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Wednesday, September 9, 2009 Trenton Sun Page 12 - Local Dear Answerman, I want to change my re- frigerator color from white to black to match the rest of my kitchen. Is it possible for me to paint my refrig- erator? Wilma in Aviston Dear Wilma, Yes it is, and with the special epoxy paints now, the paint looks good and lasts long. Go to your lo- cal hardware store and purchase paint that is specially formulated to be used on appliances. You will need to purchase ap- pliance paint because it is designed to hold up to heat and cold without cracking and peeling. This type of paint comes in either a spray type, or in a can that you use a brush to apply it with. The spray gives it a more professional finish though. The next step is to clean the outside of your refrig- erator, or at least the sur- faces: that you are going to paint. The surfaces must be free of dust, dirt, smoke, grease and food stains in order for the paint to ad- here to the surface prop- erly. You can use some old rags and a spray bottle of window cleaner to com- plete this job. Now, before you apply the paint, you will need to inspect the surfaces of your appliance to see if there are any nicks, scratches, or spots of rust. If you find any of these, you will need to lightly sand them with fine sandpaper (300-400 Grit) in order to roughen them up. Be careful not to sand off the paint around the nicks, scratches, or rust. Then, wipe off the' dust from the sandpaper with a clean damp rag and let'dry. ,The next step is to mask off the handles, trim and -any brand name emblems on the refrigerator. It's best to use the special blue painters masking tape for this project. Use painter's masking tape to cover up the rubber seals on the outside - all along the door, on the top, on the bottom, and on the sides. Carefully apply some strips of the tape to the edge of the back of the re- frigerator too. This is so when you are painting the sides, the paint won't overspray or otherwise get spattered onto the coils. And, finally, mask off the front bottom panel so the paint won't get into the workings underneath your refrigerator. You are now ready to begin painting your appli- ance. Read and follow the manufacturer's instruc- tions on the paint can to ensure a quality applica- tion. You may have to spray or brush on a second coat of paint after the first coat dries completely, depend- ing on the present color of your refrigerator and how well the first coat covers. After the paint is dry, all you wilLneed to do is to re- move the painter's mask- ing tape, and this project is finished. Dear Answerman, We are buying a house and need to buy some ap- pliances, and there has been a lot of talk about m Weocc ti Minor roof repairs can save of dollars. Let us take a look at your roof free of charge! electric rates doubling. Is there anything we should specifioally look for that may save us some money? Jim and Irene in Fairview Dear Jim and Irene, When you're shopping for appliances, you can think of two price tags. The first one covers the purchase price -- think of it as a down payment. The second price tag is the cost of operating the appliance during its life- time. You'll be paying on that second price tag every month with your utility bill for the next 10 to 20 years, depending on the appli- ance. Refrigerators last an av- erage of 20 years; room air conditioners and dishwash- ers, about 10 years each; clothes washers, about 14 years. When you do have to shop for a new appliance, look for the Energy Star label. Energy Star appli- ances have been identified by the U.S. Environmen- tal Protection Agency and DOE as being the most en- ergy-efficient products in their classes. They usually exceed minimum federal standards by a substantial amount. To help you figure out whether an appliance is energy efficient, the fed- eral government requires most appliances to display the bright yellow and black Energy Guide label. Al- though these labels will not tell you which appliance is the most efficient, they will tell you the annual energy REAL EST'NFE STRA :COM consumption and operat- ing cost for each appliance so you can compare them yourself. A new refrigerator will save you between $35 and $70 a year compared to the models designed 15 years ago. This adds up to between $525 and $1,050 during the average 15-year life of the unit. When shopping for a new washer, look for a front loading (horizontal-axis) machine. This machine may cost more to buy, but uses about a third of the energy and less water than a top-loading machine. With a front loader, you'll also save more on clothes drying, because they re- move more water from your clothes during the spin cycle. When shopping for a new clothes dryer, look for one with a moisture sensor that automatically shuts off the machine when your clothes are dry. Not only will this save energy, it will save wear and tear on your clothes caused by over-dry- ing. Keep in mind that gas dryers are less expensive to operate than electric dryers. The cost of drying a typical load of laundry in an electric dryer is 30 to 40 cents compared to 15 to 25 cents in a gas dryer. One other item, Energy Star rated appliances are eligible for tax credits. Re- member, ENERGY STAR qualified products are a smart choice, saving you energy which saves you money in the long run 202 East Elm, Aviston $104,900 14294 Jem Dr., Aviston $375,000 Uniplexorgreat ~~ 5,162sq. ft., 5BR, 5bath retirement home, full ~ all new appliances stay, I~~ ] brick withtoo ~any ~ ..... 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