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18 ,,<Sqyesburg,Refl|ster-Mfl|f r ,,GQlesburg t , 111,. Monday, Sept, 16, 1963 DO-IT-YOURSELF Be Sure You 'Dig 9 Tools, Know-How Before Digging By MR. FIX Newspaper Enterprise Assn. Digging does NOT come natur ally. Look at the average home owner, especially one who has never dug anything more than a flower bed, and you will realize the truth in the statement. He grunts, groans, makes no headway, and invariably he uses the wrong tool for the job. Digging may not be quite an art. but it does require knowhow, some skill, practice and the proper tools. When to Forget Forget the short-h a n d 1 e d spades and spading forks — they're for turning over the ground in the garden or the lawn. When it comes to digging a ditch, or going down to inspect drain tiles, or clearing out a bank of dirt, you will need something with plenty of reach and carrying capacity. The most important tool is the round-point shovel. Get one with a iow-Ioot handle. That extra length will save a lot of stooping. When you pick one out make certain that the blade is turned or rolled at the top or shoulders. This will give you a place to put your foot when you want to bear down. Your work will go a lot faster if you equip yourself with a square-tipped shovel. This scoop shovel can't be used for digging, but with it you can pick up more loose dirt — twice as much — as you can with the round-point tit 11/ Tou /niir* Commercial fc Domestic Fire Insurance JUk About Our Home Own* •rs Policy Plan. Huff Insurance I Phone 342-3414 E 220 Hill Arcade t shovel. Again, get the one with a long handle. Good Pick A good pick — one with a sharp point at one end and a chisel point at the other — will break up hard earth, loosen big rocks and make it easy for you to get in with the shovel. A mattock is similar, but it has at least one hoe blade, sometimes two. Often the opposite end is a sharp point so that you have a combination pick and mattock. If you are digging around trees, you will appreciate the mattock's ability to cut through roots, Otherwise it doubles as a pick. A crowbar will break up ground in tight places, such as areas where there is no room to swing a pick. If you run across any boulders, use the crowbar to move them. Handy Trowel Every now and then you may have to get in close and clear away dirt from an odd-shaped stone. Have a good garden trowel handy. The type with a good forged steel blade and a wooden handle is best. Avoid the kind that are pressed out of a single piece of sheet metal. They'll bend with the first obstruction. Remember to use the right tool for the right operation. Use the pick to dislodge large stones. Bearing down on the shovel handle will only break it. Start with the shovel to remove turf and topsoil. Dig out an area the length and width of the trench. Next, use the pick to break up the subsoil. Throw topsoil on one side of the ditch, subsoil on the other. Don't keep the dirt close to the edge of the ditch unless it's a shallow one. Keep edges of tools sharp. It will make your job a lot easier. Replace cracked or broken handles. Keep metal parts clean and store tools properly. Don't stand them on edge where they may fall on someone. Hang them up out of the way. And, most of all, use these tools wisely and safely. If you don't know how, get a book on the use of these tools and learn PLAYROOM SCOOTER FOR SMALL FRY USE *A" PLYWOOD — SAND SURFACE AND EDQES WELL - P1N1SM WITH 2 OR 3 COATS OF ENAMEL 2* RADIUS 4"D/AM.D/SKSOP 1" FOAM RUBBER CEMENTED TO FRONT, SPONGE ROPE RUBBER HANDLES WEATHER STRIPPING WITH ADHESIVE BACK APPUEP AROUND EDGE C L I P l&" PLATE-TYPE CASTERS WITH NYLON WHEELS !mNeu>ha\\ AND SAVE--—-— ell Water Found Dependable Source Dependability' is one of the major benefits of using ground water as a source of supply, whether in a rural or suburban area. Droughts and dry spells that lower levels in streams and lakes and even community supplies seldom have any serious effect on ground water reservoirs. Even though natural replenishment through the soil is reduced, huge amounts of water are usually present underground where they serve to tide the well owner over until the rains come again, says the Water Systems Council. -7 ~~ Now You Know By United Press International The • International Monetary Fund, with more than $15 billion in gold and national currencies, is the world's largest source of quickly available international credit, according to the World Almanac. IfllfHy JOHNS-MANVILLE INSULATION Call WHITE'S - 342-0185 Your Neighbor Says EYE COLD WEATHER — Preparing the fireplace for cold-weather use, this wise young lady is about to put aside the strictly decorative summer fan screen and replace it with a fire­ screen of fine metal mesh which will keep sparks from popping out into the room. The artificial log arrangement in the grate will be replaced, too, with the combination of hard and soft firewood which will give a cheery long-last­ ing first fire. Decorative andirons will also help hold the winter screen securely In place; and a fireset stands ready so that there need be no dangerous improvisation if it becomes necessary to poke the fire or change the position of burning logs. The Institute of Fireplace Equipment Manufacturers advises that the grate, andirons, firescreen and fireset are essential items of basic equipment for the working fireplace. How to Make Patio Blocks BEFORE YOU BUY ANY NEW HOME...MAKE THE 'KNOCK ON THE WALL' TEST! Protect your family—ond your Investment—by making sure BEFORE you buy that your home is constructed with Genuine lath and plaster. Your family will be safer — because your home will be fire resistant. Your investment will be safer because your home will be durable and will maintain its value far longer. GENUINE PLASTER Outdoor living has become an [ American way of life and patios are the order of the day. They're being constructed all over the country in various shapes and sizes and of a wide variety of materials. Patio blocks, made of concrete are popular because they're easy to make, stay in place, do not deteriorate, form a smooth floor and are easy to clean, Millions of patio blocks have been made by the method covered in the following paragraphs. 1. Make patio block forms from 2x2 dressed lumber. Notch so that sides fit together, yet come apart easily for reuse. Suggested inside dimension 2' x 2'. You can add interest to your patio with half blocks (1' x 2') which you can make by di viding the form. 2. Grease inside surface of form and set form on tar paper. Pour concrete mix into form. A good material to use for this is Sakrete Concrete Mix. It's available in 90-pound sacks and requires only the addition of water It's handy because you can start and stop any time. Level the mix with a straight edged board. 3. Smooth the surface with a wood float. Move float over the surface with light pressure in a half arc motion. 4. Round off edges with an edging tool. Finish patio blocks with steel trowel after concrete has set for about one hour. (Use wood float if rough finish is wanted.) As trowel is moved over surface, hold the leading edge up slightly. For best results, con crete must be moist cured for one week. Forms can be removed in a day or two. For added enjoyment you can record important family events by making design impressions in concrete patio blocks. Cut designs from heavy roofing paper. After troweling and when water sheen disappears, place WE RESISTANT SOUNDPROOF DURABLE RESALE VALUE • t S .. OALIfBURO LATHING I PLASTERING BUREAU «W«jpf«l wiHi thf NATIONAl lUHAW ter UWINO and PlASTERiNfl ALUMINUM SIDINGS and DOOR CANOPIES Now Is the tlm» to brighten up your home with beautiful aluminum siding or a door conopie. It costs less to buy the very best. Ph. 342*5918. Brandon Co. 312 N. HENDERSON Buy House With High Resale Value Experienced homo buyers think about selling a new house even before they buy it. This makes good sense since the aver age home owner moves approxi mately every 10 years. Prime factors in assuring good resale value are quality building materials. Other points include floor plan, number of bedrooms, location, schools, and improvements made by the owners. A. M. Watkins, in his book 'Building or Buying the High Quality House at Lowest Cost," points out that the use of quality materials adds only five to seven per cent to total construction costs. When added to the mortgage payments on an average $20,000 house, the increased cost is only about $7 a month, he estt mates. UL Label Important A roof of UL-labeled asphalt shingles is one quality item to look for in a new house. Other asphalt shingles may look the same, but only those approved by the Underwriters' Laboratories have been tested by UL technicians for fire resistance and performance. The FHA requires that asphalt shingles have the UL label. Wood doors and windows are another mark of quality. Because wood is an effective insulating material, wood windows help keep heating costs down while adding to comfort. They also are attractive and easy to decorate. Doors and windows of durable ponderosa pine are available in many stock styles and sizes at local building supply dealers. Insulation Adds Value Thorough insulation, another factor that contributes to the value of a house, is one of the most practical investments a home owner can make. Any extra expense for insulating a house to meet standards recommended by the National Mineral Wool Insulation Association, rather than minimum standards, is quickly returned in lower heating and cooling bills and in greater year-round comfort. Another feature that attracts buyers to s house is a modern, all-electric kitchen. A well-planned kitchen is a strong resale factor when it is equipped with an automatically controlled electric range, a large-capacity electric refrigerator-freezer that needs no defrosting, and a built- in electric dishwasher. cut-outs on concrete, trowel over to set them flush with surface. Be careful not to get too much concrete over the top. Remove the roofing paper, and you will have a neat impression. The Weeders Guide By EARL ARONSON AP Newsfeatures A FEW simple designs will prr> vide short cuts to easier care for your yard. If you are making a new lawn- or garden, it might serve you well to incorporate these suggestions: • Avoid sharp corners. Gentle curves facilitate mowing the lawn and enhance the appearance of the yard. • All paved areas should be flush with the lawn to permit equipment to roll easily. • A brick mowing edge between lawn and plant beds and close to the house will eliminate trimming. •Low maintenance ground covers are a good substitute for grass in areas difficult to mow. • High maintenance planting' beds should be elevated for easy tending and plants difficult to attend should be grouped together. • Gravel strips under roof drip lines will eliminate fruitless efforts to grow plants underneath. • For hedges and beds, plant low maintenance items such as yew or privet. • Ground covers beneath trees hide falling nuts, seeds and fruits. • Mulches liberally applied will reduce weeding. • Flush paving will eliminate trimming around lawn obstructions such as clothes poles and water pipes. A large manufacturer of power equipment (Jacobsen) also suggests for "outdoor housekeeping" that: If you use flagstone, it should be of good quality to avoid chipping. Exterior concrete should be treated with liquid silicone to give it a watertight seal. Lay bricks with tight joints in a sand or stone dust bed to inhibit weed growth. In retaining walls, use of stone, rather than concrete, will diminish the prob- em of water penetration and freezing. READ- THE CLASSIFIEDS! Be modern with MOWING is easier with gentle curves than with sharp corners. And brick mowing edges between lawn and plantings eliminate time-consuming trimming. 'Drain' Care Advised Plumbing contractors get more calls to open clogged drains than for any other service. Many such calls could be prevented by greater care in the use of drains. Tips on the care of the home's entire plumbing system are given in a handy little booklet titled "Plumbing Care and Repair." It costs 15 cents, and is available from the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Information Bureau, 35 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, III., 60601. HOLT PLUMBING & HEATING 892 E. Brooks — 342-4375 THERE'S NOTHING LIKE SOFT WATER • For Laundry • For Bath • For Kitchen With an WATER 'SOFTENER Galesburg Soft Water Co. Phone 343-9068 175 N. Cherry Galesburg, III. WICKES DISTRIBUTION CENTER Plumbing - Heating - Electric - Lumber - Building Supplies LUMBER 4 Mi j e$ Soufh of Galesburg on Route 41 Ph. 342-6106 , ** , Hours Mon. through Fri. 7:30 - 5:30 Sat. 7:30-5:00 PLUMBING Ph. 343-5018 Combination Storm Doors and Windows ALUMINUM — SELF- STORING PREHUNG DOOR With All Hardware Only *27.95 ALUMINUM 2-TRACK COMBINATION WINDOWS Only ? 11.50 ALUMINUM 3-TRACK COMBINATION WINDOWS Only $ 12.50 "By Order Only" Wood Combination Door 2/6—$13,25 3/0—.$14.10 2 8—-$13.60 "CROSS-BUCK" WOOD COMBINATION DOORS 2/8 & 3/0—$21.95 OAK FLOORING Kiln dried — 25/32 x 2Vi" face. Per 1000 Bd. Ft. No. 1 & Better Shorts $161.50 No. l Common $193.50 Clear Red $209.50 Pre-finished $229.50 PerFecTemp PerFec Temp Forced Air Furnaces BARGAIN? We have one here in: PREMIUM GRADE 2x6's 8' and 10' lengths only. 70 00 Per 1000 Bd. Ft. "Any Quantity" We Now Have "Home Improvement Loan" FINANCING AVAILABLE Come in and see us on how you can make those needy repairs, add a room, or remodel now and pay later. Prcfinlshed Paneling — W — 4x8 Panels. Sq. Ft. Panel Philippine Mahogany Econoply \IV» 3.68 Lakeshore Birch ...18Vfe 5.92 Rustic Birch 17V4 5.60 Natural Cherry ...33 10.56 Natural Walnut ...35 11.20 Coral Khaya 16 5.12 Cordovan Khaya...16 5.12 Salmon Khaya ....15Va 4.96 i ! CORN CRIBBING Does your crib need repairs? Is it going to be big enough? PICKET CKIBWNG 50' Rolls $ 8.95 BEVELED CRIBBING 1x6 . Per M Bd. Ft. $133.50 *-Low-Boy Oil — 84.000 BTU -Low-Boy Oil , 113,000 BTU -Hi-Boy Oil 84.000 BTU -Hi-Boy OU , 112,000 BTU -Couoterflow Oil , 84.000 BTU -Counterflow Oil 112.000 BTU -Low-Boy Gas 105,000 BTU —Low-Boy Gas .125,000 BTU -Hi-Boy Gas - 73.00P BTU -H*Boy Gas 100,000 BTU -Hi-Boy Gas 130,000 BTU -Counterflow Gas 100,000 BTU -Counterflow Gas 130,000 BTU Other Sizes Available $221.85 260.30 217.60 268.80 218.85 273.05 162.85 194.90 113.60 132.15 161.20 146.30 179.85 i

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