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Top Subdivisions in Sales for 2011

I was curious about the top selling mid-range communities in Forsyth County, so I ran a search in FMLS for subdivisions in Cumming, Georgia with home sales during the 2011 calendar year, having 4+ bedrooms and selling between $200,000 and $400,000.  Here’s the top 5 (with ties):

1) Windermere – 15 Sales

2) Fieldstone (all sections) – 13 Sales

3) Polo Golf & Country Club (all sections) – 11 Sales

3) Thorngate – 11 Sales

4) Evans Farm – 10 Sales

5) Green Summers – 9 Sales

5) Jamestown – 9 Sales

Each of these communities had foreclosures and short sales as part of the volume.

Leaky Faucets? Here’s a fix.

From the ages of 7 to 18, I worked in our family plumbing & electrical supplies store.  During that time, I saw lots of DIY (Do It Yourselfers) come in needing help with some issue.  With leaky faucets, especially these days, a full replacement just isn’t necessary.  Usually, the problem is one of the following or a combination: O-ring(s), seat, spring(s) or a stem.  Find the model of your faucet, at the very least get the manufacturer.  Turn the water off and remove the innards of the faucet.  You might want to consult Google or Youtube for a video on taking it apart.  You’d be surprised how many are available.  Then, take the innards to your local hardware or plumbing store and ask someone for help.  Since you already have it apart, I would replace as much inside as possible.  Trying to assemble / disassemble & test to see what’s the problem just isn’t worth the time, and you may be causing more damage tan necessary.  If there’s a complete repair kit, buy that and install it.  One little tip, a little white grease never hurts around O-rings.  Ask the store employee first, though.  Yes, you may have a little grease coming out of the faucet when you first use it, but it can do wonders to make things work smoothly and seal things up.

How to get oil stains out of your garage floor.

As an environmental engineer, I’ve cleaned up a few oil spills.  More than once, I’ve utilized absorbents, sometimes by the truckload.

If you don’t mind a bit of an elbow workout, here’s a method to try.  Remember to wear some gloves!  Get rid of the oil that hasn’t soaked into the concrete with some cat litter or shop absorbent.  Make sure to work the absorbent into the spill and get as much up as possible this way.  A final pat with a newspaper usually gets up the remaining free liquid.

Now make up a paste of hot water and dry laundry or dish detergent.  Use a stiff brush to work this into the concrete (which is porous), and then rinse and dry.  Repeat the process if necessary.  Not every stain will come up completely, but you can make it look a lot less noticeable.

Personally, in my garage, I keep old carpet remnants down underneath the vehicles.  Every few years I throw them away and pick up some new scraps from a builder.  The only bad thing about this method is that you might not see an oil or coolant leak that immediately needs repair, so watch those dash lights!