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9 unusual solutions for sticky situations
March 13, 2014
It’s happened to everyone: You’re halfway through scrubbing your kitchen or about to do a quick spot cleanup and realize you’ve run out of whatever cleaning product you need to get the job done. Now you’ve got to make a special trip to the store. Fret not: Your kitchen and bathroom are already full of items that can fill in and clean up most messy situations. By Nadia Imafidon
Garden Variety: Time to plant potatoes
March 13, 2014
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so we know it is time to get our seed potatoes in the ground. Actually any time from mid- to late-March is fine for potato planting.
Fix-It Chick: How to install window blinds
March 13, 2014
Installing mini-blinds is an easy way to update the look of any room, add privacy and increase energy efficiency.
Garden Variety: Woody plants that can bloom indoors
March 6, 2014
Ward Upham, extension associate with Kansas State University, published a well-quoted article in 2007 that still retains the essence of this procedure: “My spring fever is getting higher as we are tempted by the few warm days. There is an aspirin that we can use.”
Fix-It Chick: Install a shower kit on a claw-foot tub
March 6, 2014
Installing a claw-foot tub shower kit is an easy and straightforward project. The key is having a tub that is positioned so the ceiling and wall support brackets will hold the shower curtain rod at an appropriate height and location.
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.