Tear out dry wall or plaster to the flood line, and discard any wet insulation, Yearns said. Wall cavities that are moldy must be cleaned. Then allow sufficient time for all the framing lumber to become thoroughly dry. Check the wood moisture content weekly until it drops below 20 percent. If electricity is available, use fans and open windows to let in dry outside air and exhaust the damp inside air. Read more about Dry Wood Framing in Flooded Homes before Rebuilding
This week's column destroys some myths on how bugs enter your bathroom. Read more about Bugs in the Bathroom
Many rural residences and farmsteads use yard lights to provide night security and to illuminate driveways and buildings after dark. Selecting the right light will produce the results you want while saving energy. Read more about Select Outdoor Yard Lights for Security and Energy Savings
Before natural disasters strike, families should develop emergency plans and create emergency supply kits. This message is one Iowa State University Extension hopes Iowans will take seriously. Read more about Plan Ahead to Reduce the Impact of Natural Disasters
Homegrown Lifestyle is for people living on a large lot or a small acreage with visions of producing food for their own use and practicing land stewardship, but aren't sure how or where to start. Read more about ISU Extension Course for Those Interested in Producing Foods for Personal Use
Effective parenting is more than good intentions. Iowa State University Extension examines how parenting style makes a difference in rearing responsible, competent children in this month’s Science of Parenting radio program podcast. Read more about Science of Parenting: Good Parenting
Parents have a new source for sound advice on raising kids and teens — the Science of Parenting, a new monthly radio program podcast from Iowa State University Extension. It’s available for free download.
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When it comes to temperament, some kids are as dependable as pickup trucks, while others are as touchy as high-end sports cars. This month’s Science of Parenting podcast from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach examines the “engine” that drives a child and how parents can manage spirited children. Read more about Science of Parenting: How to Parent Spirited Children
Many people choose baby carrots as their snack. They are healthy, full of vitamins and are easy to eat and feed to children. But are they safe? Jody Gatewood, a nutrition specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, dispels the myths and explains the facts. Read more about Baby Cut Carrots: Healthy or Harmful?
Farm life with its country setting often is idealized, but as the complications and pace of agriculture have increased, so have the physical and mental demands on farmers. It’s set up for stress that cannot be ignored, says an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialist. Read more about Help Farmers Cope with Stress