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Monday, October t 1 Buying MR. FIX r Souud'Killers Are Most Needed in Kitchen FLOORS SHRINK when the heat comes on, providing a good chance (o seal gaps. Clean out the cracks with a knife and fill them with a paste mixture of sawdust, shellac, whiting and color. —Popular Science. Check Heating Plant to Spot Fire Hazards National Fire Prevention Week this week is a reminder to homeowners to check the heating plan! for possible sources of fire hazard, says the Plumbing and Heating M6n hdu&s will be bought by American families this year than Ifl th« fclltitfte record year 1960, according to ft survey conducted by th* University of Michigan for the Federal Reserve Board. This yew, however, more older dwellings will be included in the total sales figures than was the case In 1950. One million older houses will be bought and 1,800,600 new homes will be bought by American families. • Thfere is considerable speculation among builders on the rea* sons why so many older houses will change hands. Some experts seem to think that it is because so many American families have taken advantage of the new types of materials developed in recent years to modernize their older houses to give them a face-lifting that will put them in favorable competition with new houses on the sales market. Handyman Fits Job The two rooms that date the house most effectively are the Jcitchen and the bathroom. Today, through the use of such new materials as prefinished wallpanels, these rooms can be modernized by the weekend home handyman so as to become selling points rather than handicaps when it comes to offering the house for resale. Prefinished wallpanels that come in large wall-sized sheets are made of tempered hardboard with a baked enamel finish applied in the factory. These wallpanels are Industries Bureau, available in a wide variety of The chimney is one of the corn- colors and patterns including wood monest causes of home fires. If grain, granite, marble, plain col- coal is the fuel burned, the chim- ors and lined patterns. The home ney steadily builds up a layer of handyman in many cases will do his soot. When the chimney "burns own work in refinishing a room out," the soot catches fire, send- with these prefinished wallpanels ing out a shower of sparks to fall which are applied directly to al- on the roof, most any smooth and dry wall or If the roof is of combustible ceiling surface. material the house may catch fire, The final result is a colorful and especially following a prolonged attractive room with wall and ceil- dry period. The best way to guard ing surfaces that can be easily against such a flash fire is to have cleaned with no further need for the chimney cleaned periodically expensive periodic painting and to remove its accumulation of soot, decorating. Protect Home • Adequate controls to prevent overheating will go a long way towards preventing flash fires traceable to th6 chimney. Controls usually are thought of as a means primarily of achieving •If you want to get best results uniform indoor temperature dur- from your home painting— take ing the heating season for greater good care of your paint brush, or comfort. However, they also serve brushes. That is the advice of to protect the home against ex- paint brush manufacturers who cessively high' temperatures due say there are six elementary rules to prolonged combustion, all paint brush users should re^ the Bureau offers these addi- member. ! tional suggestions for preventing The first three are "Dont's." fires in connection with the heat- 1 Don't ever leave the brush in ing system. Practice good house- water, keeping around the heating plant, 2. Don't ever stand the brush avoiding accumulation of rubbish, on the bristle end. waste paper and oily rags, which 3. Don't ever allow any paint always constitute a potential cause product to harden in the of fire. Check for leaks in fire— and flue—cleaning doors. Clean and check the smoke pipe leading Do clean your brush prompt- from boiler or furnace to the ly after use—with the proper chimney, making certain that it thinner for the paint product has not developed leaks through used. corrosion. Be sure that damper 2. Do follow with a gentle wash doors, draft doors, chains' and pul- in mild soap suds and water, leys work smoothly. Don't use and a rinse in clear water, kerosene to start or force a fire. 3. Do comb or brush the bristle Above all, don't start the boiler straight, wrap carefully and on the first cold day without first permit it to dry without dis- determining whether it is full of turbing or bending the bristle, water. MR. FtX Distributed by NEA Service Most workingmen — be they riveters or office clerks —come home at the eftd of a working day seeking comfort and relaxation. To relax in comfort, they need quiet, not silence, but an air clear of irritating noises. Too often they can't find what they seek in the modern home. They fail to realize that there are many easy ways to deaden noise. They've just never stopped to think about it. The kitchen is one of the chief noise sources in the home." This is because there are fewer objects capable of absorbing sound waves in the kitchen. The metal appliances won't do it—on the contrary, they are a springboard for sound EFFECTIVE OF Absorbs Sound It is easy to see that control of noise in the kitchen is simply ajeners matter of putting something in that room that will absorb sound, {scree The same goes for a utility room, _1 home workshop or child's playroom; even a bathroom. Linoleum or rubber tile on the floor are among the best noise preventatives. Used on sink tops, in shelves and in cutlery drawers, their value increases. To cut down the noise of rat- taling dishes, and help prevent breakage, a rubber sink pad is highly desirable. Rubber cushions cupboard doors are "slam dead- For maximum enjoyment of your kitchen, soundproof the room d it will ease the lime you have to spend there. Automatic closers on storm and doors put an end to nerve* wracking door banging. Perhaps the most disturbing noise of all those generated in the kitchen is the sharp clash and clatter of pots, pans and dishes as the housewife rattles through them looking for a particular one. Effective storage is the key that locks up this noise source. Vertical lid racks on cupboard doors, Lazy Susan shelves and a vertical filing rack for dishes do away with reaching behind pots to get a lid, or removing a half- dozen saucers to get a plate. There 's also a neat way of curbing the sound of noisy washing machines and refrigerators It is a vibration-absbrbing mat between the appliance and the floor. A plywood panel on top of the mat helps distribute the load more evenly, making for better noise reduction. A final step in the homemak- crs' antinoise campaign involves the installation of acoustical tile in the celling of any room where it is deemed necessary. This is an easy do-ity outsell project, , for leading manufacturers furnish instruction sheets with every package of tile. Most acoustical tile can be installed over almost any type of new or old qeiling—cither with flails, screws or cement. Made of a low-cost fiberboard, some types contain several hundred evenly spaced holes which trap the sound waves. Acoustical tile is easy to maintain. Several types can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. The better brands can be repainted without loss of acoustical efficiency if paint is not allowed to elog the holes. These tiles are said to do more to curb disturbing noise than any other single measure. FIX-IT FORUM Q—How do you determine the number ofc resilient tiles needed to cover a floor? A. Multiply the length of the floor times its width. Double the result* and subtract 10 per cent of it. (Example: If doubled result is 221, 10 per cent is 22.1, which subtracted from 221 gives roughly 199, or the number of 9x9*inch tiles needed.) NOTE ON FIX-IT FORUM Mr. Fix is unable to answer directly individual questions from readers. However, in "FIX-IT FORUM" he will answer the most frequently asked questions received during the week. YOUR GARDEN Good G ardener Will T ry to Improve Soil By HENRY PREE Written for NEA Service Shf. Rules Listed For Brush Care Good gardeners everywhere are pretty much agreed that after clearing the vegetable patch of its crops a soil improvement program is in order. "But why worry about the soil," asks the novice gardener, "did it not produce a good harvest this year?" Yes, replies the old gardener, but when we garden on the same land, or even use a rotation plan, we upset nature's balance and it becomes necessary to rehabilitate the soil, if we expect to maintain it in good tilth and again secure from it top-quality vegetables. Wise gardeners work with nature and they have the knowledge that by adding organic material they can improve the growth of plants and that it is possible to grow the best with a little help from chemical fertilizers. Builds Healthier Soil A good green cover crop with manure spread over it in the fall and turned under in the spring will build a healthier soil, increase valuable plant food, add humus and nitrogen and improve the tilth. However, when cover cropping is impractical and the soil so heavy that even a normal incor- Add some organic matter to your soil and improve your garden. poration of manure is of insufficient help, the old gardener recommends the use of a soil conditioner such as krillium. The soil in the old gardener's rose bed was greatly improved by the addition of krillium. Never were the shrubs more robust nor the blooms more numerous. Benefits Garden Cover cropping benefits the garden during the winter months by preventing loss of valuable topsoil from soil washing. good cover crop might be termed "green gold/' Professor Laurie says that "besides the nitrogen, the green manure takes up minerals from all parts of the soil reached by the roots and, upon the decomposition of the roots and tops, various necessary elements are returned to the soil in available form." The seed should be sown as soon as is possible so as to get a good stand before frost. The rye grasses, winter, perennial and Rosen's, make ideal green manure crops. All are hardy during the winter and will continue growth during warm periods when the ground is not frozen and not covered with snow. Rye grasses germinate quickly and make a rapid early growth. The more humus in the soil the more alive it will be and the better the crops. Whatever crop is sown it must be turned under next spring while it is green and succulent if it is to properly decay and fulfill its task as a green manure. QUIZZING THE GARDENER Q—Our geraniums are not living up to expectations dispite A—Geraniums grow best in an ordinary soil to which little fertilizer was added. Watering once a week should suffice. I believe you are killing them with kindness. Handy Electric Saw Finds jobs Indoors. Out i A PORTABLE electric saw is one of the first items of power equipment on the average handyman's list. This home shop saw, being used here to cut framing members for a new addition to the home, can be attached to the saw bench in the workshop as a stationary tool. Q—How early in autumn can one transplant maple trees from the fields? A—Waii until a good frost has visited your neighborhood — and then be sure to select sturdy trees from the open. Take all the roots possible and plant in a well- drained location. HQWJ2 New Roof on Top of Old If your house needs a new roof, consider the economical method Q—We are considering a small greenhouse, chiefly to start annuals and perennials for the garden. What location is best? A—In general it is desirable to place it in the sunniest location, facing south or east, with a maximum degree of protection from winter wind. HOME OWNERS QUESTION BOX Q—How should paint bo mixed for use in a spray gun? A—Paint for a spray gun should be thinner than paint to be ap* piled by brush. Generally, paint that has the consistency of thin oil is about right for a gun. Uniform consistency is Important, too. Unmixed pigment will stick In a fine notsle tip. After thorough stirring, continue the mixing process by pouring the paint back and forth from one can to another* Q—As I heat my house with gas and, consequently, my chimney doen't shoot out sparks. Is fire- resistant roofing still necessary for safety? A—Yes. Sparks from outside sources are as much a threat as ever. Brush fires and bonfires shoot up sparks which can be carried long distances by the wind. Fire • resistant asphalt shingles are suggested for protection from the flying-spark hazard. Q—The electrical circuits in my house are of 15-amperc capacity. How. can I determine the amperage of appliances and electric light bulbs in order not to overload the circuit? A—To find the ampcr consumption of an electrical device, divide watts by volts... For example, a 660-watt appliance on a 100-volt circuit will use f> amperes. A 100-watt bulb will consume slightly less than 1 ampere. For a 15-amperc circuit, total ampere-consumption can't be more than 15. Q—How can calcimine be removed? A—Calcimine will wash off If warm water is used. A weak solution of household ammonia usually will make the job go faster. On particularly stubborn spots, scrub with a wire brush. Q—If cement has been spilled on wood, how can it be removed? A—Cement will not adhere to wood. It can usually be scraped off with a putty knife or a similar tool. If care is taken, the surface of the wobd will not be harmed. Note On Questions Henry Pree is unable to answer directly individual questions from readers. However, with each col- Prof. Alex Laurie, floriculturist constant feeding. They are, plant-umn he will answer the most in- of Ohio State University, declares ed in good soil and receive plenty teresting and most frequently that in the absence of "manure, alof sunshine. asked questions. Home Accent Color Adds Gay Touch brush. And next are three "Do's": 1. Even the best painter cannot do high quality work if his brushes have deteriorated for lack of proper care. Towel Ring Provides F Design Package for Rapid Installation For rapid installation, a new wr 0 0 boiler is a complete pre-assembled Way to save Space unit consisting of a boiler, aburn- A new space-saving idea for the er, controls, coil for heating do- bathroom is the towel ring, says mestic water, jacket and insula- the Plumbing and Heating Indus- tion, relief valve, water circulator, tries Bureau. When space will not automatic air vent, draft regula- permit another towel bar, or when tor, flue brush, and chemical water extra towel space is needed, the treatment, says the Plumbing and towel ring is the answer. The ring Heating Industries Bureau. Also is made of lucite and the fitting included in the complete package which holds it to the wall is made is the necessary wiring and piping of gleaming chromium. (connections. The "sizzle of a steak" or the | "frosting on a cake." Beatrice West, professional color consultant, applies those terms to the acqent color used in exterior decoration of a home. She says that an accent color— for example, brightly color shutters or.a window box — gives a lift to what might otherwise be an uninteresting color scheme. Writing in American Roofer magazine. Miss West cautions against choosing an accent color first and then styling the rest of the exterior around it. Selection of an accent color should follow selection of roofing and siding colors, she advises. *'Good color-styling begins from the roof down/' the color consultant explains. "I always recommend asphalt shingles because of the wide variety of blended colors in which they are made. If the asphalt roof is a pastel green and the sidewalls are light green, a light yellow door may give enough contrast. "On the other hand, if the roof and sidewalls are a dark green, the door will need a brighter yellow—or perhaps a coral color- to give a house the colorful welcoming note it needs." Miss West makes these suggestions about using accent color on specific parts of a house: Doors—Front and back doors are focal points of interest. Both should be colorful. White isn't a good color for doors because it is hard to keep clean, particularly Front door and winder/ box are good spots for accent color, as shown here in the popular apllt-level house. Color consultant Beatrice West says an effective color scheme for this house would be dark slate-blend asphalt shingle roof, light blue sidewalls and trim, and daffodil yellow accent Mark garbage cans with a home's address to deter theft. The galvanized steel cans hold paint well if they are first cleaned with ' a cloth which has been dampened in vinegar and water, moves surface grease. of laying a new roof on top of the old one. Asphalt shingles, a colorful material which enhances the attractiveness of older dwellings, are customarily used for this purpose. The method saves the expense of tearing the wornout roofing off and retains the insulation value of the old material. The old surface, however, must first be smoothed to serve as a firm nailing base. To do this, it is necessary to replace missing and rotted shingles with new ones, split curled shingles and nail the segments down, and re- nail loose shingles in new nail This re- i locations. if there are small children in the house. Shutters — Shutters are ideal places to use accent color in contrast to sidewalls. For a tall, boxy house, Miss West's idea is to paint the shutters on the first floor a bright color to match the door and to paint second-floor shutters the same color as the body of the house. Trim—Trim along eaves, doors, windows, soffits, corner boards, skirt boards and facia boards should never be used for accent color. Match the color of the siding or use a tone of the siding color. Gables—On a small house, paint gable ends to match the sidewalls. Paint gables a different color only when the house is large and it is desired to de-emphasize vertical lines. • Miscellaneous areas such as a trellis, lally columns or plant boxes are good spots for accent colors. M *4* West adds. Seeds and bulbs stored in the home for use next spring may be protected from moisture and rodents by keeping them in a covered galvanized steel refuse pail. REPUBLIC RADIANT The Only Different Gas Burner Increase Shipments Shipments of residential oil heating equipment by manufacturers in the first six months of 1953 were 9 per cent ahead of the same period in 1952, according to the Plumbing and Heating Industries Bureau, During the first six months of this year a total of 345,913 conversion oil burners and oil-fired furnace and boiler units Swere shipped as compared with 317,377 in 1952. We'll help you move into the home ot your choice . . . and to acquire that home debt-free, with a home mortgage loan worked out to tit your needs. After the down payment, monthly payments are fitted to your income and may include principal, interest, taxes and insurance. Come in toon. Ability, not disability, counts- hire the handicapped. A NU UjAN O t • A llwN 250 EAST MAIN STREET No n«ed to fear dltcomfort or fci between cold period*, tf you have • Republic Red/an* gu burner Imtalltd In your prmnt furnace. The opera* tion U much awe economical, then with ordinary gai burntr*. Republic! HMow flame end Radianf Combu* tlon Chamber give* you the tame* even temperature from floor to ceil Ing , . . our telUfied tu»1om«r* ihould know. SEI n AT IDEAL KEATING COMPANY m Clubs Hold Meetings At Homes in Alexis ALEXIS — The Sew and So Club met on Thursday with Mrs. Edna Loveridge. The afternoon was spent at sewing and visiting. Mrs. Bessie Campbell was a guest. Mrs- Ceola came for lunch. Mrs. H. E. Britton will have the meeting on Oct. 15. Mrs. Loveridge served lunch. Mrs. Ora Postlewait and Mrs Bess Severs entertained the Pris« cilia Club Thursday in the Postlewait home with 11 members answering roll call with "What } enjoy most in the jail." Mrs. Jessie Vance accepted the! invitation to join the club and was 1 present. A two-course luncheon was served. Mrs. Theresa Lafferty will entertain the club on Oct. 1$. CONTROLLED HEAT — A concealed, easily-adjusted damper, which permits precise regulation of the amount of warmth entering the room, is a feature of this streamlined convector for homes with hot water or steam heating systems. The dampen operated manually by a chain as shown here (circle), or by a knob, or toe-plate on other convector models, is particularly handy during mild fall weather when just enough heat is needed to take the chill out of a home. The damper can be adjusted from fully open to fully closed, or at various levels between, to provide constant, comfortable room temperatures in any weather. HARDWA1 STORES... EVERYWHERE mm mm BALL 7* N. 5«miiury fbon# 90S44 HUSHING Galesburg Stock Manufacturer Custom Millwork OFFER Designing Estimating Services HAWKINSON Cedar Avenue Phone 7393 Combination Door Is Neat Trick A San Francisco architect has come up with a trick to camouflage a doorway leading from the hall to the basement in a remodeled home which might be just what the doctor ordered for a number of spots in older homes. The architect, Henry Hill, simply made a bookcase frame the size of the door opening and had it hinged with one long piano hinge which- is sufficient to carry the weight of the books. Anyone handy with tools could replace an unwanted door area with the same idea. Simply build a bookcase frame bacKed with fir plywood to fit the size of the door opening. The door is opened with a small wood pull on the bookcase side of the setup. Normally, the weight of the books will keep them in tflace but you can add a small lip to the front of each shelf for added safety. A galvanized steel pail, decorated with paint or decals, makes a handy waste basket in a home's den or recreation room. son WITH AN ELGIN WATER SOFTENER *1* J' ft. •f I •f; - I- ft T > WHAT tifMatuct Provides water you want hot and cold. No changing of tanks. monthly sarvlca calls by atrvlct me; •oft both REGENERATES ITSELF AUTOMATICALLY 3-Ytir UmondHUiul Ouir«nt«« , 10-Y«ir ftrvks Gu#r«nt«« W§ SerWet and Repair AH Makes! FREE WATER ANALYSIS 2!!MK fSi Read Register-MaU Want WATER CONDITIONERS ?26 & Mtln Phoa* 8-U61 4

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