad Odors: How to get rid of them
    Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of | November 24, 2012 4:11 pm

    Odors are generally something we avoid in polite conversation. You’re not likely to walk into your neighbor’s house and ask, “Wow, what is that smell?” Homeowners aren’t shy though about asking us that question. We have dozens of ideas on our Rosie on the House Web site about how to get rid of this or […]

  • Four plumbing jobs you can do yourself
    Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of | November 17, 2012 12:11 pm

    It’s 4 p.m. Saturday and you’re cooking dinner for a big crowd, and suddenly the kitchen sink backs up. Who do you call? Or can you fix it yourself before guests arrive? Believe it or not, before you call a plumber, you can attempt this job yourself and probably succeed.

  • Home warranty: A good investment?
    Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of | October 29, 2012 6:10 pm

    Spending your money on maintenance is always wiser than buying a policy that kicks in only when something breaks. Here are a few hitches that can make a home warranty more trouble than it’s worth.

  • A special reading list for Arizona’s centennial year
    Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of | October 7, 2012 4:10 pm

    Arizona is celebrating its centennial year in 2012. Here a list of books that cover-to-cover keep you in the know about your home state.

  • Which termite treatment does Rosie recommend?
    Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of | September 29, 2012 6:09 pm

    Rosie likes a product called Termidor, which contains a very small amount of fipronil, the same ingredient used for flea and tick control on dogs and cats.

  • How can I keep scorpions away from my home?
    Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of | August 28, 2012 10:08 pm

    You live in the desert – and so do scorpions. It is estimated that the Arizona desert is home to three scorpions for every 10 square feet. Fewer live in busy neighborhoods.