Getting a grip on water


August 15, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

Getting a grip on water

Hand-held showers and pullout kitchen faucet sprays are a delight. So functional and convenient. They're plumbing plums. And now, Price Pfister, maker of numerous plumbing fixtures and products, is introducing a pullout faucet for the bathroom sink.

The new Catalina Lavatory Pull-Out features a 55-inch hose concealed inside the faucet's aerator. The stylish chrome faucet can transform from a standard faucet into a flexible wand with just a tug. The faucet was designed to ease bathroom tasks such as cleaning up after shaving, washing hair, cleaning toothpaste residue or filling oversized containers. The weighted hose easily retracts, and the entire faucet can be mounted on any four-inch centerset sink.

The Catalina Lavatory Pull-Out retails for $175 at Lowe's. Visit or call 800-Pfaucet for more locations or information.

Wanted: really bad lawns

There's always one. In every neighborhood, there's that one house with the neglected, cluttered and sometimes jungle-like lawn. With balding patches, knee-high weeds, wilted plants, tacky lawn ornaments and sometimes even an old clunker on cinderblocks, the hideous lawn stands out. It might possibly be the ugliest lawn in America. And Rubberific Mulch is looking for it.

The company, maker of recycled rubber mulch, is conducting a nationwide search for "The Ugliest Yard in America," now through Aug. 31. You may nominate a friend, family member, neighbor or, yes, yourself. Winner will receive a complete yard makeover.

Visit www.ugliest to learn how to send a photo by e-mail or mail. Or call 866-936-8524.

Lighting life's little moments

Decorative, whimsical and attractive, the new Baby Bunny Tealight Holders and Sun Garden Lantern from PartyLite will fashionably light up your deck or patio. The glazed terra-cotta bunny tea lights ($32.95 for a set of three), left, are perfect for the outdoor table setting -- to add light for eating or for a cozy atmosphere. The Sun Garden Lantern ($39.95), right, is weather-resistant and features an antique copper finish with glass beads wrapped in metal.

For more information or to purchase, call customer service at 508-830-3100 or visit You will be referred to a local seller.


See abstract clay sculptures at the exhibit 1 / 3: Blaise DePaolo / Leigh Taylor Mickelson / Maman Rikin at Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave., through Aug. 29. Pictured above is a wall work by Rikin. Call 410-578-1919 for hours.

Take a guided stroll through the garden at Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The walk will be led by Cylburn staff and docents. Afterward, there will be dessert and music at the mansion. $12; $10 members. Call 410-367-2217 to register.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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