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Repairing a Broken Water Line

Who can I call? My main water line broke and my water bill is already $225. I'm disabled and only my wife works part time. We are in bad need of a low cost plumber to replace the line.

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Sponge Melted Onto Stove Burner

So my daughter tried to clean off drippings from a hot burner with a scrubbie sponge and the sponge melted right onto the burner. Will any of the solutions offered here be best to try?

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Repairing Scratched Eyeglass Lens

My glasses lenses are badly scratched. How can I repair them?

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Name Ideas for an Ice Cream Factory

I want a perfect name for our ice cream factory.

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Starching Clothes

How do I use corn starch to stiffen my clothes?

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POA Verses Trustee of a Trust

I have a brother who has been supported by our parents for about the last 30 years, he receives a civil service check every month for less than 800.00 a month. Over the past three years I have flown back and forth out of state to care for them.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Boyfriend

Okay so I've been dating my boyfriend for seven months now. I have no idea what to get him for Christmas. He never says he wants anything! He doesn't play any sports, but he hunts and fishes all the time. Please help me!

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Christmas Help

I have 4 children (2 girls and 2 boys) and I have no job or any help. Where can I get Christmas help for my kids ages 14, 9, 10, 8?

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Speech Ideas for Receiving an Award

I will be receiving an award for being the best popular student from department of accounting at Bayero University Kano. What can I say?

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Mixing Instructions for Hitachi Bread Machine

What are the mixing instructions according to the use and care manual for Hitachi HB-B102?

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Agencies That Help After a House Fire

My friend is a single mom and her house burned down.I would like to directed to a charity or more that will help my friend rebuild her house.

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Sewing Machine Not Running Properly

When sewing on my sewing machine will start to jerk. It's catching when I load the bobbin it's fine when I push it back over to sew it starts to like catch again. It sounds like the gears are grinding. I put a little oil on the gear, but it did not help.

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What Breed is My Dog?
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Homemade Fudge Gone Wrong

What have I done wrong? My fudge didn't set and it has a significant amount of liquid.

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Easy Meatless Quiche
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Dog Pooping and Peeing in Basement

Our GSD is afraid of noises. So when some snow feel off the roof the dog starting peeing and pooping in our basement. How do we stop her from doing this?

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Smell in Wall of Dead Squirrel

I have a three story home and about three weeks ago I felt something running in the main floor ceiling and now the whole house smells really bad. I can 't stand the smell.

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Dog Peeing On Rug

How do I stop my dog peeing on my rug? It's always the same corner. I have a dog flap, and she only does it when I have a rug.

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Maytag Washer Displaying Error Codes E8 and F1

My front loader Maytag MHW6000XW2 will stop about 10-12 min into the wash cycle. It displays error codes E8 and F1. It will pump out all the water and to get it to restart (all over again) I have to unplug it for about 2 min. I've checked the hoses, screens, etc. Still persists.

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Leather Coat Dye Transferred Onto Vinyl Stool

A wet leather coat placed onto a cream vinly stool has transferred dye. I have tried white spirits, white vinegar, and washup liquid with no luck.

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Which Mix Is My Dog?
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Fudge Didn't Set

I made my microwave fudge and it didn't set and was in the refrigerator all night.

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Removing an Iron On Applique

I had some pjs personalised for my nephew, they arrived and the name was spelled wrong. They are a Christmas present and I need a solution to remove it quickly as the company has a no returns policy on personalised products. Please help.

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Lace on White Bra Getting Grey

What can be used to get a greyed lace bra back to white again?

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Sharing Living Expenses

My friend and I have been living together for 12 or so years. When I moved in I was doing temp work, but contributing to food and cable and smaller but important expenses.

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Washer Stopped Working

My washing machine drums, started to make loud beating noise and after awhile stopped working.

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Washer Won't Spin

I have a Frigidaire top load washer that won't spin. It washes fine and drains well, but the clothes a still soaking wet. It will not spin at all. Is this a easy fix or do I go buy a new washer?

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Rusty Cast Iron Pans

How do I remove rust from a cast iron Dutch oven?

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Removing Starch from a Jacket

I sewed a ladies' jacket and used spray starch. Is there a way to get the starch removed without washing? Please help, thanks!

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What Breed Is My Puppy?
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Relief for Dog's Itchy Ears

I have a Pug/Shih Tzu with floppy ears. His right ear is clearly bothering him. It's red and itchy and he keeps shaking his head. I have intentions of taking him to the vet, but it's late and no vet is open. I was wondering if there was a way to help relieve the itching till I get the chance to get him to the vet.

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Dog Leaks When She Needs to Pee

Our Beagle is a year and a half old. For most of her life, we've had problems with her not being able to hold her bladder very long and leaking in the house a lot when she acts like she wants to go out. We had her on incontinence pills for a while which seemed to help, but eventually those stopped working, we've had her checked for urinary tract infections.

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Sharing Expenses With Boyfriend

My dilemma is that my now boyfriend and I have been off and on for the last 7 or 8 years. He asked me to move in with him. I didn't take the offer at first, but once other options didn't work we decided to "fix" his house up. We decided, I would pay for materials and he would do the work.

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Santa? No, Fuzzy! (Domestic Long Hair)
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Homemade Buttermilk
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Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs
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Use Silk Pillowcases Inside Cotton
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Recycling Aging Veggies or Salads

Know how we chop off ends of veggies or ditch salads or refrigerator veggies that are less than fresh looking but still good? Well, if you don't freeze them for future soup, consider JUICING them now in your food processor or blender.

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Easy Boiled Dinner

This was made from my ham bone from Thanksgiving I froze the bone that day after carving it. I took it out recently and let it boil all day long. I added add spices like: thyme, rosemary, bay leaf, black pepper, a splash of cider vinegar and a splash of white wine.

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Keep Cats out of the Christmas Tree

My cat doesn't like the smell of citrus. I take the tree shaped car deodorizer, orange scent, and hang them from the bottom branches.

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Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
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Perfume Insert as Bathroom Air Freshener
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Personalize Cookies as Gifts
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Restoring Old Photos At No Cost
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Charlie (Chiweenie)
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What Breed is My Dog?
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Anniversary Gift Ideas for Pastor

I need a pastor anniversity gift ideas for a soldier in God's army.

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Finding Free US Census Records

Several years ago I was working on my family tree and I discovered the US Census records. It was free. Now I have no idea how to find it. Every place online leads me to places like Ancestry.com, Family Tree.com or other websites that charge a fee. Can you give me a link to the site?

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