Posted: November 4, 2013 at 2:45 a.m.
DEAR READERS: Here is this week’s Sound Off, about businesses and their doors:
“One of my biggest peeves is when businesses have double doors at their entrance, but they unlock only one side. It is so frustrating (and embarrassing) to pull or push on a door thatwon’t open. I wonder how many people get hurt smacking into locked doors. If businesses have double doors, they should unlock both sides.” - Jimmy in Houston
DEAR HELOISE: Two of my drinking glasses have gotten stuck together. Do you have any advice on how I can separate them?
- A Reader, via email
DEAR READER: In the inner glass, place ice cubes and fill with very cold water. This will cause the glass to contract. Then fill a large bowl or the sink with very warm water (not boiling) and place the outer glass in it. The warm temperature will cause the outer glass to expand. Let the glasses sit for a few minutes to allow the different temperatures to work. Gently pull the glasses apart. You may need to twist them a little - just be careful.
Do not use this method on fragile, old or damaged glasses. You also can try putting a little lubricating oil in between the glasses.
DEAR HELOISE: A woman suggested color-coding the numbering system on plastic bottles, etc., to know how to sort them for recycling. This could increase costs a great deal in the manufacturing of bottles and other containers, a cost that would be passed down to us as consumers.
I’d like to suggest taking a marker (permanent or not) and rubbing the side of it over the raised coded symbol, making the symbol easier to see. I certainly agree with the reader’s comment that it would be much better to have all plastic be recyclable.
- M.D. in Montana
DEAR HELOISE: I occasionally need to put a little hair spray in my son’s hair. Instead of spraying it directly on his hair and risk getting it in his eyes, I spray the comb first and run it through his hair.
- K.T. in Texas
DEAR HELOISE: I keep a highlighter pen in my pocketbook. When I shop and am unable to purchase something on my list, I highlight it so I remember to carry it over to the next list.
- M.S., via email Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email Heloise@Heloise.com
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