Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 2, 1973 · Page 13
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Monday, July 2, 1973
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Home Mainte lid, 11C © Saves Repair Costs By DOROTHEA M. BROOKS NEW YORK (Uf »I) - The proverbial "stitch in time" can sav<i the hameowttef many headache — and repair bill. Preventive maintenance — giving your house regular checkups and taking prompt ac tion at the first sign of trouble — not only will keep a house in top shape, but will keep repair bills to a minimum. "Don't let the roof leak before you repair it. Don't lot a hairline crack in the mortar become a gap. And don't think a brand new house takes care of itself," advises First National City Bank of New York in.a Consumer Views pamphlet for homeowners. Work Out Schedule Citibank advises the homeowner to work out a schedule of points to. check, both inside and outside the house, and stick to it systematically, spreading the work over the year. It recommends that every homeowner buy a practical manual of home improvement, maintenance and repairs, become acquainted with a well- stocked hardware store, where the employes are knowledgeable and helpful, and where possible familiarize himself with the plans for his house. The plans tell you where switches, drains, circuits and pipes are located; they give dimensions, list the, materials already used in the house and other data. Lacking the plans, a homeowner can gradually build up a chart, or file, of information abcut the house as he becomes familiar with it. Familiarity with your house is important. Whether you take care of repairs yourseu^many are so minor it pays to do so — or call in a specialist, Citibank advises, be sure to do your own checkups. It is the best way to arm yourself against rackets or unnecessary repairs. When you knew your house, no one can sell you a new roof or major repair unless you need it. When you do need a specialist, a carpenter, electrician, roofer, furnace man, Citibank stresses, always ask for recommendations in your neighborhood and get more than one price estimate. For your year-round home maintenance check list, Citi­ bank offers the following suggested plan to help you work out an individual schedule: Spring —Storm windows — clean, repair, paint and store. —Put up screens. —Treat window boxes for rust, and paint them. —Clean and repair outside faucets. —Hunt for termite traces. Call exterminator if found. —Inspect and repair roof, chimney, outside walls; drains and downspouts; driveways, walks, terraces. Summer —Furnace — Clean annually. —Chimneys — clean every third summer. Nothing Looks As Fresh As New Point NOTICE TO GALESBURO RESIDENTSI I am «i!U engaged In the painting and decorating business — For (•liability, nuimii and good workmanship, call ui today. 342-6550 — OR — 343-6562 BILLY MOE DECORATING 1273 E. FREMONT — Goiesburg, III. We sell and service Carrier Air Conditioning Equipment —Radiators -* check for leaks; repair broken valves; cheek filters. —Oarage — put in order and paint cement floor if needed. Fall —Paint the exterior every three to five years. May be dene in spring or fall. Do-it- yourselfers may want to adopt a schedule of painting a portion of the house every year so the job never becomes a major one. —Drain and turn off outside faucets. —Clean, repair and put away screens. —Put up storm windows. —Clean, repair, paint and store awnings. —Inspfedt weatherstripping and repair or replace if necessary. —Hunt for termite traces; call exterminator if any found. •Fences — repair and paint. -Inspect and repair: roof, chimney, outside walls; drains and downspouts; driveways, walks, terraces, outdoor stairs; foundations, crawlspace, cellar, attic; windows and doors. Winter —Paint interior as needed, at least every three years. —Air conditioning — inspect and clean equipment, check filters, have necessary repairs done in off-season. —Screens — clean and repair if not done hi fall. —Outdoor furniture — clean and paint. —Tools — clean, replace handles if needed; have lawn mower readied for spring. —Inspect and repair: inside walls and floors; stairs. Regular Chores —Water heater — every few months drain off cne or two buckets. —Sinks and faucets — check, repair, drain and install washers as needed. LENNOX Residential and commercial ducted systems, Electric, (as, oil Conversions. Electronic a t r cleaner*, humidifiers. Ha at Dumps, air conditioning. Complete TOTAL. COMFUKT systems or , add-on unit* by factory- trained crews, Prompt service- all makefi. Free estimates. "WHERE TO CALL" Ring Sheet Metal A Heating 213 Grove St., Knoxville. 111. 61441 Phone 219-4111 LENNOX HEATINQ SYSTEMS The finest air conditioning equipment can be Installed and maintained by our expert and experienced staff. Should a replacement part be needed, it can be supplied from a Carrier regional spare parts depot, or from our stock. The finest equipment combined with prompt, efficient maintenance is the bedrock of our offer! Authorized Carrier Dealer GALESBURG SHEET METAL WORKS PHONE 343-1136 277 E. TOMPKINS Not Satisfied? For Complete Satisfaction Let LEO SWITZER Show you the New Miracle Water Refiners. Leo Swiiier "RENT or BUY Where You Get Service" 431 N. HENDERSON St. Phone 342-6188 Wood Screen Lends New Home Look Even a new house can benefit from a face-lifting, especially if it's one of a long row of undistinguished houses stretching down a street. Handsome wood screens lend a contemporary look to oM or new houses, often with a bonus of privacy and shade for window and entryway. A distinctive screen that will do all this can be built by the homeowner, requiring oivly a saw, hammer, wrench, level and square, plus standard dimension western wood, bolts and nails. Design of the screen will vary, according (o llooatiuii of the front door and sidewalk, and if there is a driveway. Help For Facade A screen added to a recently completed development house, because the facade was austere and front windows were out of proportion to each other, is a good example. Supporting posts of 4x4-inch preservative-treated Douglas fir were set in concrete footings, spaced every six or eight feet across the front of the house. Pine, cedar or other western woods can be used ailso. Beams of paired 2x8s extend from posts to a plate attached to the house. If set close to the house, only vertical screens of 2x4s are used, attached to 2x6- inch stringers along the top and bottom of the posts. If the posts arc set farther out from the house, sun screens of spaced 2x2s are added across the beams. A wide wood walkway that also serves as a sitting deck can be laid the length of the screen. Goiesburg Register-Mail, Goiesburg, 111. Monday, July 2, ,1973 ,13 Avoid Using Extension Cords for Every Need By BARBARA A. CURRY Practically never in our' electrified civilization are there ! enough outlets for all the ap- jpliances, nor are they in the right places. The temptation to buy still another extension cord should be resisted if your floor already looks like spaghetti. Instead, look for a "permanent" type of extension with plug, wire and outlet that can be safely attached to the baseboard or wall. You can oithcr buy this setup as a unit or as separate components and assemble them yourself. The latter often works better because you are not restricted to standard lengths of cords. Since the mathematics of volts, amps and watts are mind boggling, follow tho following rule: Buy an extension cord like the one you want to extend. For instance, the tliickcr cords for appliances and tools are that way because tiicy're needed to carry the heavier power loads. The extension cord should be the same type. Be sure to get good quality. FiveKind-dimc stuff is OK for short distances and lamps, but shouldn't be counted on for much else. Any cord you buy should carry a UL tag (Under writers J>aboriaitories). It's the standard seal of approval for good, safe electrical supplies. Short-changing can only load to • short-circuiting. Whether you're putting a new cord on a plug and/or switch or working with existing cord, here's the basic procedure to follow. Since most cords today already have the wires divided into the molded channels, take ycur razor blade knife and cut through the middle of. these channels a distance of about two inches. Then about One inch in from the now separated ends, cut around each one. Don't get heavy-handed and cut through the fine wires inside. Pull the cut-parts off, leaving the wires exposed. If the cord is a "one-piece" construction, tl individual channels are inside and do not. show. For this type, cut around the outside and pull off (unravel if it's fabric-cov ered) the over-all outside insulation, then remove the inside insulation on the individual wires again about one inch in. For either type of cord, when you have each set of fine wires bared (they'll look frayed), twist cadi bunch so that you have a wire instead of lots of little wires. From this point, you tackle tiie individual problem. If the existing plug is molded plastic or rubber, simply cut it from the cord with scissors or wire clippers. You'll have to throw it away because there's no way to got inside it to reconnect tiie cord. If the plug is the screw variety, you only need to unscrew the wires. Unplug it first unless you want a free trip across the room. If you want to shorten the cord, now's the tame to do it. Tho types of plugs available for you to use in replacing the defective one arc the "screw" and "clamp." The screw type is the more common and also the only kind you should or can use for heavier cords. Ttie clamp type has been designed so that it does not require cord stripping or screws to hold the wires. The principle is the use of pressure to force the two metal points of the clamp through the insulation to make contact with the inside wires. There is a variety of clamp- type plugs. With one you have a plug "core" which contains prongs and the outer shell. You feed the cord through the shell into the core. The prongs should be open or "butterflied" to allow the cord to go in completely. You then close the prongs and insert the core into fiie shell. ABOVE ALL MAKE IT WHITE'S ROOFING 342-0185 Mil | #C 'ELECTRIC riAVi -L. J SERVICE 220 VOLT - 100 AMP SERVICES — INSTALLED BASEMENTS REWIRED — CIRCUITS ADDED Up-Date Your Old Wiring. Get A Hold of the Experts Call Hall FREE ESTIMATES No Job Too Small 342-2786 evans imemnRTionRL Homes ft Division OF ^j) evAns PRODUCTS company with Evans International Homes Build the custom home you want and save up to one-third by handling the easy finishing yourself. You ajso 6ave with Evans' low cost financing and free plans service. Be proud of what you build. Proud of what you save. Save with Evans International Homes. Your local E -l -H Representative: RONALD BROTMAN Ritz Apts., c/o R. D. Brotman 3820 14th Ave., Rock Island, III. 61201 (309) 788-4140 •CD EC 68 page catalog filled with hundreds of •»•* '••»-.«- exciting home styles and floor plan ideas | • Evans International Homes, Dept. • 46th St. at Minnehaha, Minneapolis, Minn.55406 • I own a lot • I plan to build soon • J I can assist with finishing work n I Please have an E-l-H representative contact me • | Name I Address- I Town or RFD j State ? Telephone Nuinber_ .County-Zip UPSWINGS TWO GALLON PAIL WHITE LATEX HOUSE PAINT Resist* fumes, mildew, alkali, blistering and fading. Low sheen finish hides surface irregularities. Goes on easy with brush or roller. Dries fast. Quick soapy water clean u p. I d ea I for wood, brick, stucco, concrete block, primed melal and asbestos siding. REG. 10.38 ./STUM DAI P /J LATF.X HOUSE PAINT YOUR CHOICE: LATEX SATIN OR FULL GLOSS GALLON Our best latex house paints, both sale priced! Resists wea ther, mildew, smog, stains. Extra h i g h - h i d i n g. Choose satin (reg. 9.29) in white or ready-mixed colors. Gloss white (reg. 8.29) L— ESSp, her ONE W ^'LDIvV BitlSTANT Ultimaia of iKKUMihl* YOUR CHOICE: OUR FINEST LATEX OR OIL BASE HOUSE PAINT REG. 10.98 High hiding and mildew resistant. Guaranteed to cover any previously painted surface inONE coat when applied as directed or enough paint will be furnished to insure satisfactory' coverage. Choose easy-to- use latex for a low sheen white...or high-gloss oil base white. TOUGH LINSEED OIL EXTERIOR WHITE Our good qual ity white house paint at a real money-saving low price. Ideal for farm and ranch buildings, homes, garages, fences. Has good hiding power. Produces a tough weather-resistant finish that seals out moisture, For exterior wood, m e ta I and masonry. OIL BASE EXTERIOR REDWOOD STAIN OIL HASH Gives new color and long-lasting protection to wood siding, fences, shingles, etc.. Sea I s out moisture. Minimizes warping and checking. A velvety finish in a rich, redwood color, YOU SAVE MONEY ON TRU-TEST PAINTS BECAUSE WE OWN TWO PAINT FACTORIES AND PASS THE SAVINGS ON TO YOU HARDWARE STORES^^ Black Brothers PAINT DEPARTMENT MAIN & SEMINARY DOWNTOWN GALESBURG

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