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Tuesday, July 16, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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News >  Home and garden

Ask The Builder: Don’t underestimate the difficulty of installing concrete

Q. I plan to install a concrete patio during my vacation. It’s going to measure 14 feet by 30 feet. I’ve watched lots of online videos and paid attention to cable-TV shows and now feel emboldened. What can go wrong and how much help do you think I’ll need. I’ve never done a job like this and feel it’s doable. What advice can you add to the mix? – Ronnie S., Tyler, Texas A. This question reminds me of the can’t-fail spirit I relied on early in my career when I tried to do something new. It’s important to remember that back then there were no online videos or cable-TV shows to instill a dangerous sense of bravado.
News >  Home and garden

Upcycled Life: Plastic bottle vase

Take any PET or PETE (Polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottle and melt it with a heat gun and then add texture with a soldering iron. The results are reminiscent of blown glass and certainly a lot of fun to make.

News >  Family

The Full Suburban: Summertime, and the livin’ isn’t easy

UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 5:25 p.m.

I am apparently the only one in this house who knows where my oldest son set down the deck of cards he’s been using for tricks the past two weeks. I’m the only one the second-grader wants to play board games with even though I have provided him with five other siblings just for this purpose.
News >  Family

Ask Dr. Universe: How does the moon glow?

As you see the moonlight shine down and illuminate the night sky, remember that this night light wouldn’t be possible without help from the biggest object in the solar system – our sun.
News >  Family

Helping young non-readers love books: Librarians and others offer advice

UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m.

For some, the idea of spending a lazy summer day at the beach or cabin with a good book sounds like heaven. But for a lot of kids, “they think of reading as a chore they have to do at school,” said Gwendolyn Haley, a public services manager for the Spokane County Library District.
News >  Home and garden

Ask the Builder: Installing plywood panel will protect pocket doors

Q. I’m planning to install a few pocket doors in my new home. I already know at these locations I’ll have heavy mirrors and artwork on the walls where the door slides in and out of the pocket. I’m afraid the small anchors I will have to use will fail over time and the things will come crashing to the floor. What can I do to strengthen the wall to accept a traditional screw or two that won’t pull out? – Connie B., Eugene, Oregon A. You’re not the first person to be faced with this situation with pocket doors. The danger is you might scratch a door because you put in an anchor, a screw or nail too far that created a nasty blemish on the door as it slides into the pocket.
News >  Family

Mama Bear Moxie: Neighborly love in rural communities

I think what I love the most about living in a rural community is, if there is a need in the community, it will be met. Not because anyone is keeping tabs on who needs help but because helping others is the right thing to do.
News >  Health

Hospital visits up during wildfires in Clark County

UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 9:56 p.m.

As the climate changes and wildfires are becoming more frequent, data and studies are starting to demonstrate how wildfire smoke can have adverse health effects, even for those who are miles away from the fire.