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Felt Candy Cane Ornament
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Cleaning Foggy or Dingy Headlights

My husband and I recently purchased a Turtle Wax headlight cleaning kit and cleaned them as directed and now our headlights have a foggy film on them. What's the best way to remove the film?

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Home Daycare Name Ideas

I'm opening my home daycare and I can't think of a name that isn't common. I want my name in it, Atiya or Tiya.

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Decorating Ladies' Vests

I am looking for ideas for decorating ladies' vests.

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Finding Plumbing Repair Help for Low Income Homeowner

I've been told that I have a hot water slab leak. I'm disabled and live on a fix income. The plumners tell me it's going to cost anywhere from $1000 to $7000 to fix and replace the pipes. I can't afford this cost. Do I have other opions?

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Caring for a Cat and Her Kittens
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Kitchen Curtain Color Advice

I am trying to brighten and change the color scheme in my kitchen. My cabinets are cherry and my counter top is beige with salt and pepper specs (stone). The colors I am using are paprika, yellows, and greens. My walls and woodwork are white. I am going to put curtains on my patio door.

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Changing Battery in Smoke Detector

I have realized that if one battery in the set of 4 electric detectors is not functional the whole system goes off. This happened last night at 3:30 in the morning. It's really awful to try and change these when the alarm is screaming in your ear. How can I tell which one is the faulty one?

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Dental Work Without Insurance

I am a senior citizen in need of dental work, but I have no insurance. I would appreciate suggestions very much.

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Cleaning With Ammonia

I would like to mix ammonia and water for general cleaning in the kitchen, such as table, counter tops, and stove top. What ratio should I use for this mixture?

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12th Birthday Party Ideas

My little girl is turning 12! She is not so little anymore. She wants an adventure party. I need ideas on how to organize a treasure hunt in the neighborhood.

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Growing Sunflowers from Seed

How do you grow sunflower seeds?

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Removing Nail Polish Stains from a Leather Couch

My kid was painting her nails in the living room and got some polish on the couch. The couch is black and the nail polish is pink. Please help. I don't know what to do and I don't want to make it any worse.

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Donating Fabric to Charity

My sister, in Iowa, has 15 large bags of fabric to donate. These are yardages, mostly for making clothing. She is unable to sew any longer due to illness. I am helping her find a place where she can donate it.

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What Breed Is My Dog?
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Repairing Laminate Floors

How can I cover small holes the size of the head of a wooden match in laminate flooring?

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Removing an Applique from a Felt Stocking

I made Christmas stockings from felt for my grandkids when they were born. I want to remove an iron-on applique on one of them. Any suggestions for doing this without ruining the stocking?

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What Breed Is My Dog?
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Donating Old Trophies

Where can I donate my old trophies, so that they can be recycled for good use?

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Candy Cane Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Hair Removal Cream Stain on Sink
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Repair Assistance for Senior Citizen

Is there a state funded program to help me replace the skirting on my mobile home? I am 70 yrs of age and don't want to lose my home. I can not afford to replace the skirting.

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Circuit Breaker Humming

The other day I lost electricity in half the house. I called Con Ed and they checked the wires and breakers. Everything seemed to be alright except the breaker to the furnance hums when we trip it and put it back on.

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Chalkboard Painted Fridge

I want to paint my fridge with chalkboard paint. Does anyone know what kind of primer I should use? The fridge being magnetic is not important to me.

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Lump Under Skin on Heel

If I feel my heel, there is a lump under the skin. I can't say it's a callous because the skin on the heel is soft. Could it be some sort of internal callous due to heavy walking on very hard floors?

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Shirt Bleeding Onto Itself
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Name Ideas for Interior Design Business

I want to start my new firm as an interior designer and 3D visualiser. I am trying to start the name with "su", if not possible then something unique and innovative.

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Paying Child Support

How can I get off paying child support? I only receive $800 dollars after they take it out. I can hardly pay my bills.

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Removing Furniture Polish Buildup

How do you remove furniture polish build up naturally?

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Cats Urinating on My Lawn

There are about 5 stray cats on my street. The neighbor next door feeds them and then they come to my lawn to pee, poop, and throw up. What homemade remedy can I use?

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Selling Pop Can Taps

Is there a place in the Thomson, Georgia area near by that buys the taps off cans? If so what is the address of the place and the name of it?

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Repairing a Gas Stove Burner

Two burners do not light properly. Any solutions?

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WonderArt Turtle Quilt Pattern

I am looking for the turtle quilt pattern #1285.

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Keeping a Rolly Polly as a Pet

How long do they live?

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Donating Fabric

Any ideas of charities in Portland, Oregon that could use fabrics in crazy prints in lycra and stretch velvet? I'm closing my dance shorts business and want these 10-60 yards of about 15 prints to go to a good cause.

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Jobs for 13 Year Olds

I'm 13 and my friend and I are looking for fun and easy ways to earn money. Any ideas?

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Curtain Colour Advice

I am so undecided about this. My family room walls are Stonington gray, by Benjamin Moore, which is a light gray. My couches are a darker gray, the hardwood floor is brown, and my tables are a deep brown. The window and baseboard trim is white.

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Finding Information on Lingoworld Doll

I have a Lingoworld #85 porcelain doll. How can I find information about it such as age, value, etc.?

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Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color Advice

Should I paint the wooden cabinets in my kitchen to match my walls or a little darker than my walls? I am using Benjamin Moore, Elmira white, it looks like a light gray.

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Brother Sewing Machine Zig Zap Stitch Problem

I have a Brother Project Runway ce-5000prw computerized sewing machine. Everything was working fine until all of a sudden when I tried to zigzag. The zigzag was on the bottom instead of the top. I know it sounds crazy, but it's quite frustrating.

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Replacement Cable for John Lewis Sewing Machine

Where can I get a power cable for the mini sewing machine by John Lewis?

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Getting Whites Really White

I put my white tops in with coloured clothes and then into the dryer. They came out discoloured and one top went slightly blue. How can I restore the colour without ruinning my tops?

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Curtain Color Advice

I have white walls and a dark brown leather sofa sectional. What color curtains will go best?

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2 Ingredient Pancakes
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Decorating a Room With Many Doors
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McCormick's Copycat Recipes
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Cleaning Ceramic Tile Grout
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Removing Rust From Inside Water Pipes
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Fixing a Hair Dye Disaster
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Remedy for Hair Damaged by Perm
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