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Super Handyman: Bungee cord helps you get a handle on your ladder

Ladders can be a little awkward to handle, and if you are not careful, you might even do some damage while moving it from one place to another. If you can attach a handle to the side of the ladder, at the center, it will be much easier to pick up and move. If you keep your ladder secured with a bungee cord in your garage, then you can use that bungee cord as your handle. Just wrap it around the side of the ladder a couple of times, and use it as a handle to carry it with. This could even free one hand to carry other supplies, if you can manage to do both without running into something (we are speaking from experience)!


Q: I have a problem. I was going to replace my old welcome mat, and when I pulled up the old one, I found possible mildew stains on the concrete porch. What can I use to scrape this off? – B.R.

A: You should be able to get most of it off with a 50/50 mix of bleach and water. If that doesn’t do it, try TSP. Make sure you protect plants from the runoff. Let it dry completely. It’s also a good idea to apply a water seal to the concrete. This will help protect it from future stains.

Tips from readers

Dear Carrells: I finally got my wife to help me clean out our home office. We don’t use it much anymore, so we got in there and shredded a bunch of old files and got rid of things we didn’t need. We turned it back into a guest room. We kept two of the file cabinets, but I moved another tall one to my garage. It’s lockable, so I keep my tools in the drawers. They are safer locked up, from both thieves and the grandkids. – N.T.


Dear Al: I wouldn’t say wallpapering is fun, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. We used a roller to apply the wallpaper paste, as the paper we used wasn’t prepasted. I liked using the roller. It was fast. Last weekend, my son needed my help with a stage prop that needed to be glued. I brought the roller to use to spread the glue. They were amazed. I found out later that they had been using a paintbrush. After using the roller, I doubt they will ever use a paintbrush again! – W.C.


Dear Kelly: We are so glad that the weather is getting better. We have a boat that we store up at the lake, but haven’t seen it in months. We went up last weekend to clean it and get it ready for the season. I had put a bag of charcoal into the cabin before closing it up. It really absorbed a lot of the musty odor and, after airing it out a little, it was fine. – N.R.

A Super hint

Toilet plungers still are the best way to clear a toilet clog. To get a good suction seal, spread a thin layer of petroleum jelly around the edge where it sits in the toilet bowl. It’s quick and easy, and will last a good while.


Germs are everywhere, so keeping things you use often clean is very important. Cyber Clean is a special putty that is made to clean and disinfect a lot of surfaces without a lot of liquid. The putty is perfect for delicate electronics, like phones and remote controls. It’s made of natural ingredients and kills 99 perfect of germs commonly found on these surfaces. To find out more and get the name of a dealer, visit They have cleaners made for the home, car, shoes and even ones especially made for allergy sufferers.

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