Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on July 19, 1957 · Page 4
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 4

Carroll, Iowa
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Friday, July 19, 1957
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Basements Popular Again— People Want More Space to Live in; New Homes Bigger By ANDREW C. LANG (AP Newsfeatareg Writer) The typical American home in 1950 had only 983 square feet of space. The typical American home last year had 1,250 square feet. These Bureau of Labor statistics are emphatically confirmed by numerous private surveys and the reports of real estate brokers. New homes — especially new homes built to order — are getting bigger. crease in the popularity of basements, which for a time had Jallen into considerable disfavor. In most areas of the country, it costs approximately $10 to $12 to provide one^ square foot of floor space above ground. To provide equivalent floor space below ground in the basement, it costs aboujt one-tenth of that amount, or $1 to $1.25 per square foot. Traditionally the place for utilities and the storage of dozens of Americans want more space in • items, the basement has come their houses because they have; into its own as the location for larger families (more government j leisure-time activities. Thanks to statistics*, because they need j modern materials and planning more room for appliances and be-1 concepts, it can be made as light, cause they have more leisure: cheery and livable as any other time, creating a demand for a ; room in the house, place to pursue woodworking and Plan it Well other hobbies. The key to the most effective Return to Basements use of the basement lies in pre- High building costs make it; planning. The future playroom necessary for the majority of fam-1 and other recreation areas should ilies to seek low-cost space. As a I be made easily accessible to both result, there has been a steady in- i the first floor and the outdoors. 4 Timet Herald, Carroll, Iowa Friday, July 1», 1957 | , ta | And nothing gives a basement a : livable appearance as much as an ! abundance of natural light. The i administrators of building codes i consider a room habitable when the area of its windows is equivalent to one-tenth of the floor space. A typical basement recre- ! ation room measuring 20 feet by 12 feet, with a total area of 240 square feet, should have windows with an area of 24 square feet. Since a basement sash usually measures 18 inches by 32 inches, an area of almost 4 square feet, the basement room can be made to conform to the standards of upstairs rooms by using six or seven basement sashes. One architectural method of getting the re-, quired window area is to double** up on each sash, achieving the [. long, high window look which is so ; popular in modern design. i If you want the basement of your future home to look even more livable, it's a good idea to plan on a floor-to-ceiling height of 8 feet, 1 inch. This does not involve any great additional expense, but it will add a definite feeling of spaciousness to the finished recreation area. And" you can save some of the added cost of the foundation in finishing off the basement, since it will be possible to use standard 8-foot sizes of dry wall materials with a minimum amount of cutting and fitting. Outside Entrance Needed v A separate basement entrance to the outdoors will more than prove its worth. Youngsters can come and go without disturbing the rest of the house. Furniture, lumber and many other things which cannot be squeezed through the inside halls can be brought into the basement through the outside entrance. Steps from the basement can be covered with a modern, double-leaf steel hatchway as a permanent protection against the elements. New methods make it possible,'- where an outside entrance is desired in » house already built, to break through a concrete block foundation and create a door opening within 40 minutes. Another factor to be considered in planning a basement that will be livable is arrangement of the heating ducts, plumbing lines, etc?,' so that they will run through areas which will not be used for recreational purposes. Also, water proofing the foundation is a lot cheaper if it is done during the original construction than at some later date. All of which adds up to this: if you want more low-cost space, and you decide to get jt by having a basement in your new home, sensible planning will save you money as well as making the underground area a better place in which to spend time. Choice of Furnishings Is Vital in Improving Home Many home owners will spend- long hours this summer in modern- J lzing projects designed to add j space to the home. But success! may be limited, a noted designer warns, unless due consideration is given to the furnishings that will ultimately occupy added space. Important elements are choosing' furnishings that heighten the func-l tion and desired mood of the room, j color styling, and the matching or contrasting of wood species. The latter is important because of the very high percentage of "space addition" projects in which hardwood plywood paneling or You do It . . . BETTER WITH NATURAL GAS OAS »IVIIION IOWA ELECTRIC LIGHT*™ POWER ••fry built-in cabinets are used. In an even higher percentage, flush doors of hardwood plywood appear. The home owner is fortunate in this respect because about 85 per cent of all wood furniture is made of the same material — hardwood plywood. Thus, furniture can often be found of the seme wood appearing in paneling, doors or built-ins, expecially if the well-known furniture plywoods like cherry, ash, birch, maple, mahogany, oak and walnut are used. If the room setting contains hardwood plywood of a species not widely available in furniture such as elm, gum or limba, the home owner has at least one alternative —he can build his own furniture. Home Repair Dos and Don'ts A livestock pest, the blowfly, will migrate at least 28 miles. Provide an atmosphere of good taste and distinctive beauty on any inside surface. Rubberized DA-TEX insures better paint-re- suits. For a semi-lustre effect try ALYKD DA-TEX SEMI-LUSTRE, in colors to match DA-TEX Rubberized Paint. Easy to use only Quick drying ^0 9 *1. DAVIS PAINT C. W. NICOLL, Owner Handling Plywood DO . . . know that there are two main types of plywood: Interior, which is made with water-resistant glue; and exterior, which is made with waterproof glue, with several different grades of each type. DO . . . when cutting plywood with a handsaw or a table saw, keep the good sidp up; when cutting it with a portable electric handsaw, keep the good side down. DO . . . when drilling holes in plywood, back it up with a piece of scrap wood to prevent chipping as the bit breaks through. DO . . . finish fir plywood by first sealing it with a special un- dercoater made for that specific purpose, using the clear under- coater for transparent finishes, the white for pigmented finishes. DON'T . . . foiget that while most of the plywood sold is fir, there are many excellent varieties of hardwood plywood, including mahogany, walnut, birch, maple, oak and several others. DON'T . . . neglect the use of clamps to hold plywood securely while cutting it with a portable jigsaw. DON'T . . . overlook the fact that, while you can drive nails into the face of plywood close to the edges with no danger of splitting, nails will not hold well in the edges themselves DON'T . . . plane plywood edges if you can avoid it, but if you have to, always plane toward the center, as moving the plane off an end usually causes chipping. Family Takes Pride in Bath With New Fixtures "We just had to do something about our old bathroom. The children were ashamed of it." This is the comment heard frequently by parents in explaining why they decided to replace the old-style plumbing fixtures in a Hobby Displayed In a Shadow Box Decorates Room An easy-to-build shadow box display case is an excellent place for the hobbyist to show off his collection. It also can add to the attractiveness of a living room, den, bedroom, or recreation room. The back of the case is a Mason- ite "Peg-Board" panel from which items in the collection can be hung. The sides are pieces of lumber and the front is a scalloped section of Presdwood. Plans for building the case can be obtained by sending 50 cents to Easi-Bild Pattern Company, Pleasantville, N. Y., and requesting pattern No. 159. Don't Take It fop Granted 1 'aim MORE TWAN 16,000,000 TeaV -AGERS 'IN. US.* * ruiieo W/TW POLL -A YEAR, TO SPSNO/ Announce Change In Pastorate Of Church at Paton PLEASANT RIDGE - Scranton Quarterly meeting sessions of Friends was held Saturday and Sunday at the Kendrick Friend's Church. The Rev. Donald Brandenburg of Paton brought the Saturday morning evangelistic message. The Brandenburgs are leaving in August for California where he will attend school. The Rev. and Mrs. Arthold Latham and family, returning missionaries from Jamaica in August and former pastors at Paton, will be the pastors at Paton the coming year. Rev. Baiotto will stay at Kendrick and Rev. Stanley at Pleasant Ridge. On Sunday the Rev. J. D. Stanley brought the morning message. In the afternoon the Young Friends had the service. The next quarterly meeting will meet in October at Pleasant Ridge. Record Cabinet- Is Easy to Make A record cabinet, with easy accessibility, can be built by the home craftsman using either lumber or hardwood plywood. The base is made of 1 by 2-inch lumber as shown in the diagram. Assemble with glue and 6-penny finishing nails. Dowel joints and glue are used to make the side panels, shelves, top and back. Use dowels % inches in diameter and 1-inch long for the upper dowel joint of the side panel and 1V4 inches long for all other dowel joints. U?e at least three joints for the side panels and back, and two for the shelves and top. The sides are made of two pieces of 1 by 7-inch lumber. The front edges are cut step-fashion as shown. The shelves, top and back, are made ef"T by 10-inch lumber. The shelves are cut out 25 by 32 inches to fit flush with the sides and to fit on the steps. Plane the back to fit flush with the rear edges of the sides. i First assemble the cabinet part of the project. Then attach the 1 base. Use glue and 6-penny finish- j ing nails. Hardwood plywood dividers VA inch thick, A in the diagram, are made to fit between the shelves. Fasten with glue and No. 16 brads lVi inches long. : bathroom 25 years old or older I with handsome and colorful new | equipment. j The advantages in modernizing plumbing and heating equipment j are being stressed by the industry now. These advantages include better appearance which removes years from the apparent age of the house, greater utility and beauty, increased re-sale value, and the pride which comes from having a handsome bathroom that is in step with the times. To make it easiiei for householders to bring their old-style plumbing up to date, contractors are offering a package deal. They will take the responsibility for all of the other craftsmen involved in a complete bathroom modernization project. Thus, the owner deals with only one man and from him he gets a firm estimate of the total cost. When the work has been completed, he gets only one bill. Contractors, of course, are glad to arrange for the financing of all modernization work on the easy monthly payment plan. Serve as Junior Camp Instructors (Time* Herald News Rervif*) RALSTON — Fleta Jubell and Geraldine Bundt left Monday morning for Cedar Falls where they were instructors in the Junior Camp held Monday through Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Wever, Betty and Elaine were Saturday night visitors in the Deane Linn home in Webster City. On Sunday both families spent the day in the Max Hunt home at Garner, la. Club Has Lesson On Flower Arranging (Timet Herald New. Servlee) STAR — Mrs. Grace Tuttle of Ralston was hostess at the Star Fellowship Hall Tuesday to the Rural Garden Club. Mrs. Willard Smith had the lesson on "ABC's of Flower Arranging." After the lesson the members drew slips to make up an arrangement from identical materials placed on two tables on either side of a screen. Mrs. Laura Anderson and Mrs. Clyde Logan participated . in the contest. Guests were Mrs. B. G. Tranter and Mrs. Henry Emmick' Make Safety Top Practice In Workshop By MR FIX Distributed by NEA Service Now is the time for all good handy men to check on safety procedures before they leave the gardens to return to the fall-and-winter workshop havens. Insurance companies, who are concerned about such things, have been busy . compiling figures on home mishaps. Estimates of the number of disabling accidents in the home each year range from 550.000 to 640,000. Whichever figure you take, it's still too high. Many safety precautions are unknown to amateurs, disregarded by professionals. When you handle repair or building chores, consider the following suggestions: Hand Tools Believe it or not, a tool with a cutting edge that is sharp is a lot safer than a dull tool. After you have used a saw for a time, sharpen it and reset the teeth. If you can't do this job yourself, have it done by a professional. An improperly set saw will bind, making for poor work and potential accidents. Keep wood bits sharp. A frequent cause of accidents is application of excessive pressure on a brace because of a dull bit. Do not use a screw driver as a chisel. It will slip before it will cut the wood. Don't use a screw driver for a pry bar. The least that will happen is that you'll break the screw driver. Don't, for obvious reasons, use a screw driver for work held in the hand. Keep the blade of a screw driver square and clean. Use it only for the size screw for which it was designed. Never use a hammer with a cast iron head. Pick one that's made of forged steel. Check the handle carefully. It should well-fitted, straight - grained free from cracks. Properly stored hand tools remain sharp longer. Inspect a tool before you use it. Keep tools clean at all times. Ladders Largest group of accidents around the home, involves falls from ladders and scaffolds. A ladder should rest on a firm, level surface. The foot of a ladder should be about one fourth of its length away from the wall. Discard a ladder that has become worn and shaky. When using a stepladder, open it fully. Climb a ladder slowly and work only within arm's length. Keep both hands free when climbing. Put your tools in a container and haul them up with a rope. Don't work on a ladder on a windy day. If possible, have someone around to brace a ladder. Otherwise fasten a safety' rope to the ladder, tie the other end to some projection on the wall. Power Tools Read instructions carefully before attempting to use a new power tool. Ask the salesman for a> demonstration at time of purchase. Make sure that power tools are equipped, wherever possible, with safety guards. Enclose open-running wheels, belts and pulleys. Power cords and electrical appliances should carry the seal of a reputable, well-known testing laboratory. Remember — such a seal indicates that the device meets electrical requirements for that type of equipment. It does NOT serve as a blanket guarantee of the merchandise. Your powered equipment should be on a circuit, that is equipped YOU'RE /, PRYING FOR TROUBLE CAST HEAD IS DANGEROUS - SAW GUARDS ARE MADE TO USE HE IGNORED SAFETY EYE WEAR with an on-off switch that you can lock shut when tools are not in use. Wear safety goggles for sawing, drilling and grinding. It's a good idea to wear them, too, when using solvents and caustic compounds. Above all — don't take chances. There's no room for amateur experimentation with your well being. be and will Proper Subfloors Help Oak Render Top Performance Contrary to the old adage that "a little knowledge is a dangerous, thing," it can come in mighty; handy for the person having a' home built on contract. j "A little knowledge." for exam-j pie, of how oak floors should be installed may help assure the life- • time beauty and care - free per-' formance expected of such floors. As with any quality building ma -j terial, oak flooring must be laid inj accordance with approved pro-! cedures if it is to render its cus-i topiary top flight service. The Na -j tional Oak Flooring Manufactur-j ers' Association points out. j The informed person stands in a| better position to check with the: contractor to see that proper methods are employed. Among the im portant points he might bring up— without being an expert on the subject—is the subfloor construction, a matter which can effect greatly the performance o f the oak floors. MOR6 T£ENIN A J36C6NT .SURA/es; NAM 60 NEWSPAPERS "MOST PRACTICAL,* — FAte AW6AO ANO MA<SAZ»NjeS. pwpges cseo"Moee (OOUUTUAK) A VEAC AC&O.^ Because rveivsPApgfcs MOE VAR.IBTY0PSmR<6S fiNO FEATVRSS WAVS APP£AO fOR. ffUeCVQA/g, ove«& ST,OOO,OOO SOUGHT ANO (Z6AP OAfcv iwrwe us D0HT7AKB HZMPMEISfMmtmD! ii — could bt your Wiring Is Overloaded Expecting an outdated wiring system to carry the load of today's many new electrical appliances is like sending a boy to do a man's job. •t Saftl Call Ypur Favorite Electrician Tedayl Get Expert Guidance On Sizing Water Supply Piping Don't water-starve your house. The demand for water, both hot and cold, in American homes has gone up by leaps and bounds in recent years with the increase in the size of families, with the trend toward more bathrooms, and with the popularity of many automatic water-using appliances. This stepped-up demand for water should be taken into consideration in planning the piping for a new house, the National Association of Plumbing Contractors advises. The Association points out that the difference between the cost of adequately piping a house, for immediate and future needs, and inadequate piping, amounts to only a few cents a month in the payments on a 20-year mortgage. In contrast, the cost of re-piping! a house to take care of growing! water requirements is very sub-' siantial, to say nothing of the inconvenience. Air conditioning is another type of equipment that has-caused an increase in the demand for water in homes. Many owners of larger homes are installing lawn sprinkling systems which also involve the use of more water than may have originally been planned for. Another important reason for not skimping in th<< 'size of the water supply piping is the fact that undersized piping is likely to be noisy; On the other hand, with properly-sized piping, the system is quiet in its operation. Prospective builders are advised to get the advice of an exper-' ienced plumbing contractor on the sizing of the service line from the water main in the street or alley to the house and also on the sizing of the main supply lines and the branch lines in the house. PLEASE!!! Don't Throw That Rug Away KENNY'S RUG CLEANING SERVICE will make It look Ilk* new. Wall-to-wall carpeting cleaned in th« home. • Mothproofing 5-Year Guarantee • Rug Sizing • Furniture Cleaning DIAL 9786 FREE ESTIMATES Kenny Schwarzenbach, Owner 1121 North Clark St. Guard Health With Disposers If you're having trouble selling your husband on buying you an electric garbage disposal, here's an approach that s sure to work. Tell him that apart from the personal convenience to you and other housewives, the scientific disposal of garbage has been hailed by community planners as an important step in upgrading public health—at less cost to city governments. If he's interested in keeping the expenses of your city down —and thus saving on taxes—he should see to it that the old-fashioned method of getting rid of garbage is eliminated in your home and every other one as soon as possible. You also can tell him that electric garbage disposers are being installed at the rate of 300.000 per year—with over two million units now in daily use A garbage disposer can be installed in any existing home — including homes with septic tank systems. They are not expensive to operate. In the average home, a unit uses only 1 to 1 Ms gallons of water a day per person. Electricity costs are less than a penny per person every month. The unit is entirely self-cleansing. Sanitary engineers, city officials and community planners encourage a more widespread use of garbage disposer?. NO. M1H WOO SUSHCt MAM Ml lt§ Easy to build this Grain Bin with Bul&tfatPtms • It's easy for farmers to build this big, 1,000-bushel grain bin—or any of scores of other farm equipment items and buildings. The secret is* Build-Fast plans. These new plans tell you everything yon need to know before you start to build. There are material lists, assembly drawings, and even handy cutting diagram* which show how to cot each f iece of framing for perfect t and without waste. Build-Fast plans are part e/ the 4-Square Farm Building Service available for your use at our office. Stop in soon and let as show you the many chore-saving plane. GREEN BAY LUMBER CO. CARROLL, IOWA MODERN LIVING NEEDS MODERN WIRING A Good Thought for Today: Even a small smile would make a big difference on some faces. A Good Thought For Moving Doy: Call us for reliable trucking service. We specialist in household goods. Crouit Cortagt Co. Carroll to Phone 3S3I no. 1 specialist in packine^and moving AlUSD Courttaut Cenvaniant Carrtar HOT WEATHER IS COMING! 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