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Lighting Candles with Matches Safely
All winter long, I burn candles but it gets harder to light them with an ordinary match when there is only a little left. I buy fireplace matches at Home Depot. They are much longer than regular matches, and prevent me from burning myself.
Keeping Feet Warm in Bed
This is a guide about keeping feet warm in bed. It's hard to fall asleep or stay asleep when your feet get cold.
Caulking Around a Sink
After installing your new sink you will want to finish the job by caulking around the sink to prevent water from getting between the sink and the wall or countertop. This is a guide about caulking around the sink.
Cut Your Candle Wick for Cleaner Burning
Cut your candle wick before you relight it. It will not smoke as much. That smoke adheres to walls, making it necessary to paint sooner. The picture shows one wick cut, so you can see the difference.
Make Your Own Sachets
I make my own sachets. They don't last for months like the old timey ones did. I'll settle for a few weeks. I buy tiny plastic bags from Walmart. I use them for storing seed. I saturate the tips of a couple of swabs with my earthy Aqua Velva and put them into the bags, making sure they're sealed well.
Makeshift Shelf Ideas
This is a guide about makeshift shelf ideas. Often we need to set up temporary shelves. Using items around the house to assemble them is fast and frugal.
Soundproofing the Laundry Closet
We have a small open closet in the kitchen where the clothes washing machine is located. I just replaced the old one with a Kenmore. This made a lot of noise. After speaking with the store clerk, she suggested we swap it out for another one of the same model to see if the original was a dud. At the price we paid, the clerk said it should not be making this much noise.
Nailing Sign to Stone Wall
I have a sand stone outside wall with cement between the stones. I need to hang a sign, approximately 36x24 inches to the wall. How do I do it?
Sanding Tips. We have a lot of sanding to do in our basement, any hints on getting it done faster and not having such a mess!
Hammering a Nail or Screwing Into Stone
I would like to hang a wreath outside on my stone chimney. Can anyone tell me what nail or screw would go through stone? I was sold some masonry nails, but they just bounced right off (and onto my now sore thumb).
Solutions for a Slippery Carport. I need a solution for a slippery carport. Being in central Louisiana we have lots of humidity and it leaves my carport slab extremely slippery.
Increasing Natural Light In My Basement
I am looking for a way in increase natural light at a basement window under a deck. Any ideas?
Drawer and Shelf Liner Ideas
Uses for Drawer Liner
Keeping Cabinet Doors From Slamming Shut
Removing Venetian Blinds
Uses for Lattice
Uses For Gutters
Shelf Liner for Securing Throw Rugs
Using Ziploc Bags
Preventing Rust from Forming on Floor Vents
Protecting Your Countertops
Use Fabric Paint for Slip-Proofing
Finding Your House in the Dark
Snow Removal Tips
Driving a Nail
Dressing Up A Blah House
Turn Wooden Stool Into A Night Stand
Store Trash Bags In Can
Finding Studs in a Wall
Egg Carton for Painting Bolts
Use Clearance Wallpaper for Shelf and Drawer Liners
Dollar Bill for Measuring
Keep Chair Leg from Cutting Through Rubber Protector
Keeping A Hide-a-Bed Clean
Put Newspaper Under Rug For Insulation
Muddy Shoe Station
Use Soda Tab Tops to Hang Items
Use Water Balloon Attachment as Pressure Washer
Paint Keys for Easy Identification
Make Your Own Pillowtop Mattress and Duvet Cover
Use Adjustable Chair for Low Work
Vaseline to Weatherproof Screws
Cap Caulk Tube With Clipped End
Use Painter's Tape to Catch Dust When Drilling Walls
Using Velcro on Outside Surfaces
Use Spaghetti Instead of a Long Match
Do You Have Wet Rot/Dry Rot?
Look For Clues To The Age Of Your House
Press And Seal As Shelf Paper
Comb Nail Holder
Consider the Return on Your Investment (Home Improvement)
Cutting Nylon Rope
Soap As a Lubricant
Coca Cola for Removing Rusted Bolts
Maintaining Your Tape Measure
Saving the Fingers When Hammering
Inside The House Tool Kit
Coke for Rust
Baking Soda for Icy Walks
Scratched Glass Remedy
Other Uses for the Fridge
Line the Bottom of Your Kitchen's Garbage Can
Drilling in the Ceiling
Fourth of July Ideas!
Father's Day Ideas!
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