Home Help: $2,000 for a range hood? It’s called style

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Coming Soon to Your Home?

Why have a plain old range hood when you can have a fancy artistic one? If you want to impress your friends with your style (and with your ability to drop a lot of money on a relatively minor item), check out the Wave wall range hood from Futuro Futuro. Made from stainless steel and tempered glass, it features an electronic control panel, four fan settings, a sound-absorbent motor chamber and more. The price? It’s on sale now for about $1,500, but it could run you about $2,000. -– Source:

Number to Know: 50

Number of years a Springfield, Ill., woman has been in her home – and she refuses to leave despite the fact that all her neighbors have sold their homes and hospital parking lots now surround the woman’s home, news reports said. The 73-year-old woman said she actually likes the Memorial Medical Center parking lots – she doesn’t have to worry about annoying neighbors, the hospital clears snow from her sidewalks and it’s well-lit.

How to: Chop Firewood

1. Begin by assembling a pile of logs. The size of your wood stove or fireplace will often dictate the maximum length your logs, ideally 16-18 inches. Select your first log, and place it squarely on the surface of your chopping block. Oftentimes, one end of the log will be flatter than the other, so try to situate your material so that it stands as close to 90 degrees as possible.

2. Placing your feet solidly underneath you in an athletic stance, with your left foot slightly in front of your right (vice versa for left handed people) place one hand at the end of the ax handle, and hold strong close to the ax head with your other. Slowly bring the ax back away from your hip, raise it in an arc so as to be over your right shoulder.

3. Keeping your eyes on the center of the log, simultaneously swing the ax head down squarely toward the center of the log while sliding your right hand toward the end of the ax handle where it firmly meets the left hand. A firm grip on the ax handle and a smooth arc towards the log will provide you the best results. Follow through as to force the ax head through the log and imbed itself in the chopping block. --

Creature Comforts

So you bought a cute bunny as a pet, thinking it would be nothing but adorableness around the clock, and now he’s chewing up everything in the house. What do you do? Here are some tips from

- Rabbits tend to learn better when they are rewarded for good behavior rather than when they are disciplined for bad behavior. Determine what your rabbit enjoys most, such as praising, petting, grooming or small, healthy treats. When she chews and digs acceptable items like chew toys, old phonebooks or her cardboard castle, let her know this is good behavior.

- If your rabbit has some toys to play with, a grass mat to dig on and a cardboard castle to renovate, she will have less of an inclination to chew your furniture and dig up your carpet. Your rabbit needs to chew and dig on a continual basis. This wears down her teeth and claws, which are always growing.

Go Green

A tip from on how to go green at home:

You think making your own bread at home feels good? There’s nothing quite like the feeling of making your own electricity from the sun, wind or water. Installing a home alternative energy system is becoming more and more cost-effective as technology improves and assistance programs spread. Photovoltaic, or solar electric, systems are the most common. Depending on your available space, local climate, budget and local utility, a solar electric system can provide all the energy needed for a typical home (and possibly more). Check with your local power utility about subsidy programs or other available programs. Small, home-sized, wind turbines are a rapidly growing field. These can be pricey little whirleygigs, but depending on your local wind conditions, it can take a big chunk out of your energy use and replace the dirty with clean.

Home Q&A

Q.  I recently purchased two urethane corbels that I want to use to support a mantel. The corbels have no holes or anything on the back to attach them to the wall. What would be the best way to go about attaching these to the wall securely enough to support a mantel?

A. The corbels should not be used to support a mantel, only to trim it out. Your mantel should be firmly attached to the wall prior to adding the corbels. Construction adhesive is sometimes used for attaching urethane accents. --

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