Time to haul out the ornaments and garlands.
ON THE SHELF: BOOK TOUTS ENERGY SAVINGS OF PREFAB HOMES
For Deborah McVay-McKinney, organization isn't all about sock drawers and spreadsheets.
Q: I've had a lilac bush for about five years. Last year I cut it back, and it didn't bloom this year. What did I do wrong?
I've been asked the color of my eyes, my mood and even my parachute. But no one's ever asked the color of my front door.
Hobby Knobs let you put your own stamp of personality on cabinet doors and dresser drawers.
Q: I live in a condominium complex that requires pets to be on leashes. My immediate neighbor lets his cats run free, even though the association board sent a notice to all residents informing them the leash rule applies to dogs and cats. His cats sit on my porch and at times have gotten tra…
"SLOW FLOWER" MOVEMENT explored
The blogosphere has created a new route for sharing all sorts of child-rearing information, and encouraging children's creativity is no exception. Blogger Jenny Doh has combined some of the best of the blogs in "Hand in Hand: Crafting With Kids."
Q: I live in a condominium that's about 40 years old. A plumber was repairing something the other day, saw that the main water valve had some corrosion and said he thought it should be replaced. Also, he discovered the water pressure was about 85. He said anything above 80 can damage the pip…
Q: Where can I dispose of household (non-rechargeable) batteries instead of the trash?
Q: Will the new light bulbs work with touch lamps?
On the shelf: A book promotes year-round vegetable growing.
AKRON, Ohio - Alexandra Errington thought her toddler son was in
Just about every home has an eyesore.
Chances are good that getting organized was on your list of New
Q: A few years ago, I bought sheer off-white drapes for my
family room. I had a stripe of dark red grosgrain ribbon sewn on
the inner edge of each panel to tie in with the colors in the room.
When the drapes were delivered, the woman said, "By the way, you
can never wash these, or the red dy…
Q: How do you clean the water container of a dehumidifier? I
have faithfully emptied the containers of my Amana dehumidifiers
every day, but they still have a slimy buildup in the bottom. I
tried pouring bleach into the container and scrubbing.
On the shelf: House Beautiful book helps you fine-tune
Modularity Tiles make instalLation easy
I've been lying down on the job.
GREEN, Ohio - Karen and Bill Hoffman's new waterfall has a
Bedbug reports have sent people scurrying for relief.
Q: I had a pair of slipper socks that had rubber dots on the
bottom. I put them on top of my wooden dresser and then put some
clothes on top. I now have about six little circles on my good
dresser. I have tried Goo Gone, furniture polish, etc., and nothing
will take off that residue. Any sug…
Q: Do you have any suggestions on how to keep bees away from my
AKRON, Ohio - Karmi James and Jeff Boni brought little more than
interest to their urban gardening venture.
ON THE SHELF: TERRARIUMS MAKE THEIR RETURN
BOOK ON SEWING FOR ALL LEVELS
After Joan Ford watched her friends plunder a stash of fabric
that had been donated to her quilting group after a quilter's
death, she developed ScrapTherapy, a system for storing all those
leftovers and using them in new projects.
Q: I would like to replace the light bulbs in my outdoor
fixtures with compact fluorescent light bulbs, but my fixtures all
have photo eyes that turn them on and off. Every CFL bulb I have
found says it can't be used in fixtures with photo eyes. Do you
know of any that can?
BOOK PROFILES PLANTS' HISTORY
Q: Some lighting fixtures have a wattage limit. Is this true of
fluorescent bulbs? If so, how do I equate the maximum allowable in
Q: I washed a load in my dishwasher using a new box of Cascade
powdered detergent, and my dishes didn't come out as clean as
usual. The biggest problem was with my aluminum pressure cooker,
which came out spotted and discolored. I called Procter &
Gamble and was told all manufacturers ar…
Q: I used to use Jubilee wax on my Formica countertops. The wax
has since yellowed. How can I remove it?
What's new: Arhaus candles smell like chocolate,
Organizing a garage involves more than cleaning it out and
putting things back in neater piles. It requires culling your
possessions and devising a plan for handling what's left.
Q: I just purchased and had installed a black-glass Maytag
cooktop. It looks beautiful - from across the room in the dark!
When I turn on the overhead lights or the vent lights, every
streak, every swirl, every swipe I made with either a paper towel
or a soft rag shows up. I've purchased the…
Crafty types looking for gift ideas - or just projects to use up
their fabric scraps - will find inspiration in "One-Yard
Sarah Susanka changed the way we think about home building with
her landmark book "The Not So Big House" (Taunton, $32).
The shelf: Book unites painting, gardens
What's new: Sharp new tool has many uses
Labor-savers can be Earth-savers, too.
What's new: New grass needs less water
Q I realize this is not their fault, but the
animal shelters are always full and not taking any more animals. So
if I see a stray animal, I feel there is nothing I can do since I
can't take them there. Would any of the shelters consider taking
strays for a fee? — K., Akron, Ohio
Life changes fast. Cleaning methods do, too.
The shelf: A binder can restore Bible
For those who believe in leaving no surface undecorated, there
are Toilet Tattoos.