How to Clean Patio Furniture, Get Appraisals, Avoid Ticks

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Avoid ticks while walking in the woods

Dear Write to Know: Now that the weather is warming up, I want to start walking my dog ​​in the woods. Can you provide information on tick control? Thank you.

RJ, Mashpee

Dear RJ: According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), remember to walk to the center of the trails when in the woods. Use a repellent containing 20% ​​or more DEET, picaridin or IR3535 on exposed skin for protection that lasts for several hours. Always follow product instructions. Remember to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts. You should also take a bath or shower as soon as possible after going indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash yourself off and find ticks crawling on you more easily. You should also check your dog for ticks daily. Hope this helps answer your question.

Looking for a metal detector for hunting

Dear, write to find out: I’m looking for a decent metal detector so I can take my grandkids on a treasure hunt around my garden and woods to see if we can locate some of the items (wrenches, screwdrivers, toys, whatever) that my kids never went back to my garage or workbench. 508-255-3672.

JH, Eastham

Dear JH: We hope that one of our generous readers can help you with a metal detector. Thank you for providing your phone number.

Need a bike for knee rehabilitation

Dear Write to Know: I recently had total knee replacement surgery. I’m looking for a bike to help me with a rehab exercise routine. Any leads on that which are available would be appreciated. Contact me at [email protected]

WW, Dennis Port

Dear WW: I hope you will receive e-mails. Good luck!

Tips for cleaning garden furniture

Dear Write to Know: Last week you printed spring cleaning tips for inside the house. Do you have any tips for sprucing up garden furniture? Thank you.

HV, Orleans

Dear HV: According to, start with a garden hose that has a spray nozzle. Set the nozzle to its strongest setting and spray directly onto parts to loosen and remove dust and dirt. Mix ¼ cup of liquid dish soap with water in a cleaning bucket. Do not use abrasive cleaners. Dampen a soft cleaning cloth or sponge in the soapy bucket. Wipe the furniture with the cloth or sponge, rubbing if necessary. Rinse the furniture by spraying with the garden hose. Be sure to clean your parts regularly throughout the season to avoid embedded dirt and grime. Note: If you have cleaning instructions that came with your patio furniture, follow them.

Get help with assessments

Dear Write to Know: Over the winter, I found several items that could be valuable. These include paintings and furniture. Where do I go for an assessment? Thank you for your help.

FB, Downtown

Dear FB: Antique dealers may be interested in purchasing your collections. As we recently recommended to another person, the Cape Cod Antique Dealers Association has information on businesses or individuals who might be able to help you: You can find a link to their member directory on their website. For more information, call 508-760-3290. You can also try Eldred’s Auction Gallery, 1483 Route 6A, Dennis. According to the website,, they offer real estate appraisals and insurance appraisals. Call for an appointment at 508-385-3116. Good luck!

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