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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: How to choose the right snowblower
January 25, 2015
Shoveling snow is fun the first few times you do it, but soon the novelty wears out, your back begins to hurt and you realize there has to be a better way. For many, a snowthrower or a snowblower is the answer.
Fix-It Chick: Choose the right paint color in 9 steps
January 18, 2015
When considering a paint project, choosing the right color may be the most difficult part of the job. A few simple steps can make the process a little easier.
Fix-It Chick: Replace a wood burning stove gasket
January 11, 2015
Wood-burning stoves require a tight seal around their door for optimal efficiency. Replacing a worn-out fiberglass gasket is an important part of stove maintenance.
Fix-It Chick: Replacing firebricks
January 4, 2015
Replacing broken or missing firebricks ensures the safe operation and prolonged life of a stove or fireplace.
Fix-It Chick: How to choose the best space heater for your needs
December 25, 2014
Electric space heaters come in lots of shapes and sizes, but they all use the same amount of power to produce a similar amount of heat. What differentiates one heater from another is how it delivers the heat. Follow these steps to choose the best heater for the job at hand.
Fix-It Chick: Replace a tub drain flange
December 17, 2014
Replacing an existing tub drain flange with a new tip-toe or lift-and-turn drain flange is easy, if you can get the old flange to unscrew from the tub drain.
Fix-It Chick: 10 ways to make the holidays a little (or a lot) greener
December 10, 2014
When it comes to holiday traditions, making eco-conscious decisions can help your wallet as well as the environment! Here are some easy ways to make the holiday season a little greener.
Fix-It Chick: How to wield a power drill
December 3, 2014
Electric or cordless power drills are arguably the most widely used power tool around. Seemingly a simple tool to use, there are a few tricks that can make your power drill experience a little more pleasant.
Fix-It Chick: Controlling packrats
November 26, 2014
Neotoma Floridana or eastern woodrats, commonly referred to as packrats, are one of the more challenging pests for homeowners and mechanics alike.
Fix-It Chick: Install insulated chimney pipe
November 19, 2014
Heating with wood can be very rewarding. When a properly lined chimney is not an option, a wood-burning stove can be installed with Class A insulated stainless steel stove pipe. These few simple steps will help you understand the limits and possibilities of insulated stove pipe installation.

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