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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ~ Friday, February 2, 1973 HOME OF THE WEEK DESIGN If your family is increasing faster than your bank account you'll find the living and sleeping accommodations of real interest in this modest four bedroom home. With only 1060 square feet and a house that can fit a 50 foot lot - less in many jurisdictions - the designer has packed four bedrooms, a living - dining area of good proportions, extra washroom by side dcor, U-shaped functional kitchen and a basement recreation room. Dining space could easily be changed to form part of the kitchen and give a "family kitchen" over 17 feet in length. Plans call for frame construction, but conversion details are included for building in brick veneer. With the basement built as a crawl space, the design would be good for a vacation home with heating equipment in the space occupied by the basement stairs. (Copyright 1973. Toronto Star Syndicate). Homograf Home Planning Service J 40 JARVIS ST., TORONTO, ONTARIO j it)! enclose $1.00 (plus 25 cents for handling and mail-I ing) for the fourth edition of "Suburban and Country ! ' Homes" J I ' ) I enclose 50 cents (plus 15 cents for handling and I mailing) for the book of duplex and multiple home 1 , designs. 1 [ ( ) Please send free brochure showing sample "Home of the Week" designs and other design books available. I [ ) Please send an order form so that I may order I builder's plans fcr the design shosvn above. "I NAME ........................................... . , ADDRESS.....................................---- ' Quicksilver Since Roman times, the metal mercury has been called quicksilver, because of its color and because it is impossible to pick up with the fingers. It is the only metal that is liquid at room temperature. The troposphere The troposphere - seven to 10 miles from earth's surface -is the highest layer of the atmosphere at which temperatures decrease with increasing altitude. Storage By DONALD R. BRANN Ask the average homeowner to name their number one gripe and they invariably mention lack of storage space. The one place where most houses can stand improvement is in the amount of space allocated for storage. Like most important problems, when a need arises, somebody does something about it, and now a new book entitled, "How to Build Storage Units" explains the many different ways space can be converted to provide needed storage. All varieties of storage units, from building wall-to-wall sliding door units, closets with floor to ceiling doors, a chest on wheels for under bed storage to a can storage shelf that can be hung on the inside of a kitchen door, is explained, illustrated and construction simplified. Construction of a sewing center, wall wardrobe, tool chest, under-stairs closet to building a cedar room in a basement or attic is explained in detail. You can start with one unit in any space from four to twenty four feet. Directions explain how to lay out and build necessary framing, cover framing with plywood, install a handsome set of sliding bi-folding or pivot hinged doors. Send $2.25 in cheque or money order for book No. 634, How to Build Wall-to-Wall Storage to Carpentry Dept. The Lethbridge Herald, P.O. 4090, Postal Station "A", Toronto, Ontario. Editor's Note - The Herald does not handle these blueprints and it is necessary to send requests for them to the above address in Toronto. Please write the address as printed. Toronto Star Syndicate) (Copyright 1972. YOUR GARDEN By Isabelle R. Young, F.R.H.S. 1 MORE SURPRISES FOR '73 HTELSTAR is a lovely 1973 blue and white, single grandiflora petunia. For those who are not familiar with the word "grandiflora," these are a variety of petunias that have 1 a r g e, frilled flowers, very showy for window boxes, tubs, planters and bedding, Telstar lias a more uniform pattern than presently available varieties. It is compact, base branching with flowers 3 to 3Vfe inches in diameter. The double grandifloras are also very lovely, and ideal for cutting. Also new is Red Devil, an outstanding red "multiflora" - this means 'many flowered.' For beds and borders they are really outstanding, producing so many flowers they almost completely cover the plants. The blooms are smaller than grandifloras, and they hold their neat habit all summer. Petunias germinate best at a temperature of 65 to 75 degrees and although they will come up in the dark (that is covering the flat with newspaper or b I a c k-plastic, etc.) they do much better if exposed to the light. It takes approximately 9 to 21 days for the seeds to germinate. Sow seed in compost mentioned in the January 12th article. For those who missed it-2 parts of loam, 1 part peat moss and 1 part coarse sand with vermiculite equal to the other three ingredient'.;, OR you can omit sand and use equal parts of peat moss and vermiculite with 2 parts loam. Please keep this handy for future reference. Be careful when planting Petunias as the seed is very small. Just sprinkle on top of damp compost and cover with a glass to prevent drying out. If you use pelleted seed, just press these into the earth -they are not covered. More new Marigolds are - Honey Moon 14 inches, the first clear yellow in large French crested type. Red Dimension is 16 inches with reddish flowers, edged yellow. These germinate at 65 to 75 degrees in either dark or light, taking from 7 to 14 days. New in Geraniums is Carefree rose and Sprinter red. This is earlier and dwarfer than other reds grown from seed. Ruffled Jumbo Zinnia is a mixture of several colors and grows 18 inches high. Zinnias germinate at 65 to 75 degrees in dark or light, in from 3 to 12 days. In the Asters, there is Totem Pole, 24 inches with large (up to 7 inch) flowers, double, informal, in a mixture of bright colors. Mini Lady is 10 inches, is earlier blooming and more disease resistant than Dwarf Queen. Green Arrow is a new pea with 9 to 10 peas in each pod, excellent for freezing. It grows 28 inches high. A week or so ago, I had three letters, all requesting the same information - the care of the Poinsettia plant. These were answered personally, but for those who might like this information, briefly-Poinsettias require lots of light, sun and a room temperature between 65 to 70 degrees during the day and about 60 at night. Temperatures above 75 degrees will cause shorter "bloom" life and below 60 degrees the bracts will start to fall. Water when the soil feels dry to the touch, letting it soak up from the bottom of the pot. After leaves lose their coloring and flowering has ceased, cut part way back and give less water, keeping in a temperature of 45 to 50 degrees. About June 15th, sink the pot in the garden in a sheltered spot, water when necessary and fertilize twice a month. When growth starts again pinch off the ends of the branches to make plant bush out. Bring in before a frost and give lots of light in a temperature of 65 degrees. To have it bloom as close to Christmas as possible, beginning September 15th, give two hours of artificial light by using a 60W. bulb suspended about 30" above the plant, until the end of September. Then, to October 15th, give three hours additional light. After this give NO extra artificial light as the buds are now forming. Before you turn the lights on at night, put your plant away in a dark cupboard, etc. making certain that not even a flashlight, street light, car light, etc. can get to it as Poinsettias are extremely sensitive to light. NOTE: All questions should be sent with self - addressed-stamped, envelope to - Mrs. I. R. Young, 3620 Centre B. St. N.W., Calgary 43. Due to the number of letters asking more than one question it is requested in future enquiries that only ONE question be submitted each time as it is impossible for Mrs. Young to reply to all correspondence and do her practical gardening as well. Silver lining During the silver mining strike at Treasure City, Nev., in the 1870s, two miners built a house from rocks picked up at their claim. Later, when their mine gave out, the two "mined" their home for $75,000 in silver. WORLD ALMANAC FACTS The pangolin or scaly anteater is a toothless mammal found in Asia and Africa. It feeds on ants and termites. As a protection against these insects it has no external ears, thick eyelids and can close its nostrils, The World Almanac says. When attacked, it rolls into a ball, and some varieties climb about trees with the aid of their long, prehensile tail. Copyright c 1872 Newspaper Knterprise As�a.k Ship computer outdoes sextant More accurate than a sextant, a computer on the bridge of a ship today can receive signals from orbiting satellites and compute the vessel's position to within 300 feet. Proper draft is necessary ENTER YOUR ANTIQUES AND COLLECTABIES NOW for the 1973 Antique Auctions JUAL AUCTION SERVICES BOX 1545, CRESTON, B.C. TIME LIMIT RECEIVING PETITIONS Take notice friar the time for receiving petitions for Private Bills at the next Session of the Legislative Assembly will expire on Monday, the fifth day of February, 1973. W. H. McDonald Clerk of the Legislative Assembly ow to build fireplace fire By MR. FIX Modern heating systems notwithstanding, a fireplace remains a useful as well as a decorative feature in the house. That it isn't more useful to more people is due to poor maintenance or poor fire-building techniques. The result of either is smoking and sputtering and a loss of enchantment. Assuming that your fireplace was properly designed in the first place there is no reason you can't make it useful once more. You need air for- a working fire. The flow of air up the chimney makes the fire burn properly and keeps the smoke from backing up into the room. This is what is known as the proper draft. To get this, there is a movable plate at the top of the fireplace in the chimney that opens and closes the opening. This is the damper. Make sure it is fully open to provide the proper draft. A damper may sometimes get clogged with scot. You also need ventilation in the room for a constant flow of fresh air. A slightly open window or door will provide the flow of fresh air needed for a working fire. This is especially important in a modern home with its airtight, weatherstrip-ped construction. With ventilation accounted for, next thing to check is your fire-building technique. &-.ild your fire close to the back wall of the fireplace, not up front. This heats up the otherwise cold wall. Also, light a piece of newspaper first (you can toss some on top of the un-lighted logs beforehand) to preheat the chimney. Heating up the cold air and sources of cold air makes it easier to start the fire. Use enough heavy fuel. One BEFORE LIGHTING FIRE, LIGHT A PIECE OF NEWSPAPER TO PRE-HEAT THE CHIMNEY CRUMPLED PAPER FIRST, iTHZH KINDLING ON TOP OF PAPER, ' LOGS LAST i log isn't enough. Neither are two. Use at least three. While methods vary, the generally accepted way to build a fire is to use crumpled newspaper, kindling wood and logs in that order from the bottom up. The fire is built on and-irons so that air can circulate under and through the fire. With the kindling on top of the paper, place a large log on top and at the back. Place the second in front of it. Add a few more slicks for support and place a third log on top. Remember to allow space for air to flow. The fire is then started by igniting the paper. If trouble is still encountered, doublecheck for cleanliness in the chimney. Sighting up the chimney on a clear day with a mirror will tell you its condition. You may be able to do quite a bit with a brush on a long wire, and a vacuum cleaner. Outside, take a look to see that the top of the chimney is clear to provide a proper draft. A chimney is generally built several feet higher than the roof but the presence of tree branches may cancel out this clearance. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) Thou) 9A jths. Jims to toke extra core in driving. Winter's ice ond darkness compound all the usual hazards of the road. The rules for safe winter driving, listed by the Street and Highway Safety Lighting Bureau, are basic common sense, but can be Jifesavera. Be fastidious about keeping windows clear on ALL sides of your cor. ^1 SIMPSONS ?ears Saturday Specials Clear the air intake in front of the windshield and free ,,.,., . . wiper blades if frozen. A good Ch.0