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The pressure's off

Ethel Grischow of Pinellas Park got quite a response to her request for an instruction booklet for her Presto pressure cooker. Don Ruppel of Clearwater offered to make a copy of his book for her, as did Dotty Brunson of Floral City. Mrs. Donald Abelio of Clearwater and Martha McGill of Largo offered to send her theirs.

A number of readers, Carole Weiss of Largo, Jeanne Barry of Spring Hill, Elizabeth Dodge of Hudson, Mrs. Charles Fisher of St. Petersburg, Vicki Ware of Clearwater Beach, Blanche Bargdill of Seminole, and Barbara Nice of St. Petersburg sent in the address: National Presto Industries, 3925 N Hastings Way, Eau Claire, WI 54703; (715) 839-2121. We checked with the customer service department, and it does, indeed, supply replacement instruction books and parts. Margie Esch of Bayonet Point gave us two addresses in Atlanta, Ga., and Mineola, N.Y., for Presto parts and service centers. We learned these branches are now closed.

In addition to sending us the address, Barbara Nice of St. Petersburg also referred us to a local company that services and supplies parts for the Presto pressure cooker. It's Keystone Electric, 4604 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 321-1124. We spoke to owner Dick Hall who passed on this additional tip: Replacement parts are available only for Presto and Mirro pressure cookers. Buyer beware.

Ethel Grischow should already have an instruction book in her hands, however. Dottie Wicklund of Largo went the extra mile, made a couple of phone calls and mailed an extra copy of the book to her.

Dottie Wicklund also offered this tip to Elizabeth Rapp of Brooksville in removing grease and rust stains from her driveway: ". . .Try Simple Green. Apply, let it sit a bit, scrub with brush or broom and hose down. It's available in supermarkets, auto parts stores, Home Depot, etc."

Here's advice for . . .

Vesta Green of Holiday wanted to know where she could buy imitation marble table tops that are cut to size. The Cabinet Corner Inc. wrote in that they are dealers for a number of cultured marble and cultured granite manufacturers, as well as natural stone and solid surface faux marble and granite certified fabricators. They have two locations in the bay area, 426 W Bay Drive, Largo, 585-3123, and 5562 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 347-1239.

Vera Dunn of Clearwater needed tips on dealing with mildew and musty smells. Velma Humphrey of St. Petersburg has had success hanging charcoal briquets in mesh bags around her house. "If it absorbs the odor in a refrigerator, why not in the whole house?" she writes.

Help wanted

Ann Braund of New Port Richey can't get sticky, burned-on grease off her Teflon waffle iron. She's afraid it is a fire hazard.

Mrs. Leonard Clark of Largo writes of picture frames and other items she sees in stores that look as though they have been gilded with gold leaf. "But because of the cost of the item or frame, we know it is not gold leaf." She wants to know what she can use to achieve her own "gold leaf" look. She has tried gold paint without success.

Betsy Richardson of St. Petersburg was given a Black & Decker hand mixer without an instruction book. She was not able to get a book from the company and wonders what the four mixers are used for. She also requests help in removing a water stain from a leather table top.

Jerry Butler of Hudson lost the booklet for a 25-inch JVC cable-ready TV four years ago. It was made in 1986. The model number is C2526, serial number 16127233.