Linda Cottin

Linda Cottin is a freelancer for the Lawrence Journal-World. She writes the Fix-It Chick column.

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Fix-It Chick: Control wasps in 4 easy steps
April 19, 2015
Contrary to common belief, wasps are actually beneficial insects. Mitigate potential wasp problems with these four easy steps.
Fix-It Chick: Choose the right shovel for the job
April 12, 2015
When it comes to shovels, calling a spade a spade is not nearly as important as knowing which shovel will work best for each individual job. Follow these steps before you dig.
Fix-It Chick: Extend the life of house paint in 10 steps
April 5, 2015
Painting the exterior of a home is a time-consuming and expensive endeavor. A simple top to bottom home maintenance schedule can extend the life of your current paint job and save you time and money in the long run.
Fix-It Chick: Hay vs. straw — what’s right for your needs?
March 29, 2015
Farmers and ranchers know the difference between hay and straw, but the average homeowner often confuses the two. Understanding the differences and benefits of each will help you make a decision on which product to choose.
Fix-It Chick: Remove a whole house trap
March 22, 2015
Whole house traps were installed in most homes built before the 1940s. Originally installed to keep dangerous sewer gases (and rats) from entering the home, these u-shaped cast-iron antiquities are now virtually obsolete.
Fix-It Chick: Proper care for granite countertops
March 15, 2015
When it comes to the proper care and maintenance of granite countertops, there is a lot of misinformation floating around. Follow these simple steps to keep countertops shiny and bright.
Fix-It Chick: Seal a pipe joint with oakum
March 9, 2015
Oakum is a loosely twisted rope-like material made from oiled jute or hemp fibers. Traditionally manufactured in prisons or workhouses by disassembling old rope lengths and rubbing the strands with pine tar or oil, oakum was a staple in boat building and pipe assembly for many years. In some situations using oakum to seal a cast-iron pipe joint is still a viable option.
Fix-It Chick: How to repair a toilet’s closet flange
March 1, 2015
Beneath the bathroom toilet, covered with a layer of wax, lies one of the more important pieces of the plumbing puzzle: the closet flange.
Fix-It Chick: Dormant season lawn seeding
February 22, 2015
With winter nearly over and spring just around the corner, the urge to plant grass seed is hard to resist.
Fix-It Chick: Proper leather care
February 15, 2015
When it comes to caring for leather, knowing what type of leather you have is imperative for proper maintenance.

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