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Lint roller works magic on stairs

Here's an inexpensive way to turn old cassettes and records into digital files. I paid $9 at radio shack for a cord with 2 RCA plugs at one end and a small headphone jack at the other end. Connect the RCA plugs to a tape deck or record player and the jack into your computers microphone port. Download the free Audacity program online and hit play.
Here's an inexpensive way to turn old cassettes and records into digital files. I paid $9 at radio shack for a cord with 2 RCA plugs at one end and a small headphone jack at the other end. Connect the RCA plugs to a tape deck or record player and the jack into your computers microphone port. Download the free Audacity program online and hit play. DOUG MILLER

The winner: It’s hard to vacuum the many steps in our townhouse. Using a lint roller on each step, I am able to clean the stairway and also spot-clean little spots with a damp cloth as I roll each step. Ida Hickerson, Charlotte

Paint brush helps with tricky dusting

I found that a short, 2-inch angled paint brush is ideal for dusting electronic and pressure-sensitive objects like pictures and lamps. I spray the brush head with window cleaner (which evaporates) to aid in picking up the dust. Ed Carlson, Charlotte.

Note: Clever readers have pointed out that a paint brush can also work on dusty HVAC registers, blinds and other tight or narrow places.

How to convert cassettes to digital files

Here’s an inexpensive way to turn old cassettes and records into digital files. I paid $9 at Radio Shack for a cord with two RCA plugs at one end and a small headphone jack at the other end. Connect the RCA plugs to a tape deck or record player and the jack into your computers microphone port. Download the free Audacity program online and hit play. Doug Miller, Charlotte

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