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Wingscapes' AutoFeeder can save you countless trips through the snow to refill your bird feeder.

The AutoFeeder has a programmable timer that lets you determine how much seed to dispense and when. That prevents the birds from emptying your feeder quickly, so you don't have to refill as often.

The company says birds learn to visit at feeding time, so you can time that for when you're home to enjoy them.

The battery-powered feeder holds 1 gallon of seed and can be programmed to dispense it up for four times daily. If you programmed it to dispense 6 ounces of seed a day, for example, you would have to refill only once every 38 days.

The AutoFeeder can be ordered for $129.95 plus shipping at www.wingscapes.com or 888-811-9464.

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Don't know where to start a decorating project?

Holly Becker comes to the rescue with her workbook, Decorate Workshop: Design and Style Your Space in 8 Creative Steps.

Becker, founder of the blog Decor8, leads readers through eight decorating steps, from finding inspiration to finishing the room. Her book is both a journey of self-discovery and a practical guide to identifying problems with a room, exploring possibilities and finding solutions.

The book is generously illustrated with photos of homes that reflect a fresh, fun style.

Decorate Workshop is published by Chronicle Books and sells for $27.50 in softcover.


Q: I have an oil furnace, and the oil tank leaked on the concrete floor in my basement. The odor has permeated the house, even though I put cat litter down to absorb the oil and scrubbed the floor.

A: Paul Davis Restoration, a disaster restoration service in Barberton, recommended scrubbing the affected part of the floor with Dawn dish soap. It specifically recommended Dawn because of its oil-cutting properties.

After that, you can then try sealing or painting the concrete to seal in the odor . Any residual oil might keep the coating from sticking, however, so you might want to test it in a small area first.

-- McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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