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Use an e-book to catch up on reading while you exercise
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For Christmas my wife bought me a Kindle. If you’re not familiar with this cool gadget, it’s basically a lightweight, electronic reading device. It can download books and even magazines and newspapers. The reason I’m sharing this is because of one of the really neat things you can do with it — exercise! Just set the font to the largest size and use it on either a stationary bike or treadmill. The one-touch page turning feature makes it easy to use. Caution: If you sweat a lot, consider covering the device in clear plastic wrap.

Here’s one of the best tips I’ve ever been given on avoiding germs. Never press an elevator button with your finger. Instead, use your knuckle. Why? If you use your finger and get germs on it, there’s a risk that you’ll rub that finger near your eyes, mouth or nose. (Elevator buttons are about as nasty as bathroom door handles).

A reader recently asked me what she should do about a clogged spray nozzle. She had tried running hot water over it and even tried poking it with a pin with no success. I suggested soaking the nozzle in vinegar, lemon juice or REALLY hot water. Usually one of the three will work.

Tracy Tesmer, Gainesville’s home improvement guru, recommends using only white paint rollers instead of the yellow ones. Why? The white ones shed less lint.

I’m always suspicious of products sold on TV. However, I’ve tried out the Swivel Sweeper and I have to say it works. It won’t replace your vacuum cleaner, but it’s great for touching up the house before guests arrive.

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