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Zimba and Zeus (German Shepherd Mix)
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Washing Machine Error Code F-25

My washer is not working. What does a F-25 error message mean?

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Signing Into Accelerated Reading Tests

What if you don't have a password/username?

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Interior Design Business Name

Please help me come up with a different catchy and creative interior design names. I would like to include something with "metamorphism" because my interior design signature is a butterfly.

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Paint Color to Coordinate Floor
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Interior Paint Colors That Help Sell Your House

I am about to put my house up for sale and was planning to repaint the interior. I am wondering if I should paint everything the same color or different colors for each room? If different colors, are there certain rooms which should be painted the same to blend together?

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Bathroom Paint Color Advice

I am trying to sell my house and decided to remodel my bathroom with some new ceramic tile on the floor, shower walls, and around the whirlpool tub. The tiles are a light almond color and the vanity is a clear coated birch. Please help me pick a good color to paint the walls!

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Kitchen Paint Color Advice

I just completely renovated my kitchen with new birch cabinets, with a clear coat, no stain, and a cool grey tile on the floor. I have no idea what color to paint the walls, please help! The appliances are stainless.

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Hair Dry and Frizzy from Perm

I got my hair permed about a year and a half ago or more, it turned out great, and was very healthy. I have never put any chemicals or dyes in it, but over the last few months it gets completely dry, feels crackly, and it frizzes so much that even if I straighten it, it looks as if I have been struck by lightening.

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What Breed Is This Dog?
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What Breed Is This Dog?

This is my neighbor's dog and we can't seem to find out what breed he is and/or how big he will get.

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Curtain Color Advice

What color curtains goes with green walls, beige furniture, and a brown rug?

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Getting Rid of Pigeons

I've been on holiday for two weeks and now have pigeons on my veranda every morning. How can I get rid of them?

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"Puppy Love" Puppy Chow
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What Breed Is My Dog?
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Getting Hair Back to Natural Color

I recently bleached and dyed my hair to an indigo color, but I was just offered a new job, very surprisingly, that requires me to dye it back to a natural color. My hair is naturally brown.

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Cleaning Cat Spray Off Cat and Porch

My 8 month old neutered cat just sprayed all over his own underbelly, tail, and the wooden porch in response to the presence of a tom cat! He is usually just inside and wants in, but there is no way at this point. He is smelly and you can smell it in the kitchen as the door comes into the kitchen area.

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Cleaning a Glass Top Stove

Does anyone know how to get my blue towel marks off my stove top? I had a boil over of pasta and grabbed the first thing in sight.

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Singer Prelude Presser Foot Won't Go Down

I have a Singer Prelude that until now, I've had no problems with. However, today I cannot get the presser foot to go down. The lever in the back works, but the foot won't budge.

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Mower Engine Backfires and Shuts Down

I have a 24 hp. Craftsman mower, with only 15 hrs. After riding it 1/2 hour to 3/4 of an hour it backfires and shuts wown. After sitting 10 minutes it restarts and shuts down again. Sometimes I rev the engine up and down and it corrects itself.

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What Breed Is My Dog?
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Plugs Won't Stay in Outlet

I can put a plug into the outlet, but any movement of the cords and they pop out. Any kind of plug in air freshener will hang partially out. It's like a loose outlet that doesn't want to hold onto anything.

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Setting Rates for Cleaning

I am cleaning a less than 500 sf apartment. How much should I charge to deep clean a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment? They want laundry done, refrigerator cleaned, and room decluttered and organized.

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Value of 1768 Encyclopedia Britannica

I have a full set, printed in 1966 in the USA. Dedicated by permission to Lyndon B Johnson and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. It comes with the original book stand. Also comes with reference book. All are in very good condition and leather bound.

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Phoenix (Albino California King Snake)
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Shelf Liner Doubles as Jar Opener
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What Breed Is My Dog?
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Reprogramming a Garage Door Remote

We just bought a new house and not long after we had some electrical storms. That maybe relevant, I don't know. We have 4 Aprimatic TR2 remotes which operate an electric gate on one button and the other button operates a Merlin 430r garage door. The gate still works, but the garage door doesn't on any of the four remotes.

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Removing Sticker Residue from Clothing

I bought the shirt on eBay as, "new with tag". The same tag since the shirt sat on display for an entire golf season. There is a perfect ractangular tape strip discoloration where the adhesive attached the tag to the front of the shirt.

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Use Coffee or Tea for Gray Hair

I have just a few strands of grey hair but it bothers me. Someone mentioned tea. I either make a very strong cup of tea or coffee and comb it in and let it set 30 minutes or so. It helps blend in the bit of grey.

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Front Load Washer Won't Drain or Spin

I have a Kenmore HE front load washer; it is 13 years old. Last night it would not spin or drain. I took the clothes out, unplugged it, replugged, and ran an empty load. It worked fine. I loaded clothes in and it wouldn't drain or spin. Is it fixable? Is is worth it?

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Removing Vinegar Smell from Carpet

I used white vinegar to remove stains and pet urine from the carpet, it worked, but now an awful vinegar smell is left. It has been 4 days now and the smell is almost stronger. I tried washing it, but that didn't help. It still has a strong vinegar odor. I am getting ready to replace carpet.

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Replacing Circuit Breakers

Can you replace two single 20 amp breakers with a double 60 amp breaker?

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Unique Name for Interior Design Firm

What should be the name for my interior designer firm?

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What Breed Is My Dog?
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Bleaching Acrylic Fabric

I have a 100% acrylic hat and I would prefer it to be light pink. How can I evenly dye the fabric? With what type of bleach?

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Cleaning Lining of Kate Landry Handbag

Thank you for the tip, the alcohol swabs did the trick. All my pen marks are gone! I still have dirt to clean in the lining. Should I wait to clean it that until the alcohol has dried or continue cleaning it?

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Cleaning Your Oven

What's the best thing you can use to clean an oven?

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Painting a Vinyl Recliner

How do I paint a vinyl recliner?

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Smoke Alarm Beeping

Will an old battery cause an alarm to go off?

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Replacing a Circuit Breaker

I bought a 20 amp 115 volt welder for the garage. The circuit breaker in the main box is a 15 double pull breaker. Can I put a 20 amp double pull breaker in its place without running new wires?

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Washer Displaying OL Error Code

The washer was not used for 2 months. Now every load gives ol code. It is not overloaded. I even get the code if my washer is empty.

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Gluing Sea glass to Plate Glass

I am gluing sea glass to plate glass, a glass frame, that will be vertical, so it needs to bond well. Also it can not yellow over time in the sun. Ideas?

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Sewing Machine Skipping Stitches

My machine went into high speed and the needle broke. I shut off the machine and changed the needle. Now it skips stitches. I cleaned the machine and changed the needle again. I also changed the bobbin. It still skips stitches.

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Riding Mower Won't Start

When starting the mower, it turns over once and stops. When I try again, same thing.

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Buying Puppies from Craigslist

When people are selling a puppy on Craigslist and do not name the symptoms of the puppy who is not a new born but 3 months old already, could it possibly have parvo? They are asking $50. What do you do? What could you possibly do?

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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Yarn Wrapped Heart Wreath
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What Breed Is My Dog?
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Value of 1958 Encyclopaedia Britannica

I have a set of 1958 Britannica with Books of the Year through 1984. Does this set have any value? I would say it is in excellent, but not quite perfect condition.

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Growing a Weeping Cherry Tree

What is the hardiness of the weeping cherry tree and will it grow in Colstrip Montana?

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Dishwasher Leaving Film on Glasses

My dishwasher is leaving a cloudy film on the glasses.

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