October 12, 2012 |
Apparently, if you believe Peter Kushkowski of Portland, Conn., I goofed pinpointing the source of rusting of a heating register next to a reader's toilet. "From my experience, the obvious cause is not condensation as you suggested, but her husband," said Kushkowski, identifying poor aim as the cause. "Advising him to sit down as his wife does will go a long way to eliminating the reoccurrence of rust - it worked at our house," he said. Of the six e-mails suggesting this as a reason, Kushkowski was the only male sender.
April 10, 2009 |
Question: I have an antique claw-foot tub with the original faucet fixtures. Years ago, stores used to sell the shower hookup kit for old claw-foot tubs. I had the kit installed. I have the showerhead and the circular ring (around the tub for the shower curtain) that it is attached to. I am missing the parts that connect the showerhead to the faucet. It was probably a hose with some type of hardware at the ends that attached to the showerhead and faucet. I am selling the house so I do not want to replace the old faucets on the tub or spend a lot of money for this.
February 9, 2009 |
Beth Terry has been making homemade mustard. Not because it tastes better - although maybe it does. She didn't want to buy it anymore because she could find her favorite kind only in plastic jars. For nearly two years, she has been trying to rid her life of plastic. OK, not the computer monitor and the telephone, although she's trying to be a more conscious consumer in those areas as well. But certainly disposable plastic. She switched from liquid soap - another plastic container!
February 13, 2007 |
Who pays nearly $100 for a gallon of white paint? Of all the things that recently indicted State Sen. Vincent Fumo's Citizens' Alliance for Better Neighborhoods allegedly purchased with public and donated funds, it's the paint that has people shaking their heads. Sure, Philadelphians can probably understand the Citizens' Alliance's alleged purchases of tiki torches and turkey-fryer accessories. That's regular-guy stuff. But paint imported from Holland by a fellow known for standing up for the little man?
August 26, 1999 |
Keep them in two bins near his dressing quarters. Every so often, remove a Phillies contract from Bin No. 1 and some large bills from Bin No. 2. Then, pull aside first baseman Rico Brogna, make him Hancock the pact, stuff the bills (Monopoly version acceptable) in his pocket and announce to the gathered media, "We have signed Rico Brogna to yet another contract. " Wink, wink. Eight days ago in St. Louis, the Phillies extended Brogna's pact through the 2000 season.
August 6, 1999 |
GERALD VEASLEY, 9 and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Zanzibar Blue, Broad and Walnut streets. Cover: $15. Info: 215-732-4500. Gerald Veasley has always been more of a collaborative player than an outright "look how fast I can move my fingers" bassist. Don't misunderstand. Veasley, 44, is an outstanding bassist who can easily unleash a torrent of runs and slaps and chords from his six-string bass. But for the native Philadelphian, soloing isn't where he gets the biggest thrill.
May 29, 1999 |
Among the topics unlikely to cross your mind this holiday weekend are the floor you walk on, the window you open, the bottle you uncap, the credit card you pull out, the shower curtain you still haven't cleaned, and the siding you paid someone too much to install. They are just things, and we usually don't think about them or concern ourselves with their origins. Well, everything begins somewhere. And all of these things began with the genius of one man. So today, if only just for a moment, when you crinkle a piece of food wrap or kick the tires, pause to consider the life of an inventor named Waldo Semon, who died Wednesday at age 100. And consider what he did. Waldo Lonsbury Semon invented vinyl.
September 30, 1994 |
Great-looking rooms are not necessarily the ones with the most elegant or fashionable furniture. Rather, they could just be the canvas for an imaginative mind. Design cosmetics, deftly applied, can be as dramatic as a room re-do. The best part is, they don't have to cost a bundle. To get your creative juices flowing, here are five ideas to help spruce up almost any room in the house. THE BEDROOMS You don't need an elegant four-poster bed to make a bedroom special.
June 3, 1994 |
A Chester man wanted in the fatal shooting of a 10-year-old North Philadelphia boy in Chester last month was arrested in Lawrence, Mass., Massachusetts State Police said. Francisco Colon, 25, of the 100 block of Upland Street, was at a friend's home Tuesday night when he was arrested by the Massachusetts State Police, who found him hiding behind a shower curtain in a bathtub, said Sgt. Kevin Horton. Colon was arraigned in District Court in Lawrence Wednesday on murder charges and will face extradition to Pennsylvania in connection with the death of Edgar Rohina.
January 24, 1993 |
Mike Brown left Lycoming College in Williamsport and set about his noble mission: to teach high school students about American history and government. But noble wasn't paying the bills. When Brown realized that people would pay money to drink his beer, wrestle bears he hired, and take flying leaps into a Velcro-covered wall he had erected, he found the solution to his money problems - and a pay raise that most social studies teachers only dream about. Brown, 35, and partners Bill Daley, 49; Mike Gallen, 30, and Ralph Lamarra, 29, are the owners of what soon will be Plymouth Township's newest nightclub, Brownie's Pub. It is scheduled to open in time for St. Patrick's Day celebrations.