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Iowa-based company Sky Factory makes a virtual window called eScape that’s a high-definition LED screen inside a casement window. The screen plays videos of nature scenes, complete with sound — and you can even add music to the mix, if you wish.

The eScape lets you choose from about three dozen scenes, each of which contains eight one-hour videos that can play sequentially for eight hours. You can watch the moon rise over the Wind River Range in Wyoming, for example, or enjoy water cascading over Maine’s Screw Auger Falls. Customized scenes are available, too.

The window comes with a choice of trim styles and finishes to help it fit into your home.

Pricing depends on a number of variables, but a company spokesperson described the window as a high-end installation. Information is at www.skyfactory.com.


Q. What do you recommend for getting a white spot out of my mahogany dining room table? I think something hot was set on the table when the pad wasn’t on.

The white spot is caused by moisture trapped between layers of the finish, said John S. Wilkie of Revere Refinishing in Norton, Ohio. He suggested removing the spot by warming it with a hair dryer or rubbing it with superfine steel wool (number 0000) and a lubricant such as lemon oil, working in the direction of the wood grain. Oil and steel wool work best with a glossy finish, he said, since the oil will give the spot some shine.

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