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I have a white jeans jacket that Oxiclean left blue spots on. My husband put it in the dryer. How do I get the stains out?
How do I best clean residue of cooked food on gas burner base to bring back "new" look?
How do I remove stains from a 60 year old crocheted baby christening shawl?
There is a foul odor in every room of my house that has worsened over the year and now causes the glands in my neck to swell and triggered a conjested sinus infection.
We bought a mobile home last August. When we bought it under the kitchen sink had a bad smell like something dead, but not as bad. Then when it cooled off for winter the smell went away. So I thought it was a dead animal.
I have a huge amount of Tecomaria Capensis in my yard to kill. What is an eco-friendly way to get rid of it?
How can I get rid of oxalis, which has invaded my vegetable garden?
We just purchased the home 6 months ago. There is no basement or attic. Daylight/sun activates the odor. The smell is of fresh paint or chemicals. It goes away after the sun goes down.
I have Philips 9040 bread maker.It does not start kneading even it is cool and even after delay timing.
I have Philips 9040 bread maker.It does not start kneading even it is cool and even after delay timing.
I was at a glow in the dark party and got fluorescent dye on my favourite t-shirt. How can I get out?
Due to this loadshedding we have, my 45A circuit breaker for the stove keeps tripping when I switch it on. Can I replace it with a 10A breaker?
My machine is new, it is the first time I'm using it and it is only squirting out of one side. I guess it is clogged.
How do I clean a Lazyboy recliner that has human urine on the seat.
My Craftsman LT 1000 blades will not engage with lever operation.
I went to bed at night turning out all the power in my master bedroom, lights, etc. I woke the following morning to have no power in my master bedroom, in the master bathroom, and in the front bathroom which connects to my bathroom in the master.
We can't get help with our roof or repairs in the home that is keeping me sick. We have tried everywhere. There is no help for us. We have nowhere to go.
I am a widow, disabled, raising a daughter. Our home is flooding on a regular basis. Water is leaking in the walls. There are a number of other issues that need attention, possible foundation etc. I can't afford any repairs over a couple hundred dollars. How can I get assistance?
How do I keep squirrels, birds, raccoons, etc. out of fruit trees? Do motion detector water sprinklers work to solve this problem?
I, on a whim, painted my laminate kitchen countertop without any real prep; it is now chipping. Will applying Minwax polycrylic help? If not, is there anything I can do or am I doomed?
I washed my daughter's new white jeans in alongside a pink face cloth. The jeans are pink. Please help, she is gonna kill me.
The countertop and sink in my bathroom are a medium green/blue, the vanity is white, the toilet is white, the tub/shower is a light beige/pink, and the floor is red/brown small square tiles. I wish I could get rid of all of it, but I don't have the money. What color can I paint this bathroom?
I have a light yellow toilet and light yellow pedestal sink in a brand new 1/2 bath. I have a clean slate and I am wondering what is the best color to paint walls and what color and type flooring to do?
How can I remove a green stain on my hard rubber toilet seat? I think it was caused by urine. I have tried cleaning it with baking soda and vinegar, but that didn't work.
I have pale yellow walls with white crown molding and cherry wood furniture with a brown sofa in my living room. What color curtains should I get?
I have white walls, red sofas, with black coffee table, and a dining table with black top and white chairs. Which colour of curtains will go with them?
I am buying a house and the kitchen is very blue. There are blue counter tops, blue walls, too much blue. I plan on painting the cabinets an off white (as well as the wainscotting around the kitchen seating area that does not have cabinets), but I am unsure what to paint the top half of the kitchen.
What color of curtains should I buy to hang in my living room? I have a spice color sofa and loveseat, glass coffee table, and the walls are a soft baby blue.
My Pony riding mower with a Briggs and Stratton engine worked fine two summers in a row, even after sitting in the garage during the winter. Last night I went to start it up, pushed it out of the garage, and turned the key, nothing. It doesn't even make a sound.
I charged the battery and the mower still won't start. The headlights burn and it was running great 5 days ago. When I finished mowing I washed the mower off as I do every time and it has never failed to start. The mower is 2 years old.
The breaker tripped on our downstairs lights and after resetting, the downstairs hall and upstairs landing no longer work, but other lights on the circuit do. The hall has a dimmer switch with I've changed to check, but it also is twinned with the landing.
Two weeks ago our power pole fell. It was replaced and all seemed fine till last night. Now our hot water heater is getting power, but is not heating water and our stove will turn on, but the eyes and oven will not heat. We have changed out the breakers and that did not help at all. So now we are at a loss.
I swapped out an old painted over electrical outlet, that is connected to a light switch for a new one. Now, the light switch connected to the top plug of the outlet will not turn off. The lights are on constantly.
Growing up with grandparents from "back in the day" was to me an advantage. In the 60's and 70's, as a kid, we children were sent outside to play, whether or not we wanted to. I did not mind, nor did the mosquitoes. Mosquitoes loved me. I was usually bathed in and caked in calamine lotion each night after my bath and stood in front of a fan to dry and try not scratch the bites that covered my little body. Finally, one year I was given a tasty orange chewable tablet daily in the warmer months here in Louisiana. I loved it. Mosquitoes never bothered me again, those many warm seasons ago. My pharmacists of today never heard of this Sulfur chewable. Nor, did they ever admit knowing the positive effects of sulfur against mosquitoes. Unfortunately, this isn't really a tip. It's more of a request. Pharmaceutical companies, please put this sulfur tablet back on the shelf. I'm sure it's quicker and safer than eating a match head or making my own tea. Even at age 50, I'm too eager to go outside to my garden. My grandmother knew what to do for me back then. There are some truths to "old wives tells".
I just purchased 2 musical porcelain dolls from eBay and they were very smoky and had what appears to be water stains. I opened seams and removed the music box, removed the hands, feet and head.
We just moved into this new apartment. And I am going crazy about what color to choose in regards to the curtains. When I browse curtains online and see "cool white" or "white" colors, they look very bright/shiny white with my walls, which are not true white.
My outdoor lamp post is full of tiny brown ants. They are coming out of the electrical side socket. Not wanting to short out the socket I haven't sprayed. How can I safely treat the socket?
Our gliders have a grid like metal base under the seat held on by clips and four wide rubber "bands" holding all to the frame. One of the bands is broken, where do I find replacements?
I have a nearly new refrigerator with ice in the door. The icemaker makes plenty of ice and when I hold a glass to the lever, a sound is made but the ice only dispenses once in a while.
Soap scum just flakes off into a powder by removing it with a single edge razor. Very simple. After years of spending money on chemicals for my shower doors, they are now clean!
Soak the spot with Orange Glo. Take a sharp knife and gently scrape away the glue. Wipe off the dried glue and cover area again with the Orange Glo, let sit, and wipe clean.
Is there a way to repair a dining room table that has a hot coffee pot burn that took the finish off down to the wood? It also feels uneven. My wife hid it from me and I wondered why she had put on the safety pad that came with the table. When I saw my beautiful table ruined I about cried!
I have a riding mower with a 16hp Enduro engine. The carburetor is getting plenty of gas. It will only start when I pour gas in the carb. So I put on a new carburetor and I still have to pour gas into the carb to get it to run.
I have 2 acres of pine trees that I need to clear off my land to move a house on. Is there a logging company that could help?
My sewing machine is still stitching quickly after I take foot off the pedal. It has been serviced recently.
3 days ago my Maytag front loader washer stopped and threw a code. So I looked it up and it turned out the drain behind the front panel was clogged. I fixed it. Well now when the washer is done I go to put the clothes in the dryer and they are soaking wet.
I noticed some people find that Swiffer WetJet won't spray. There are a few reasons this might be but one of them is to check the batteries.
How do I clean a white plastic floor in the kitchen and bath area, it's not smooth area.It is a pure white and over a year changed to a dirty floor.Shall I use bleach? I used it once in a small area and it was brilliant.
I have cream walls, a light tan carpet, grey/black and brown furniture. What color drapes will tie it all in?
My ac fire alarm has been going off for 24 hours non stop. How do I stop this? We have done everything!
Does anyone have an organic remedy for squash vine borers?
Why would the 110 power be going on and off different times of day? When we go to the stove and turn on any surface burner, the power returns to the wall sockets that have had no power.
I sprayed it on a small section of the wall, waited for it to change color then used a kitchen sponge mop to wipe down the section I had sprayed. Well to my surprise, it worked. Since it's a foam, you don't have to worry about it running down the wall.
What color should I paint my kitchen cabinets? I have tan tile floors and dark tan granite counters. We also have stainless steel appliances and bright white wood baseboards and crown moulding. Our kitchen walls are also tan. I need some color! I was thinking about very pale, dusty robin egg blue.
What is the problem if a bulb is still lit to dim while the switch is turn off?
My lights keep going off and on, but none of the breakers are tripping off. Not all power is lost. The TV in den stays on. The stove, refrigerator and the power in the washroom stay on, but everything else goes off. What could this be?
My sewing machine thread keeps breaking after a couple of seconds. It is not the bobbin thread. Am I threading it wrong?
I have a 17.5 hp mower with an electric start. I replaced the ignition switch, solenoid, and fuse an now nothing. If I jump the starter it will run with no problems. I just have problems starting it.
We purchased a LED light fixture for the kitchen, replacing a small fluorescent light. The new light and two other lights on that breaker worked, but a bathroom light, sockets, and closet light would not work unless I reconnected the old fixture.
I have a professional company do my lawn, inside the house, and termite control. I have so many pests and they are treating my home for these. Recently I found a very small brown oval bug. The technician said it is a pantry pest. You can almost "see" them.
I have an aqua colored leather Coach bag. Is there a way to remove the black scuff marks from the bottom? Also how can I clean some light wearing on the handles?
Can anyone recommend a home remedy to remove or at least fade and make less noticeable white spray painted words on my concrete steps? They are not "bad" words, thank goodness, lol, but it does make the exterior of my home trashy-looking. I've tried bleach and Goof-Off for Graffiti.
We had some superglue spots on our dark grey quartz counter top. I used Goof Off towels to try and remove them. Well the towels didn't work, instead the counter top is slightly lighter in the spots where I used the Goof Off. Is there anything that I can do to fix this?
How do I fix underneath my recliner rocker foot rest which has a large rip and the foam padding is dropping out when the foot rest is raised?
I have a Troy Bilt riding mower. It started up and it died a minute later. Now it won't start. Any help?
My Husqvarna CZ4217 mower cable on the brake broke. Now the mower won't start. Is there a saftey that I can by pass so I can get it on a trailer to bring to the shop?
I had a short in my fuse box and now my stove doesn't work and the dryer motor works, but the heating element and timer don't work.
My Troy Bilt riding lawn mower won't start. If I take out the spark plug it will try to turn over, but if I put it back in it won't do anything. I have checked everything I could think of. Any ideas?
I want to save water and would like to use my bath water to water my garden, but I used 5 drops of tea tree oil in my bath, will this harm my plants?
I'm remodeling a bathroom. It is not that big. I have a dark cherry vanity and a white tub with sliding glass doors. I am not sure which color should I use for the walls.
I am redoing my bathroom. The shower tiles are charcoal and the floor tiles are a cream colour. The tub, sink, and toilet are white. The fixtures are brushed nickel, the trim is an off white, a tinge yellowish. What colour do you suggest for the walls and towels?
I have a Janome Memory Craft 4800. After cleaning out all of the packed in lint from the feed dogs, bobbin holder, hook race, and changing my needle, the bobbin thread still gets bunched up. Can this be fixed from home?
Does anyone have a DIY solution to cleaning the dirt and yellow off headlight covers on cars? Mine are just so bad!
There is a blue colored stain on a mustard kurta. I tried lemon, toothpaste, Vanish liquid, and detergent, but there was no effect on the kurta.
I am a senior citizen living on Social Security only. I believe a pipe under my house has broken and the kitchen sink won't drain. A power snake would not open up the drain and came in contact with regular dirt.
My Frigidaire Affinity front loading washing machine won't spin or drain. We have taken the filter portion apart removing a lot of stuff including tooth flossers, lint, and money. They had been so long in the machine that some of the coins are worn down to small bits.
The door is not locking on our 1 year old front load Maytag Maxima XL MODEL NHW7000AG2. It is showing error code F0S followed by E02. Anything I can do without a service call? It is still under warranty.
I have tried using rubber shelf lining under my kitchen fatigue rugs. This doesn't work for me. Any other suggestions?
On my woolen clothing there are some stains that transferred from other clothes. How can I remove them?
I left potatoes on my fabric car seat. I have tried cleaning it, but the smell is still there. I have tried cleaner for cars and Febreze. Nothing.
What controls the evaporator fan inside the freezer and evaporator fan condenser? Is it the door switch?
How do I find a New Home mechanic? I live in Portugal.
My outside receptacles are protected by a GFCI which I blew the other day. The circuit appears to be an extension of my bath circuit which didn't go out. The circuit breaker did not trip, but there is no power to the GFCI any longer. One week later the power comes back on at the GFCI and all is working properly.
My living room color is a cream color and at the TV it's dark maroon. What curtain color will match my living room?
I want to be able to use dish soap, water, vinegar, or baking soda to spray on nests or places that wasps want to make nests to repel them so thay won't come back.
Unfortunately top edge burned in iron box. What doI do to repair my clothes?
Whatever I try I can't get the ground in dirt out of my work jeans. I am a carpenter and so this dirt is not greasy nor mud, its just dirt from working with wood and being on a construction site.
How long do you allow the bleach solution to soak into the roof moss? Do you rinse with water afterwards?
We live in Sarasota, Florida and our homeowner's board wants to plant a vine to cover 150' of fencing (5' high) along a community street. Our problem is we have no ready water supply. How much water do newly planted plants need, and would planting the jasmine in a water-rich medium help?
We have a small leak under our home. The puddle path seems to indicate it is under the kitchen or hall bathroom. I could fix it myself if I was able to go below. Can I get help via California State water conservation program?
I have light wood floors, a print beige and burgundy with medium green, dark brown recliner, and off white wood shades on large window. What color walls? I was thinking of light beige walls and drapes on a decorative black rod to flow on the sides of the window shades.
A neighbor recently bought a used vehicle that the former owners said the dealer had put some spice scent in the vehicle. It's been 3 months and it still is one horrible smell.We were wondering if anyone has had any experience with a chemical smell that coffee works to resolve?
How do I remove lime tree sap from a caravan Perspex skylight window?
I have a Singer 240 sewing machine. How could I change the vertical arm, including gear? The gear is borken and I bought a new one, but I don't know how take out the horizontal arm that runs from ban rounder to the arm of the needle system.
How long do the cotton swabs repel the mice before you have to change them?
I don't know what my flywheel key looks like if or if it isn't broken. Then how do I reset it back up for the timing on the flywheel? Right now, the magnets from the spark plug assembly are magnetized against the flywheel. I have a MTD 139cc 21" model #11A54MB029.
I have about 1/2 acre of land with trees on it, with 90% of them pine. I am not sure of the other 10%. I would like to sell them. They are located in the Pinehurst, North Carolina area. I have 2 questions. Roughly what is the going price and can you refer me to any local lumber yard or anyone?
My brother insists that 100+ bees drained his hummingbird feeder within minutes, and I say this is impossible. Anyone have an answer for this?
How do you clean yellow discoloration in a cut glass bowl?
My garden marble table is very dull. Is there a liquid that will make it shiner?
I have brown furniture and tan colored tile in my living room. Currently the walls are a very slight off white, but I'd like to paint them a different color. I just don't know what would look good. I would love some ideas.
I get only male flowers on the zucchini plant. It's been about two weeks so far. What should I do?
I have a wall of outlets that are not working, but when I put a meter on them it shows they are getting power. I changed one outlet, but still not working.
First I tried Murphy's Oil Soap on the water-wetted shirt spot. It took a bit of the stain out, but not much. Then I sprayed Top Job Spot & Stain carpet cleaner, it comes in a red plastic spray container, directly onto the spot and rubbed it with an old white cotton sock.
When moving furniture such as a sofa, scuff marks were made on the newly polished wood flooring. How do I remove the scuff marks and then I can rewax?
My steamer is not working and doesn't heat up very good. Is it worth having it repaired? I live in Westport Co Mayo. Where is the nearest repair place?
I need to repair the metal slide on my popup camper. It is slightly bent making it difficult to slide the end in. This model no longer has replacement parts for it that I can find. The local RV shops do not seem interested in getting paid to do it either.
A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works great! They are also good if you get tanning lotion or spray on your hands and they turn orange.
My Maytag Bravo is displaying an error code, F0 E0. What is this?