DETERRING A DRAFT
Rather than paying a lot for a draft guard, make one yourself from one of those unmatched socks we all have on hand. Choose a long sock (such as a man's dress sock or the good leg on a pair of tights). Put a paper-towel core or rolled newspaper into the sock to serve as a funnel, then pour in dried beans almost to the top, knot the top and you're done. Fill a few more and line them up end to end to cover a door's threshold. - Mary, via e-mail
STEADY THAT CHAIR
I have a wooden rocking chair I love, but when I would get up, it would slide rapidly backward and away. I went to a home-improvement store and asked for the narrow safety strips that you put in the bottom of the bathtub, then I put one on each rocker. It worked splendidly. - Josephine in California
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I bought a new car with velour seats, which I preferred in the summer. Now that winter is here, with low humidity, I get a shock every time I get out of the car. The cure: I put a dryer sheet on my seat and leave it there. No more shocks. - Kathie in Ohio
WHO IS IN THE PICTURE?
We had the same problem as a reader dealing with unmarked photos. We solved the problem by dividing them amongst my siblings and copying them with our digital cameras. We sent these to all the cousins, aunts, uncles and family friends. We asked them to help us identify the folks and to forward the photos to any relatives who weren't shown on the "to" line.
We were surprised how many responses we received, and we were able to identify almost everyone in the photos. - C.O., via e-mail