By Mary Beth Breckenridge

Akron Beacon Journal

What’s new: rack system speeds door painting

The Door Rack Painter is a rack system that lets you paint both sides of a door at one time and store multiple doors for drying.

The system comprises a spray rack designed to hold a door while it’s being spray painted, as well as a dry rack that can hold nine full-size doors or 18 cabinet doors. A pair of dry racks can be converted to hold baseboards and crown molding for drying or long boards for storage.

Links to videos showing how the system is used are on the company’s website,

The racks can be ordered from the website. The system of one spray rack and one dry rack costs $625.

On the shelf: Landscaping book helps readers envision possibilities

Julie Moir Messervy understands the challenges involved in making sense of outdoor spaces. The landscape designer helps readers envision the possibilities and turn them into realities in her new book, “Landscaping Ideas That Work.”

The book guides users in assessing their property, identifying their style preferences and determining what they need and want in their yards. But mostly, it helps them envision the outcome by providing plenty of photos and descriptions of landscapes and features.

Q&A: cleaning sports pennants

Q: I have two old Cleveland Indians pennants that I want to pass on to my boys. I would like to get them cleaned and put in a case. Can you tell me how to clean them?

A: Dave Stark, a pennant collector and dealer from Mulkeytown, Ill., prefers not to clean old sports pennants. He considers dirt, stains and yellowing to be part of their patina. Stark says pennants are made of different materials, so no single cleaning process works for every pennant. Nevertheless, if you’re willing to take the chance, Stark offers cleaning tips on his website, Pennant King (

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