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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 12, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta _ THE IETHB8IDGF- HERALD Friday, Juno 12, 1970 HOME OF THE WEEK 1 CJ NO CU-920 SQ.FT. HOMOGRAF COMPANY OF CANADA 40 JARVIS AT KING E, TORONTO 1. ONTARIO. Please send me further details about how to obtain standard builder blueprints for Design No. CH-920 Or enclosed please find ?I.OO for which send me the new Design Book entitled "Second ban and Country Homes Designed For Canadians." NAME ADDRESS (Leth.) At first glance this very inter- esting duplex looks like a mo- I dern ranch home. Actually it is I an income home with two prac- I tically identical Units. Each has its own basement with direct entrance from outside, and two 1 separate front doors. Would I make an ideal retirement home where a little extra ren- tal income would be useful. While no garages are included, a two car unit could easily be added as indicated by the dotted lines. Note that in this case, the end windows as shown on the illustration must be elim- inated (see floor The D.esign is very suitable for electric heating. YOUR GARDEN By Isabella R. Young, F.R.H.S. INSECTICIDE POLLUTION AND THE HOME GARDENER rpHE following is taken from the weekly letter of the Lethbridge Research Station, dated April 29, 1970. I thought this information vital enough to pass on to you. (Editor's note article was earned in The Lethbridge Herald Farm Page June 1 but bears repeat- ing.) DDT and other related or- ganochlorine insecticides such as aldrin, dieldrin and hepta- chlor are the compounds that have caused the most concern as pollutants. These insecti- cides have been used through- out the world for over 20 years and with proper use have not been shown to have affected human health. However, these insecticides do not break down readily into non-toxic products. They or their toxic breakdown products have been found to persist in our soils and environ- ment for extended periods of time. Then- residues are readily stored in animal fat and ac- cumulate, through food chains, to reach high levels, mainly in predatory wildlife build-up in our environment; thus, restric- tions in their use have become necessary. DDT, and probably the other j insecticides, will not be avail- able after 1970 for use around the home or garden. If you have supplies of these insecti- cides in the home, DO NOT dispose of them down the sew- er or in ordinary garbage fa- cilities. This can result in ex- cessive concentrations in sew- age and garbage disposal areas, thus creating a further source cf unwanted ground and surface-water pollution. The Canada Department of Agriculture suggests that the home gardener use any of these materials they have on hand according to label recom- mendations rather than concen- trate them in improper dis- posal areas. If collection facili- ties for these insecticides are available in your area, dispose of them according to local in- structions. Do not attempt to burn them. DDT for instance, requires extremely high heat in a closed system before it is broken down into non-per- sistent components. The home gardener will be faced with using other insecti- cides such as malathion, di- azinon, or Sevin for controlling garden pests. These materials, although less persistent, are also more selective in their toxicity to pests. Thus, if gar- den pests are to be controlled effectively, more care will have to be exercised in the se- lection of the insecticide to use, the timing, and application of these alternatives. Repeated applications may also be neces- sary. When using any insecti- cide, follow the label in- structions carefully with respect to precaution, rates used, and interval between ap- plication and harvest. Mr. W. Last year I had a good crop of garden peas, but they had mildew quite badly. Is there anything I can do about tins? Aiss. This can be control- led by spraying OT dusting with Karathane (Mildex) but to help prevent mildew, watering should be done in the morning, if possible, never at night. Any questions should be sent with self-addressed, stamped envelope to Mrs. I. Young, 3620 Centre B St. N.W., Calgary 43, Alberta. Think a bit about Alberta. Thinkabitabout'BIue'. And smile. Power Tools In Garden By Mil. FIX Power has moved outdoors and power-operated tools are as common hi the yard as in the workshop. Most of them are worth the extra cost in their work-saving qualities. Like any power tool, how.ever the equipment calls for proper care and mainte- nance to be useful. Power mowers, hedge clip- pers, lawn edgers, sweepers and similar items will continue to perform satisfactorily only if the maintenance instructions provided by the manufacturers ar.e adhered to. The instructions also will tell you how to start the tool, the best '.vay to use it, when and where to lubricate it and how to adjust it. Certain procedures are com- mon to all tools if you are to keep them in operating order. Keep tools clean. This is more of a problem with out- doer tools. The accumulation of clippings and dirt not only makes for less efficient use but for rust. Wipe off cutting edges and coat with a light film cf oil. Remove clippings from the un- derside of the lawn mower housing. Keep belts and chains free of dirt and grass clippings. Clean off any rust as soon as you notice it. Metal surfaces should be sanded and painted with rust resistant enamel. Use a coating of cil where the metal cannot be painted. Lubricate regularly but don't overdo it. Too much oil vril catch dirt and cause a build-up. Follow the instruc- tions that came with the tool to lubricate bearings and moving parts. (Some bearings are self- lubricating and will ne.ed no oil- ing.) Moving parts should have a few drops of cil after each use if you lack instructions on this. Use graphite or silicon spray, which are nongreasy lubri- cants, on chains so that dirt will not stick. Keep cutting edges sharp. A dull blade on a lawn mower chews the grass, causing grass ends to turn brown. Remem- ber tco, that if cutting be- comes difficult the motor will have to work harder and could conceivably burn out. S'jnce vibration results every time you turn on the motor, nuts and bolts may become loose in time. Check frequently and keep them tight. On electrical tools check cord and plug every time you use the tool. Look out for frayed or broken insulation. Gasoline engines should be kept properly fueled. Fill the tank before putting the mower away since condensation and gum are more likely to form in an empty tank. A gasoline engine usually has a filter of some sort, usually an oil bath filter. Check this and keep it clean. The filter ele- ment should be washed in ker- osene and fresh oil added. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) Build PATIO ADDS PERMANENT OUTDOOR LIVING AREA-A concrete patio doesn't have to be fancy or expensive to provide a pleasant extension to your home's living area, according to the Portland Cemenf Association. For entertaining or just relaxing, your new patio offers many hours of enjoymerH for the whole family. And if you decide later to sell your home, the patio more than pays for itself in added Lales appeal. Your concrei'3 contractor or local ready mixed concrete producer can give you free esti- mates and help you plan the patio that's right for your home. How To Get That Extra. When is a basement not a basement? When it's an extra bedroom, playroom den or of- fice. With the new, easy-to-use, inexpensive products now offer- ed by the paint industry, you can quickly make it an essen- tial part of your home. To keep work and investment to a minimum, follow these suggestions from the Canadian Paint Manufacturers Associa- tion. Begin with .the ceiling. You'll find all those hot and cold wa- ter pipes will blend ro with the ceiling once they've been paint- ed the same color. The best time for painting is when the heating system is still on and the pipes are dry. Paint the pipes first, and then finish the rest cf the ceiling. Copper pipes should be wiped clean and roughened lightly with sandpaper. They do not require a primer. Iron or steel pipes should be cleaned with steel wool to remove all rust, and then covered with a first quality metal primer. Either a semi-gloss enamel or textured paint are suitable for top-coat ing. The alkyd-type texture paint is probably a little easier to apply. Spray application is best for pipes, with a roller as second choice; and two coats of paint will help avoid future moisture problems. With one of the specialized paints now on the market you can decorate instead of just paint. Textured paints give a rough plaster look to the sur- face and cover metal defects, weld marks and nail holes. S'et Simple Pattern For Utility Boat Building a boat used to re- quire considerable skill, expe- rience with tools and a lot of imagination. Now, thanks t-o new marine plywood, fast-set- ting waterproof glue and an easy fo follow pattern meth- od of construction, anyone can build this boat. Measuring over 11 fccf. two people can easily load this plywood boat on trail- er or top of" car. While it's light enough to handle witji a pair cf oars, it's sturdy construction permits using an outboard motor. To .simplify building, [he pat- tern lists exact size and length of material needed for part. Full-size pAttcrns for nose block, transom, frames aral other important parts take the mystery out of cutting to size required. Patterns not only pro- vide templates for cutting hut also indicate position of adjoin- ing parts. Bolt and screw hole; are shown in their respective positions, thus eliminating chance cf error. By following step by step directions, cutting each part ac- cording to pattern, gluing and screwing parts together exactly as instructed, the boat takes shape and substance in very little time. Send in cash, cheque or money order for Utility Boat Pattern No. 85 to Carpentry Dcpt. The Lethbridge Herald Box DOG Adelaide St. P.O. Tor- 1, Ont. Editor's Note The Her- ald docs not handle these pat- terns and it is necessary to si-mi requests for patterns to the nliovo address in Toronto. Please (lie address as printwl. (Copyright 1970. Toronto Star .Syndicate) t h e atmosphere with your choice of colors a black ceil- ing will almost completely hide pipes and give a warm, inti- mate feel ing. White will liven up the area. Now begin on the walls. The more ambitious do it your- selfers may want to try one of the new tile-like finishes for cinder bock or masonry walls. This is a two-component prod- uct, and application requires a little more work than the aver- age paint since the wall must be filled, primed and then top- coated. Follow label directions carefully and work in a well ventilated area. The results are worth the effort a smooth, hard, high-gloss finish resem- bling ceramic tile. Because of its high durability, it is ideal for laundry rooms, work rooms and much used utility rooms. However if this type of finish does not fit in with your plans, you can paint the walls with the same warm textured coat- ing as the ceiling. To finish the basement, coyer the floor with a good quality paint designed for the surface. There are many types avail- abte, but the easiest to use is a latex-base paint with water olean-up and reduced odor. You can demonstrate your artistic talent by painting a border in 1 contrasting color. All you to do is coat the main area (you don't have to go all the way to the measure carefully and mark-off a border with masking paint it in a contrasting color. When the paint is tack dry, lift off the tape. To relieve aches of pant- ing a floor, attach a broom handle to the rolled ar.d do the whole job standing up. Break up the large area into several different service areas by strategically placing screens as room dividers. Unfinished ones are inexpensive and can he painted in contrasting or co- ordinating colors to add to your decor. See how easy it is to turn an unattractive dark storage area into part of your home without buying one nail or piece of lumber. All you have to use is. your imagination and paint! Tired of walking through wet grass or mud to reach your alley or garage? Why not build a permanent all-weather sidewalk and a patio at the same time? The Portland Cement Asso- ciation says you can use regu- lar ready mixed concrete cast in forms or precast concrete patio blocks already cut to size and ready for replacement. Either way, you'll have an inexpensive homa improvement that more than pays for itself in clefincr floors, convenience, and added value to your home. Your concrete contractor or ready mixed concrete producer can help with plans and esti- mates for your sidewalk and patio if you decide to use regu- lar cast-in-place concrete. For the do-it-yourself home- owner, precast patio blocks may be the answer. They come in a variety of colors and sizes and are available from build- ing supply dealers and land- scape shops. Garden I Gardeners who like the fla- j vur cf various herbs in cooking might like to plant, a tiny off- ground herb garden all in square concrete blocks. Set the blocks in any desired pattern, anywhere you want them if the place is in full sun. Herbs won't produce in shade. Fill with ordinary garden soil and add no fertilizer. Herbs grow best in poor soil. Plant seeds of parsley In raa block, chives, dill, anise or borage in still others. KEEP DOGS and CATS AWAY Will. in: iciitj Twist them on. Won't vasfi off. PROTECT EVERGREENS, SHRUBS, ROSES, FLOWERS, GARBAGE CANS, FURNITURE, ETC. HARMLESS to Plants, Petj end Children Sold by Lawn and Garden Defllcrf Manufactured by Johnson Nurseries Ltd., Kingston, Ontario If you ptciii to build call Pustaseri Construction Ltd. "We Specialize in Custom Built Homes" 727 8th Street S. Phone 327-7663, '327-5905 ALEX PUSTASERI WHEN YOU BUY FOR A LIFETIME-INSIST ON THE BEST-A PUSTASERI HOME ;