have a winner — of sorts.
few weeks back, in response to a reader’s request, I
put out a call for a thatcher in the Philadelphia area.
thatcher — you know, someone who knows how to thatch
came to my attention, neither from this area but close
Cahill of Cincinnati, who did a roof-thatching job in
Phoenixville back in 1987, is a seventh-generation
thatcher from County Galway, Ireland, where they still
do a lot of it, and not just for tourists.
website is at Roofthatch.com.
thanks to Eamon McCluskey of Jeffersonville for
contacting Cahill after reading the column.
Bart, president of Greenbuilders in Sparks, Md., said,
"We could give a thatching class here in Baltimore
County (northern area) if there were enough
photos of the company’s work, go to greenbuilders.com.
A recent thatching project is shown there.
new homeowners comes this advice, courtesy of the U.S.
Fire Safety Administration:
is fast, hot, and deadly. It takes only minutes for
thick black smoke to fill a house. A smoke alarm can
give you the extra minute or two you need to get out of
working smoke alarms on every level of your home,
including the basement. Put smoke alarms inside each
bedroom and outside all sleeping areas. Push the test
button until the alarm sounds. Do this each month.
Interconnected smoke alarms provide the best protection.
When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
of home fire deaths happen late at night. A working
smoke alarm can wake you up.
an escape plan. Know two ways out of each room. Plan
escapes around the abilities of children and older
problems are a leading cause of home fires. Plug major
appliances such as refrigerators and stoves directly
into the wall outlet. Plug only one heat-producing
appliance into an outlet at a time.
cords are for temporary use only. Throw away cracked,
frayed, or damaged electrical cords before you move.