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A distinctive turn

posted: 01/31/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

A new doorknob is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to add a bright spot in place of the ordinary.

Car Talk

posted: 01/31/2015 2:12 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAR TALK: My 15-year-old son replaced the bulb for my rear turn signal on my 2011 Buick Enclave. He researched it on the Internet, completed it in a timely manner and cleaned up after himself. He wants to be paid $35 for this work. His father, an economist, thinks he needs to justify this fee. I think this is a good question for you. And by the way, what would you charge to replace this bulb?

Energy-efficient appliances, LED lights add kitchen flair

posted: 01/31/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

If you are dreaming of a new kitchen, you have probably spent time online looking at the latest design ideas. Sites such as Pinterest and Houzz are wonderful for gathering ideas, discovering color trends and creating a wish book of ideas. But a well-designed kitchen goes far beyond the color of cabinets and layout.

'V' in HVAC is piece required to save lives

posted: 01/31/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

When writing answers to readers or reports for clients, I often abbreviate the term for heating, venting and air conditioning down to HVAC. But it appears most people only think of the heating or the air conditioning portion of the reports and ignore venting, the most important part of an HVAC technician's job.

Completely different twist

posted: 01/31/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Some doorknobs turn, and some are just screwy:

Germs, doorknob go hand-in-hand

posted: 01/31/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

A dirty secret about the doorknob: It's apt to be one of the icky-germiest objects in the house.

Don't lay down a lot of cash to accent bed

posted: 01/31/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

The master bedroom is a place for privacy, tranquility and relaxation. For many, the master bedroom is also a place where they may choose to splurge, perhaps on sumptuous bedding or the handcrafted bed they have always wanted. But the reality is, you don't have to break the bank to create an appealing bedroom.

Ask the Expert

posted: 01/31/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Is it important for me to check the grading around the perimeter of my home and if so, why?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 01/31/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Q I recently saw an article about using the granules that are in baby diapers mixed with potting soil. This is supposed to hold more moisture in the soil in potted plants. I didn't know how environmentally sound this was. Just knew you were the person to ask.

Tools and Toys

posted: 01/31/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Chic Shelf Paper

Personal Space

posted: 01/31/2015 1:56 a.m. Discuss

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Helpful Hints

posted: 01/31/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: Winter is a good time to clean out stuff that we all have. Here are a few Heloise hints to jettison junk. My "two minutes or 120 seconds" plan is all it takes. Every day, focus on one task for two-minute intervals of time. Keep going if you are "on a roll," but just get started!

Super Quiz: Two

posted: 01/31/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Super Quiz: 2

On Christianity

posted: 01/31/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Where did religion come from? I'm not sure I even believe in God, and even if I did, I don't know which religion I'd choose.

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