Pond tour this weekend
The Kansas Pond Society is having its annual tour of area water gardens on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10 for a carload, which includes admission to Botanica for all occupants. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. (For Botanica, hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.)
Tickets are available at Hong's Landscaping & Nursery, Hillside Nursery, Dutch's Greenhouse, Scenic Landscapes, Brady Nursery, Johnson’s Garden Centers, Botanica and Tree Top Nursery in Wichita; Atwoods in Andover; and Easton Sod Farms and Tails & Scales in Derby. Tickets include pond descriptions, addresses and directions.
Q&A: Freeing sticky drawers
Q: I have an antique four-drawer wooden dresser. Whenever I open or close the drawers, especially in humid weather, they tend to really stick. Is there anything I can do to make them slide more easily?
A: John Wilkie of Revere Refinishing in Norton, Ohio, said the sticking can be caused by factors including wood wearing or swelling.
He suggested trying first to rub candle wax or a similar lubricant on the bottom and sides of the drawers and the drawer glides. Some people suggest paraffin, bar soap or a product such as Slip It sliding compound or an anti-friction tape called Nylo-Tape.
If that doesn't work, the drawers may need to be reglued or otherwise repaired, Wilkie said. Avoid overloading drawers to prevent them from racking, or losing their shape.
Shower curtain rod curves
Moen has introduced a curved shower rod that's tension-mounted, so there's no need to drill holes in the walls.
The shower curtain rod bows outward, adding as much as 5 1/2 inches of space in a shower. It installs in most bathrooms in minutes without the need for special tools.
The stainless-steel rod resists corrosion and can adjust from 57 to 60 inches long.
The rod is available at Lowe's and online at lowes.com. The suggested retail price is $39.98.
In bloom at Botanica