It's Father's Day, so take a look at this laundry basket, invented by a dad who has put in his share of time at the washing machine. Tom Goth of Scottsdale, Ariz., hated plastic laundry baskets. They cracked, they required two hands to carry, they were hard to maneuver through doorways. So he came up with the BetterBasket, made of open-weave vinyl-coated polyester with handles on all four sides. The basket is 27 by 17 by 14 inches, has three compartments and will stand up even when nearly empty. Consider also using it for kids' toys or baby supplies. It comes in navy, teal, black, royal blue, mauve and country blue. The BetterBasket is $18.75 plus $3.50 shipping and handling from Clearview Corp., 8485 E McDonald Drive, Suite 367, Scottsdale, AZ 85250. Or call (602) 948-8299 to place a credit card order.
More singles buying
homes, study shows
More single people are buying their own homes, the National Association of Home Builders says: In 1960, only 13 percent of households were singles; in 1990, it was 25 percent. Who are these singles? Widowed people over 64; middle-age divorced and separated people, ages 35 to 64; and never-married young people under 35. About 50 percent of those middle-age singles owned homes in 1990, the association's study showed. Singles are likely to buy smaller, less expensive homes than other buyers, and are less likely to buy newly built homes, the study said.
Homes and hurricanes
Just a reminder that Charles B. Goldsmith, forensic architect and roofing consultant, speaks Monday night about hurricane damage and homes. He'll illustrate his talk with a slide show. The presentation is at the North Shore Neighborhood Association's meeting at Westminster Presbyterian Church, First Street and 11th Avenue NE in St. Petersburg. Refreshments will be available at 7 p.m. and the talk is at 7:30; it's open to all.
Mobile home repair
If you live in a mobile home, you know it: Repairing a mobile home is different from repairing a house. And mobile homes have problems you may not be prepared for if you've never lived in one before. Here's help: The Mobile Home Fix-It Guide, offering instructions on repairs, maintenance and improvements for mobile homes. Whether you do the work yourself or hire someone, you'll be better informed and you'll know how the job should be done. The 192-page book includes more than 400 diagrams and illustrations, step-by-step instructions, a glossary and tips on security and closing your home for the season. It's available for $24.95 plus $3 shipping and handling from Foremost Mobile Home Fix-It Guide, Department AM-1305, P.O. Box 2450, Grand Rapids, MI 49501. Or call (800) 524-3365.
_ Compiled by Homes editor JUDY STARK