Mildred Tierstein of Camarillo would like to find another lightweight raincoat made of 100% Dacron polyester, similar to one her husband bought years ago. The raincoat folds into a small envelope and was "not made of shower-curtain material." Can you help before it rains on Tierstein's parade, or will she begin to wonder whether she's all wet in her search?
Shari Plattner of Long Beach is unable to find an electronic backgammon game ; it's the one present her husband wanted for Christmas, but it was no dice in all the stores she investigated. Can you help Plattner before Santa Claus is due again, or will she have a deuce of a problem in compiling her gift list this Christmas?
Judy Hopkins of Mar Vista needs some bright-silver and bright-gold transparent tape for use in wrapping fishing rods; party shops and handicraft stores no longer seem to stock the item. Can you help get a line on a source?
Reader-to-Reader Help Line: Juanita at (818) 288-2691 would like to locate a cribbage board made from half a bowling pin ; the item was available several years ago at some women's state tournament. If anyone out there could spare one of these split pins, it would double Juanita's joy. . . . Barbara at (213) 472-2383 needs the handle for a 30-year-old Sunbeam Mixmaster Model 11C. Please help, so Barbara won't decide to become a beatnik.
Note: The Reader-to-Reader Help Line is only for one-time items and for products no longer available in stores. And you must give us written permission to publish your telephone number, so that others may contact you directly.
Edna Ascani of Palos Verdes Estates, who needs large, custom-made doormats, will soon be able to scrape bottom. Roger Maloney of the Mat Factory says they make personalized doormats. The address is 1378 E. Edinger, Santa Ana, (714) 547-7623; from Los Angeles, call (213) 772-6239.
Mrs. L. Rosen of Hollywood, who was looking for slipcovers that fit over an upholstered barrel chair, can get ready for a cover-up. Toby Horn of Los Angeles, who was in the same pickle recently, provides the following names: Plastic King, (213) 937-2690; Royal Chair Furniture, (213) 385-3129; Finlay's Slipcovers, (213) 274-6093; Gold Medal, (818) 987-2758, and Cover Craft, (213) 877-0383. Ruth Houghtaling of Simi Valley suggests a Spiegel's catalogue. And if Rosen lived near Fallbrook, we could recommend Joan Avery, (619) 723-1605; Gloria Gehring of Vista says Avery came to her house to do the work, and that she did a great job.
More good news for Ida La Belle, who was looking for a large salad bowl that sits on a stand next to a dining room table. Pauline Ward of Marina del Rey is sure the bowls are made by Kustom Kraft of Edgemont, S.D. 57735.
If Sylvia Kroot of Whittier (or anyone else, for that matter) is still looking for old-fashioned plastic aprons, a self-addressed, stamped envelope will pull a few strings. Two readers have such aprons and are willing to take them off.
For Alpha Lee Day, who was trying to locate someone who repairs umbrellas, we have a handle on a place that can do it: Langer's Luggage Shop and Handbag Hospital, 1460 N. Vine St., Hollywood, (213) 469-6500; they are no longer on Hill Street.
Herb Hain cannot answer mail personally but will, space permitting, respond in this column to readers who have--or need--helpful information. Write (do not telephone) to You Can Help!, You section, the Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles 90053.