Month: March 2021

TikTok hack for DIY lazy Susan made with household items praised as ‘revolutionary’

Spice cabinet organization just got easier for people who aren’t afraid of DIY home improvement projects.

A viral TikTok video made by Kathryn Snearly from Do It On a Dime is showing social media users how to make an affordable lazy Susan — for spices, oils or seasonings — that fits inside a cabinet.


Using only three items, the YouTuber and lifestyle blogger created the DIY lazy Susan with two stackable pans and a pack of marbles.

“Fix your life from the Dollar Store,” Snearly captioned the video, which shows her placing even-sized marbles into a shallow round pan before she covers it with second pan. Snearly’s clip skips to the end result: a fully rotatable lazy Susan that holds an assortment of spice containers.


Since sharing her kitchen organization hack on March

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The Inspiration For Wilson On Home Improvement Might Surprise You

Sadly, actor Earl Hindman, who played Wilson throughout all eight seasons of Home Improvement, died in December 2003 at the age of 61 due to lung cancer. Even though the ABC comedy had already ended at the time, his passing had a profound effect on his castmates, particularly Allen, who is still grieving his friend to this day.

In early 2021, Allen briefly revived the character of Tim Taylor in an episode of his current Fox show Last Man Standing. During the crossover event, Tim tells Mike Baxter (also played by Allen) that he had a neighbor, Wilson, whose death hit him hard. “For many, many years, I shared a lot of stuff with him. He passed away,” Tim tells Mike. “I miss Wilson. I miss a lot of stuff.”

During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Allen shared why he felt it was fitting to use the

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Lowe’s SpringFest includes free curbside kits for families in April

Lowe’s is dangling a new springtime promotion: free Garden-to-Go project kits that can be picked up curbside.

Every week in April, for “SpringFest,” the home improvement chain will give away different themed kits to families who register in advance. Registration starts April 1, a week before the first of four weekly giveaways.

The drive-thru event is similar to what Lowe’s did with curbside trick-or-treating in October.

In past years, Lowe’s has held a “Spring Black Friday” sale, but amid the COVID-19 pandemic has been handling sales and events differently, said Marisa Thalberg, Lowe’s executive vice president, chief brand and marketing officer.

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“Spring just feels so metaphoric this year. Sort of this coming out of our winter, literally and figuratively,” Thalberg said in an interview with USA TODAY. “We’re already seeing that interest starting

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As Home Improvement Surges, Capitalize with the RTH ETF

Amid mandated social distancing regulations, homeowners made good use of their dwellings by improving them in 2020. As home improvement retail rises, ETF investors can capitalize on all the improvement projects with the VanEck Vectors Retail ETF (RTH).

With its second largest holding in retail chain Home Depot, RTH makes for the perfect indirect play on the improving sub-sector. Its current allocation to Home Depot (as of February 28) is 12%.

“One bright retail spot in 2020, the year COVID-19 hit hard in the U.S., was the home improvement and repair segment which saw product sales spike 8.7% compared to the year prior,” a Retail Customer Experience article duly noted. “Total product sales hit $440 billion, according to research from In comparison, during the financial crisis in 2008-2009, the home improvement market saw a three-year decline in product sales, according to a press release on the research findings.”

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Experts warn of lead exposure, poisoning as warmer weather begins

Multnomah County health officials say every spring and summer, reports of lead poisoning rise as exposure increases.

MULTNOMAH COUNTY, Ore. — As weather improves in spring and summer, local health officials warn of increased risk of lead exposure.

“There is a seasonality to lead poisoning, and it tends to spike in the summer,” explained Perry Cabot, Multnomah County Health’s lead specialist.

Cabot said as people begin home improvement projects in the warmer months, they may inadvertently disturb contaminated paint inside or outside their homes.

Lead paint was banned in 1978, so homes built prior—especially before 1950— have higher risk of lead contamination.

In a news release, Multnomah County said dust from disturbed lead paint is the number-one way children are exposed, causing permanent cognitive impairments and other health effects.

Since exposure does not present obvious symptoms, only a blood test can confirm exposure or poisoning.

“It’s devastating,” Cabot said. “Imagine

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Could Lowe’s Be a Millionaire-Maker Stock?

Home improvement chain Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) is a Dividend King, which means it has raised its dividend annually for the past 50 years. That’s no small feat, and it indicates the dividend is stable, if not very high-yielding, at 1.5%. 

But what can investors expect from the stock price? Lowe’s shares gained about 85% over the past three years, versus the S&P 500‘s 39% rise. Where is it going, and can it make you a millionaire?

Getting on board with digital

As recently as the fiscal 2019 fourth quarter (which was a year ago), comps were a meager 2.5%. Sales came almost entirely from physical stores, even as most of the rest of the world, including rival Home Depot (NYSE:HD), were already heavily into digital. CEO Marvin Ellison, who came on board at the end of 2018 and quickly began to revamp operations, said

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