Homestyle: What's causing rust in a toilet bowl?
Jul 12, 2012 (Akron Beacon Journal - McClatchy-Tribune News Service via COMTEX) --
Question: I have three toilets in my ranch house. One of the three toilet bowls always has rust stains, but the other two never do. I know how to remove the stains, but how can I prevent them?
Answer: Wadsworth, Ohio, plumber Cathy Geary said a part in the toilet tank may have rusted, perhaps the chain that lifts the flapper. Or a bit of rust could be lodged in one or more of the tiny holes around the rim through which water enters the bowl. Poke around in those holes with a piece of wire to unclog them, she suggested.
It's also possible that the shutoff valve is bad or a piece of rust is stuck in it, Geary said. Replacing it may require hiring a plumber.
ON THE SHELF: BOOK INSPIRES PAPER PROJECTS
"Paper Made _ 101 Exceptional Projects to Make Out of Everyday Paper" by Kayte Terry.
In Kayte Terry's eyes, one person's junk is another's creative fodder.
Terry is the author of "Paper Made! 101 Exceptional Projects to Make Out of Everyday Paper." The book offers instructions for turning various kinds of paper into objects _ graph paper into lanterns, tissue paper into switch plates, paint chips into picture frames and even cardboard boxes into chandeliers.
Terry's ideas cover home decor, fashion accessories, greeting cards, party decorations and more. She also teaches readers the basics of working with paper and suggests places to go for materials and inspiration.
"Paper Made!" is published by Workman Publishing and sells for $16.95 in softcover.
KOHLER ADDS SOUND THERAPY TO BATHS
Is there anything more relaxing than a hot bath?
Kohler Co. thinks so.
The company has added a sound therapy technology called VibrAcoustic to its Underscore line of bathtubs. The technology is supposed to relieve tension through the use of sound vibrations that are both heard and felt.
A bather can choose from four original compositions that integrate music, vibration and lighting to promote relaxation. He or she can also listen to music or podcasts from a mobile device, Internet radio or home computer, either by plugging in the device or by streaming wirelessly with a Bluetooth receiver.
The acrylic Underscore bath is available in five colors and nine sizes with both drop-in and undermount installations. Suggested retail prices range from $1,055 to $4,634.
You can search for a Kohler dealer in the "Where to Buy" section of www.us.kohler.com.
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 email@example.com. Be sure to include your full name, your town and your phone number or email address.
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