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National Ledger - Here's How - DIY Garage Shelves, Create More Storage

Here's How - DIY Garage Shelves, Create More Storage

Dear Pat: I am recently divorced. Now with my husband gone, I can finally clean up the garage and get things arranged properly. What suggestions do you have to free up space and jazz it up a bit? -- Lynne M. Dear Lynne: Cleaning and jazzing up the garage area is becoming a very popular home-improvement project. With the attached garage door typically opening up to the kitchen or family room, the garage is often considered an extension of these rooms. If you do the job properly...

National Ledger - Here's How: Remove Synthetic Stucco From House Walls

Here's How: Remove Synthetic Stucco From House Walls

Dear Pat: I am looking at houses to buy. I found one I like, but it has the synthetic stucco finish I heard is bad. What are the problems with this finish, and can it be removed and finished with real stucco? -- Keri J. Dear Keri: There have been many stories about problems with the synthetic stucco used on the exterior of houses. Enough of these horror stories are well-founded...

National Ledger - Here's How - Baby Safety at Home, Install Child-Safe Gates and Other Safety Tips

Here's How - Baby Safety at Home, Install Child-Safe Gates and Other Safety Tips

Dear Pat: My baby boy is at the crawling stage, and I want to make my house more child-safe, with gates at the stairs and room doors. What is the best type to get, and do you have any other tips for safety? -- Sandy T. Dear Sandy: People naturally think first of a child falling down the stairs or getting from a safe room to a more dangerous one, such as a utility room or workshop. Installing special child-safe...

National Ledger - Here's How - Add a Linen or Extra Closet to Your Home

Here's How - Add a Linen or Extra Closet to Your Home

Dear Pat: With another child on the way, we are going to need more storage space. I particularly would like a linen closet and an additional clothes closeT. Do you have any ideas on how I can add these? -- Donna C. Dear Donna: As you are finding, with a family, a house can never have too much storage space. A linen closet with many shallow shelves or drawers makes an efficient use of space...



 

 

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