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Home repair as easy as "1-2-3'

The new edition of Home Repair 1-2-3 is now available at Home Depot stores. Updated since its 1995 publication, the 544-page book has more than 3,000 color photos, 100 illustrations, and instructions for more than 300 projects, from painting to plumbing, wallpapering to insulation. The book offers basic, step-by-step advice for the novice as well as more technical advice for the experienced. It ranks projects by degree of difficulty: easy, medium and hard. The new edition offers updated information on technology, today's tools and the latest materials. The book is $34.95 at Home Depot stores.

Give your child free rein

Giddyap! It's the Tony the Pony swing, made from a tire, with a rubber horse head, braided rope bridle and reins, a cushioned saddlelike seat, and rope mane and tail. Your buckaroo can get back in the saddle again for $79.95. Tony the Pony is available from Coker Tire, manufacturer of collector and vintage-style tires, wheels and rims. Call toll-free 1-800-251-6336 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday or 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, or visit (Type "Tony the Pony" into the keyword search box.)

Florida home buyers, a profile

The typical Florida home buyer is a married couple, 36 years old, with a household income of $65,400. The home search took seven weeks and 77 percent of buyers used a real estate agent, according to a survey conducted by the Florida and National Associations of Realtors. Forty-four percent of Florida buyers were first-time home buyers in 2001. Repeat buyers owned their previous home for a median of eight years. Among sellers, 78 percent used a real estate agent, and 23 percent of those who sold their homes themselves said next time they'd use an agent.

_ Compiled by Homes Editor JUDY STARK