Hi, thanks for the tip, but no, not using the layout control (at least not the latest cool one from the latest extension library).
I have figured out how (by searching - and chatting with others - thanks all) how to contain the width... now I need to center the site on the page. Sorry if this is newb question, but have to start somewhere.
Can anyone tell me why my post above would not work? Thinking my updates to custom.css should do the trick. Am I wrong?