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Fix-It Chick: Properly dispose of old smoke detectors

The life expectancy of a smoke detector corresponds directly with the length of its warranty. Inexpensive detectors need to be replaced every year, while others with five- or 10-year warranties should be replaced once the warranty has expired.

Garden Variety: Tree discovery offers hope against chestnut blight

A mature healthy American chestnut tree was discovered a few weeks ago by a Canadian conservationist in far southern Ontario, about halfway between Detroit, Michigan and Niagara Falls. The tree is an anomaly because experts believe it may have survived exposure to a devastating disease known as chestnut blight. If the theory proves correct, the tree is the first of its kind and offers promise for reintroduction of this great species into North American forests.

Fix-It Chick: Replace a bathroom faucet that’s broken beyond repair

If your lavatory faucet is beyond repair, or you just want an updated look, replacing an old bathroom faucet is easier than you think. If the old faucet handles are 4 inches apart, the faucet can be replaced with any standard single or double handle lavatory faucet.

Real estate transfers for Jan. 19, 2018

Following are real estate transfers filed at the Douglas County Clerk’s Office from Jan. 9 through Jan. 12.

Fix-It Chick: How to avoid frozen pipes over cold months

When the temperature outside drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind begins to blow, uninsulated water lines and drain pipes are likely to freeze. A few simple steps can help avoid a problem before it happens.

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Garden Variety: Selecting and caring for flower bouquets in winter

As the short, cold and often gray days of a Kansas winter drag along, cut flowers become even more appealing than usual to brighten a dining table or entryway. Give in to the urge to take a bouquet home, but keep a few tips in mind to get the most for your money and ensure that blossoms last as long as possible.

Real estate transfers for Jan. 12, 2018

Following are real estate transfers filed at the Douglas County Clerk’s Office from Jan. 2 through Jan. 8.

Garden Variety: Growing citrus fruits inside requires ideal conditions

Homegrown lemons are a rarity in Kansas, but committed gardeners can succeed at growing them and other citrus fruit by creating the right environment. Gardeners with sunrooms and greenhouses may opt for larger varieties while still giving consideration to varietal differences given the specific conditions.

Fix-It Chick: Purchasing the right ice melt to battle snowy conditions

With so many products available, choosing the right ice melt can be a slippery slope. If you are concerned about the environment, pets, children, or concrete the safest thing to do is to avoid ice melt products altogether.

Real estate transfers for Jan. 5, 2018

Following are real estate transfers filed at the Douglas County Clerk’s Office from Dec. 26 through Dec. 29:

Fix-It Chick: Clean a furnace flame sensor

If your gas furnace keeps cycling on and then turning off within a minute or so, it might be the result of a dirty flame sensor. Getting the furnace up and running again may be as easy as cleaning the sensor.

Garden Variety: Resolutions for gardeners

The arrival of the new year means resolutions for personal improvement for many people. For gardeners, the focus might go to gardening practices. Since the middle of winter can be a difficult time to remember the tribulations of garden season, here are some suggestions to get your resolutions on the right path.

Real estate transfers for Dec. 29, 2017

Following are real estate transfers filed at the Douglas County Clerk’s Office from Dec. 19 through Dec. 22:

Garden Variety: Indoor activities to get kids started on gardening

Kids who are exposed to gardening reap many benefits. While much of gardening takes place outdoors in nice weather, there are plenty of simple activities kids can do inside in the winter to learn about how plants grow and about the environment.

Fix-It Chick: Make sure your fire extinguishers are working properly

While the chestnuts are roasting on the open fire, take a moment to perform a safety check on all of your fire extinguishers.