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Anit-Slip spray creates skid-proof surface


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Rust-Oleum’s new Anti-Slip spray lets you create nonskid surfaces indoors and out.

One coat of the spray will produce a nonslip surface on concrete, metal or wood. The product dries clear in as little as 30 minutes and resists peeling and cracking, the manufacturer says.

It’s appropriate for surfaces such as floors, ramps, steps and railings, as well as on the handles of hand tools and sporting equipment.

Rust-Oleum Anti-Slip has a suggested retail price of $6.99 and is available where paint products are sold.


Artist Amy Butler is known for her design style on fabrics, home accessories and other items – fresh, romantic but not too sweet.

Now she’s helping readers add a bit of that flair to their own homes and wardrobes with Amy Butler Stencils: Fresh, Decorative Patterns for Home, Fashion & Craft (Chronicle Books, $24.95).

Butler created 10 stencils for the book, which are designed to be used as is or mixed, overlaid or reconfigured. The stencils are die-cut on heavy, coated paper, so with proper care, they can be reused multiple times.

She also offers instructions and tips for getting the best results from her stencils or creating your own. Photos of projects using the stencils are included, but Butler encourages her readers to dream up their own uses.


Q: The ice maker in my refrigerator has stopped working. Could there be some small maintenance issue involved that I’m not aware of, or do I need to have my refrigerator repaired?

A few simple things are worth checking before you call a repair service.

First, make sure the shutoff arm is in the correct position. It can get bumped accidentally into the off position or be blocked by ice cubes in the bin. Some refrigerators have an optical sensor instead, which can get misaligned.

Have you replaced your refrigerator’s water filter recently? If not, the filter could be clogged, restricting water flow to the ice maker.

It’s also possible the supply waterline has gotten kinked or crimped. Pull the refrigerator out from the wall to check.

Another cause could be an ice blockage in the fill tube where it enters the ice maker. You can use a hair dryer set on warm to thaw it, but take care not to melt or damage any parts. You might try turning up the freezer compartment temperature a bit to keep the tube from refreezing, but if the problem keeps happening, the refrigerator’s inlet valve may need to be replaced.

I assume the water supply to the refrigerator hasn’t been shut off, since the ice maker was working previously. But that could be another cause.

Consult your owner’s manual and the manufacturer’s website, too. They might offer other troubleshooting suggestions specific to your model.

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