The winner: I placed a length of plastic pipe in the rafters of my attic to use as a curtain rod and store winter clothes over the summer, then summer clothes over the winter. A plastic garbage bag over two or three items keeps them dust free and provides more closet space in the living area. Ken Remley, Charlotte
Going bananas over tape trick
To make my bananas last longer and delay ripening, I place duct tape over the stem. It really works! Joe Smith, Monroe
Wet vac takes care of business
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My husband uses a wet/dry vac to siphon water gathered over the winter from our pool tarp. It makes opening up the pool a breeze. Martha and Harold Hood, Matthews