A role remodeler for the little ones On the theory that it's never too early to learn how to renovate a fixer-upper, The Disney Channel...

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A role remodeler

for the little ones

On the theory that it’s never too early to learn how to renovate a fixer-upper, The Disney Channel has created “Handy Manny,” a new cable cartoon with a do-it-yourself theme for 3- to 5-year-olds.

Wilmer Valderrama, of “That ’70s Show” fame, is the voice of the main character, Manny Garcia, who owns a repair shop in the town of Sheetrock Hills and has a box of talking tools that help Manny fix doorbells, repair treehouses and spruce up cribs.

Of all the characters, we particularly like Kelly, the hardware-store employee who can find the most arcane washers and screws in mere seconds, much to the amazement of the tools.

There are lots of life lessons and problem-solving themes — and a sprinkle of Spanish in the dialogue — to educate those preschoolers glued to the tube. The real message? Renovate, rehab and repair.

The show airs at 9 a.m. on weekdays. For more information, go to disney.go.com/disneychannel/playhouse/handymanny.

Putting those

leaves on ice

Ergonomic design has come to the backyard via the hockey rink.

Augustine Biomedical & Design, a Minnesota company, used a hockey stick as the model for its Slapshot lawn rake. The leaf rake is designed to take advantage of the power of the body’s core muscles in much the same way a golfer or hockey player uses the whole body in a swing. Its square handle is designed to further reduce stress on the body.

The company says a user can clear three times as much ground in a single stroke as with a regular leaf rake.

The Slapshot rake is $14.99 and can be ordered at www.SlapShotLawnTools.com or 866-484-3450.

Getting organized

on the move

Bring order to supplies for do-it-yourself projects with storage drawers on wheels.

Ginny’s Solutions’ wheeled carts with colored drawers are $59.95-$89.95, depending on size.

For details, go to www.ginnyssolutions.com or call 800-693-0809.

Compiled from the Washington Post, Akron Beacon Journal and Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)