PlungeMax keeps toilet running free
PlungeMax is a plunger that never touches the water, which means you won't, either.
The device is a high-volume bellows that rests on the toilet rim. When it's compressed by the toilet seat, it generates a blast of air to clear the clog.
The volume of air is 25 times what a standard plunger produces, the company says.
When not in use, it folds for storage behind the toilet tank or in any other convenient spot.
The device won an honorable mention in Handy magazine's 2010 Innovation Awards.
PlungeMax, from Houston company PF WaterWorks, is available at http://shop.pfwaterworks.net, Amazon.com and some hardware stores. The suggested retail price is $19.99.
U.S. manufactures artificial trees, too
Q: Are there any U.S. retailers that sell artificial Christmas trees that are made in the USA?
A: General Foam Plastics Corp. in Lebanon, Ind., manufactures some of its unlighted Christmas trees in the United States, which are sold under various names. You may be able to find them at Lowe's, Kmart or Walmart stores.
A couple of online retailers claim to sell trees made in the U.S. One is www.USChristmasTree.com, which sells General Foam Plastics' Mountain King brand trees.
Another company, Christmas in America, manufactures trees in Newburgh, N.Y., and sells them directly to consumers. A company representative said all parts except for the stand and some wire are made in the United States, and all the assembly is done here. Their trees can be ordered at www.christmasinamerica.com, or call 800-962-1010 for a catalog.
Kids love to make sewing projects
Kids as young as 5 can learn to create using fabric and thread with the help of "Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make."
The book, by kindergarten teacher Amie Plumley and journalist Andria Lisle, grew out of the Sewing School day camp they run each summer. The book is designed so kids can follow the instructions with minimal help from adults.
Most of "Sewing School" is devoted to projects with kid appeal, such as simple stuffed creatures, tote bags, and a few basic articles of clothing.
"Sewing School" is published by Storey Publishing and sells for $16.95.
-- Standard-Examiner wire services
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