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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 27, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 _ THE ynHnmnot IIERAIO fiiiioy, November IT, mo Serious drnndfiK be avoided post ends sagging floors lly Silt. KIX A floor does not come BUcUtciily. Maybe you just no- ticed il. bill I he condition has probably developed over sev- ers} months, even years. ran even occur in an unoccupied house as lumber sin-inks and warps. In an occu- pied house, you have the prob- lem of tlic tremendous weight of appliances and furniture. When a floor starts to tilt. other things also happen: Doors and windows stick to an exlra- oixHnary dogrec, plaster cracks, joists and supporting beams be- come weak. But if symptoms are spelled early, serious dam- age can be avoided. Wilh a straight edge and a level, look for the point of great- est sagging. Check bolii above anrf bckmC Check joists and beams in the basement and be espec i a 11 y suspicious if the j beam which is supposed to sup- port Hie joists is not supported anywhere along its length but just rests on (he foundation at each end. Even if the beam, is supported by wooden posts. there may be trouble, since these warp and rot. Once you have located it, the sag is easy to correct with a jack post, A jack post avail- able at hardware, department GARDEN By Isabella R. Young, F.R.H.S. L10IMI) FERTILIZER _ PLANTS" need some sort of extra nourishment, especially during the growing period. "Farm manures and commercial fertilizers are all used to supply one or more ot the elements which include nit- rogen, phosphorous and potas- sium. Constant growing of plants exhausts the earth. Ma- nures and natural fertilizers are not always available to most people and no manufactured fertilizers are used. These can either be in liquid, granular or powder form, and are all water soluble. These are not only more readily available for usa by the plant at the time o! application, but many ir. ore uses have been discovered for liquid plant foods than most people realize. For years, people have been using sawdust and wood shav- ings to condition the soil and for mulching purposes. The only drawback to this procedure is the chlorotic (yellowing) effect upon plants. To overcome this, drench 'the sawdust with any complete, water soluble plant food. Several years ago, the soil is our vegetable garden seemed rather on the heavy side. As sawdust was available we dug some into the earth, which did make it more friable. However, much to our dismay, a little too much had been added and those vegetables requiring large amounts of nitrogen were a "sad" looking lot, especially the cabbage and cauliflower, Applying liquid fertilizer to the sawdust adds the nitrogen that is lacking in woody materials, A compost pile will decom- pose more quickly if drenched with liquid plant food, and the qualify of the humus is also improved. If some black plastic sheeting is placed over the pile to trap the heat in, it saves you the trouble of stirring pile as often, A good compost for starting seeds is in straight vermiculite, peat moss or peat moss and sand, or earth, sand and peat. But have you ever tried dust? Some find it quite suc- cessful. Dampen the material first with liquid fertilizer using one tsp. to a quart of water, and then sow your seeds. If you have quantities of sawdust around try a few seeds this way. _ It is rather unusual to have dormant twigs blooming in win- ter. A man down East used this method but I have never tried it. Use soluble plant food as a spray, mixing one tsp. to quart of warm water (95 de- grees F.) misting the dormant buds daily. This results in the buds absorbing enough of the material to pep them up, thus producing good strong blooms. Some experiments have been carried out in large green- houses using carbonated water with, the soluble fertilizer to see if a combination of the C02 and the Kttrients from the plant food can bring about earlier flowering and better growth of house plant foliage and bedding plants. This misting does show some promise but further ex- periments are being carried out. People with small green- houses could try tlu's out for themselves. Christmas will soon be upon us and we all want io keep our tree nice as long -as possible. Adding sugar to the water in the container holding the tree has been used for years, but try mixing a teaspoonful of sol- uble plant food to a quart of water. As the tree absorbs the nutrients it helps to keep it fresh and green. Many will be receiving cut flowers for the holiday season. Liquid plant food, tsp. to a gallon of water, adds longer life to them. Mr. P. I started quite a few perennial plants this spring and they are doing well. Do thsse have to be mulched for the coming winter and with what? Ans. It is preferred that all new perennials be mulched the first winter. After this, most are able to take care of them- selves. Peat moss, straw or the dried material cut off perenni- als and other plants is satisfac- tory. Any questions should be sent with sett-addressed, stamped envelope I. R. Young, 36ZO Centre B. St. N. W. Calgary 43. stores and building supply houses consists of steel tubes, one inside the other, and a (op pinto, a base plaie and nn ad- justing screw to raise or lower (he top plate. The inner tube has Iwles Ihroitgh which a pin is inserted. The post should be set up right below the point of great- est sagging. Boll the plate to the floor if you can, using a star drill, bolts and expansion anchors. You can rest the post on the floor but be certain the floor is not crackert at tliis point. If it is, break a hole about a foot deep and tiro feet square. Fill with fresh concrete and silow to set for a week before pulling up the post. Set (lie post so that the top plate is snug against the beam or joist. Place the steel p i n through the lowest hole in the inner steel tube. It will rest against the rim of the outer tube. If the sag is across several joists and there is no beam in (lie area, then stretch a 4x4 across several of the joists. Place the top plale against that. Raising the floor is a slow process, done by turning the ad- justing screw and raising the top plate. Give it no more than a hah" turn each week. Check frequently with a level to see how tilings are progressing. Lifting too much can damage walls. The adjusting screw is turn- ed with a steel pin that fits through the hole in the screw. Remove the pin after each _weckly adjustment and remove it completely once Ihe leveling is complete. The jack post then remains in place as an added and permanent support. Don't overlook kitclien sink in renovations Do home renovation plans in- clude everything but the kit- chen sink? Now something can be done about it, too. Here are five suggest ions worthy of consideration. Replace old sink with a two or three bowl type to mul- tiply its simultaneous uses. Check faucets, and replace if necessary. New icodels are virtually leak-proof. Consider a faucet aerator. It creates multiple bubbles in water, causing soap to suds up faster, easier. It saves water, too. Get a spray attachment. One with a flexible stainless steel hose is now available. Replace old drain plug a "remote control" stopper installed next to the faucet. Hannibal story One of the favorite stories of ancient history is that Hanni- bal, thte Carthaginian general who invaded Italy from the north in 218 B.C., cut a road through the Alps by pouring vinegar on the rocks. MORE NATIONS NOW Fifty years ago only three free nations appeared on the map of Egypt and Ethiopa, Today the conti- nent has 43 of the world's 142 sovereign lands. Santa and sleigKfor front lawn Measuring a full 40 inches high, this jolly Santa waves cheery Holiday Greetings to all. Whether made from hard- board (for uso outdoors) or cardboard for indoor use, Santa call be cut and painted in very little lime. A full size paper pattern insures accurate cutting. Since it also provides painting guides that show ex- actly where to apply each color, professional results are assured. For an Interesting effect fasten jolly Saint Nick to your chimney. Let him appear as though he were bidding Merry Christmas to all before tend- ing to stocking-stuffing chores. A few dummy Christmas pack- ages placed at Santa's feet add an extra decorative touch. Focus B spotlight on him at night and he'll make a quid: hit with the entire neighbor- hood. For indoor use, three- dimensional decoration can be effected with cotton wluskcrs, black oilcloth belt and boots and aluminum buckles. With the full-size pattern nothing is left to guesswork. Do your Christmas decorating early by sending for Santa today. The Santa Claus Christmas Greet- ing is No. 4S1, a Reindeer Pat- tern No. 433 and a Sleigh Pat- tern No. 434 at each are also available. Send in cash, cheque or money order for each pattern to Carpentry Dept, The Lclhbridge Herald, Box 806 Adelaide St. P.O., To- ronto I, Out Editor's Nole The Her- ald docs not handle 1hese blpcprints ami It is necessary to send requests for them (o the above address in Toronto. Please wrilc the address as printed. (Copyright 1970. Toronto Star Syndicate.) luisy Io use' If you have lots of painting pfos, tiof. things up by using latex paints. Water thinned paints roll on readily, dry quickly, and wash off equipment in a flash. In mlditinn, they adhere Use clocks for modem decorating If you're still using clocks jusl to tell time, svakti up. These days, clocks come MI so many unusual styles that they can be used as arresting focal points in a wall grouping. Doc- orating around a clock is a lit- Ue different from decorating aroiuid a pa biting. Ono suggestion for a wall grouping with a clock at the centre is to use three dimen- sional plaques of the same style as the clock antique, modern, oriental. These can hold candles, small statuary, or mirrors. 300-year-okl opera liouse goes modern LONDON (AP) Covert Garden, the, 300-year-old royal opera house, is staging an spera with and a cast of seven who wear store-bought costumes. Said director Peter HsU: "I am only interested in bringing opera up to date and bringing back opera audiences." The opera, the Knot Garden by Sir Michael Tippett, opens next Wednesday. Hall, for 10 years the master- mind at the Eoyal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford, will stage a galaxy of theatrical tricks such as colored slides, film to augment stage action and sce- nery made entirely ol 11 miles of rope. Tippett said: "We have gone back to Shakespearean days when there was little or no sce- nery and changes could be made swiftly." Green most common Green is the color most com- monly seen in the aurora bor- ealis or northern lights. When the light is especially strong, pale or even deep red is also visible toward the poles. HOME OF THE WEEK HOMOGRAF COMPANY OF CANADA 40 JARVIS STREET, TORONTO I. OiNTARIO. C Please send me further details about how to obtain standard buOder blueprints for Design No. CH-420 Or enclosed please find Sl.DO for which send me tha new Design Book entitled "Third Dan and Country Homes Designed For Canadians." NAME ADDRESS (Lett.) Recessed front entry to fills a storey 4 bedroom, 2 bath home leads into spacious living room. Corner window adds wall space for easy furniture ar- rangement. Fireplace has front location. Guest closet is near front door. Both downstairs bedrooms are planned for maximum comfort. Kitchen has plentiful storage cabinets and work counters. Upper floor bedrooms and bath show how additional living space can bs planned into a structure of this type. Design is a combination of Stone, Brick and could be built on a 40 ft. Lot- Go ft. with a 2-car garage add- ed. Elemeals in sea Tlie element vanadium was not known to exist in sea water until it was discovered in the blood of tunicates and sea cu- cumbers. Although iodine is ra- ther scarce in ocean water, sea- weeds contain vasts amounts of it. Some suggestions for do-i fryoursclf ers Carpel tiling is challenge Carpet Hies might be the bright idea, for the new floor treatment on the redecorating list. If so, here are a few tips which will igo a long way to- ward making a carpet tile floor Does cover insurance chang esr Relaxing in the new family room, who wants to ponder the possibility that tliis latest addi- tion to the house might some- day go lip in flames? But if a fire did occur, would insurance be adequate to pay for the loss? Chances are it wouldn't, un- less you changed your home- owners policy after the remod- elling. It's even possible that the house was under insured long before the carpenters were call- ed in to add a room. For example, a home was in- sured for on replace- ment cost basis three years ago. Recently a room was added at a cost of If the original homeowners policy remains unchanged, the Isouse is at least under- insured. During the past years, infla- tion has also left its mark. The cost of rep lacing this home probably has increased about 20 per cent another Rebuilding after a fire would cost about Since the un- changed insurance policy pro- vides coverage, the fam- ily would have io pay for of the loss. To prevent Mils sad result, these steps are suggested. 1. Every time there's a major change in the home, such as substantial remodelling or a room addition, have the family's insurance agent visit the house so that he can accurately as- sess the new insurance needs. 2. Make a complete inven- tory of the home's conients} to be sure the value of new pos- sessions is adequately covered by the insurance policy. Ill conjunction When a planet or the moon is on the same side of the earth as the sun, it is in conjunction. At such limes, the planets cannot be seen from earth because they are in the sky at the same time as is the sun. Small seed, big tree The size of the seed Has no bearing on the size of the tree that mil -grow from it. The tall- est tree in the world, the Cali- fornia redwood, grows from a Aery small seed. an easy yet professional look- tag do-it-yourself job in every respect. First, draw a diagram of the room on graph paper, laying out the proposed pattern either straight line or diagonally. Tliis will serve as a guide to the number of tiles required in each color or pattern. Preparing the floor is the nest step. Eliminate loose or creaky floorboards by nailing them down with spiral grooved floor- ing nails. Then, thoroughly clean the floor. Remove any wax build up, and make certain that the sur- face is completely dry before beginning the installation. Now, stack Use carpet tiles face down within easy reach of work area. Making individual stacks for each color in the pat- tern viffl also save time and reduce the chance of making an error in the pattern. Position each carpet tile so that corner and edges meet firmly bat don't buckle. Should five or six minutes, it wffl more difficult. As each tile is set in place, press down firmly, applying pressure over UK entire area. There is no need to use any- thing otter than the hands for pressure. WOKTOALMANA.G FACTS a tile need to be realigned, tfcte p adhesive will allow it to be ed up. If, however, adhesive has Jated io been allowed to dry more than group. The saMci is the fastest Ireed of domestic dog, able of running at speeds of, about 43 miles per hour J It is said to be the oldesl treed, The World Ateanaa says, and appears in meriau carvings dating back, to 7000 B.C. It is ths greyhound If you plan to build call... Pustaseri Construction Ltd. "We Specialize in Custom Built Homes" 727 8fh Street S. 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