Dear Heloise:

I think rubber gloves are the next best invention after baking soda and vinegar!

I discovered a new use for them and wanted to share it with others.

I needed to move a TV set and was home alone.

There were ridges on the bottom of the television that hurt my hands, so I searched my house for some gloves. All I had was rubber gloves. Not only did they keep the ridges from hurting my hands, they allowed me to get a much better grip on the bulky television -- moving it was a breeze.

Now, anytime I'm moving a bulky object, I wear my rubber gloves. Because they grip, it's not nearly so difficult to carry a heavy, bulky object. It's amazing how much of a difference the rubber gloves make.

Maggie in Arkansas

A fantastic hint -- moving big or bulky objects can be hard. Thanks for writing.

Dear Heloise:

I find myself hanging a lot of things from the ceilings (plants, wind chimes, mobiles), and many times they are heavier items that require a "butterfly nut" kind of hook. After many times getting a head full of plaster as I drilled, I finally got the idea to cut the bottom out of a cone-shaped coffee filter and slip it over the end of my drill. When I drilled a hole into the ceiling, no more plaster in my hair.

Amanda Teigland, via e-mail

Well, we tested this in the office, and it did work. One note: Don't forget to wear those safety goggles when operating power tools.

Dear Heloise:

My wife and I travel about 30 days a year on vacations and weekend getaways. We carry a travel alarm clock, but it seemed wasteful to purchase batteries that served little purpose for those few days in a year. Also, we had the worry that the batteries would leak or run down.

Our television remote control uses the same-size battery as the travel alarm clock. Since we don't need our remote control on vacation, using its batteries in the travel clock is a perfect solution to getting the most from the batteries. This tip might work well for other devices that are not used frequently.

John Stone, Arlington, Tex.Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Please include your city and state when faxing or using e-mail. I can't answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column.(c)2002, King Features Syndicate