Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF, about the wattage of microwaves:
“I am constantly annoyed that microwave manufacturers do not print the wattage anywhere on the units. Different recipes call for various wattage ovens. How are we supposed to remember the wattage when it was only on the box it came in, which has been thrown away?” -- A Frustrated Reader, via e-mail
I share your frustration! It would make it much easier if the wattage were printed on the microwave. Here is a hint to try: Write down the wattage as soon as you get the product, and stick it on a cabinet door or someplace where it is easily accessible. -- Heloise
SEND A GREAT HINT TO:
P.O. Box 795000
San Antonio, TX 78279-5000
Dear Readers: Here are other uses for compact discs:
* String up several as suncatchers.
* Use as coasters under drinks.
* Put the shiny side out on a mailbox as a reflector.
* Hang in trees to discourage wildlife from visiting.
* Use in craft projects or as a mirror in a locker.
Dear Heloise: I have a potted plant on my wood bar. I moved it the other day and realized that the water had leaked through, and now I have a black water stain where the pot was. Is there any way to remove it? Help! -- Jessie in Texas
Since it is black, it sounds like you are dealing with mold or mildew and not just a regular water stain. You will need to kill it in order to get rid of it. Get some white or cider vinegar and, using a microfiber cloth or soft terry towel, rub it into the darkened area on the wood, rubbing in the direction of the grain. Don’t soak the area, because you don’t want the wood to swell. Let it dry for at least 24 hours, or until the wood is dry to the touch. If the stain isn’t completely removed, repeat the steps. This method may lighten the wood, so you will need to use furniture oil on the spot once the stain is completely removed and the spot is dry. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I was sewing the other day using my serger. When using dark thread, I have a hard time threading the little holes — it’s so hard to see the thread. I had a brainstorm. I took out a little bottle of correction fluid and spread some on the thread. It was quick-drying, and left the thread a little bit stiff. I could see it, which helped me thread the machine in a fraction of the time it usually takes. -- A Reader in Texas
Dear Heloise: After reading your column about how difficult it is to make a bed on an oversized mattress, I decided to share my solution with you. I use a spatula to poke in all the sheet sides. It makes the sheets tight and smooth, without having to pick up the mattress. -- L.B., The Villages, Fla.