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AROUND THE HOUSE: Older homes may need vents cleaned

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Dear Ken: Do vents in the heating system really need to be cleaned? - Jay Answer: It usually depends on the age of the house. You can check the cleanliness of your heating system before deciding to hire someone to clean it. After sundown, remove two or three floor vent covers and then use a...

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  • Extended warranties a big sell. Are they worth it?

    Offers of extended warranties or service contracts are becoming the norm, whether you buy a big-
ticket item such as a car or kitchen appliance or a less expensive one such as a television or phone. The plans basically are insurance policies in case something goes wrong, but they come at a price. Federal Trade Commission staff attorney...

  • YEAR-ROUND GARDENING: A day for architecture and horticulture

    Activity: From 9 a.m. to 
3 p.m. Saturday, the Woman's Educational Society of Colorado College will provide educational tours of the Van Briggle building on the CC campus. The tour is a fundraiser for CC students who need financial assistance to pursue a college education. (Cost is $10; children 12 and under get in free.) Following a tour of...

  • Home and Garden calendar: Sept. 20, 2014

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR Thursdays and Saturdays Harlan Wolfe Ranch Pick 'n Pay - Spinach, lettuce, argula, kale, herbs and more available, 9 a.m.-noon, Harlan Wolfe Ranch, 915 W. Cheyenne Road; ppugardens.org.
 Friday-Sept. 28 Log and Timber Home Show Expo - Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver, $10-$15; thelogandtimber homeshow.com....

  • YEAR-ROUND GARDENING: Plant spring blooming bulbs in the autumn

    September is the time to plant spring blooming bulbs. In addition to tulips and daffodils, consider adding some ornamental onions (alliums). There are some ornamental onions that grow much like perennials, forming a crown that returns year after year. However, there are other ornamental onions that behave like spring blooming ephemerals, such...

  • Right at Home: Sellers, give every room a role

    Many of us have one room in the house that doesn't really have a job. Maybe we set it up with an air bed once in a while for guests, or shove out-of-season clothing boxes in there, or use it as a holding zone for stuff we're not sure what to do with. But when your house is on the market, every room has a role to play to make the sale. Next to...

  • AROUND THE HOUSE: How to give faded window frames a fresh look

    Dear Ken: I have stained window frames in my house. They are badly faded and need renewing. What should I use? - Sherry Answer: You could try Olde English or Scott's Liquid Gold if they simply need revitalizing. These products contain wood conditioners and stains and can bring dull surfaces back to life. Up to a point. If these window casing...

  • Home and Garden calendar Sept. 13, 2014

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR Thursdays and Saturdays Harlan Wolfe Ranch Pick 'n Pay - Spinach, lettuce, argula, kale, herbs and more available, 9 a.m.-noon, Harlan Wolfe Ranch, 915 W. Cheyenne Road; ppugardens.org.
 FRIDAY AND SEPT. 20 Fall Plant and Bulb Sale - 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 20, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007...

  • FOOD PLAY: A new book invites kids and parents to make whimsical candy treats

    If you heard it once, you probably heard it a thousand times: Don't play with your food. Crafter Jodi Levine defies that mom maxim with her new book, "Candy Aisle Crafts," (Penguin Random House, 112 pages, $31.97), a glossy, easy-to-follow book on transforming standard candy-
aisle fare into whimsical treats. Best of all, it's designed to be...

  • Door Appeal: Changing the color of your front door can refresh the look of your house

    You only get to make one first impression. The same goes for your home. One way to make a bold statement? Turn your front door into an accent with a splash of audacious, intense color. The colors you choose can reveal oodles about your personality and what you want to project to the world. Or at least your neighborhood. It's also one of the...

  • KEN MOON: Black grunge in your toilet bowl means time to replace parts

    Dear Ken: We have an older home and are experiencing a black substance coming into the (toilet) bowl. We've already tried cleaning tablets. Any suggestions? - Lori Answer: You probably need to replace the parts in your tank. Older black rubber flapper valves and floats deteriorate over time from sitting in water 24/7. Buy a new flapper and...

  • Time to prep amaryllis bulbs for holiday blooms

    The activity: Now is the time to prepare your Christmas/New Year's 2013 amaryllis bulbs for 2014 holiday blooms. What's needed: - Amaryllis bulb from a prior year. - A cool, dark area for bulb storage. - A heavy pot of the appropriate size. - Good-quality houseplant potting mix. Why: It is only September, but it is time to start planning...

  • No Rosie the Robot, but technology in the home is continuing to evolve

    There was laughter and perhaps some wishful thinking 50 years ago when George Jetson and his family whizzed around in a personal spacecraft, had a robot doing housework and were served breakfast from an automatic short-order machine. How far have we come, Lowe's wondered, and how close are our homes to TV's Jetsons? The Lowe's 2014 Smart Home...

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