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Hard-to-read knobs on stove

Samantha Mazzotta King Features Syndicate

Q: I have a huge complaint about the burner controls on stoves, and I haven’t seen any information on how to fix it.

Since my mid-40s, my vision has steadily declined, and I need to wear strong glasses to see.

However, despite having a new eyeglass prescription, I still cannot see the little printed indicators that show which burner is controlled by each knob!

Is a stove available with large-format indicators? If not, how can I fix the indicators so that I can see them? Thanks. — Pat in Atlanta

A: A temporary fix is to repaint the small red indicator dots in a brighter color, like fluorescent yellow or pink.

Not much paint is needed for this, so pick up the smallest can available. The paint department manager at your local home-improvement store can also guide you toward the right type and color.

To apply, use a small, pointed-tip artist’s brush and place a dot of paint over the old color on the indicator.

The paint dot may not last too long, and you’ll need to redo the dots every few months. It also doesn’t solve the problem of the indicator dots being too small. I don’t know if indicator stickers are available that can be applied over the old indicators, but you can contact an appliance store to see if those are available.

The most expensive option is to replace your stove with a new one that features larger indicators. The biggest benefit in this case is choice and safety: you can pick out exactly which stove works best for you, and select one with additional safety features such as larger control knobs and burners that shut off automatically.

Home Tip: Stove burner indicator guides can fade with frequent scrubbing or be obscured by grease. Use a nonabrasive cleaner and soft cloth to clean the stove surface.

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