Warning issued on tub refinishing
A recent warning about a chemical stripper often used to refinish bathtubs raises a red flag about using chemical products improperly.
Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert about the dangers of using paint strippers containing methylene chloride in tub refinishing. The risk is to the person doing the work, not to anyone using the tub later.
The products were linked to 13 deaths from 2000 to 2011 of people who used them to remove old finishes from bathtubs without adequately protecting themselves from the vapors, which can cause people to pass out and interfere with their breathing.
A coffee bar for the kitchen
Vicky Miller of Wichita adds her coffee bar, pictured above, to the “creative solutions” from readers that appeared in the Home & Garden section last Saturday.
“I had the inspiration to set up a little coffee bar in my kitchen,” Miller writes. “The shelf is an old wooden box, partially painted, that my dad had hanging out in his shop on the farm I was raised on. It probably held screws, nails, and other odds and ends.
“I’ve used it in other homes, in the kitchen and bathroom, but when we moved into our home in Wichita last June, I didn’t immediately find a spot for it, so it sat out in the garage until my inspiration. I lined the back with scrapbook paper to add a little color and interest.”
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