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New products are constantly being introduced by the home improvement industry. If you've been around long enough, you can spot ones that have lots of sizzle but most likely won’ t stand the test of time. I had that feeling 40 years ago when I first saw colored concrete paving bricks.

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You can make a house with old, weather-beaten vinyl siding stop traffic with a new coat of a good-quality, acrylic latex exterior paint. We like water-based acrylic exterior paint because it goes on easily and has leveling properties, so it adheres to both smooth and textured surfaces. And the paint is flexible, so it withstands changes in the climate.

I scan the media each week to keep abreast of all that has to do with building and remodeling homes, new tools and new technology in the trades. I also talk to dozens of homeowners. I can tell you that inflation and soaring interest rates are inspiring more and more homeowners to contemplate tackling home-improvement projects that two years ago they would have hired out.

Recently, I had the enormous pleasure to help my son achieve one of his goals. He bought a new home last year and quickly discovered how much he missed the stunning red-brick patio he grew up with at our last home.

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WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of eye injuries associated with nonpowder guns seems to be increasing among children, and the mean age of patients with foam projectile blaster-associated injuries is decreasing, according to a research letter published online May 11 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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"American Childhood: A Photographic History" by Todd Brewster; Scribner (320 pages, $36) ——— Of all the things America invented, the greatest might have been childhood. The nation’s Child Labor Act of 1916 finally freed youngsters from toiling in factories or laboring in coal mines. The post-war prosperity of the ‘50s gave tweens and teens pocket money, social lives and freedom. After years of ...

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"Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World" by Henry Grabar; Penguin Press (368 pages, $30) ——— You might expect a book about parking to be a snore. I did. I've tried to read a few in the public library. Didn't get far. But I have news to report. Henry Grabar's "Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World" is not a slog; it's a romp, packed with tales of anger, violence, theft, lust, ...

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Ceiling fans create cooling breezes that can make a stuffy room feel pleasantly comfortable. But as they rotate through the air, the blades can collect a ton of dust, dirt, pollen and other small particles. Depending on where it’ s located, your fan might also gather greasy or sticky buildup over time, which can cause dust to cling even more.

If you’re like most Americans, your image of Spain is actually the region of Andalucía, famous for windswept landscapes, whitewashed hill towns, flamenco, and gazpacho. While visitors gravitate to the region’s big cities of Granada, Sevilla, and Córdoba, Andalucía’s “Route of the White Hill Towns” (Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos) – a charm bracelet of cute villages perched in the sierras – offers a taste of wonderfully untouched Spanish culture.

Santa Fe Bolts? New York Rangers? Nope, it's the Los Angeles Chargers. Those were two of the wrong guesses — Bolts and Rangers — that wound up on the cutting-room floor in the hilarious person-on-the-street video the Tennessee Titans created for their schedule release. Three members of the club's creative team spent a total of eight hours on Broadway, Nashville's main street, and asked people ...

IndyCar this month is touting its series-wide sustainability initiatives as it leads into the Indianapolis 500 later this month. As part of IndyCar's efforts, two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden penned an essay for The Associated Press on how Indianapolis Motor Speedway has always been a hub of progress and innovation and its efforts will be on full display all month. Newgarden is a 26-race winner for Team Penske but is 0 for 11 in the Indy 500. He will attempt to break that streak in the May 28 race.

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