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Spring cleaning may not be a lot of fun, but it is a good idea for most of us. You’re supposed to start at the top and work down. That means hitting the cobwebs up high first. If you have tall ceilings or a short duster, you easily can make an extension by just attaching your duster or a dust cloth to the end of a broom handle. If you need a longer reach, use the extension pole you use for painting or sanding. Just get the job over with and you can move on to more fun activities.

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Q: Our cabinets are almond-colored laminate. They aren’t the best, but we would like to keep them longer. How can I paint them a different color? I am thinking of a light gray, so it’s not a drastic change. Do I need to do any special prep work also? – P.L.

A: You should plan on scuff-sanding the surface so the paint will stick better. There are some pretty good epoxy paints available for kitchen surfaces, and they come in a good variety of color options. These are a little tricky to use, but they work well and last a long time. Good luck!

Tips from readers

Dear Carrells: I was trying to locate a leak in my refrigerator and didn’t want to try moving it to see around the back side. I grabbed a small hand mirror and used it, held in the space behind the refrigerator, to see what was going on back there. Once I could see the water dripping, I knew I had to go ahead and move it, so I called a friend for help. The mirror was a neat trick, so try this if you find yourself in a similar position, needing to see behind something heavy or in a hard-to-reach area. – J.R.

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Dear Al: My wife brought home an old lamp that she just loves. Unfortunately, it has old, rotting wires, so I had to remove the old wires and install new. I bought a light kit that contained most of the parts I needed and, though I had never done this type work before, I did it. It works great, and my wife loves it even more now. I’ll bet she probably paid less for the lamp than the light kit cost, so I’d say she did all right. I know she would have paid a lot more for a new lamp, for sure! Plus, I’m a hero now! – T.M.

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Dear Kelly: We finally got together as a neighborhood and had a block party on our street. I was asked to bring the drinks, but rather than trying to haul a couple of ice chests down the street, I used my garden cart. I filled it with ice and drinks, and just wheeled it down. Several people called me a “genius” for coming up with this idea. I just did it because I was trying to make it easier for myself. – J.E.

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Dear Al: Our old metal wheelbarrow is still in good shape, and I plan to keep it for many years to come. I did replace the old wheels with some better, heavy-duty wheels. These are supposed to last a lot longer and resist punctures better. I put nice bicycle grips on the handles and have added hooks to the side to hold some tools and other supplies. – W.L.

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Dear Carrells: I found a great way to shield my spray paint projects from dust, as well as keeping the overspray away from the rest of my shop. I got a large box from a neighbor after he had purchased a new washer. I can fold it up when I don’t need it, but open it up and set the item to be painted inside the box while spray painting it. Since the side is open, it’s easy to get to most parts when painting, but it does capture most of the overspray. – T.P.

Got a question or a handy tip? Send it to The Super Handyman at www.thesuperhandyman.com. Those of general interest will be used in future columns.