Question: We have a home in the hills and frequently have backyard visits from raccoons and squirrels, which we don't encourage or discourage. We have one dread, and that is one of the animals might get into our house, because we have children in and out of our patio doors all day long, and they never seem to pull the screen closed. Have you ever heard of an automatic door closer that will work on sliding glass doors?
Answer: I don't know if there is a device, but you might check with local screen companies.
I do know that Pella manufactures sliding glass doors with screens that can be equipped with a spring for automatic closing. I saw one in a recent exhibit of Pella Window Store, 12405 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. There are other Pella Window Stores in Arcadia, South Bay and Lawndale.
Q: We moved a few months ago and since then have had a strange thing happen. We have used an electric skillet for several years without any problem. Now we blow a fuse almost every time I plug it in. Is the wiring bad or has my skillet died?
A: At the place you lived before, you were probably plugging the skillet into an electrical circuit that did not have a lot of other appliances on it. Now the circuit distribution is different. I won't suggest that you cook your bacon in the bedroom, but take the skillet to an area where you don't have appliances of any kind to see if it will perform without blowing a fuse or tripping the circuit breaker. If so, the skillet is still alive and well. In such case, you will probably need an additional circuit in the kitchen.