Dear Readers: There are beautiful glass COFFEE TABLES made from unique items like wooden cabinets, driftwood, even old claw-foot bathtubs. Can you use any piece of glass for the tabletop itself? There are important safety points when considering what type of glass should be used.
You MUST buy the right type of glass to use as the table surface so that in case of a mishap, it doesn’t break or shatter and hurt someone.
* You will need exact measurements of the piece of glass you want to buy.
* One-half-inch-thick glass is the most popular used for tabletops. Three-quarter-inch is available — it’s thicker, heavier, safer and more expensive.
* You should use TEMPERED GLASS; if it gets broken, it will fracture into small pieces. Tempered glass is more expensive, but it is stronger and safer than nontempered. And you never know when a child (or an adult) may accidentally sit on or fall onto a glass coffee table.
* Most cities have glass companies that can help you make the best selection. There are companies online that offer glass to consumers, so do check around for pricing.
I had glass cut to use as a small side coffee table and had the corners rounded so that if anyone bumps into it, there are not sharp corners. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I read your article in The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee on uses of calendars, and wanted you to know how the Orangevale Woman’s Club makes use of calendars.
We paste puzzles from magazines, local papers, etc., on each page and put the answers in the back. They are given to the veterans hospital and retirement homes. -- Dorothy Cabodi, Fair Oaks, Calif.
Dear Heloise: I’m a housekeeper at a bed-and-breakfast. Please remember that your housekeepers work all holidays and weekends so you can enjoy events, special occasions and holidays with your loved ones. We miss our own family occasions to make your family occasions special. Please do not check in early or check out late. Remember to leave a little tip to show appreciation. -- A Virginia Housekeeper, via e-mail
How right you are! A bed-and- breakfast, hotel or motel is open 365 days a year! Readers, please leave a dollar or two (per day, if they service your room) for the housekeeping staff. They do not get tipped the way bellmen and wait staff do. -- Heloise
SPECIAL GIFT TAGS
Dear Heloise: For children who can’t read, I make special gift tags for their presents. I put the child’s photo on one side of the tag, and a photo of my husband and me on the other side. The grandchildren recognize themselves, and they know that Nannie and Granddaddy gave the present to them. -- Nannie in Katy, Tex.
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