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ADVERTISEMENT EASY DOES IT Do-it-yourself fixes that will save you money. If you've ever called an expert to handle a home repair, only to write a check mum bhlng, "I could have done that myself," you're not alone. On the PBS series Handy Ma'am, home improvement expert Beverly Dejulio plays host to millions of view ers who want to know if, and how, they can indeed do it themselves. "Dependingon where you live, it can cost you $50-$100 each time you call a repair person to your home," says Delulio. "Knowing a few simple fix-it tricks can save you that phone call and some money." FOR MORE HOME IMPROVEMENT TIPS, GO TO WWW.HANDYMAAM .TV . HERE ARE SOME OF BEVERLY'S TIPS: CLEAR THE WAY: If your shower flow is slow or uneven, the shower head may be stopped up with mineral deposits. To clear them, fill a food storage bag with white vinegar that has been heated to warm, then attach it to the shower head with rubber bands. Soak for at least half an hour. PATCH IT UP: If your screens have tiny holes, place a dot of clear nail polish over each one. For holes up to one inch, buy small screen patches that at tach without tools. And if your screen has come loose from its frame, pur chase an inexpensive, easy-to-use splining tool, which will allow you to simply wedge it back in. AT YOUR DISPOSAL: If your garbage disposal stops working, go under the sink and try the reset button. If that fails, go back under the sink and insert an Allen wrench into the hole in the cen ter of the bottom of the unit, and move the wrench back and forth to dislodge whatever is jamming the blades. EASY CHAIRS: If your dining room chairs are stained (or just need updating), re move chair seats using a screwdriver to take out screws that attach the seat to the frame. Cut new fabric three inch es bigger than the seat on each side, and pull fabric tautly over the seat. Working from the middle of each side, use a staple gun to secure fabric to un derside of seat. Copy corner folds from the original cover and staple into place. DOOR PRIZE: If your door is not clos ing properly, it may be loose on its hinges. First try tightening the hinge screws; if the wood is stripped, take the screws out and put white glue and toothpicks into the hole. Let dry and replace the screws. LIQUID-PLUMR PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT LIQUID-PLUMR.COM FredMeyer 4M Jw f akerT -- IE FOOD LESS ~ANNA.