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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
Office:  215-643-3200
Cell:  267-481-1786
Fax:  267-354-6973

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Be a Good Neighbor: 5 Yard Etiquette Rules

September 29, 2015 1:36 am

Whether it’s a lawnmower wake-up call or a pile of leaves blown onto your lawn, there’s nothing more frustrating than a neighbor with poor yard etiquette. But this breach of neighborliness, according to a recent Lowe’s study, is actually more common than you think. To remain courteous to your neighbors – and (hopefully) earn the same treatment in return – the experts at Lowe’s have laid down the following rules:

1. Never blow leaves into a neighbor's yard and leave them there.

2. Neighbor's plants are not to be used for table arrangements.

3. Set boundaries with your sprinkler system to avoid saturating a neighbor's property.

4. Clean up after your pets.

5. Park cars in the garage, driveway or street, but never your lawn.

Source: Lowe’s

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10 Tips for Homeowners Rebuilding after a Storm

September 29, 2015 1:36 am

As important as it is to make home repairs as soon as possible following a natural disaster, it is also important to take some time to plan the project, consult with local officials and choose a contractor wisely, according to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Before you start:

• Contact the local permitting office. Follow all local and state requirements.

• Check with your local building official to make sure your work is safe and meets all local and state codes and requirements.

• Look for a contractor with an established physical address. Ask for references and contact them.

• Get bids from more than one person. Make sure they are in writing and specify exactly what will be done. Beware of a low-ball price, and never pay the full price in advance.

When building:

• Consider using building materials that are more resistant to flood, wind, corrosion and decay.

• If siding or roof sheathing needs replacement, consider installing hurricane/seismic connectors at the rafter-to-wall or truss-to-wall connections. Adding wall-to-foundation ties may also be necessary.

• Windows, doors and skylights should be checked for leaks. If they need replacement, consider impact-resistant units.

• Check your attic for adequate insulation. Straps should be added from rafters to wall top plates, and gable end-wall framing should be braced.

• Inspect soffits to determine if structural upgrades are necessary.

• If you live in a flood-prone area, elevate appliances such as air conditioners.


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