The winner: Here’s an excellent way to store those long extension cords so they don’t get tangled. Take a plastic bucket, make a hole in the side at the bottom and pull the male connector through the hole from inside the bucket. Leave a length of cord outside the bucket to make it easy to plug into an outlet. Then coil the remaining cord inside the bucket. This will keep the cord from tangling while stored and make it easy to pull out the cord for the length needed. Bill Lane, Polkville
Pea gravel foils Squirrel Nutkin
To keep squirrels from digging in flower pots, cover the top of the pot with a good layer of pea gravel. The squirrel does not like to dig through the gravel, and it also helps to seal in moisture so you don’t have to water as often. Pea gravel can be purchased at home improvement stores for about $3.50 for a 40-pound bag. Anna Jeffords, Charlotte
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To get windows clean and streak free, mix 1 cup water with 1 cup plain vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray on windows and wipe down with pages from the Charlotte Observer. If you don’t want newsprint on your hands, wear disposable gloves. Holly Crowder, Indian Trail