Mrs. William Castle of San Pedro is after a Cord-Minder , a gadget that attaches to an ironing board and keeps the cord out of the way. We had the same request about six years ago, but most of the sources have dried up in the meantime. So can you help again by ironing out this problem, or will our readers have to keep putting the heat on us until they get all steamed up?
Because Howard Lovejoy of Cathedral City has a hearing problem, he would like to find a timer that keeps sounding until it is shut off; he complains that those available emit just one little beep. Can you help with this hear-today-and-gone-tomorrow problem, or will Lovejoy never be able to double-time it to a source, hopefully one within earshot?
Harold Rodgers of Reseda is looking for a place that sells Kaywoodie pipes (assuming they are still being made). We don't want to put the heat on you, but can you help by smoking out a source, or might Rodgers just as well take a breather because all his pipe dreams have gone up in smoke?
Albert Schoenfield of Rancho Palos Verdes is trying to get his hands--or perhaps his feet--on some deerskin shoes , which he claims are the best thing for tired dogs. Can you help a sole mate without causing him to spend too much doe, or will Schoenfield find that he has stubbed his toes on a matter that is anything but a shoo-in?
Reader-to Reader-Help Line: Peg at (818) 360-8544 needs a cover for a Barwa poolside recliner ; the firm is out of business. Please help, or Peg will be tempted to scream "dirty pool." . . . Beatrice at (714) 854-3084 needs some Laura Ashley/Burlington queen-size sheets, pillowcases and comforters (or duvets) in the Davenport pattern ; she decorated two rooms around this pattern, which was discontinued about three years ago. Please help before Beatrice decides to take comfort in a pattern of king-size violence. . . . Eleanor at (818) 992-5628 is looking for a no-longer - made professional buttonholer (Model SIMS4642--381116) for a slant-needle zig-zag Singer sewing machine. Please help so that Eleanor will button up and start hewing a straight line.
Note: The Reader-to-Reader Help Line is only for one-time items or 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.
Gene Chamberlin of Santa Barbara, who wanted someone to repair an antique slot machine, has hit the jackpot. Dave Coffee of Dave's Antiques, 10867 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills, (818) 366-1231, says he services and repairs such machines.
Marjorie of Canoga Park, who wanted a fake fireplace so that she could fool Santa, will have to rein in her hopes a bit. An Anaheim reader named Donna said the House of Fabrics store in Anaheim Plaza on Euclid Street and Crescent Avenue had one on display; perhaps they might tell Marjorie where they obtained it. However, two readers told us they were willing to play Santa by parting with their fake fireplaces. So if Marjorie (or another reader) wants to get an early start on the 1988 holiday season, just send a stamped, self-addressed envelope; our elves will do the rest.