Cord clutter is in every home and in everyone’s life, you simply cannot avoid it…but you can tame it.
WHAT YOU NEED
  • multi-outlet adapter
  • flexible outlet adapter
  • cord organizer disc
  • color coded tape or labels
  • cable zipper
  • wire baskets
  1. Use a multiple-outlet adapter

    Skip power strips in the kitchen; they squander precious counter space. Wrangle countertop appliance cords with a multiple-outlet adapter, which sits up on the wall and fits three plugs.

    Tip: When charging two gadgets at the same time, plug them into the opposite ends of a multiple-outlet adapter. This will accommodate clunky transformer plugs without covering up additional sockets.

  2. Solve bulky charger problems with a flexible outlet adapter

    Cell phone and camera chargers often have bulky heads that take up extra room on a power strip. Plug them into a flexible outlet adapter, a power strip with multiple loose arms that can more easily hold oversized plugs. This cord resembles a squid.

  3. Hide excess cordage in a cord organizer

    A snarl of long cords sitting on the floor is unsightly (and, if you have a tug-happy toddler, it can be dangerous). Wrap excess cordage around the center of an organizer disc, a rubber spool that pops shut into a tidy little package.

  4. Use color-coded cable IDs for easy identification

    When using power strips, it’s easy to confuse which plug belongs to which appliance. A simple system: Use sturdy electrical tape in assorted colors or colored cable ID labels to tag the top and bottom of each cord with the same color. Different colored bread clips work well.

  5. Consolidate cords with a cable zipper

    Streamline your work space with a cable zipper, a flexible plastic sleeve that’s slit lengthwise so you can gather the wires running from your desk to the floor in it in one neat bundle.

    Tip: To determine the length of tube needed for a desktop, measure from the outlet to the farthest component on the desk; for entertainment systems, measure from the outlet up to the top component.

  6. Go vertical. Install wire baskets underneath a computer desk and store cords an power bars in the baskets. Keep in mind, anything that gets warm or has a fan has to be left in the open. If you are constantly unplugging cords from a power bar, make a sling from a stiff fabric and attach it to the edge of your desk top with picnic table clips.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: When I get old, I am not going to sit around knitting. I’m going to be clicking my Life Alert button to see how many hot firefighters show up.

HAPPY JULY 31 BIRTHDAY TO: J.K. Rowling 49, Wesley Snipes 52, Dean Cain 48, Mark Cuban (entrepreneur) 56, Rico Rodriguez 16, Geraldine Chaplin 70, Demarcus Ware 32, Ted ‘Lurch’ Cassidy (1932-1979), Michael Biehn 58, and BJ Novak 35.

Follow simple safety tips when packing picnics. Make sure you’ve covered the basics of keeping food properly chilled, handling leftovers, and ensuring that your eating area and hands are clean. A good rule of thumb? Upon returning home, if the ice in the cooler has melted, the leftovers are likely no longer cool enough to be considered safe to eat.

If keeping foods hot and cold is just too much of a hassle, take foods that are okay as they are: unopened canned meat or fish, cookies, cakes, crackers and chips, canned, dried, or fresh, unpeeled fruit, nuts, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

It is the season for picnics  and cookouts, and also the season for increased risk of food poisoning. Before you pack your picnic basket or cooler, remember these simple food safety tips.

How to Pack a Cooler
To keep cold food safe, it needs to be kept colder than 40°F to prevent bacteria from growing. Here’s how to make sure your foods stay at the proper temperature.
Take only the amount of food you think you’ll use.
Make sure that all of the food is cold when you put it in the cooler. If you have any frozen items, put them in the cooler frozen and they’ll help keep the other foods cold.
Reserve the bottom of the cooler for colder foods.
Keep cooked and raw foods in separate containers, and place ground beef and others meats separately in zip-top plastic bags.
Pack the food snugly in a well-insulated cooler with a secure lid. Fill the cooler with ice, or use ice packs and frozen bottles of water. Do this just before leaving the house, and don’t open it until you’re ready to serve the food.
Keep cold drinks in a separate cooler because the cooler with drinks will be opened and closed frequently.
If possible, transport the cooler in the air-conditioned car instead of in a hot trunk.

Safe Serve
Keep hot food hot. Food needs to be at 140°F or hotter to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Take-out foods or foods cooked just before being transported to the picnic can be carried hot. Wrap hot food in towels, then newspaper, and place inside a box or heavy paper bag. Keep these foods warm on a lit grill or use within one hour.
Eat take-out foods such as fried chicken or barbecued beef within two hours of pick-up or buy ahead of time and chill before packing the foods into the cooler.
Keep foods covered to prevent contamination by insects. Many insects can carry harmful bacteria and viruses on their bodies.
Follow the 2-hour rule: don’t leave perishable food unrefrigerated for more than two hours.

Keep it Clean
Find out if there’s a source of safe drinking water at your destination. If not, bring water for preparation and cleaning; or pack clean, wet, disposable cloths or moist towelettes and paper towels for cleaning hands and surfaces.
Wash your hands before and after handling food, and don’t use the same platter and utensils for raw and cooked meat and poultry.

Handling Leftovers
Put perishable foods back in the cooler or refrigerator as soon as you finish eating. Don’t leave them out while you go for a swim or a hike, and don’t leave them out all afternoon to nibble on.
Because most picnic leftovers have been sitting out for more than an hour and have had many people handling them, throw them out.
Cold foods kept in a cooler that still has ice may be safe. If the ice is melted, throw out the food. Cold water cannot keep foods cold enough to be safe.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: When you have teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so someone in the house is happy to see you .

HAPPY JULY 30 BIRTHDAY TO: Lawrence Fishburne 53, Tom Green 42, Alton Brown 52, Buddy Guy 78, Jaime Pressley 37, Arnold Schwarzenegger 67, Christine Taylor 43, Lisa Kudrow 51, Hope Solo 33, Simon Baker 45, Henry Ford (1863-1957), Vivica A. Fox 50, Delta Burke 58,  Hilary Swank 40, and Paul Anka 73.

29 Jul 2014
July 29, 2014

S’mores Bars Recipe

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Crust:

1/2 cup butter, melted

2 cups graham cracker crumbs (made from 1 1/2 packages of graham crackers)

Cookie Dough:
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt (reduce to 1/2 teaspoon if using salted butter)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup mini marshmallows

Toppings:
1-2 Hershey chocolate bars (each “Hershey” section broken or cut in half)
1 graham cracker (broken into pieces)
1/2 cup mini marshmallows

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line a 9″x13″ baking pan with parchment paper (or foil). Leave some paper hanging over the sides so you can easily pull the bars out of the pan after baking.

Crush graham crackers, then combine 1/2 cup melted butter with crumbs and stir until well combined. Pour mixture into prepared pan, and press evenly into the bottom of the pan. Put entire pan into the freezer while you make the cookie dough.

In a large mixer, blend together both sugars and the melted butter. Add eggs (one at a time) and vanilla and continue to blend until well combined.

In a separate bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt. Then, while the mixer is on low, slowly add the flour to the butter/sugar mixture. Stop the mixer immediately when you have added all the flour. Add the marshmallows and chocolate chips and blend until all of the ingredients are well combined.

Retrieve the baking pan from the freezer and scoop the dough on top of the prepared crust. Use an offset spatula to carefully spread until evenly distributed.

Top the dough with the toppings listed, pressing them into the dough slightly.

Bake 35-40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown, and there is no wet batter visible.

Remove from oven and allow to cool FULLY before cutting (1 hour or more). For easiest cutting, run a knife around any edges that are touching the sides of the pan, then pull up on the parchment paper and place giant bar on a cutting board.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: The best friendships are built on a solid foundation of alcohol, cake, sarcasm, and a dislike of the same people.

HAPPY JULY 29 BIRTHDAY TO: Patty Scialfa 61, Peter Jennings (1938-2005), Martina McBride 48, Josh Radnor 40, Will Wheaton 42, Tim Gunn 61, Ted Lindsay 89 who organized the NHL Players Union.

Are silk (artificial) plants a thing of the past? We get that question asked all the time and the answer is YES and NO. Five to ten years ago now, decorating shows on television made artificial plants the scourge of the universe and sales decreased. One episode of Restaurant Makeover was especially memorable when Igor (the show’s demolition and rebuilding expert) hit all the hanging plants like they were pinatas, sending them spinning and crashing to the floor. Silk plants have been on an gradual upswing in the past couple of years. They will never hit the popularity of the 90’s where every corner of the house, the top of every cabinet, and every single room was crammed full of artificial plants. Now plants are strategically placed and are legitimate decor items.

Admittedly, some silk plants even now, are downright phony and awful. Most of these are found in dollar stores and lower end craft stores. This is where the YES answer comes into focus. Yes they look fake, yes they collect dust, yes they turn blue in the sun, yes they have horrible cheap containers and YES they’ll look awful in your home.

When we answer NO to the ‘thing of the past’ question, it is because the silk plant world has shifted from flowery arrangements to grasses, twigs, succulents, boxwoods and tropical plantings. These are done in elegant, higher end containers with quality silk plants and put together by craftsman. Houses with soaring ceiling heights require a tree or plant that will fit in scale with the rest of the room. Silk plant cleaner is available to keep silks looking dust free and low maintenance.

Rule of thumb for height used to be 1/3 planter and 2/3 plant. That has been thrown right out the window as we are seeing very tall planters with a crown of succulents or arrangements that are half container and half plant.

When shopping for silk plants, keep in mind, they look smaller in a large store. Take measurements to be sure, because just the wrong size of plant will make it look fake and out of place. Ask if the store has an in-home trial policy.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: At a wedding reception this weekend, someone said, “All the married men, please stand next to the person who has made your life worth living.”    The bartender was nearly crushed to death.

HAPPY JULY 28 BIRTHDAY TO: Lori Loughlin 50, Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy (1929-1994), Terry Fox (1958-1981), Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), Rudy Valee (1901-1986), Jim Davis 69, Sally Struthers 66, and Dustin Milligan 29.

27 Jul 2014
July 27, 2014

Perfect Iced Coffee

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Perfect Iced Coffee

*Brew that perfect pot of coffee.
*Fill a couple of ice cube trays with coffee.
*Then freeze. This is so important for full flavoured iced coffee and not some watered down half- baked attempt!
*Leave the rest of the pot of coffee on counter to cool then store in fridge.
*When you are ready put ice cubes in a glass then Pour 2/3 rds full with coffee and the rest with milk of your choice.
*Put in sweetener of choice – it usually takes double the amount you use, only because you are probably using a larger glass than your normal coffee mug. Give it a stir.
*If you are feeling sassy put in a straw and ENJOY!
*You can make another pot of coffee in the morning, that way it is ready to go the next day.
*This is helpful as your coffee will already be cool and won’t melt your ice cubes as quickly.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Having a two year old is like having a blender without a lid.

HAPPY JULY 27 BIRTHDAY TO: A-Rod 39, Maya Rudolph 42, Julian McMahon 45, Jerry Van Dyke 83, Betty Thomas 66, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau 44, Jonathon Rhys Myers 37, Julian McMahon 46, Bobbie Gentrie 70, Norman Lear 92, Nick Hogan 24, and Seamus Deaver 38.

In the dining room (especially if it is small or condo sized), try this creative alternative for a standard hutch or china cabinet.  Hang a pair of bookcases horizontally on the wall, then slide a third on the floor below. Display favorite dinnerware and keep serving pieces handy in the cubbies. Install the middle bookcase at counter height so it serves double-duty as a buffet station or bar. Keep in mind the considerable combined weight of the shelves and any dishes you choose to display. It might be a good idea to have a professional install the shelves if you are not handy. Of course, the best place to find bookshelves like this is IKEA. The wall behind the bookcases is the perfect place to go wild with wallpaper or a bright paint color.

Don’t stop there, utilize these bookcases in a home office, kid’s bedrooms, mud room or entrance for much needed extra storage.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I can understand your anger at me, but what could you possibly have against the horse I rode in on?

HAPPY JULY 26 BIRTHDAY TO: Mick Jagger 71, Sandra Bullock 50, Taylor Momsen 21, Kate Beckinsale 41, Helen Mirren 69, Kevin Spacey 55, Dorothy Hamill 58, Vivian Vance (1909-1979), Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999), Blake Edwards (1922-2010), Gracie Allen (1902-1964), Jason Robards Jr. (1922-2000), Monica Raymund 28, and James (Roscoe P. Coltrane) Best 88.

Caramelized Baked Chicken Wings

Ingredients
2 1/2 lbs chicken wings (or legs)
1 2/3 tablespoons olive oil ( to help it stop sticking to the pan)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 2/3 tablespoons ketchup
3/4 cup honey
2 -3 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper
Directions
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius/350 F
Place chicken in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Mix together the oil, soy sauce, ketchup, honey, garlic, salt and pepper.
Pour over the chicken.
Bake in preheated oven for one hour, or until sauce is caramelized.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I get up early to decide not to go to the gym and sleep in.

HAPPY JULY 25 BIRTHDAY TO: Matt LeBlanc 47, Walter Payton (1954-1999), Estelle Getty (1923-2008), Michael Alan Welch 27, Walter Brennan (1894-1974), and Ed Dickson 27.

Vodka for Smelly Feet

Some people are just cursed with smelly feet. Generally speaking it’s men, but we aren’t going to unfairly profile here. Smelly feet are caused by bacteria growing on the feet during the day. It is not necessarily a sign of lack of hygiene, though that should certainly be your first line of defense in controlling foot odor. There are a number of products on the market that promise to get rid of that smelly foot smell for you. However, many people are sensitive to the ingredients in these sprays. A better alternative is Vodka! Apparently Vodka is good for more than just toasting. The extremely high alcohol content in vodka can kill odor causing bacteria on contact. Vodka also has a drying effect which helps eliminate the moisture on the feet. Simply wipe down your tootsies with a vodka soaked cloth.

Dryer Sheet Magic Eraser
Many people are simply amazed at the magic eraser products that came out a few years ago. Did you know that your common dryer sheet contains many of the same ingredients as the magic eraser? Using a few leftover dryer sheets can give you the same cleaning power as the more expensive products. All you need to do is wet the dryer sheet and get to scrubbing. The way that dryer sheet material is woven together gives it great abrasive power in your shower making it a far better soap scum remover than many soap scum removing products. To increase your cleaning power, you might want to use a new dryer sheet rather than a used one.

Duct Tape for Warts
Warts are gross, no argument there. But more disturbing than the wart itself are some of the methods and chemicals used to remove them. The thought of having something burned off your body with liquid nitrogen is just unpleasant. It seems that duct tape really can be used for anything, because among its myriad of uses, it is actually a very effective wart remover as well. You can cover a wart with a small piece of duct tape for a week. This can block oxygen to the wart enough to stunt the growth. After one week, remove the tape; clean the area by scrubbing it well with a pumice stone. Recover the wart and repeat once a week until the wart naturally falls off.

Lemons for Morning Sickness
Pregnancy is a joyful time, when you are not puking that is. Majority of women will suffer from morning sickness to some degree. However, many women find their morning sickness so severe that it interferes with their day to day life. When every activity is being interrupted with trips to the bathroom, pregnant women need relief. Most women are nervous to take anti-nausea medications during pregnancy, though. There is reason to be nervous too. Many over the counter anti-nausea medications such as Dramamine have very strong sedative effects that are not good for the fetus. For ladies hoping to take a more natural path aromatherapy can come to their rescue. The fresh, citrus scent of lemons can almost Immediately relieve nausea associated with morning sickness. Keep a zip lock bag full of fresh lemon slices for instant relief.

Aspirin for Acne
A common aspirin contains a substance called acetylsalicylic acid. This substance is very similar to salicylic acid which is the active ingredient in many acne treatments. A crushed aspirin can eliminate the red swollen appearance of pimples in about an hour. Simply crush an aspirin and then mix with enough water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the affected area and allow it to dry. When the paste become powdery again, rinse the area with water.

Onions for Earaches
Earaches are the bane of childhood, but also one of the most mysterious. You can never really know what is going on in that deep, dark tunnel of the ear canal. Most earaches are caused by fluid that has been trapped and thus caused infection. The antiseptic properties of onions can disinfect the ear canal, bringing quick pain relief. Boil an onion until it is soft. Once is has cooled enough to touch, squeeze the juice into a bowl. Using a medicine dropper, apply 2-5 drops of the warm juice into the affected ear.

Toothpaste for Bug Bites
A small dab of toothpaste can instantly relieve the sting and itch of an insect bite. Most likely it is the peppermint oil in the toothpaste that brings about the cooling affect. Peppermint essential oil can have the same, if not greater, effect. Peppermint oil has been used for hundreds of years to treat ailments. If you don’t have peppermint oil on hand, then give the toothpaste a try.

Teabags for Burns
Kitchen burns are one the most common home injuries. Even a small burn can be very painful. Luckily the kitchen is also the place to find soothing relief for that burn. You can apply a wet cool teabag to the burned area for quick pain reduction.

Chocolate for a Cough
Finally, there is a justifiable reason to eat chocolate! You have heard the old saying, “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” Well two ounces of dark chocolate may contain as much Theobromine as most over the counter cough medicines. Theobromine suppresses nerves responsible for the cough reflex. When this nerve is calmed by dark chocolate you can get a break from your hacking cough.

Yogurt for Yeast Infections
Yeast infections are a result of an imbalance in your pH levels. These levels can be thrown off by several reasons including medications, sickness and personal hygiene products. When you eat yogurt, the naturally occurring good bacteria found in yogurt can bring these pH levels back into balance and clear up a yeast infection naturally.

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HAPPY JULY 24 BIRTHDAY TO: John Aniston 81, Kristin Chenoweth 46, Pam Tillis 57, Chief Dan George (1899-1984), Amelia Earhart (1897-1939), Jennifer Lopez 45, Bindi Irwin 16, Linda Carter 63, Barry Bonds 50, Anna Paquin 32,  Michael Richards 65, Rick Fox 45, Ruth Buzzi 78, Rose Bryne 35, and Eric Szmanda 39.

23 Jul 2014
July 23, 2014

Salad Dressing 101

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*The photo seems to have been cut off. Other oils to use are: sesame, peanut or walnut oil.* Herbs can be anything your family likes: basil, cilantro, dill, oregano, chives, thyme.

Now that the temperatures are warming up salads are a great main or side dish for every night of the week. Salad ingredients are as diverse as the dressings you put on them, some dressings are a perfect pairing with the salad and some couldn’t be further apart. A little experimentation goes a long way.

This chart of basic oils, juices and spices is a springboard to concoct your own signature dressing. If you are not real experimental, here are three salad dressing guidelines to start with, after that, it is all yours to enjoy.

One of the first things on your real food journey was that when you make things from scratch for health reasons, you also save money. Salad dressings are no exception. And the best part? They are super easy to make!

A Basic Formula For Homemade Salad Dressing

Making homemade salad dressing is a bit intimidating at first. Especially if you thought that salad dressing only came from a grocery store.

When making a vinaigrette, a combination of oil and vinegar or lemon juice, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Keep the oil to vinegar ratio at about 3:1
  • If you want a smooth consistency in which the oil and vinegar do not separate you must use an emulsifier. Dijon mustard and egg yolks from pastured chickens are the best options.
  • Add lots of flavors like onion, garlic, spices, herbs, and honey.
  • For simplicity use pint-sized jars for easy dump, shake, and serve salad dressing.
  • Make the dressing a couple of hours beforehand to let the flavors blend.

GARLIC-HERB VINAIGRETTE

This is a real go-to salad dressing if you love garlic and all of it’s health benefits. The herbs are usually whatever you may have in the house, dried or fresh.

  • 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • generous pinch of sea salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs or 2 teaspoons dried (basil, oregano, chives, and thyme are all nice)
  • scant 1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil
  1. Combine all ingredients except olive oil in a jar. Stir well with a fork.
  2. Add olive oil, cover tightly, and shake well until combined. You can also use a blender and drizzle the oil in slowly while it is running.
  3. Serve over your basic green salad with added chopped vegetables.

 BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (no need for the really expensive stuff)
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram (or oregano)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  1. Combine all ingredients except olive oil in a jar. Stir well with a fork.
  2. Add olive oil, cover tightly, and shake well until combined. You can also use a blender and drizzle the oil in slowly while it is running.
  3. Serve over a basic green salad or toss with grated carrots, minced red onion, and sunflower seeds.

BUTTERMILK RANCH DRESSING

This is a great salad dressing to serve to your family if they are having a hard time letting go of their favorite creamy bottled dressing. When you don’t have homemade mayonnaise in the fridge, substitute an additional 1/4 cup creme fraiche to avoid the unhealthy oils found in most commercial mayonnaise.

  • 1 1/4 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 4 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed (or 1 teaspoon fresh)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a quart jar. Stir well with a fork or seal tightly and shake.
  2. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Taste and additional salt as necessary. This makes for a fairly thick dressing. If a thinner consistency is desired replace part of the sour cream with additional buttermilk.
  3. This is delicious over a chopped salad with bacon, hard-boiled egg, and lots of vegetables.

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Nothing is more beautiful than a smile that has struggled through tears.

HAPPY JULY 23 BIRTHDAY TO: Slash 49, Daniel Radcliffe 25, Paul Wesley 32, Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014), Monica Lewinsky 41, Woody Harrelson 53, Michelle Williams 44, Pee Wee Reese (1918-1999), Don Drysdale (1936-1993), Stephanie Marsh 40, Tristan MacManus 32, Kathryn Hahn 39, and Edie McClurg 63.

What is a pocket door? A pocket door is a sliding door that disappears into a compartment in the adjacent wall. Pocket doors are used for architectural effect, or when there is no room for the swing of a hinged  door. Once popular in Victorian homes to close off dens or sitting rooms, times changed, and hardware manufacturers went out of business. Times have changed back and improvements in pocket doors and hardware have made them popular again. Pocket doors usually travel on rollers suspended from an overhead track. Both single and double-door versions are used, depending on how wide an entry is desired. Furthermore, installing a pocket door rather than a hinged door can add an average of ten square feet of floor space.

Adding pocket doors to a multi-function room can be one of the best splurges you can ever make. First, it helps open up the room to feel like a part of a larger space, yet can be closed off for privacy. Instead of a four wall, enclosed space; it is a three wall, open concept space allowing more light to flood in and more air flow. Modern residential uses include bathrooms, closets, laundry or utility rooms, or home offices. A wall-hung variation called an “open pocket door” may be used where in-wall installation is impractical. You’ve seen them on renovation shows such as Property Brothers where home owners like the rustic look of ‘barn doors’. This version is recommended for homes with disabled residents due to greater ease of opening compared to traditional hinged, pull-open doors.

One downside to pocket doors is hidden parts and hardware, which can make them difficult to replace or repair when something goes wrong. Fixing the problem might require removing the door and trim and opening up the wall.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Nope, can’t go to Hell. Satan still has that restraining order against me.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 2008-Golden Girl actress Estelle Getty passes away at her home in Hollywood.

HAPPY JULY 22 BIRTHDAY TO: David Spade 50, Rhys Ifans 47, Prince George 1, Selena Gomez 22, Alek Trebek 74, Bobby Sherman 71, Danny Glover 68, Don Henley 67, A.J. Cook 36, Willem Dafoe 59, Rose Kennedy (1890-1995), Dan Rowan (1922-1987), and Terrence Stamp 76.