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Glue isn’t enough to repair broken spindle

Q: I have small children in my house, and one of them grabbed onto a staircase spindle as he was rushing down the stairs. The spindle snapped, and I need to repair or replace it. Tell me how.

What is involved in that morning cup of coffee?

There is nothing like a hot cup of coffee to start the day, especially on cold winter mornings. Aw, heck, who am I kidding? Every morning, no matter the season, is a good day for coffee.

All that glitters is not gold — or is it?

Recently while shopping for a client in one of our more exclusive furniture showrooms, I noticed a familiar local entertainer — famous for being one smooth and fashionable guy not only in song but in personal style, as well — purchasing two very shiny brass retro-styled lamps that certainly harkened back at least several decades.

 
Locals take stock in Crate Barrel’s goods

It took a decade to find a perfect location in Las Vegas, and locals are elated that the long wait is over, just in time for the holiday season. Crate &Barrel officially opened Nov. 16 at Downtown Summerlin, anchoring a home and restaurant lineup along Festival Plaza Drive.

Plexiglas dog door easy to install but reduces security

Q: We have a new puppy and we need to add a pet door for him. I really don’t want to cut a hole in the wall for the door. Anyway, I saw a pet door insert that fits into the sliding glass door, so that there is no cutting necessary. Is this type of door a good idea?

Consider storage needs when remodeling kitchen

DEAR GAIL: I just bought a 15-year-old home, and it’s in dire need of a new kitchen. My main problems are storage and countertop space. The island/breakfast bar has the old-fashioned upper cabinets. I need more storage, but I know those uppers must go. I’d also like more countertop space as I have very little besides the island. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. — Colby

Getting poinsettia to bloom can be tricky

Q: I have had a large poinsettia since last Christmas. Is there a way to encourage blooms this year? It seems I read somewhere to put it into a dark place without water for a period of time. Anything you can tell me will help.

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