'Open,' says the thief!
Dear Heloise: Our
house was broken into while we were away because I left my GARAGE-DOOR
OPENER in the car parked in our driveway. The intruders entered the
house because we commonly leave the door between the house and the
Boy, we learned our
lesson! We now do not leave garage-door openers in either car, and we
keep that garage door locked. Please warn your readers so this does not
happen to them! - Taylor R. in Oklahoma
How awful and scary!
Most people do leave the opener in the auto and generally don't have a
problem. Remember to lock the vehicle doors, since a lot have the
"opener" built in. It's probably well worth the peace of mind to lock
the entry door from the garage. - Heloise
Dear Heloise: In a
previous column, you mentioned that water should be stored away from sun
or heat sources in a cool, dry place in proper food-grade water
containers. You also stated not to store water in the garage, which is
where I store my emergency water. Why did you say to avoid the garage
and storing near gasoline and other chemicals? Is there a concern that
the fumes would contaminate the water?
- Ann W. in California
Yes, there is, and
you figured it out! If the PLASTIC containers are kept near gas and
other chemicals, the chemicals may leach into the water, causing
contamination, not to mention funny-tasting water, which means don't
drink it! A dark closet in the house where the temperature is constant
is the right spot!
Dear Heloise: We
have deer completely wiping out our container plants. We tried fencing,
sprays, human hair, you name it - they just kept feeding on my plants.
I came across the
Halloween ornaments we store: some "talking" skulls, witches on motion
sensors and hanging ghosts that wiggle and cry out. They scared the deer
and are a lot cheaper than the ones sold especially for deer problems.
You can score well after the holiday, then put them aside until the
following season. - Chuck S. in Ohio
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