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How to build an hourglass watchtower

There are many ways to rise above it all. Stone structures take a while to build, but, as the archeological evidence shows, they can last a very, very long time. On the other hand, if you’re satisfied with something a bit more temporary, you can construct an hourglass tower from wood, ropes, and the basic pioneer skill called lashing.

The project earns its name from its shape: The basic superstructure resembles an hourglass. You construct that hourglass form from long poles—called “spars” by those in the know—typically made from thin, strong pieces of wood around 8 feet in length and 2 inches in diameter. Bamboo makes a good material, as it is light, strong, and relatively inexpensive. You can purchase bamboo spars online if you can’t find a local hardware store that carries them.

To hold the spars in place, you’ll have to lash them together with rope, using special knots to make the junctions secure. The lashing construction method requires fewer tools than a hammer-and-nails build, but it does force you to learn a bit about knots before you get started.

Campbell and Company provides tips to keep your home cool

TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- With triple digits hitting our homes, Action News took to the pros for some tips on how to keep cool.

Campbell and Company wants to remind homeowners to clear outdoor units of debris that can clog air conditioning systems, especially from the dust and wind we get out here.

Modern air conditioning units offer big energy savings, without breaking the bank. Plus, you can control your thermostat via Wi-Fi on your phone.

It's important to change your filters on a regular basis, because dirty filters could stop cool air from flowing in. Remember to check with your local technician.

"Maintenance, preventative maintenance will always do the job in that case because it will make the customer aware of what the system is doing and what it could be doing better,” explained Service Technician Eder Hernandez. “Every house is different. Always ask your technician to know what needs to be done to improve the system."

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Home loans through BankPlus?

Has anyone ever taken out a home loan through BankPlus? If so, do you know if they offer any kind of grants or anything like that to use towards putting a down payment on your home?

I don't know BankPlus, but I can tell you this. The type of grant/down payment assistance is not provided by banks/lenders. Typically, this is done by governmental agencies and/or housing non-profits.