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By Rob Kasper | January 17, 1998
ON MOST weekends I try to do two things at once. I attempt a home-repair project and, at the same time, I watch a televised athletic event. A lot of fellows I know work this way. We do it for the usual guy reasons.First, like moths to the flame, we are drawn to the flickering screen. If a game -- football, basketball, baseball and, in some cases, tennis -- appears on a television screen, we will watch it. It seems to be part of our nature, or maybe a defective Y chromosome.The networks know this.
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BUSINESS
By Daniel B. Wroblewski | September 23, 1990
The Enterprise Foundation has gone upscale.The foundation, which helps low-income people reduce the cost of homebuilding and repair, is letting the middle class in on some of its tricks of the trade."
NEWS
By William C. Ward and William C. Ward,Staff writer | October 13, 1991
I was nine years old when I was introduced to the world of wall repairs.In a tantrum over an infringement of my civil rights (I was not allowed to watch television for more than 10 hours that day) I savagely kicked open the door to my bedroom and heard a sickening crack.The doorknob had stuck into the wall. As I gingerly pulled it away, a shower of white flecks tumbled out all over the floor.I was terrified. Not only had one of my civil rights been rescinded, but now I was going to experience capital punishment.
FEATURES
By Gene Austin and Gene Austin,Knight-Ridder News Service | April 9, 1994
Q: The windows in my older house need new putty. The old putty has deteriorated, and each window has many small panes of glass. How should I fix this?A: The most difficult part of the job will probably be the first step -- removing the old putty -- since the glass will crack unless great care is used. Also, if you plan to do the work yourself, you probably will have to do much of the work from a ladder, which also requires great care.An ordinary putty knife, used as a scraper, is often adequate for removing old putty, but my favorite tool is a combination tool sold at some paint stores and home centers.
NEWS
By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Staff Writer | April 25, 1993
The one-day blitz motto is a modest one for Christmas in April volunteers who launched the new chapter's first event yesterday.About 100 volunteers spent yesterday fixing up five homes belonging to people who are elderly, handicapped or otherwise unable to get the work done alone.But several of the volunteers plan to return this week to finish what couldn't be done by the time it started raining in the late afternoon.At many of the homes, the first step was clearing away accumulated garbage, crates, broken appliances and furniture and piles of wood, to make way for the construction improvements.
FEATURES
By ROB KASPER | March 9, 1996
A JOURNEY of a thousand miles begins with the first step, unless that step resembles the one sitting outside my back door. In that case, there is a strong chance that rather than landing 1,000 miles away, you will land on your backside. The step is loose. It rocks. It rolls. If you don't step on it as lightly as a cat, you can easily end up spread-eagle.I got a telephone call at work the other day telling me I should fix the step. The call came from one of my kids. It wasn't a suggestion.
FEATURES
By ROB KASPER | June 19, 1993
Since tomorrow is Father's Day, I'm sure a lot of folks are frantically trying to come up with home-repair type activities they can do with their Dads.Well, worry no more. Here in convenient list form are six activities that will please the old man.First is that ever-popular undertaking, Mapping Your Home's lTC Electric Circuits. This task doesn't merely allow every member of the family to participate, it requires it.It works like this: The Dad, armed with a pencil and paper, takes up his position at the circuit breaker box, also called the service panel.
NEWS
By Janet Gilbert | July 6, 2008
Everyone out there who wants to decorate a room by putting up some trendy wallpaper, please, reconsider. And by "reconsider," I mean come to my place and help me strip some 10-year-old wallpaper off the kitchen walls first. The thing about wallpaper is, it's glued to the wall. To my knowledge, the folks at 3M have not yet developed a Post-it wallpaper. Nor is there any Velcro wallpaper. What is wrong with America? Why is it that we can inhabit a space station for months on end doing important yet largely unintelligible research on the behavior of flames, fluids, metals and protein crystals in space, and yet we cannot come up with an easily removable wallpaper here on planet earth?
NEWS
By Johnathon E. Briggs and Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF | August 31, 2001
A Pasadena contractor accused of cheating homeowners out of more than $120,000 pleaded guilty yesterday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court to felony theft charges for taking money to build decks, piers and docks but doing little or no work. Donald E. Berry, 44, of the 8100 block of Bodkin Ave. is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 28 by Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Joseph P. Manck. As part of a plea agreement, Berry pleaded guilty to 10 counts of felony theft and was given 30 days to pay more than $83,000 in restitution to 21 Anne Arundel County homeowners who fell prey to the home improvement scheme.
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