The Grapevine (Aug. 23)

08/23/2014 8:08 AM

08/23/2014 8:08 AM

Handyman Q&A

Q: We would like a beautiful bathtub installed in the middle of the bathroom away from the walls. What are the options?

A: Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande answers: You have a couple. Island tubs are usually drop-in or undermount-style tubs with a finished apron and unfinished sides. They can be sunk into the floor or more commonly installed in a raised custom-built tub surround. It’s more practical for most bathrooms.

For a dramatic wow factor, free-standing tubs are usually self-supporting and are beautifully finished inside and out. Basically, you just put them in place and hook up the plumbing. Free-standing tubs can look like a work of art.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Learn about composting

Master gardeners will be at Botanica on Wednesday to talk about the fundamentals of composting, how to build a compost pile and how to use compost in your yard. The 12:15 p.m. lecture is included in Botanica admission.

In bloom at Botanica

Roses, including this grandiflora, About Face, in the Jessie Wooldridge Brosius Rose Garden.

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