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Home and Garden

Projects and tips to help you in your home and garden.

Homemade Softscrub Cleaner Recipe, Photo of cleaning bucket and supplies. Cleaning 
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Blue Stains from Oxiclean

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?

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Cleaning a Gas Burner

How do I best clean residue of cooked food on gas burner base to bring back "new" look?

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Cleaning a Vintage Crochet Christening Shawl

How do I remove stains from a 60 year old crocheted baby christening shawl?

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Finding the Source of a Foul Smell in House

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.

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Getting Rid of Smell in Mobile Home

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.

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Getting Rid of Tecomaria Capensis Vine (Cape Honeysuckle)

I have a huge amount of Tecomaria Capensis in my yard to kill. What is an eco-friendly way to get rid of it?

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Getting Rod fo Oxalis in Vegetable Garden

How can I get rid of oxalis, which has invaded my vegetable garden?

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Locating Source of Odor in Home

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.

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Philips Bread Machine Won't Start Kneading

I have Philips 9040 bread maker.It does not start kneading even it is cool and even after delay timing.

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Philips Bread Machine Won't Start Kneading

I have Philips 9040 bread maker.It does not start kneading even it is cool and even after delay timing.

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Removing Fluorescent Dye from Clothing

I was at a glow in the dark party and got fluorescent dye on my favourite t-shirt. How can I get out?

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Replacing a Circuit Breaker

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?

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Swiffer WetJet Is Not Working

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.

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Cleaning a Coffeepot Warming Plate

How do I clean a warming plate on a coffeepot?

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Cleaning Urine Off a Recliner

How do I clean a Lazyboy recliner that has human urine on the seat.

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Craftsman LT 1000 Blade Won't Enagage

My Craftsman LT 1000 blades will not engage with lever operation.

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Determining Cause of Power Loss in House

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.

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Finding Financial Assistance for Roof Repairs

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.

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Home Repair Assistance

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?

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Keeping Wildlife Out of Fruit Trees

How do I keep squirrels, birds, raccoons, etc. out of fruit trees? Do motion detector water sprinklers work to solve this problem?

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Protecting Painted Laminate Kitchen Countertop

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?

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Removing Fabric Dye That Transferred in the Wash

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.

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Bathroom Paint Color Advice

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?

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Bathroom Paint Color Advice

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?

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Cleaning Stain on Toilet Seat

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.

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Curtain Color Advice

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?

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Curtain Color Advice

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?

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Kitchen Paint Color Advice

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.

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Living Room Curtain Color Advice

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.

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Repairing a Nelco Sewing Machine
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Riding Mower Won't Start

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.

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Riding Mower Won't Start

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.

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Troubleshooting an Electrical Circuit

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.

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Water Heater and Stove Not Working

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.

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Changed Outlet and Lights Won't Turn Off

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.

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Chewable Sulfur Tablets to Ward off Mosquitoes

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".

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Cleaning Smoke Smell from Porcelain Dolls

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.

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Curtain Color Advice
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Curtain Color Advice

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.

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Getting Rid of Ants in an Exterior Lamp Post

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?

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Glider Seat Repair Parts

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?

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Ice Won't Dispense Through Door

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.

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Razor Blade to Clean Glass Shower Doors

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!

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Removing Gorilla Glue from Granite

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.

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Removing Tipp-Ex Correction Fluid Stains

How do I remove Tipp-Ex stains?

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Repairing the Finish of a Dining Table

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!

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Riding Mower Won't Start

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.

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Selling Trees for Lumber

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?

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Sewing Machine Runs After Taking Foot Off Pedal

My sewing machine is still stitching quickly after I take foot off the pedal. It has been serviced recently.

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Washer Not Spinning

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.

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Check the Batteries in Swiffer WetJet

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.

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Cleaning a White Vinyl Floor

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.

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Color Advice for Drapes

I have cream walls, a light tan carpet, grey/black and brown furniture. What color drapes will tie it all in?

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Fire Alarm Won't Turn Off

My ac fire alarm has been going off for 24 hours non stop. How do I stop this? We have done everything!

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Getting Rid of Squash Vine Borers

Does anyone have an organic remedy for squash vine borers?

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How to Fix Any Grill
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Intermittent 110 Power Issues

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.

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Kaboom Bathroom Cleaner for Nicotine on Walls

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.

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Kitchen Cabinet Color Advice

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.

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Light Bulb Still Lit After Turned Off

What is the problem if a bulb is still lit to dim while the switch is turn off?

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Lights Going Off and On

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?

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Living Room Paint Color Advice
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Machine Thread Keeps Breaking

My sewing machine thread keeps breaking after a couple of seconds. It is not the bobbin thread. Am I threading it wrong?

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Mower Won't Start

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.

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New Light Fixture Causes No Power to Rest of Circuit

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.

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Preventing Pantry Pests

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.

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Removing Black Scuff Marks on Leather Purse

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?

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Removing Spray Paint on Concrete Steps

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.

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Repairing Damage to Quartz Countertop

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?

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Repairing Ripped Fabric on Recliner Footrest

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?

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Riding Mower Won' Start

I have a Troy Bilt riding mower. It started up and it died a minute later. Now it won't start. Any help?

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Riding Mower Won't Start

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?

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Stove and Dryer Don't Work After Short in Fuse Box

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.

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Troy Bilt Riding Lawn Mower Won't Start

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?

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Is Tea Tree Oil Harmful to Garden Plants?

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?

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Removing Carpet from Vinyl Floor
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Bathroom Paint Color Advice
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Bathroom Paint Color Advice

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.

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Bathroom Paint Colour Advice

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?

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Bobbin Thread Keeps Bunching Up

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?

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Cleaning Car Headlights

Does anyone have a DIY solution to cleaning the dirt and yellow off headlight covers on cars? Mine are just so bad!

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Clothing Dye Transferred Onto Kurta

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.

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Financial Assistance for Plumbing Repair

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.

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Frigidaire Affinity Washer Won't Spin or Drain

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.

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Maytag Door Won't Lock

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.

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Preventing Rugs Slipping

I have tried using rubber shelf lining under my kitchen fatigue rugs. This doesn't work for me. Any other suggestions?

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Removing Dye Transfer Stains on Woolen Clothing

On my woolen clothing there are some stains that transferred from other clothes. How can I remove them?

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Removing Smell of Rotten Potatoes from Car Seat

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.

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Repairing a Kenmore 253.68 Door Switch

What controls the evaporator fan inside the freezer and evaporator fan condenser? Is it the door switch?

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Repairing a New Home Sewing Machine

How do I find a New Home mechanic? I live in Portugal.

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Curtain Color Advice
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Getting Rid of Paint Smell

How do I get rid of paint smell?

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GFCI Circuit Intermittent

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.

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Kitchen Paint Color Advice
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Living Room Curtain Color Advice

My living room color is a cream color and at the TV it's dark maroon. What curtain color will match my living room?

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Natural Wasp Repellent

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.

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Removing a Scorch Mark on a Dress

Unfortunately top edge burned in iron box. What doI do to repair my clothes?

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Cleaning Jeans With Ground in Dirt

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.

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Cleaning Moss Off a Roof

How long do you allow the bleach solution to soak into the roof moss? Do you rinse with water afterwards?

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Growing Confederate Jasmine

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?

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Home Repair Help for Senior Citizens

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?

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Living Room Drape Style and Color Ideas
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Living Room Paint Color Advice

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.

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Removing a Air Freshener Scent in Car

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?

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Removing Tree Sap from a Caravan Skylight

How do I remove lime tree sap from a caravan Perspex skylight window?

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Repairing a Singer 240 Sewing Machine

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.

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Repelling Mice With Peppermint Oil

How long do the cotton swabs repel the mice before you have to change them?

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Resetting the Timing on a MTD Lawn Mower

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.

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Selling Trees

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?

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Bathroom Paint Color Advice
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Bees on Hummingbird Feeder

My brother insists that 100+ bees drained his hummingbird feeder within minutes, and I say this is impossible. Anyone have an answer for this?

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Cleaning a Discolored Cut Glass Bowl

How do you clean yellow discoloration in a cut glass bowl?

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Cleaning Dull Marble Garden Table

My garden marble table is very dull. Is there a liquid that will make it shiner?

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Living Room Paint Color Advice
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Living Room Wall Paint Color Advice

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.

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No Female Flowers on Zucchini

I get only male flowers on the zucchini plant. It's been about two weeks so far. What should I do?

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Outlets Not Working

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.

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Removing Dry Erase Marker Stains from Clothes

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.

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Removing Scuff Marks from Wood Floor

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?

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Repairing a Singer Magic Steam Press 7

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?

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Repairing the Slide on 2003 Aerolite Popup Camper

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.

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Stretching Shrunken Wool Garments
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Magic Eraser for Removing Dye On Hands

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.

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Maytag Washer Error Code

My Maytag Bravo is displaying an error code, F0 E0. What is this?

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