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Plumber: New kitchen sink has too many holes

Q: Dear Ed: My husband came home this week with a new cast-iron kitchen sink that he bought for a discount. While I like the sink and the low price, there is an issue. The sink has five faucet holes! We planned for a pull-out kitchen faucet that will take care of the three holes in the middle. What do we do with the two extra holes on each side of the faucet?

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5 easy hacks to get (and stay!) organized

Spring has sprung, and there's no time like the present for letting go. For some, organization can be a time-consuming and emotionally draining endeavor. For others, it is its own reward. In case you're more in need of a quick, easy fix in the face of juggling it all, we asked one of our favorite new moms, actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler, for her best tips for throwing spring cleaning into hyperdrive. A self-professed "huge organizer," Sigler was all too happy to let us in on the joys of cultivating a clutter-free zone. We're boiling it down to the basics. Prepare for the easiest streamlining guide anywhere.

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Ask Angie: Is it OK to install a roof in the rain?

Dear Angie: Is it OK to install a new roof while it's raining? I'm having a new roof installed over 20-year-old (oriented strand board) sheathing. It started raining during the install. Good news is that they did a section at a time, so the OSB was exposed to fairly light rain/drizzle for about a half-hour before peel and stick membrane was installed. Is that a problem?

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Design Recipes: Freshen your space with florals

When the weather is warm, nothing can revitalize and rejuvenate a space quite like florals. And the beauty is they don't necessarily have to be fresh. One longtime secret of decorators is to use floral arrangements as accessories. Similar to decorative elements such as sculptural pieces, vases or toss pillows, the right floral arrangement can add an elevated aesthetic and help set a mood, as well as add a much-needed punch of color.

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Style at Home: Decorating with dishes

I still remember it like yesterday: the winter day I strapped my mom into the car and drove like a bat out of hell to make it to the antique store before the dishes I was obsessed with were snatched up by someone else. These were not just any dishes, mind you. But a set of hand painted, porcelain Limoges depicting fish, one of my favorite things in the whole wide world. Dish nirvana for this disciple of all things pretty and porcelain.

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Yardsmart: Early planting may not pay off

Haste makes waste. Jumping the gun on planting seeds in a cool spring doesn't yield summer vegetables a day earlier than waiting until it's warmer. It's not just day and night temperature that makes the difference, it's ground temperature. Most folks get all excited on the first really warm spring days, then run out and plant a garden. Inevitably this event is followed by rain, hail and frost, which decimate the seedlings and prevent some seeds from sprouting at all.

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Home Fix: Strange sound coming from crawl space

Q: I live in a 26-year-old ranch home over a crawl space. Over the past year I have noticed a sound occurring in the crawl space when I use the washer (located in the garage at the far end of the house). The sound reminds me of a metal that is exposed to extreme cold. To eliminate the cold temps within the crawl space, I had it completely insulated with a vapor barrier replaced, yet I am still experiencing a noise during the wash cycle. It does not last long - just a few seconds or so - but I am concerned this issue may cause damage to the water pipes which could cause substantial water damage to crawl space. Do you have any ideas on where the problem lies and what I can do to resolve this matter?

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