Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on March 17, 1966 · Page 24
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"Don't do-it-yourself' good advice at times It's home improvement season, and projects ranging from painting to plastering are claiming the attention of growing numbers of home handymen. For do-it-yourself improvements alone, the expenditure this year will be, it is estimated, two billion dollars. All of which is fiae — when tile do-it-yourself jobs turn out to be real improvements. But there are many projects which sHould be clearly labeled "don't- do-it-yourself," cautions William, At. Wolfson, president of Peoples National Fund, Inc., nationwide home improvement finance specialists. In addition to installing roofing and siding, jobs whose sheer size should discourage most do-it-yourselfers, there are several otner projects that should be done only by an expert. As a general rule, homeowners should avoid tampering with the home's electrical system. Unless he is fully qualified to do electrical work, a homeowner runs the risk of serious electric shock or burn and may create a fire hazard if improperly installed wiring is put into u*e. Another area in which the expert should reign is in the matter of plumbing and installation of bathroom and kitchen fixtures. New pipes must integrate well with the rest of the plumbing system. If they do not, it can affect the entire system. Even some seemingly simple remodeling jobs can have serious consequences. For instance, widening an archway or remov- 6—ALOONA (Iowa) ADVANCE THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 1966 ing a wall between two rooms could significantly weaken the entire structure of the house if improperly done. The do-it-yourself aspect of jobs like these should be restricted to the proper choice of a contractor to do the work. Here are some guidelines on selecting and working with a good contractor. Friends and neighbors who have had experience with contractors will often supply the best leads. It is a wise practice to deal only with established firms in the community. If there is any question about a contractor's reliability, check with the local Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau, or trade organization. 'PaporoW aids any howawivas For housewives who budget time and space as well as money there's a new "paperdolly" made to fit between wall and base cabinets. ' The dolly, by Nautilus Industries, serves as a chrome framed blackboard with convenient chalk for jotting down household messages; • . Whep the black board is: lowered, it becomes a triple rack kitchen' dispenser, holding a large-size papertowel roll, plus full size rolls of wax paper, foil or plastic wrap. look ahead to resale value While the first aim of in* proving the home is to increase its beauty and livability for present — and future — enjoyment, adding to the resale value of the property must also be practical consideration. Inexpensive touches can add considerably to house value, a recent survey shows. Alliance Manufacturing Co., makers of "Genie" automatic garage door operators, survey* ed real estate brokers to determine how much installation of their product might enhance home resale value. In addition, they asked about 'other items" that might serve to increase resale price — with these results: In the kitchen, a new refrigerator-freezer that makes ice cubes, costing little more than one that doesn't, is sure to impress. Cracked concrete sections near the front door? Replace them. They immediately depress value on first impression. Because home-buying prospects look out windows at the view, blinds ought to be fresh- looking and sills and frames in attractive condition. Large patios heighten the impresion of luxury living. In most cases, they should add more to house value than they cost. '•' ."; ; •••' :,'. ;• In lighting, noiseless switches, inexpensive dimmer switches in appropriate locations and a modern chandelier are sound resale investments. Replacing worn doorknobs PLUMBING NEED TO REMODEL? Then... You'll Need 119 S. DODGE A Plumb — WE FEATURE KOHLER FIXTURES - SEE US FOR: GAS CONVERSIONS MYERS PUMPS - WATER SYSTEMS ELECTRIC SEWER CLEANING MUELLER CLIMATROL FURNACES J. FUNK PLUMBING & HEATING r! ALGONA, IOWA PHONE 295-3234 and new hardware on the front door a^e 6th€f ihefcpSfisiv touches that can help. Fcnton girl to Finland for summer months Fenten — Trudy Huskamp, daughter of the Eugene Hus- kamps, rural Fenton, has been awarded an International Farm Youth Exchange assignment and will leave for Washington April 11. She has been assigned to Finland and will spend six months there, living in homes of various farm families during that time. Trudy, who is 21, is now at* tending the university at Ames where she Is majoring in English, and considering entering aw school. She has a half year to go to graduate in liberal arts, and this will have to wait until she returns from overseas. She will go from Fenton to Washington, where a short orientation course will take place, and then will fly to Finland; eaving April 16. Trudy was very active in 4-H work and was a county 4-H officer. The IFYE program is one developed by and for 4-H mem- jers. ; FAREWELL PARTY GIVEN North Circle of the St. John's Lutheran church at Depew met last week at Mrs. Oscar Sorensen's. Devotions were by Mrs. Ernest Berkland and Pastor Johnson gave the lesson. Guests were Mrs. Lloyd Finnestad arid Mrs. George Jorgensen, Sr. The Circle had a potluck supper at the Parish house Sunday evening as a farewell for the Ervin Ruhnkes. The program included some instrumental duets by Karen Berkland and Carolyn Johnson, vocal duet by Debbie and Pam Zumach, and a poem by Mrs. Albert Mitchell. Mrs Robert Huskamp led devotion; and a talk was given by Pastor Johnson. The Ruhnkes were presented a purse of money. SHOWER IS DATED There will be a miscellaneous shower held for Gary Nelson and Jeanie Ferguson Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m., at St. Paul's Lutheran church in Ringsted. Men and women are cordially invited. The Lutheran Laymen's League of St. John's met last week with Rev. Spicer leading opening devotions. A film, Lent and the Meaning of Lent, was shown. Wilber Roeber, Whittemore, explained how to have better membership contact for the National LLL. A report was given on the Mission Fair to be held this summer in the Algona Zone. A report was also given on the progress of the teams in the membership drive. Hosts were the Darrel Dreyers and Harold Eimers. Mrs. Ida Dreyer returned Saturday from a month at St. Petersburg, Fla. She was met at Fort Dodge by the Duane Dreyers and then at Humboldt by the Darrel Dreyers. Jackie, son of the Duane Dreyers, accompanied them to Fenton where he was a guest until Sunday when his parents were guests of Mrs. Dreyer. •Mil* for «»%• • • IMOW1RNIWS A shovtef 111 the round is ftfi innovation from The Swan Cor- nrtioA. the Swan Circle Shower ia a fiber gl*M reinforced plastic cylinder which occupies no more than nine square feet. Capable of infltallation by do* it-your-seifers, the shower may be framed with any desired thin-wall construction. - # * * : . FOR for hobbycrafters Is Wood* hill Chemical Corporation's new "Gook,'' a plastic that catt be molded to any surface. Non toxic, non-staining and non-flammable, it is said to cement, bond and coat any surface, including glass, metal, cardboard, ityro* foam, leather, wood, fabrics and most plastic*. * * * : tlOHTf R GRIP Mails, driven in at a Slight angle rather than straight, when joining two pieces of Wood, insure a tighter joint. PANELING ADHESIVE* in ''car. fridge form are designed to •peed up panel installations/ •!• mllar home improvement f •eta. This one by Maaonlt*. SIMULATED WOOD beam from National Gypsum Company' is vinyl-surfaced, hardboard that simply folds into the proper shape. Called Vinylfold, this ceiling beam is predecoreted in a textured .wood-grain > pattern. We Handle General Excavating For Algona's Leading Contractors! TO AID PANELING Popularity, of paneling as a practical and convenient way to redecorate and remodel is finding its counter part, in a variety of panel adhesives in. cartridge form, designed for. use with a caulking gun. Application of paneling to drvwall and solid plaster, as well as to studs and furring strips, is facilitated with the new adhesives. On the market now, for do- it-yourself paneling projects and other home improvement uses, are: , : ' .,. Non-Flammable , Weldwood Panel Adhesive, by U.S. Plywood; . . Royalcote General Purpose Adhesive, by Masonite corp. Glu-On Paneling Adhesives. by Wilhold Glues. * * * NOW AVAILABLE Polyplastex Decorative Fiber- r as sheeting, previously avail- jible only to architects and interior designers, is now sold by the yard through retail lumber yards and department stores. The translucent sheeting, from Polyplastex United, Inc., comes in a variety of patterns. Uses include window treatments, room dividers, indirect lighting, lamp shades and luminous ceilings. Better living starts with Thermogas YOUR CALORIC RANGE CAN BE BUILT-IN OR FREE STANDING Calorie rangti art brill with you in mind engineered for oaiy cleaning, Cooking is much easier, loo. Tho "burner with a brain" makes top cooking automatic. Built-in units bavo matching sinks and hoods. Choice of 6 colors. Thermogas Co. of Algona BLUE CARPET BLUE CARPET SERVICE IS THAT EXTRA "PLUS" THAT STARTS WITH ENGINEERED INSTALLATION. IT MEANS PERIODIC MAINTENANCE CHECK-UPS, TOO. CALL YOUR THERMOGAS MAN . . . TODAY! FEATURING: BASEMENTS • SEWER LINES • TILING • SURFACE DRAINAGE Trenching - Footings - Cable • Water Lines DOZER WORK • SCOOPER WORK STUMP & ROCK WORK Pit Run Gravel & Black Dirt Available Anytime Backhoe & Dragline Services •Loading & Hauling REDING'S Gravel & Excavating ALGONA, IOWA PHONE 295-3661 BUILDING WITH ALGONA SINCE 1896 COMPARE BEFORE YOU BUY . . . M O M O U I N I ; I U PAIN I S FOR EASY MESS-FREE PAINTING! Painting your ntw homt? Remodeling? Spring cleaning? Yoy'll want Gilt Edge Paintt! SEE US FOR ALL TYPES OF Construction... • Lumber • Millwork • Ready-Mix Concrete • Building Supplies For 97 yearj, HM AI(Mi coMMNity has be«n united by ut. We are • dependable, reliable, reliable fin* able to talfill any buildiif ratjdrMMtt, Wa welcowe a chance to Mrva y*i, loo. "General Contractors" PHONE ALGONA, IOWA 202 N. LANTRY ;

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