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Thompson: Save your dry-erase board with this easy fix

POSTED: March 20, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Have you ever written on a white board with a permanent marker? I have and it’s a sickening feeling. Well, fear no more. If you make this mistake, simply take a dry-erase marker and scribble over the permanent marker and then erase. It works like magic. This technique also works with stains on your white board caused by dry-erase marks that have stayed on too long.

Grilling season is just around the corner. If you love to cook with charcoal, I’ve got the product for you. It’s called the "Kingsford Charcoal Kaddy." You put your charcoal (bag and all) into the plastic container. You pour the charcoal through its special opening. The cool thing about this product is that you never get your hands dirty. Also, once you close the pour opening, the container is sealed and you can leave it sitting outside on your deck and don’t have to worry about rain. It’s $20 and you can find it in the Improvements Catalog.

A popular tip making its way around the Internet is that you can sterilize your kitchen sponges by putting them in the microwave for two minutes on high. DON’T DO IT! Besides being a possible fire hazard, you can burn yourself when you pull them out of the microwave. Instead, just stick them in your dishwasher. They’ll get just as clean. Also, you won’t be putting nasty toxins in your microwave — yuck.

I hate dangling computer wires underneath a desk. They just look tacky. Here are two products that can help eliminate the clutter. The first one is the Signum cable management system from Ikea. The Signum attaches below your desk and all of your wires can fit into it. It’s $12.99. The second product is called the Cordhog. This unusual little product looks like a golf ball with grooves cut into it. The amazing thing about it is that while it’s only two inches in diameter, you can actually wrap 12 feet of wire into it. Rather than having a dangling cord, wrap the extra around the Cordhog. You can even store spare extension cords on this thing. It’s $6 for a six pack. It also comes in six colors.

Tim Thompson lives in Gainesville. E-mail Tim your ideas for tips, tools or tricks.



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