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Stud Spacing and Wall Framing

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Remodeling and building homes over the years I have seen all sorts of stud spacing measurements in bearing and non-bearing walls.

How far should we space a framing stud in a bearing wall?

Most plans will give you this information. If you have a structural shear wall the plans will tell you what size of lumber to use at the plywood breaks. The normal spacing on a bearing wall will be 16 inches on center unless otherwise noted on the building plans. This is the most common spacing for studs in a wall.

How far can we space framing studs in a nonbearing wall?

I have seen studs spaced as far as 24 inches on center in a nonbearing wall. Over the years looking at the building code books I have found this to be acceptable for most framing applications. Do not confuse a nonbearing walls with a structural shear walls because there is no weight sitting on the shear wall.

Interior structural shear walls will require 16 inch on center spacing or less depending on the structural engineer and your local building department.

What are the disadvantages of spacing the studs 24 inches on center?

Using half-inch drywall with 24 inch on center stud spacing can give the wall a week or spongy feel. I have been in houses that have 24 inch on center’s stud spacing and can actually push the wall and see it move. Using 5/8 drywall will solve this problem in your walls.

What are the advantages of spacing the studs 24 inches on center?

The only advantage in spacing the studs farther apart is the fact you will be able to save a few dollars on the overall cost of building or remodeling your house. I personally do not recommend this process because the savings is minuscule compared to the overall cost of building the entire house.

If you look on a measuring tape between 19 and 20 inches you will usually find a little diamond. This little diamond is another measurement for laying out eight-foot walls or floors. So instead of using 16 inch on center layout you can use 19 1/4 for stud spacing. This will save you an additional stud in your wall or floor joist every 8 feet.

I have been writing more articles on home construction problems trying to help contractors and homeowners build safer stronger houses.

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Using a Shop Vac to Unclog Your Kitchen Drain

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Your kitchen drain is clogged, and you don’t have the money to call the plumber. You’ve tried using the plunger, but you’re not having any success. What are you going to do, no money to hire a plumber, and the plunger doesn’t seem to be working effectively?

If you own a shop vacuum that can be used to suck up water, you could save yourself a couple of dollars. The first thing you’re going to need to do, is to remove the filter from the shop vacuum. The filter is normally used when vacuuming dry materials like sawdust or dirt.

If you don’t remove the filter, there’s a good chance that you will ruin it, once it becomes wet. Make sure that you clean the shop vacuum out thoroughly and turned it on outside to make sure that it doesn’t blow any dirt or dust out the exhaust vent.

With all that done, it’s time to bring your shop vacuum into the kitchen and try to unclog your kitchen drain. I would imagine, since your kitchen drain is clogged up, that there is water in the sink. Simply place the shop vacuum hose end to the drain that is clogged and turn it on. Get as much of the dirty water out as possible and then refill the kitchen sink with clean water, enough to cover the clogged sink drain opening.

This time you will place the end of the vacuum hose into the sink drain, while using your hand to block off the rest of the kitchen sink drain opening. This will allow you to cover as much of the opening as possible. Now you will need to turn the vacuum cleaner on, while blocking the opening to the sink drain off, to the best of your ability.

This might not work the first time, so continue to add water, and repeat the process. If this doesn’t work, and you have a double kitchen sink bowl, you might need to cover the other drain opening and try this again.

The purpose and objective here is to try to reverse the clogged object that is located with in the kitchen sink trap or pipes that take the kitchen waste to the sewer.

If you do this more than four times and it doesn’t work, you tried, now it’s time to call the plumber. However, if it works, you saved yourself a couple dollars. Don’t forget that you can use this method for unclogging drains on bathroom sinks, toilets and even bathtubs.

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Home Safety Assessments for Seniors

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Your mom may not be slipping on banana peels in her kitchen — but she might be slipping on that favorite throw rug next to the sink! You may already question the safety of the throw rug, but have you ever wondered if there are other unsafe things in her home you haven’t thought about? Or, better yet, what can YOU do to make her home safer?

Your best resource for completing a comprehensive safety survey of the home is an in-depth home assessment checklist. An “In-Home Assessment” is a detailed checklist used to evaluate the safety and accessibility of a home or office. Home improvements are suggested in the checklist to enhance home accessibility and safety for seniors, elderly and people with disabilities.

Some of the more important safety recommendations for a home involve the kitchen, bathroom and entryways. For mom’s kitchen, a wall oven that has a convenient shelf right underneath the door prevents delicious, but heavy, casseroles from being dropped. Stoves with level electric cook tops ensure safe transferring between burners; front controls and downdraft features pull heat away; and a light indicating when a burner is hot, are all essential features.

In the bathroom, there are lots of things that can be done to improve safety. Just to name a few, we would mention a fold-down seat installed in the shower; an adjustable shower head on a hose; and an anti-scald device to insure the water will never get too hot for her while she is showering.

The entry areas are also critical spots to review for safety issues. You may want to include a motion sensitive light at the entrances; a foyer with no slip flooring; a low or no step entry with a cover; side lights at doors; and a surface for placing packages on while opening the door.

Slip resistant and non-glossy flooring surfaces are critical in the safety conscious handicap accessible home. A slip-resistant material on your floor, such as matte-finished wood or laminate, textured vinyl or a soft-glazed ceramic tile will help prevent falls. Thresholds separating adjacent rooms should be close to the same level. Lower-pile carpet that transitions into flooring is better than higher, softer piles. Low-pile carpeting and smooth flooring materials are also best for wheelchair maneuverability.

Finally, a few accessibility items to consider if mom is in a wheelchair or experiencing a disability include a 30-inch by 48-inch clear space at appliances, and a 60 inch diameter clear area for turning; pulls with loops on drawers; and levered handles wherever possible. A good in-home assessment checklist will also include information about safe electrical, lighting, and security items; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; and stairways, lifts and elevators.

Consulting an in-depth home assessment checklist will help you answer many questions about home safety for people with disabilities, seniors and individuals wishing to “age in place”.

If you need assistance evaluating the safety of a home, you will find a directory of certified aging in place (CAPS) specialists on the NAHB website. Your CAPS specialist will schedule an in-home consultation to observe and evaluate your current living arrangement, and assist you in creating a safer and more accessible home for you or a loved one.

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Quartz Tile Flooring – Is it Really That Easy?

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It was popular in ancient Greece and in ancient Rome and now Quartz Tile Flooring remodeling is back into our home design. When it comes to contemporary and easy DIY tiles, using this unique tiling technique is an alternative you should consider. If you want to quickly be able to remodel any internal or external surface – read the following review.

Some basics

What is Quartz Tile Flooring redecoration anyway? Well, it is created by assembling together similar smooth stones organized and then mounted onto a standard sq/ft mesh backing. South East Asia and especially Indonesia are known for the large variety of colorful and designed seashore stones that are used for these natural tiles. The most common applications with this tiling method include the following: Kitchens, bathrooms, backsplashes, and floors.

Main benefits

Let’s quickly examine what is in it for us:

* Can be used inside as well as in the outside.

* Considered inexpensive compared to other similar solutions.

* Easily installed over existing surfaces such as old ceramics or plain concrete.

Practical tips to go!

* Laminate the stones with a sealer prior to installation – it’ll protect it from liquids, dirt and detergents transforming it even more durable.

* Use only high quality materials such as grout and sealer – you don’t want your tiles to fall apart after few months just because you wanted to save a few dollars.

* Epoxy based grouts are considered stronger than conventional grout, however take in mind that they are less forgiving to the ignorant installer.

We could easily find many other benefits provided by this enjoyable home improvement technique simply because most people find it extremely easy to install and maintain.

Conclusions

Quartz Tile Flooring technique brings a true contemporary touch into any home’s surface with clear and effective advantages. It is advised to keep in mind the following advices just as you are ready to begin with installation.

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Experience Unfolded – A 360 Degrees Perspective

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The Vans Warped Tour is not a show anymore. It has turned into an annual tradition. Band artists often address it as ‘Punk Rock Summer Camp’. Fans from far off places travel along with the tour from city to city. And it’s not that the musicians, athletes and fans are the only ones who have fun, but the work personnel have it too. Once their work gets over, they join in and have the time of their lives. No where can anyone find an event/ festival/ show that acquires interests of all.

Let’s have a look at the 360 degrees perspective on the exhilarating experience!

Music bands’ perspective: The music bands that have performed at the Vans Warped tour unanimously agree that it is supposedly the best tour across the world. Some of the European bands assert that they have never witnessed such a show/ tour at their home grounds. The kind of warm welcome, appreciation and adulation each band receives, is truly out of the world.

Fans’ perspective: One word that explains the experience of fans is, ‘Ecstasy’. More than 20,000 fans follow the tour across North America because the tour promises them ‘Latest Features’ every time. Moreover, it gives them the opportunity to imbibe great music and watch out extreme stunts- all under one roof. The fans are even able to interact with their favorites once their performances are over.

Employees’ Perspective: Although the employees at the Vans Warped Tour work really hard to make it run as a great show, but once it is up there and happening, there is nothing that can equate the feeling of joy to see the kids having a ball of a time. No matter how tired the employees are- when they see the kids sustaining the weather and yet enjoying it to the fullest, they gear up to give in even more!

The Vans Warped Tour promises wholesome entertainment to its ardent followers. Everyone who is associated with it is sure to have a gala time. And there isn’t just kick ass music to be danced at, or breathtakingly splendid stunts to be awed at, but a lot of substance as well. Eco-initiatives and charitable trusts address some of the most prevalent issues of the contemporary world and thereby, urge the people to take a corrective action.

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Chamberlain PD210D Power Drive 1/2 HP Security Plus Garage Door Opener

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The Chamberlain PD210D Power Drive 1/2 HP Security Plus Garage Door Opener will provide smooth and reliable performance year after year and will allow you easy access to your garage. This particular model is extremely easy to use and operate. It comes equipped with an innovative security system that prevents anyone else from stealing the information you use to remotely open your garage door.

Unlike inexpensive models from competing manufacturers, this system features a remote control that generates a unique, non-repeating security code each time it is used. Another benefit of this system, from a security standpoint, is that once the door is closed it stays locked.

The Chamberlain PD210D includes an industrial strength motor that is able to lift just about any garage door. The gear casing is enclosed, which provides the electric motor with a longer life and higher performance than standard models. This opener was engineered with a safety system to prevent the door from closing on objects that are under the door opening. Families with children or pets should appreciate this design.

The reviews on the PD210D are somewhat mixed. While a large number of customers love the product, some people found it cumbersome to install and operate.

Chamberlain PD210D Features:

* Industrial strength chain-drive motor
* Innovative Security Plus technology
* Battery-operated single button remote control
* Makes use of billions of security codes
* Weighs 38 pounds

Chamberlain PD210D Reviews:

Many of the reviews for this garage door opener are positive and mention that it is quick and easy to install. Some customers who have owned this model for a number of years have said that it is durable, performs well and is trouble-free. The extra security features give owners added peace of mind and many buyers liked the smooth and quiet operation.

In contrast to the many positive reviews, there were a few from customers that disliked the product. One of the main complaints was that the door opener was in fact not very easy to install. Another criticism was that there were far too many pieces and wires to adjust to make it work correctly. Yet another objection mentions the reliability of the product and that it will work at times and not at other times.

While there are mixed reviews of the Chamberlain PD210D Garage Door Opener with contrasting views on the ease of installation and reliability of the product, the majority of reviews seem to indicate that this garage door opener is a strong, durable product that can operate with almost any garage door. Most consumers thought it was good value and a number have owned one for a number of years with no major problems.

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Gardening Business – Developing Your Elevator Pitch and Unique Selling Proposition (USP)

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There are two (2) concepts that you need to understand and embrace if you want to succeed in business. These concepts are your Elevator Pitch and your Unique Selling Proposition.

The Elevator Pitch is:

  1. a short and sweet summary of what you do and it is not really about trying to sell to someone. So instead of telling someone “I mow Lawns”, you might say “We turn our customers gardens into Landscape Showpieces”.
  2. a pitch for other people’s attention
  3. what you tell people if you were in an elevator and you only have 30 seconds (or 100 to 150 words) to impress them or to engage them
  4. a pitch for someone’s attention telling them what you do and hopefully they will be interested to ask you for more information. It is an introduction to what you do and in the process you create some intrigue and hopefully generate some enquiry from the listener

Your Unique Selling Proposition is:

  1. the reason (or the compelling Point Of Difference) your customers choose you over your competition
  2. the foundation of your advertising program – it is what you communicate to your market-place. It may be your slogan or tagline.
  3. the foundation of your professional image – Your image and brand are a result of devising your USP, and your image and brand is carried through to all your livery – clothing – uniforms, letterheads, business cards, magnetic stickers, motor vehicle signage, web sites, emails, flyers, brochures
  4. the first impression new customers and prospects have of you
  5. most probably more important to have than your Elevator Pitch

If you avoid or skip defining your own USP, you’ll struggle to grow your business.

Your Unique Selling Proposition is what you tell the market place through your Flyers, Leaflets, Website, Business cards, Brochures, Radio advertisements and so on. It helps to remind prospects and existing customers why you are different to your competitors. It is a summary of all the benefits (as opposed to all the features) you provide to your customers.

This Point of Difference (your USP) that you articulate may be something as insignificant as the location of your business, the way you carry out your service, or the speed of service delivery. So when you develop these concepts or slogans don’t say something like “We provide excellent service”, because anyone can say that. In other words there is NO point of difference here!!!

Famous examples of good Unique Selling Propositions include: “You get fresh, hot pizza delivered to your door in 30 minutes or less – or it’s free.”

Domino’s Pizza:

FedEx: “When your package absolutely, positively has to get there overnight”

DeBeers’: “Diamonds are forever”

You can see why the Domino’s & FedEx slogans are so effective because they are very specific with their mentions of benefits & guarantees. These slogans or taglines are complete statements which can be verified by the customer and they don’t resort to marketing hype words like “ultimate”, “best”, “greatest”.

The “Advertising Age” voted the DeBeers’ “Diamonds are forever” the best advertising slogan in the 20th century. Also, DeBeers would have benefited nicely from the glamorous James Bond film and book with the same name.

In summary, with both the Elevator Pitch and your Unique Selling Proposition, you are communicating to prospects and customers how you take Prospects with a Problem or Pain to another place where there is Pleasure.

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Bedroom Collection: The New Generation of Home Decor

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The Bedroom has always been a place where people can shed their outer clothes and be what they are. A bedroom of any house can be seen as the place where the residents can have their “me” time. It caters to the most personal characteristics of the person and can spend some quality time. Bedroom is not a place to sleep, but one of the most prominent areas of the house after the living room.

The bedroom is not made up of a couple of furniture put together, but it is a designated place where people come together and have their best time. The bedroom comprises of many furniture articles which include bed, bedside table, chest of drawers, display units, TV Unit, wardrobes and many other furniture items.

The various artifacts, when comes together in perfect synchronization, creates the perfect harmony and ambiance which is desired by many individuals. A Bedroom collection is a compilation of different furniture blending together which is flaunted and envied by many, so it should be commendable.

Let us analyze what significance does each component hold in the bedroom collection.

Bed: The Bed is the crucial part of the furniture, It is an expression of one’s personal lifestyle. Beds come in a wide variety of shapes and size. One chooses the bed according to one’s comfort and convenience. The bed also comes with storage options and without storage options, but the most trending one is the former. Beds are not just furniture where we can complete our required hours of sleep, but it also allows to have a more comforting and chic furniture added to your home decor.

Beds are chosen by many factors like formation, shape, number of members and height. Also, what are the various functionalities it is rendering to the home decor?

Bedside tables: This is a new trendy way to add on the mandatory storage without refurbishing the home decor. Bedside tables are ideal for a variety of reasons. It allows you to keep your knick knacks in place. Also, you can keep your lovely memories besides you. Bedside tables give you a lot of freedom to exercise your creative thoughts.

Chest of drawers: They have become an integral part of the bedroom collection. Chest of drawers help the persons to store their vital medicines and important thing, right in the bedroom, this is important because it keeps the things safe and helps the individual to have an eye on the various critical articles without any additional security. Drawers also help in storing things in a closed enclosure.

Display units: Gone are those days when the display of showcase articles was done only in the living room. The souvenirs which form a part of your life can be posted inside the bedroom. This approach also gives the person some privacy as the articles are only seen by individuals who have access to the bedroom. This is an important factor as it safeguards the things and gives a sense of private display.

The display unit can house various artifacts, small mementos, and pictures of the loved ones when the bedside tables are running out of space.

TV Units: A person always finds solace when comfort is the top most priority. This allows the bedroom to have a place where a person can be in his/her actual state, wearing off the inhibitions they drape every day for the outer world. Also, relaxation in today’s contemporary world means watching the favorite flicks in the comfort zone of the bedroom. This very thought gave birth to TV’s being installed in the bedroom which renders a refreshing time.

Wardrobes: They are a source of primary storage in every house. It houses various things which include clothes, shoes, ties, valuables and what not. This is the storage which is extremely personal and caters to particular individuals. Wardrobes are now becoming more contemporary and chic. They are not the old fashioned almirahs; rather it is now properly designed and sketched to meet and blend with the home decor, becoming an important part of the show.

All these combined with the state of the art technologies and manufacturing process allows the person to create an irresistible bedroom collection. There are many vendors which customize the furniture to match and suit the home decor. This allows all the furniture to render the same quality and feel.

So grab your design ideas and start your bedroom collection right away.

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Kitchen Sponges And The Environment

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Most of the talk about kitchen sponges is around the amount of bacteria they can harbor. Sure, it’s a very good point, but what about the effect of these throwaway items on the environment?

How often do you change your kitchen sponge – once, twice a week? Imagine that being repeated millions of times each week around the world. It’s a lot of waste, especially given that so many sponges are made from plastics, making them yet another item in our home that’s derived from oil.

While changing your sponge regularly is good hygienic practice, try to purchase ones that are made from only from cellulose fiber – and the cellulose is sourced from plantation forests or recycled.

There’s an added danger with many synthetic sponges these days; often they are impregnated with chemicals such as Triclosan. Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent and is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency as being a pesticide. It’s also used in many antibacterial soaps, deodorants, toothpastes and cosmetics.

Aside from increasing evidence linking triclosan to health problems, it is also believed to destroy fragile aquatic ecosystems; especially algaes that other animals may depend on – either directly or indirectly.

As sewerage and waste water treatment plants cannot remove triclosan and the compound remains stable for long periods of time; it’s posing an increasing problem in our waterways – it’s now one of the most common man-made chemicals found in U.S. streams.

Any sponge pack that states is anti-bacterial or destroys odors is probably best left on the supermarket shelf as it’s likely to contain triclosan or something equally damaging to the environment.

To help keep your “green” cellulose sponge free of nasty bacteria, try to keep it as dry as possible between uses. You can sterilize them by soaking for a few minutes in boiled water, or try a dilute bleach/hydrogen peroxide solution.

Just on bacteria – we seemed to have developed quite a paranoia about these critters. Not only are there good bacteria, but in order to develop resistance to some of the less desirable ones, we do need some exposure to them. While good basic hygiene practices should never be forsaken, all we’re doing with disinfecting everything we touch is weakening our immune system and producing more robust bacteria.

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‘The Code of the Woosters’: A Treat to Fans of Jeeves and Bertie

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P.G. Wodehouse describes his own style of writing as being a ‘musical comedy without music, and ignoring real life altogether”. The Code of The Woosters is very much in keeping with such a style.

The novel features some of Wodehouse’s best-known characters – Bertie Wooster, the good-natured young aristocrat whose mental endowments are often found wanting; Jeeves, his manservant, whose mental prowess is known to be able to get him out of the tightest of spots; Augustus ‘Gussie’ Fink-Nottle, whose obsession with newts continually wrecks havoc in his love life; and many others.

The story begins with Bertie Wooster throwing a party one night to his friend Gussie Fink Nottle, who is engaged to Madeline Bassett, a dreamy, poetic kind of girl, who was once engaged to Wooster. Wooster, who fears the very prospect of spending his life with a girl who thinks stars are tears shed by angels, is overjoyed and relieved that he would never have to worry about marrying Madeline Bassett again.

The next morning, Wooster gets a request from his Aunt Dalhia to go to a particular antique shop and talk disparagingly of a certain cow-creamer, with an aim to signal to the seller that it is of little value. Bertie’s Uncle Tom, an avid collector of what he considers to be unique antiques, has been very keen – in fact, close to desperate – to get his hands on that cow creamer, and Aunt Dalhia wants to make sure that not too much money is squandered away in buying the same.

However, in endeavoring to carry out the assigned task, Wooster bumps into Madeline’s father and his uncle’s rival collector, Sir Watkyn Bassett. He remembers that Sir Bassett, a judge by profession, had once fined him – unjustly, in his personal opinion – five quids for what he considers a perfectly harmless crime of pinching a policeman’s helmet. Sir Bassett makes gentle enquiries with Wooster about whether he has transformed since. At this point, Bassett’s companion, Roger Spode, opines that no transformation has taken place, and points out the fact that Bassett’s umbrella is presently in Wooster’s possession. Wooster realizes that Spode is right, and wonders how it even came into his possession. He laughs it off as being just ‘an impulsive reach for an umbrella that was at arm’s length’. Spode and Bassett, however, do not take to it lightly, and let off Wooster with a stern warning. Wooster then caustically criticizes the cow creamer to the shopkeeper, hoping to make him reduce its price, but later finds out that his efforts were in vain, as the cow creamer has been purchased by Bassett.

Meanwhile, Fink-Nottle telegrams Wooster that his engagement is broken off, and asks him to help. This news shakes Wooster badly, as he conceives of the dreadful prospect of Madeline returning to him.

Aunt Dalhia orders Wooster to go to Totleigh Towers, the residence of Bassett, and steal the cow creamer from him, failing which, she threatens him, he would never again be allowed to avail the services of Anatole, her famed cook. Finding such a prospect unbearable, Wooster agrees. Unable to figure out how he can walk into Totleigh Towers after his last encounter with Bassett, he asks Fink-Nottle to arrange for an invitation. After getting the same from Madeline, who wrongly assumes that Bertie is coming with hopes of getting her back, he sets off to Totleigh towers with a double mission in mind – getting the cow creamer, and fixing Madeline’s engagement with Fink-Nottle.

However, on reaching there, he finds out that Bassett’s opinion of him still remains unchanged, and to make it worse, Spode is in Totleigh, too. Wodehouse compares Wooster’s predicament with that of a prospective murderer, who on reaching the villa where the execution is planned to take place, finds out that not only is Sherlock Holmes staying there on a holiday, but Hercule Poirot, too.

He meets Fink-Nottle, and tries to console him, but finds out soon enough that his differences with Madeline have been sorted out, and they are engaged again. He heaves a sigh of relief at the discovery that he has been steered clear of Madeline for good.

He also finds that Fink-Nottle is uncharacteristically confident and even stands up to such ghastly people as Spode and Bassett. On being asked the reason behind such a transformation, he explains that he observes their respective idiosyncrasies very closely, and writes down those which are extremely funny and laugh-evoking. The way Bassett eats, and the way Spode wears his moustache, for instance, make him see them more as comedians than dictators, and this makes him feel superior to them. This scheme, he tells Wooster, was Jeeves’ brainchild.

A problem arises, however, when Fink-Nottle loses his diary, where he has written all this down. Wooster tells him that he can never hope to marry Madeline if Bassett finds that diary and all that is written in it. Being extremely anxious to see Madeline married off and hence free himself, Wooster is desperate to get the diary back for Fink-Nottle. Fink-Nottle remembers having it last when he was in the company of Stephanie, a ward who stays at Totleigh.

In between all this, Wooster attempts to steal the cow creamer and gets caught, embarrassingly, by Spode. Spode informs Bassett, and the duo is convinced beyond doubt that Wooster is a born thief and his sole intention behind visiting Totleigh Towers is to loot the cow creamer. Madeline, somehow, rescues Wooster from them, but they remain convinced of his intentions.

Meanwhile, Fink-Nottle is convinced that his secret diary should have been put by Stephanie into her stalking, and he ventures out to test this theory. Unfortunately, in carrying out this far-from-graceful act, he is spotted by Madeline, who loses all respect for him. He also finds out, to his dismay, that his theory held no water.

Madeline decides that she has had enough, and decides to just make Wooster, who she thinks genuinely loves him, happy. She informs Wooster that she will marry him, much to his chagrin and despair. Wooster decides that the only way out for him is to get the diary and explain everything to Madeline.

To get the diary, he sneaks into Stephanie’s room in her absence, but she comes back before he is even able to complete his search. He finds that she has brought his boyfriend, who also happens to be his old mate ‘Stinker’ Pinker, now a curator. Stephanie, feeling that her uncle, Bassett, would not agree to give her hand to a curator, comes up with an idea. She suggests that Wooster pretend to steal Bassett’s precious cow-creamer, in disguise, and Pinker would act like he catches the thief and beats him up. Wooster’s identity would be concealed by a mask. Wooster, having already been caught trying once, refuses firmly. Stephanie tells him that he would not be able to get the diary unless he does.

Jeeves comes to Wooster’s rescue and offers a solution. He suggests that Bassett should first be informed that Stephanie loves Wooster. This would leave him in a a state of profound shock, as he perceives Wooster to be a thief and hates him with his heart. In this state, if he is informed that it is in fact a curator, and not Wooster whom Stephanie loves, he will welcome him with a red carpet. Any bridegroom will be sweet as honey to Bassett in comparison to Wooster.

The plan is executed, and Bassett agrees to Stephanie marrying Pinker. He is just happy that things that ‘could have been far worse’ are not happening. Wooster informs Madeline of Stephanie’s engagement, who then starts feeling that she had perhaps judged Fink-Nottle a tad too prematurely. She reconciles with him, and they get together again, much to Wooster’s immense relief. Unfortunately, the relief is short-lived, as Bassett comes to get hold of Fink-Nottle’s diary. After reading all the abuses and digs directed at him, he makes it absolutely clear that he will never have him as his son-in-law.

Meanwhile, because of Wooster’s lack of correspondence, Aunt Dalhia comes in person to Totleigh Towers to do something about the cow creamer. At the same time, Stephanie gets into trouble with an inspector over the activities of her pet dog. Enraged by his attitude, she decides to teach him a lesson. She gets Pinker to steal his helmet, so as to teach him a lesson. Co-incidentally, this is the same inspector whose helmet Wooster once stole.

Two thefts happen – Aunt Dalhia’s theft of the cow-creamer, and Pinker’s theft of the helmet. Both are hidden in Totleigh towers. With respect to the the cow-creamer, Spode and Bassett have no doubt at all that Wooster is the culprit. The inspector comes to Totleigh towers, suspecting that Stephanie has stolen his helmet, but on seeing Wooster there, he decides that Stephanie should only have been the planner, and the execution should have done by Wooster – again.

Stephanie asks Wooster not to give away the fact that Pinker is the actual thief. She implores him to go to jail for a month for her sake. Wooster firmly refuses. ‘The code of the Woosters is never to let a pal down,” she reminds him. Moved by these words, Wooster agrees. Aunt Dalhia dumps the cow-creamer in this room, and his room ends up accommodating both stolen items. Wooster sends Fink-Nottle home with the cow-creamer, but the helmet gets stuck in his room. The inspector and Bassett barge in, perform a search, and find the helmet in the room. They immediately accuse Wooster of theft. Bassett locks him inside and asks the inspector to arrest him the next morning.

Jeeves, using his quick mind, finds a way out. He remembers that he has some very embarrassing information about Spode, which he obtained from his valet (Valets of all gentlemen are part of a club, and they are all obliged to share information about their masters with one another). Spode, apparently, is an expert at making women’s undergarments and has a small shop specializing in the same. Jeeves figures out that this information, if made public, would cause Spode major embarrassment, for he has long created the information of being a tough, authoritative kind of a person. Armed with this information, he orders Spode to confess to the theft of the helmet. He reasons that doing so would cause no harm, as Bassett, who is engaged to Spode’s aunt, is unlikely to pursue any legal action against him. Spode, fearing the consequences of a leak of his long kept secret, obliges, and makes a false confession, as instructed, to Bassett. Bassett, feeling embarrassed, apologizes to Wooster.

On Jeeves’ suggestion, Wooster threatens to take defamation action against Bassett, if he doesn’t agree to the marriages of Pinker and Stephanie; and Fink-Nottle and Madeline. Bassett, knowing the legal consequences of his actions, being a judge himself, sees that he has no option, and agrees. Wooster also points out that the missing cow-creamer has probably been smuggled underground, and could, in the future, be sold to his Uncle Tom, and warns him against creating an issue if he sees the cow-crewmer in Uncle Tom’s possession in the future. Seeing that he has no bargaining power whatsoever, Bassett agrees.

Thus, thanks to Jeeves’ razor-sharp brain power, the couples are happily married, Uncle Tom gets his cow-creamer, Aunt Dalhia keeps her cook, and Bertie Wooster continues to be a happy bachelor.

The book, like all of Wodehouse’s books, is a literary feast. Wodehouse’s choice of words, particularly those used by the character Jeeves, demonstrates a command of the language that inspires and fascinates. The strong undercurrent of humour that runs throughout the novel keeps the reader smiling all the time, and on occasions, leaves him in splits. Witty quotes like ‘If not disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled,’ show a level of mastery of the English language, as well imagination, which are hard to find in most other humorists. The plot, with all its comic twists, outrageous characters, and a climax that would keep the reader in splits, is only one among Wodehouse’s many masterpieces. In short, a genius book from a genius author, and a must read for anyone who wants to de-stress or have a good laugh.

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