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The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, March 20, 1990 5B 1$ home repairs, spring cleaning As the spring season approaches, schoolchildren and adults alike tend to get spring IL, ver, "File spring cleaning bug may soon Ibllow. After taking a good look around >our home, you may decide this spring is the perfect time for some home improven/em. These improvements may range from simple repairs to miuor remodeling. Before deciding to make major remodeling changes, respect and evaluate your home, This also can help you catch small problems before they develop into irrepara- ble damage. However, alter adequately checking the old design of a room, you may decide only minor adjuslments are necessary to create the look you desire. Certain changes in your household or lili~style may warrant changes in your home. For example, departures or additions to a family may make reorganization essential. You may want to convert a bedroom into a den, a basement into an apartment or acid more bathrooms. If there has been a change in a family's However, major remodeling is not the lifestyle, such as an alteration in work answer to every dissatisfaction you may habits, the house will have to fit the have with your home. changes in living patterns. It may be time tor a t're~,h coat of paint, Maybe you are working at home and or new wallpaper, fixtures or carpeting. need an office in the house. Or perh,aps You should not neglect the outside of you have stopped working altogether to your home. It may need a fresh coat of raise a family or take care of an elde,'ly family member, in either case, the living paint, a patio, new windows or new gut- area in your home will have to be en- ters. You even may consider installing a larged or altered to accommodate more pool, hot tub or barbecue p~t as the sum- frequent use. met approaches! Now is the ideal time It) restructure the ,~ change in affluence such as a larger landscape in order to make it more pleas- income usually means more entertaining ink to the eye and functional fi~r outdoor and the desire and ability to expand or fun and sports. Adding plants and add on to rooms meant to entertain flowers to a yard or garden is sure to add guests, color and beauty to any home. A family may have acquired new inter- You also may want to slam a vegetable ests such as gourmet cooking or heahh garden at this time. If you live in an and fitness activities. This may call for apartment, flower boxes or rooliop gar- kitchen expansion or conversion of a dens are great for those green thumbs room into a spa. thai don't have access to traditional gar- AQlY,URIUMS are easy to set up. require minimal maintenance aud r~warding hobb) fiw the'entire family. aquarium adds decorative, accent to any room spring signals that w~, Goldfish are truly beautiful and ha+c the beauties of na-been incre'asing dramatically in popular- flowers and greening ity. There are many different body tees. shapes and colors to choose from in a xa- r natural beauty that can be en- riety of price ranges. They wilt sup,'i',e at Unthe home is ornamental fish. much lower temperatures and could be movements, bright and left in an unheated area fi)r most ol the :olors and various shapes of >car. fish are a delight tot the Goldfish and tropical fish form the ba- sis for a truly rewarding life-time porches (or California or hobby--and one the whole family can are ideal locations for enjoy. quariums. Goldfish, unlike not need a heated aquar- e a great addition to spring r living. of goldfish re fun, goldfish are beautiful , a study conducted by re- the University of Pennsylva- Concluded that watching in home aquariums was +fit in relieving stress. some extra space and your whole family Consider an aquarium with a goldlish aquar- want to locate a good have a friend who has an for a reference; otherwise most tropical fish re- fish are warm-blooded and aquarium. Goldfish do water temper- 650F. equipment ~ical fish store, get sizes of aquariums you will need. should be covered using fluorescent lights off a significant a stand for w~ur aquarium, have a selection, but you building one to match Your room. This is relatively sure it's very sturdy since aquarium and water is ts to build an open stand tnd then cover the front with to match your room back open so Ihat the ng from your aquarium's can be stored out of important to the reflector you will filter since goldfish are tier can help with a you don't need a heater, a therrnometer to temperature does in mermometer uid crystal digital Ihe outside ira, yet rneasures most ac- .'r temperature. to keep a lot of fsh, a separate air pump in add more oxygen ornaments goldfish aquarium tlti-colored backgrounds. as well as plastic reproduction it's ahnost them from live retailers will have a corn- and your selection the size of your amount of money you up your aquaritnn. neutralizer to tially add only a few I help develop the necessary to aquarium, Alter g everything you can then go of the fish. -~nance is much sim- nk. Every two weeks, (not greater than the water from aquarium, is all that's the Hydro-Clean a'- ; by separating the and removing it the aquarium. On a Your filter will require That's all there is. routine, your and prosperot, s problems mg too much time aquar um On a daily !hould be'fed a small Ity flake [bt~d or pellet. Home Carpet Cleaner Tile Strippers Floor Sanders Carpet Stretchers Paint Sprayers Wet Dry Vac. Floor Polisher Rt. 219 N., Lewisburg, WV 497-2800 O tt ttLttt e ThursdaY, Friday and enbrter Valley Wtstl O0 Gr ewist urg.Fairlea 645"24 dens. big for you to handle. Don't be ashamed If you do live in an apartment, you to turn a half-finished job over to a pro- probably don't have the same responsi- f~ssional if it becomes too time-consum- bilities for the outside of your dwelling, ing, Wallpapering and adding on an Howeve~ ~,~: .w ,. ,~ ,~',1 IO collaborate additional room require dtffercut with your landlord to Inatxe any cua,~ges anaounts of energy and time. that you feel would improve the building. Evaluate the situation to see whether it ~s better to do the work yourself or hand if this is impossible, you can always make more elaborate changes to the in- it over to someone else. side of your apartment, since you will The best way to find a professibnal for have more time and money to put toward your home improvement is by word of the eftbrt, mouth. Ask people who have had work If you are planning on making the im- done on their homes if they were pleased provement yourself, make a list of the with the quality and price of the work. supplies and tools you will need to corn- Or, you may want to ask your local hard- plete the job. A single trip to the lumber- ware store or lumberyard for recommen- yard, hardware store or interior design dations, store will be beneficial and time-saving. Whether you do it yourself or have it Make sure you buy enough of what you done by a professional, improvements to need to avoid multiple trips, frustration your home are a pleasure to come home attd exhaustion, to and enjoyable to share with guests and Know your limits and when a job is too family. l FREE ESTIMATES "17 Years Of Experience Serving West Virginia From The Heart Of The Alleghanies" * Residential and Commercial Paving of all types * Sanitary Services * Tennis Court Color Coding No job too large or too small! 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