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dkarlson

09:03AM | 07/07/00
Member Since: 07/06/00
2 lifetime posts
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Greetings,

We recently purchased a 1910 Craftsman-style house in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington.
Unfortunately, the previous owners did NEXT TO NOTHING to keep up the house or property during the 16 years they owned it. (But this made it affordable...)

One of the issues we had to tackle was the removal of hundreds of square feet of ivy that had grown all over two of the exterior walls. Ivy behind the cedar shingle siding, ivy into basement, ivy between window casing, etc.

With much pain, effort and determination, the ivy is gone. However, the little hairy 'legs' that held the ivy to the walls is still there. i.e. when we pulled the ivy down, some remnants remained on the siding. We now are getting ready to paint and want to get rid of this stuff before the painting begins.

The question to you is: what is the easiest way to get rid of this stuff? Is there some non-toxic chemical or soap that would loosen this stuff up so I could scrub it off with a brush?

I have considered sand blasting and pressure washing but both have such serious nasty side effects on the building that I would prefer to avoid them...

HELP! and THANKS!

-Dave Karlson
White Salmon, Washington
e-mail: dkarlson at yahoo.com

P Herring

06:35AM | 09/08/00
Member Since: 04/26/99
3 lifetime posts
We have had trouble with ivy on trees and getting on the house. We stumbled onto a solution by accident. We were trying to find a place to pour the water/ice salt from making home-made ice cream. We thought, we're trying to kill it, so we couldn't hurt it. We poured the brine water from the ice cream maker on the ivy. It killed it! Not even Round-up had worked.

You might try crushing the rock salt and making a brine scrub to use with a brush.

SuzanneS

02:55PM | 09/25/00
Member Since: 09/23/00
9 lifetime posts
I've had Ivy growing on stucco and steel siding. Sorry to say I found no easy way. A power washer took off some from the steel siding(and didn't hurt the siding), but I used a knife to remove it from the stucco, that is until I exhaused myself. Good luck!

rpxlpx

09:38AM | 09/28/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
I believe that if you wait long enough, they will eventually become weak and brittle. Then you can brush them away with a broom or brush.
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