The winner: Studs are rarely where you need them when installing towel bars. My Clever husband cut two 30-by-3.5-inch boards (3/4-inch thick). He routed the edges and painted them to match the trim. Making them long enough allowed him to hit the studs and then center the towel bars. (Putty and paint the screw heads.) He then installed Peerless 24-inch assist bars with a 300-pound limit. These were also screwed into the boards. These are now almost as sturdy and safe as grab bars and look much nicer. Paula Strelow, Claremont
A salute to zip ties
Here’s an easy way to attach a flag to a pole if you don’t have the proper string or rope: Use a zip tie. Susan Spencer, Vale
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