Posted: July 11, 2013 at 2:29 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: My cell phone stopped working correctly, and it just kept turning on and off. I knew I should take it to the phone store, but I didn’t have time.

So, I went online and typed in the make and model of my phone and what it was doing wrong. My phone provider had a page that gave me an option to try before having to take it in for repair. I tried the suggestion, step by step, and my phone came right back up! I haven’t had a problem, except that it didn’t save my contacts.

  • A.R. in Washington

DEAR READER: Glad you were able to fix your phone without leaving home.

Sorry that you lost the contacts. It is important to save the contacts to your SIM (subscriber identity module). If the phone malfunctions, you may be able to retrieve the contacts. Also, check with your carrier to see if it can offer any suggestions on recovery so you don’t have to enter them all back in.

You also can back up your contacts on your computer to have them saved for just a case like this.

DEAR HELOISE: I have several of the padded, satin hangers, but my clothes kept slipping off. I wrapped a rubber band (the thicker, the better) on each end of the hanger, and no more slipping!

  • Jackie Walden, Hawaii

DEAR HELOISE: I am laughing at the hint about using a rake to hold necklaces! It is sooo goofy!

I mounted a small, decorative curtain rod in my closet. Then I hung my necklaces from it, grouping colors together. Now when I need a certain-color necklace to go with my outfit, I can tell at a glance where it is and see the choices in length!

My next project is to install one for my bracelets!

  • Linda W., Helena, Ala.

DEAR READER: It’s just the “head” of an old rake, painted and mounted on the wall. It would work for scarves, belts, hats, etc.

DEAR HELOISE: A reader suggested using foil balloons as a background for scrapbooks or photo albums. I’d like to caution that using any product that is not acid-free may be harmful to photos over time if they are mounted directly onto the balloon.

Bordering the photos on acid-free paper before mounting on the balloon would act as a barrier between the two.

  • L.J. in California

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Weekend, Pages 32 on 07/11/2013