Cedar Rapids Gazette, September 11, 1974, Page 9

Cedar Rapids Gazette

September 11, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 11, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Hints on Do-It-Yourself Home Improvements By Sylvia I'orter NEW YORK _ If you spend on improving your home with some deeply desired luxury at this season, enclosing a patio or next spring, installing a swimming pool a popular rule of thumb is that will come back to you in a higher resale value. (Third in o series.) If .vou spend the nn modernizing some of your existing rooms, the same rule of thumb says that J750 will come back to you in a higher resale value. If you spend the on increasing your existing space, the whole should come back in resale value and if the new area you create is spacious and the job is well done, you may get back two dollars for every dollar you invest. The one exception arises if the value of your house already is greater than the value of most houses in your neigh- borhood. Then, you'll get back little, if any, of the cost of new improvements. If you do the interior finishing work yourself, another rule of thumb Is that you'll save up to 30 percent on the costs. As my last column on guidelines for remodeling costs surely dramatized, home improvement expenses arc spiraling upward so rapidly and relentlessly that about the only way out for millions is do-it-yourself and it should surprise no one (hat the trend toward doing it on your own is becoming more powerful by the day. Nor should it be any surprise whatsoever that women are increasingly taking on home improvement jobs ranging from painting to patio repairs, from insulation to masonry. Okay. Say you've decided on a do-it-yourself remodeling job such as interior exterior painting, wallpaper- ing, window glazing, weather- stripping, installing insulation, taping and filling wallboard seams. Here are a few fun- damental rules for you: Check thoroughly into the expanding number of do-it- yourself fix-it kits with easy instructions available to you and the equally expanding variety of convenient materials and supplies. Hut do nut tackle (he ambi- tious and difficult jobs unless you are qualified: For instance, roofing, re-siding, putting in a lawn, building bookshelves or kitchen cupboards, laying a floor, sanding down and stain- ing a floor, installing a major appliance. Also stay away from such potentially hazardous jobs as the installation of elec- trical wiring or fuel' lines. Do- ing these jobs yourself may void your fire insurance. Don't skimp on materials. For example, the quality of paint you use could make a tremendous difference in the looks and endurance of the job. The few dollars you save by using cheap paint could mean you'll have to scrape down and repaint your house all over again next year. Similarly, don't buy improperly cured lumber: It may buckle or con- tract lifter il has been milled in place. I'lck appropriate materials In choosing flooring and floor coverings linoleums, car- peting, etc. get local builders to advise you on which product grades will give you the durability you will actually need in the area to lie floored or covered. Don't splurge cm a super grade of hardwood or linoleum or carpeting for a room in which there'll be little traffic. But also, don't buy n light duly grad flooring or carpeting, for a .....dron's rumpus room to save In Buy the most economical lengths and sizes you can of lumber, plywqml, tiles, floor coverings, curtain material to avoid costly waste. If your new garage calls for 8-fool 2- by-4 sluds, you would do much better buying Hi-foot lengths which can be cut in half than 12-foot lengths which would translate into a "waste" of one-third of your lumber. Shop for remnants and also discontinued patterns in such items as roofing, linoleum, carpeting for possibly big savings. And buy enough extra to use for patching later, if necessary. "In your estimate of how long a job will lake you, allow plenty of time for sh" pping around. Before you embark oil any project, check your local zon- ing ordinances building codes to make sure your plans and specifications conform. If Sylvia Porter you're serving as your own contractor, obeying the zoning laws will be your own respon- sibility. And don't buy sophisticated, costly lools unless you will use them extensively in the future. Try to ronl Ihem instead. Next: Beware: The Furnace Frauds. Big George! Virgil Partch "It's my typewriter. I wrid- a dining mil keep (fail in mind." Garbqge Service Shows Deficit TIPTON Garbage collec- tion service in Tipton is show- ing a monthly deficit, city council members were told Monday evening. Service representatives said thai approximately is collected each month in fees, while conservative expendi- tures, not including admin- istrative costs, arc about 500. The council discussed sev- eral methods of dealing with the problem, but will study the matter further before lak- ing action. Possibilities discussed include limiting some garbage collection services, and rais- ing rates eilher for residenlial or commercial areas or both. Stop, Thief CHELM.SFORD, England (UPI) Essex police said they are searching for a thief who stole the blue dome off the roof light of one of their patrol cars. More than offers In buy >ell, rent, hire, or service daily n the want ads! Alarm Complaint To Johnson Board IOWA CITY The Johnson county board of supervisors Monday received a complaint about the proposed installation of a burglar alarm system in the .Johnson county sheriff's depart rnent. Howard Carroll, operator of the Security Patrol Co. of Iowa City, claims he would have to pay to "hook up" to any panel installed by the Iowa City Alarm Doug Edmonds, chief depu- ty, told the board Monday a single alarm panel is needed to standardize the equipment in the office. The supervisors agreed In meet with members of the sheriff's department to dis- cuss the matter and look no action Mondav. Senior Giton fees Cedar Rapids System Telephone 363-8244 Area Ten (SEATS) In Cedar Rapids 398-5B05 Elsewhere The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Wed., Sept. II, 1974 S Three Jailed in Panty Hijacking SAN DIEGO (AP) Thro men have been charged in connection with what FBI Goetz Will Not Run For County Attorney IOWA CITY Carl incumbent Johnson county attorney, announced Tuesday that he will not run as an in- dependent candidate county attorney. served two terms as county attorney and was de- feated for the Democratic nomination for that post in this year's primary election by .John W. Dooley. agents say might be the largest "panty raid" in history. Agents said they recovered 12.500 pair of panty hose nylons and other undergar- ments hearing the J.C. Penney label Thursday from a San Diego residence. They were stolen from an interstate truck shipment, the bureau said. Howard Colburn, 44, a former National City council- man, was charged with theft from an interstate shipment the FBI said. Oscar Gomez, 28, of San Diego, and Spencer Cosner, 31, of Jamul, were charged with possession of stolen goods. V While vou'rc enjoying life, Ancient Age Bourhon. The one drink so smooih. il perfects the perfect sour. r- wticnt m MNIUCO MIUSMN rwoi INCKM m Disunite r.u. I Save 1 7.00 on men's sport coats s 2? rrs? HtGULAHLY 70.00 All polyester or polyester and wool blend sport coats from a famous maker. Smart detailing makes these coats a cuf above the rest. Choose from an array of sharp fall colors end patterns sure to liven up your ward- robe. 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