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Search the Web For Home Advice, Latest Electronic Gadgets

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RALEIGH — The World Wide Web offers all kinds of help in remodeling a home, while several new gadgets are on display at theConsumer Electronics show, even a special car for music lovers.

Remodeling and do-it-yourself projects can be daunting.

Building.comis a huge Web site offering helpful information on just about any kind of project. Links to remodeling sites bring up dozens of how-to ideas.

There are even pictures showing how sponge painting might look with several different color schemes. You can also shop online for tools and materials and even search for contractors.

The Internet is a great place to go for ideas, and planning can save money on your next do-it-yourself project.

Thousands of retail buyers are pouring through the doors of the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas.

Hot electronics include new computer designs fromCompaq. The new computers feature colors and a sleek design with a built-in liquid crystal function display.

More multiple-computer homes make home networking products popular. Personal television recorders that let viewers decide when they want to watch are also big at the show.

The Vegas show is the largest in the country and showcases the products people will be buying this year.

A new car for loud music lovers sets new standards for noise pollution. The Sony Limited Edition Ford Focus packs 460 watts of thumping audio.

The Xplod sound system includes AM-FM and CD player, four speakers inside and a big subwoofer in the trunk.

The car will come in four colors and is aimed at drivers ages 16 to 24. It will cost less than $16,000.