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4C THE SUPERIOR EXPRESS Feeding trees easy landscape chore If just thinking about this year's lawn and garden chores makes you tired, take heart! Fertilizing landscape trees in Kansas is a near effortless "no brainer." "Trees basically need the same amount and kind of fertilizer you alply on your lawn," said Charles Borden, Kansas State University forester. "So, ifa tree is growing in the lawn, simply continue your lawn fertilizing up to within a few feet of the tree's trunk. That won't waste any fertilizer right next to the tree where the grass has very few feeder roots. But it will feed the tree's entire root zone, Which ex- tends out in as wide a circle as the tree's canopy of branches." Barden warned that applying too much tree fertilizer can create prob- lems: (1) twiggy growth, (2) huge leaves that don't do well in summer's heat and winds, (3) extra soil salts that can worsen drought conditions. "If you've got alkaline soils natu- rally, which is common in much of western Kansas, you may want to buy a lawn fertilizer that says it's formu- lated for the Midwest or is acid form- ing," Barden said. "It will contain iron or sulfur, so also may have four num- bers on the bag such as 20 10 10 4. No matter what you apply, though, remember most lawn feriilizers won't work until watered in. Points to ponder in home humidifiers What do I need to consider in se- lecting a dehumidifier? A residential dehumidifier functions internally much like an air condi- tioner," said Richard B. Hayter, direc- tor of Engineering Extension at Kan- sas State University. A dehumidifier cools the air pass- ing through to a temperature low enough for water vapor in the air to condense in the dehumidifier. The con- densation then drains to a reservoir. "Because the dehumidifier is self- contained, the energy used to drive the unit, as well as that removed from the air during drying, is discharged as heat back into the home," Hayter said. "De- humidifiers can be used to supplement the dehumidification provided by air conditioners, or they can be used to control humidity levels in areas of the home with high humidity, such as the basement. "Ordinarily, the dehumidifier will maintain satisfactory humidity levels when the flow of air through the unit each hour equals the volume of the space to be dehumidified," Hayter said. The capacity of the majority of de- humidifiers available in the United States iscertified by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. Ca- pacity will be stated in pints of mois- ture removed during a 24-hour period, "Several features are available as options when purchasing a dehumidi- tier," Hayter said. "The least expen- sive models have a manual on-off switch. More sophisticated models have a humidity-sensing controller (hu- midistat), which will automatically turn the unit on and off as a function of the humidity in the room," "Most units are available with a switch that automatically turns the unit off if the reservoir holding the water removed from the air is full, or they can be connected directly to a floor drain," Hayter said. "In addition, some units are equipped with an automatic defrost Thursday, April 25, 2002 "Spring seems to be a time for doing those "spruce up-fix up" projects. Bill Vering and Ed Seamans work at making repairs to a garage in Jewell. I I Ask Energenie Is asbestos dangerous? And what should I do if l find it in my home ? "At sufficient levels at" exposure, asbestos can cause cancer of the lung and stomach," said Richard Hayter, director of Engineering Extension at Kansas State University. Asbestos is a health risk when it releases fibers into the air and people breathe them. If asbestos material is in good con- dition and located where it will not be Improved fluorescent lights save on costs of home energy Home owners can save money by replacing incandescent lights with re- cently-improved fluorescent lamps," said Gene Meyer, an Extension me- chanical engineer at Kansas State Uni- versity. "Often called 'compact fluorescents/ the improved lamps are appropriate for use in smaller fixtures," Meyer said. "Many fixtures may require a fluores- cent replacement unit, which may cost between $5 and $10 which is often more than the bulb itself?' "But," Meyer said, "the high effi- ciency combined with significantly longer lifetime makes the fluorescent replacement 2-3 times cheaper to use." Fluorescent replacements are manu- factured in sizes to replace 25 to 100- watt incandescent bulbs. "Fluorescent replacements would provide a significant savings where there are a large number of fixtures that operate for extended periods of time," Meyer said. "Some may not be appro- priate to use outdoors in applications where they would be switched on and III I 11111 i damaged, its potential to be a health hazard is remote. "So, in most cases, you're better off leaving asbestos-containing materials akme, but it should be protected so as not to be damaged," Hayter said. Asbestos-containing cement sheets. millboard and paper have been used frequently in homes where worN-burn- ing stoves have been installed. The cement sheet material probably will not release asbestos fibers unless you scrape, cut or drill into it "Asbestos paper and millboard may, release asbestos fibers if they are lo- cated where they are subject to wear," Hayter said Older furnaces and boilers were sometimes wrapped with asbestos in- sulation. If the insulation around your furnace or boiler is in good condition, it is best to leave it alone and protect it from damage. "If the insulation is in poor cmdi- lion and has been damaged, you may wish to have it repaired or removed," Hayter said. 'q'his should be done by a contractor experienced in the handling of asbestos and not by the average homeowner." Similarly, hot water or steam pipes and furnace ducts may have been cov- ered with asbestos material. Most as- bestos pipe insulation in homes is pre- formed to fit around the pipe. As with duct insulation, the pipe insulation was installed with a protective covering. If this covering is not damaged, it is best to leave the insulation alone. Extinguish pilot light during summer Should I extinguish the pilot light in my furnace during the summer months? "If you have recently installed a new furnace, it is likely to be equipped with an electronic ignition and thus has no standing pilot light, a feature in older furnaces..However, if your fur- nace has a standing pilot light, you will save energy if you extinguish it," said Richard B. Hayter, director of Engi- neering Extension Programs at Kansas State University. The volume of natural gas con- sumed by a pilot light is approximately 600 cubic feet per month, though it can vary considerably. During the sum- mer, not only does the pilot light waste energy in the gas it consumes, but also adds a small amount of heat to the house, which adds to the cooling load. "Although extinguishing the pilot light during the summer will save en- erg.y, it may not result in any cost savings on your utility bill," Hayter said. Some gas utilities have a minimum charge in their rate schedule, and your consumption may be below this mini- mum. You will, however, definitely save both energy and dollars if you extinguish the pilot on a propane fur- nace. "There has been a misconception that extinguishing the pilot light will reduce the life of the furnace," Hayter said. "Extinguishing the pilot will not damage your furnace." When extinguishing the pilot, turn off the gas valve to the pilot and main valve to the furnace. Remember, these valves must then be opened in the fall when relighting the pilot. controller to prevent buildup of frost off frequently, orto use with dimmers, on the cooling coil."_a llwaysO reitd the labels carefully." '= ,al.._.ll 4   lllh tOt li  i ;--_-I we mulch, bag, side discharge, ... trim and fertilize .  Hours: Monday-Fiday 9 a.m.-5p.m I Contact Kyle or Trams  Saturday 9a.m.-3 p.m. |' customers  Mankato, Kan, 1107 Asherville Rd., Beloit, Kan. 785-738-2998 I 'r'- 785-378 3845 II II I I i i Home Remodeling? Exterior Painting? New Siding? 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Commercial St. Mankato, Kan. 785-378-3541 Made-over kitchen delights homeowner The remodeled kitchen is a dream come true for homeowner Carol Cosand, Burr Oak. When Carol and her son, C.J., moved into the 1920s style Craftsman home, she began creating their com- fort zone without changing the appear- ance of the house. The house is be- lieved to have been constructed using plans and materials advertised as be- ing available at local lumberyards. The exterior of the home features a front porch. Inside is a large combina- tion living-dining room on one side of the house; a hallway on the other side leads to a bathroom with bedrooms on either side. The kitchen, featuring oak floors and woodwork, is at the rear of the house. Medium sized windows fur- nish plenty of light. Carol painted the walls in several rooms and mixed her antique furnishings with a few modem pieces. After finishing the main part of the house, the next project was updating the kitchen. She contracted Lerhling Construction and worked with Man- kato Lumber and Home Center in de- veloping a plan to meet her needs. Using a computer program to cre- ate a design that was useful, yet attrac- tive, Carol was able to see what the outcome would look like before the remodeling even began. The kitchen had been done in all white with 1950s- style white metal cabinets and counters. In July the project began by replac- ing the old cabinets with light oak cupboards and base cabinets. Carol chose gray, wine and teal as colors to incorporate in the decor. The walls were painted a light gray, floor cover- ing featured shades of gray, white and a hint of teal. A wallpaper border highlights walls at chair-rail height. The most outstanding feature is the colorful counter top that is dark and contains the accent colors, swirled to- gether in a marble likeness. Wine colored lace curtains adorn the win- dow above the sink which allows a westward view. Carol and C.J.'s love of animals is apparent in the choice of pictures. Teal colored matting features pictures of wolves and a leopard. A small, light oak kitchen table and two chairs are along the north side of the kitchen with windows directly in.front of the table Although the kitchen is small, re- modeling allowed maximum usage of space. Carol now enjoys her time in her new kitchen. She said, "It now gives the sense of just the right amount of space It is wonderful," she said. I II I These are the "before" (left) and "after" photos of Carol ( in her home in Burr Oak. Cos to replace the white metal ones, probably installed in Carol Cosand, Burr Oak, shows off the remodeled style Craftsman home. Cosand created her"dream" kitchen computer program which enabled her to view the results began. 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