Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 11, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Do-It-Yourself Home ImprovementsThree Jailed in
agents say might he the largest “panty raid” in history Agents said they recovered 12,500 pair of panty hose , nylons and other undergarments bearing 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 councilman, was charged with theft from an interstate shipment, the FBI said Oscar Gomez, 28, of San Diego, arid Spencer Cosner, 31. of Jamul, were charged with possession of stolen goods
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Three men have been charged in connection with what FBI
By Sylvia Perter
NEW YORK — lf you spend say 11,000 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 $500 will come back to you in a higher resale value
lf 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 are spiraling upward so rapidly and relentlessly that about the only way out for millions is do-it-yourself — and it should surprise ne' one that 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 derided on a do-it-yourself remodeling job — such as interior and/or exterior painting, wallpapering, window glazing, weatherstripping, installing insulation, taping and filling wallboard seams. Here are a few fundamental rules for you Check thoroughly into the expanding number of do-it-yourself fix-it kits with easy
tract after it has bee*n nailed in place
Pick appropriate materials In choosing flooring and floor coverings — linoleums, carpeting, etc — got local builders to advise you on which product grades will give you the durability you will actually need in the area to be* floored or covered. Don’t splurge on a super grade of hardwood or linoleum or carpeting for a room in which there’ll be little traffic. But also, don’t buy a light duty grad r flooring or carpeting, for a .....dren’s rumpus room to save $50 to $100
Buy the most economical lengths arid sizes you can of lumber, plywood, tiles, floor coverings, curtain material — to avoid costly waste. If your new garage calls for 8-foot 2-by-4 studs, you would do much better buying 18-foot lengths which can be cut in half than 12-foot lengths which would translate into a “waste” of one-third of your lumber
instructions available to you and the equally expanding variety of convenient materials and supplies
But do not tackle tho ambitious 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 arid stain mg a floor, installing a major appliance Also stay away from such potentially hazardous jobs as the installation of electrical wiring or fuel lines Doing 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-
Goetz Will Not RunFor County Attorney
IOWA (TTY - Carl Goetz, incumbent Johnson county attorney, announced Tuesday that he will not run as an independent candidate for county attorney Goetz served two terms as county attorney and was defeated for the Democratic nomination for that post in this year’s primary election by John W Dooley
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If you spend the $1,000 on modernizing some of your existing rooms, the same rule of thumb says that $750 will come back to you in a higher resale value
If you spend the $1,000 on increasing your existing space, the whole $1,000 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
Tie one exception arises if the value of your house already is greater than the value of must houses In your neigh bur hood Then, you’ll get back little, lf any, of the cost of new improvements.Alarm Complaint To Johnson BoardGarbage Service Shows Deficit
IOW A (TTY - 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 department
Howard Carroll, operator of the Security Patrol Co of Iowa (Tty, claims he would have to pay to “hook up” to any panel installed by the Iowa (Tty Alarm Co. •
Doug Edmonds, chief deputy, told the board Monday a single alarm panel is needed to standardize the equipment in the office The supervisors agreed to meet with members of the sheriff’s department to discuss the matter and took no action Monday.
TIPTON - Garbage collection service in Tipton is show mg a $50(1 monthly deficit, city council members were told Monday evening Service representatives said that approximately $3,000 is collected each month in fees, while conservative expenditures, not including administrative costs, are about $3,-500
The council discussed several methods of dealing with the problem, but will study the matter further before taking action Possibilities discussed include limiting some garbage collection services, and raising rates either for residential or commercial areas or both
CHELMSFORD, 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
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