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Originally published Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Home and garden news and notes

Digital doorbells that play favorite songs, and such.

Akron Beacon Journal

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DIGITAL DOORBELL PLAYS FAVORITE SONGS

The Tommyknocker Digital Doorbell is out to banish the boring door chime.

The doorbell, from Predominance LLC, can be personalized with your favorite music or sound. It comes with a memory stick loaded with a selection of sounds, or you can use a computer to upload an MP3 audio file. A sound- editing tool lets you select a specific section of a song, if you like.

The doorbell can be connected to up to four doors and can be programmed to play sound files in rotation. Its 4-inch, 8-ohm speaker can be adjusted to up to 80 decibels.

It sells for $169.99 plus shipping at www.tommy?knockerdoorbell.net.

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BOOK HELPS DO-IT-YOURSELFERS FRESHEN A HOME WITH PAINT

Paint is one of the cheapest ways to transform a home, but using paint artfully can be a challenge.

The folks at Better Homes and Gardens' Do It Yourself magazine provide plenty of guidance in "Do It Yourself: 100+ Paint Projects."

The book provides ideas for painting a variety of surfaces, including furniture, fabrics, glass and ceramics — and, of course, walls. Instructions and patterns are included, so you don't have to be an artist to achieve professional-looking results.

"Do It Yourself: 100+ Paint Projects" is published by Wiley and sells for $19.99 in soft cover.

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