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Weigh pros and cons before remodeling

Dear Gail: We’re thinking about doing some remodeling but nervous as we’ve heard horror stories. It’s really not something we have to do, but of course want to. Before we make the big leap, can you tell us what we might expect? — Roger &Dotty

Hornworm can defoliate plant in short time

Q: I am finding a large worm varying from 2 to 5 inches in length on my grapevines. It is about a half inch in diameter. The body color varies — green, pink, gray and brown worms have been removed and destroyed. Each worm has white diagonal stripes over the length of the segmented body. What is it, and how do I avoid it in the future?

Create bulk-item storage area to save money, space

When you shop at discount warehouse stores such as Costco and Sam’s Club, you likely come home with enormous products — 24-count paper towel packs, 48-pack toilet paper packs, laundry detergent jugs larger than your smallest child or grandchild and cases of canned goods — and all of these oversized items need to be stored somewhere in your home.

Shades of distinction will bring out lamps’ potential

The other day I was lamp shopping at one of my favorite bargain stores when I spotted a pair of antique-bronze-finished metal-based lamps. A quick flip of the price tag proved they were a score — only $29.99 each — especially because they were dead-ringers for ones I had seen days before in a fancy decorator showroom.

Flowers meet textile fibers for a rainbow of color

Chris McLaughlin will never look at a plant the same way again. The longtime master gardener and author has written six books (including three gardening titles for the “Complete Idiot’s Guide” series), but her focus on flowers shifted when she discovered how to make natural dyes.

Set priorities for energy-efficient living

The concept of green living goes hand in hand with the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. Since buildings use a significant amount of the total energy generated, they play a huge role. This includes our homes. Deep green home efficiency upgrades coupled with increasingly affordable solar energy systems make a difference.