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Building your own KU basketball shrine
February 27, 2014
The passion of a Jayhawk fan generally extends far beyond Allen Fieldhouse and find its way into the home. Some make collages of ticket stubs, quilts of KU T-shirts and displays of signed memorabilia; some dedicate entire rooms in the house to our beloved basketball players; and some have a 400-pound Jayhawk in their foyer. Here are eight ways to take your dedication to the Kansas basketball team from Allen Fieldhouse and extend it to the home with a DIY shrine. By Nadia Imafidon
Garden Variety: Time to prune deciduous shrubs
February 27, 2014
Gardeners are eager to get out and do something in the landscape this time of year. One chore that can be taken care of now is pruning certain shrubs. Often, gardeners approach pruning with trepidation, but it is not as difficult as it may seem. Remember, not all shrubs need to be pruned (i.e. witch hazel), and certain shrubs, which will be identified later, should not be pruned this time of year. By Stan Ring
Garden Variety: Fluorescent lights for indoor gardeners
February 20, 2014
Many gardeners use fluorescent lights to start young vegetable and flower plants during the spring or to grow certain houseplants all year long. And no, you do not need the special “grow” lights for this.
Fix-It Chick: Use a maul to split wood
February 20, 2014
With the right tools and a little practice, splitting wood can be fun and rewarding.
Fix-It Chick: Ssafely clean masonry with acid
February 13, 2014
Using muriatic acid to clean masonry surfaces is an effective and dangerous venture. Follow these steps to ensure the safety and effectiveness of your project.
9 small ways to spruce up your bathroom
February 6, 2014
Looking to give your bathroom a face-lift? If you’re rather underwhelmed by a room that is often not given enough attention, it’s not as time-consuming as you might think to spruce up this space with a few fun items found around town. Whether fashionable and/or functional, here are nine low-cost ways to refresh your bathroom without spending thousands of remodeling dollars. By Nadia Imafidon
Garden Variety: The best way to break the ice
February 6, 2014
Deicing salts have become a part of our winter lives. They make snow and ice removal easier and provide some measure of safety on our roads and streets. They can also be detrimental to vegetation and, if overused, are an environmental threat.
Fix-It Chick: 5 ways to rout grout
February 6, 2014
Cleaning grout lines between tiles is a tedious job. Here are a few cleaning options that could make the end result a little brighter and a little whiter.
Garden Variety: Know the meanings of different flowers
January 30, 2014
Roses, chocolate and paper pulp are not the only horticultural elements that have claims to Valentine’s Day. Here are some others and what they mean.
Fix-It Chick: Repair a burst waterline
January 30, 2014
With so many choices on the market today, choosing which product to use when repairing a broken water line may be the most difficult part of the job.
Winter-proof your windows to save energy at home
January 23, 2014
There’s nothing worse than cranking up the heat every winter just to layer up to walk across the cold kitchen floor of your home.
Fix-It Chick: Clean up a flooded basement
January 23, 2014
Dealing with a flooded basement is often overwhelming, but following a few basic guidelines can help you avoid some potentially hazardous outcomes.
Garden Variety: The dirt on dirt
January 23, 2014
As I’ve discussed in previous columns, plants need air, water and nutrients. Soil just happens to be the carrier we use to bring these requirements to the roots. Ideally, soil should contain 50 percent mineral matter, 25 percent air and 25 percent water. This perfect mix is seldom found.
Garden Variety: The pros and cons of hydroponics
January 16, 2014
Hydroponics, nutrient-solution culture, water culture, soilless culture, gravel culture, nutri-culture, whatever you call it, has been around since the 16th century. By Stan Ring
Fix-It Chick: Replace a water heater thermostat
January 9, 2014
If your electric water heater has suddenly stopped producing hot water and you have checked the power supply and heating elements, replacing the upper and lower thermostats may get you back in the shower again.