HAND-HELD LAWN SPREADER DESIGNED FOR SMALL SPACES
Spreader is a small spreader designed for small spaces.
hand-held device is battery-powered to create a steady, even spray of
granular fertilizer or weed killer. It’s ideal for smaller lawns and
places where a walk-behind spreader is difficult to use, such as tight
spots, slopes and rough terrain.
comes loaded with one of five lawn-care products: Preen Lawn Weed
Control, GreenView Weed & Feed with Preen, GreenView Crabgrass
Control Plus Lawn Food with Preen, GreenView Lawn Food or Vigoro Weed
& Feed. Each spreader is calibrated specifically for the product
it contains and can be refilled with that product.
are expected to be available nationwide in the spring. Suggested
retail prices range from $24.99 to $29.99.
ON THE SHELF:
BOOK TELLS ALL ABOUT DAFFODILS
Before the first
daffodils poke through the soil, you can immerse yourself in their
beauty through Noel Kingsbury’s book "Daffodil."
The book, richly
illustrated by the photographs of Jo Whitworth, is a thorough
treatment of the reliable spring flower. Kingsbury delves into its
history and the origins of its name, explores the flower’s symbolism
and explains its life cycle, how it’s classified and even its
profiles of major daffodil breeders and conservers, along with a look
at some important sites where daffodils grow.
And, of course,
there’s guidance on growing the hardy plants in your own garden.
is published by Timber Press and sells for $27.50 in hardcover.
Q&A: WHY DO
PARTS OF LIGHT STRINGS BURN OUT?
Q: My strings of
miniature Christmas lights often burn out partially. Why is that? I
don’t hook more strings together than what’s recommended.
aggravating problem is rooted in the way miniature incandescent lights
old-fashioned C7 and C9 bulbs, miniature bulbs are low voltage.
Household current is too much for individual bulbs, so groups of bulbs
are wired together in a series that collectively can handle the higher
voltage. The electrical current has to pass through all the bulbs in
the series to complete its circuit.
Usually a series
contains 50 bulbs. A 100-light string has two series; a 150-light
string has three series.
If one bulb in a
series is defective, loose or missing, the circuit is broken and the
series won’t light. The sockets in miniature light strings often
aren’t very sturdy, so bulbs can loosen easily, especially outdoors.
In some light
strings a burned-out bulb can also cause the series to fail, but
better-quality bulbs usually have an extra wire called a shunt that
serves as a backup. The shunt is designed to keep electricity flowing
through the bulb even if the filament has burned out, so the circuit
can be completed.
shunt doesn’t always work right. It has a covering that’s supposed
to burn off when the filament fails, but that doesn’t always happen.
That’s where a repair device like the LightKeeper Pro comes in
handy. It sends a surge of electricity through the circuit that can
break down the coating and activate the shunt.
burned-out bulbs even if the string keeps working. Otherwise the other
bulbs have to handle the extra voltage, which can cause them to burn
Lights can also
go out if a fuse burns out, but that will darken the whole string.
Have a question
about home maintenance, decorating or gardening? Akron Beacon Journal
home writer Mary Beth Breckenridge will find answers for the queries
that are chosen to appear in the paper. To submit a question, call her
at 330-996-3756, or send email to