Linda Cottin is a freelancer for the Lawrence Journal-World. She writes the Fix-It Chick column.
- Fix-It Chick: Organic vs. synthetic fertilizers for your lawn
- August 20, 2016
- Choosing between synthetic or organic lawn fertilizer comes down to one question: Are you in it for the long game or the short game?
- Fix-It Chick: Replace an electric oven element
- August 13, 2016
- Replacing the bake element in an electric oven is a simple fix to keep the cook cooking.
- Fix-It Chick: Choose the right expanding foam
- August 6, 2016
- Expanding foam comes in handy for lots of things, but knowing which foam to choose can make the project go smoother.
- Fix-It Chick: Consider installing solar panels on your home
- July 30, 2016
- Installing solar panels can increase the value of your home while decreasing overall energy costs. Due to energy tax credits, low interest rates and a dramatic decrease in the cost of solar panels over the past decade, solar power is more affordable than ever before. Follow these steps to determine if solar power is right for you.
- Fix-It Chick: Repair a roller chain
- July 23, 2016
- Whether it is a bike chain or a drive chain on a piece of equipment, roller chains sometimes break. Repairing a broken chain is easy, especially if you have a chain repair tool.
- Fix-It Chick: How to maintain a composite deck
- July 16, 2016
- Composite decking is a popular material used for outdoor living spaces. Follow these steps to care for composite decking.
- Fix-It Chick: Some ways to keep cooling costs in check
- July 9, 2016
- When temperatures soar above 90 degrees, the cost of cooling a home can soar too. Keep cooling costs in check by following these simple steps:
- Fix-It Chick: Use a manual Vernier caliper
- July 2, 2016
- Measuring small objects with a Vernier caliper is a lot more accurate than using a ruler, but how to read a manual Vernier caliper is a mystery to most.
- Fix-It Chick: Beware of bad gasoline
- June 25, 2016
- Bad gasoline is the most common cause of small engine failure. Identifying and avoiding bad gasoline well help keep gas-powered equipment running smoothly.