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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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Changing the Batteries on a Swiffer WetJet

I have an older Wetjet and don't know how to change the batteries. They're at the bottom of the Swiffer WetJet.

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Cleaning Fingerprints Off Glossy Furniture

I just bought a used large desk (very shiny, nice cherry veneer) which has what looks like many oily fingerprints. I tried to use just a soft, dry rag but it didn't help a lot.

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Curtains Colour Advice
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Getting Rid of Termites

Will Tide detergent work? I know they use it on killer bees.

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Mark on Patent Leather Shoe
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My Serenity Garden
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Sharpen Kitchen Knives with a Belt
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Sleeper Bed Won't Close

I have a sleeper bed that will not fold back in. What can I do about it?

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Stitch Length Knob Stuck
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Cabinet Paint Color Advice

I am trying to change the color of my cabinets and my walls are a powdery blue color. What color should my cabinets be?

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Cleaning Hazy Headlights

How do you get hazed over looking headlights on a used car to look clear again? Thanks.

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Cleaning Salt Off Suede Boots

How to clean road salt from suede boots?

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Clivias in Abundance (South Africa)
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Curtain Color Advice

I have a hunter green living-room, and black furnishings (sofa and TV stand). What color curtains can I use?

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Curtain Color Coordination

I have beige walls, black window frames, a light brown tile floor, and black furniture. What color curtains and area rug do I go for?

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Getting Rid of Dandelions

These homemade recipes and tips sound great but I do not want to kill the lawn tried to get rid of dandelions last season and had dinner plate size dead patches in my lawn which had to be reseeded...

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Homemade Laundry Soap

How do I use Boraxo hand soap to wash clothes in my machine? and do I mix it with regular washing detergent?

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Kitchen Paint Color Advice

What colours should I paint my kitchen? I have light wood cupboards, black tiles on wall, and black floor tiles. I am looking for one colour for the feature wall and a colour to contrast for the rest of the walls.

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KitchenAid Refrigerator Temperature Alarm Sounding

My refrigerator is not making ice and the temperature alarm is going off.

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Lint on Dark Clothes After Washing

After washing my clothes small particles like cotton appear on the clothes mainly on dark colour clothes like dark blue or black.

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Pruning a Butterfly Bush After Transplanting

I just transplanted a butterfly bush that was about 2 years old. I didn't read until today that I should have pruned it back before I transplanted it. Is is too late for me to do it now?

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Removing Candle Wax from a Wall

Any suggestions on how to remove candle wax from a wall would be appreciated.

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Removing Pet Urine Smell From Leather Love Seat

I have a leather love seat that my cat peed on and I can't get the smell out. The cushions are not removeable and the urine got down in the seams. Any solutions to getting rid of the smell?

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Selling 200 Year Old Pines

I have about 20 pine trees in my yard in south Georgia that are at least 200 years old. I've been told they are worth a lot, but I don't know who to sell them to.

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Smell In My Linen Closet

We have lived in our house for 1 year now. When we moved in our linen closet smelled like a dead animal had just died. We could smell it all over the house. Over time the smell dissipated in the house....

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Transplanting Lilacs

I am taking down an old house and putting up a manufactured home. I have a span of lilac trees as tall as the house and 8' wide and about 40' long.

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What Color Drapes?

In my apartment living room I have a chocolate brown sofa, a brown leaf patterned chair, and mixed brown carpet. I want to paint the walls a gray/beige. What color would be good for my drapes?

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Bobbin Thread Not Catching

I was clearing out a storage room recently and I found an old hand operated Singer sewing machine in excellent condition. The model no is EF765228. When I threaded the machine and wound the handle...

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Collecting Seed from an Easter Egg Plant

What color should the egg be before you pick to save the seeds? It is now 3 foot tall and has 9 eggs on it and three eggs are turning greenish yellow.

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Curtain Color Advice

I painted my kitchen walls a cinnamon color (orange/red). Will gold curtains match? What do you recommend?

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Curtain Color Advice

We have the entire house painted white. All the rooms shall be well lit by natural light. Can you suggest curtain colors for living room and 3 bedrooms? Is it a good idea to keep all the 3 bedrooms' curtains the same in color or is variance good?

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Getting Diesel Smell Out of Clothes

How do I get diesel smell out of clothes?

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Getting Rid of Ladybugs

I live on the 12th floor and I have lady bugs in my apartment. How can I get them out of my apt.?

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Removing Glue On Chenille Sofa

I have recently got a lot of PVA glue on my dark yellow chenille sofa and it has dried now. I need help fast!

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Tomato Plant Not Setting Fruit

I planted a cutting made from an Anna heritage tomato plant. The plant is loaded with blossoms, but no tomatoes.

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Bleach Smell in Carpet

I cleaned the carpeting in an outdoor cat shelter with a strong solution of bleach, water, and a little laundry soap. The bleach smell is still very strong and the carpet doesn't seem to be drying even though I blotted it dry.

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Circuit Not Working After Wiring a New Light

I tried to wire a new light in my closet and I don't know what I did but it popped and the lights in bathroom and bedroom and one plug socket on the same wall as closet don't work. I checked the breaker and it is not tripped.

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Cover a Nicotine Stain on Blouse

I have a white cotton blouse that I tried to get nicotine stains out of. A lot of the stain was removed, but you can still see yellow. Can I dye the blouse black to cover it?

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Getting Gum Residue Out of Clothes

I accidently washed and dried a pack of gum with my clothes and now there are streaks and spots of gum all over them. Help!

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Getting Rid of a Bat

I have a bat living in the 2nd floor bathroom exhaust vent over the tub that goes from the shower vent to the outside wall, 5ft. A bat bit through the plastic cover for the vent on the outside wall and is living in the tube.

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Growing Vegetables Indoors
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H2O Steam Mop Not Heating Up

The element is not heating up to produce steam. There is no clogging. It sprays, but only cold water.

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Identifying Little Black Bugs

What are these little black bugs crawling in my bed and coming from outside my window? They are small and black and there's a thousand of them just by the window and on my curtains and bed.

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Kenmore Washer Not Spinning Completely

My Kenmore washer is not spinning the clothes out all the way.

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Lawn Mower Backfiring and Won't Crank

I have a Yard Machine riding mower. My husband was mowing the yard. When he was about half done the mower backfired and shut off. We haven't been able to crank it since. It only backfires.

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Sewing Machine Won't Stitch

I bought a unic 4in 1 Silian machine. It stiches fine at first, but suddenly it gets struck and does not stitch. Now I find and fixed the bobbin, but the stiches are not coming. Please reply to me with a solution.

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Bathroom Sink Plug Keeps Rusting

The plug hole and plug is very rusty on my bathroom sink even though I replace the plug every week, rust appears as soon as water connects to plug.

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Bread Machine Won't Start

I have a Toast Master bread machine, Model #1197s. When I hit the start button it will not start.

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Cleaning Cat Vomit Off Carpet
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Fabric Dye Bled Onto Dress

On a night out I managed to ruin my favourite white tee. Long story short, I had a wristband on that bleeds when it gets wet; the wristband bled bright red dye all over my white shirt.

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GE Washer Won't Spin

My washer will pump water out, but will not spin. Once I get it to spin it will spin two or three times then quit. I replaced the lid switch and it still does the same.

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Maytag Error Codes

What does the code LD mean on the Maytag 30000?

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Refrigerator Not Cooling

I have a Kenmore top freezer refrigerator unit. The power is on, however my refrigerator is not getting cold.

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Removing Dead Animal Odor from a Car

We found a dead mouse in the frame under the back seat of our BMW x5. It is in a very small hole. How do we get it out and how do we get rid of the smell?

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Removing Wallpaper Border

The border is vinyl and it sticks to your fingers in small pieces and you cannot get off your fingers.

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Cleaning Dye Off a Leather Purse

I have an orange leather purse and a black leather purse faded on it. Is there anything that will take this out?

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Curtain Color Advice

The home I am moving into has blue carpet. My furniture is grey and I have bright red flower picture. I think this is going to be hideous.

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Curtain Color Advice

I have two teal walls and two that are a linen color, like a dark cream. What colour of curtains should I get?

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Edges of Sugar Maple Tree Leaves Turning Brown

Why is my sugar maple tree's leaves turning brown on the edge of the leaf?

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Getting Rid of Fleas in the House

I recently moved in to an apartment that has fleas. I do not have any pets nor do I have carpets, its all hardwood floors. I am currently pregnant and have two small children so I would not like to use chemicals. Please help!

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Home Repairs for Low Income Families

We need a new roof asap. My house insurance canceled us because we need a new roof. We are having financial difficulties; we are raising our grandchildren and funds are just not there.

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Machine Locks and Won't Sew

I bought a new bobbin case (verified for the correct one) for my Singer 6104. When I hold it in with my finger it sews fine, but when I put the lever over it that holds it in place it locks up.

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Removing Gasoline Smell from Car Carpet

How do I remove the smell of spilled gasoline from my car carpet?

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Sewing Machine Needle Won't Go Down

I have a Simplicity Denim Star machine. I cannot get the needle to go all the way down with the foot pedal or manually. I opened the area with the arm that the thread goes through and noticed a metal wire...

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Sewing Machine Needle Won't Move

I was giving my aunt's Kenmore sewing machine. It's a 1800 model. I used it to make a dress and vest, but now the needle won't go up and down. I thought it was the motor belt and replaced that, but it still doesn't work.

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Thread Pulling Bobbin Spool Out of Place

I bought a mini sewing machine. After a few uses, while stitching, the thread pulls the bobbin case up towards the needle. The bobbin case moves from its place and starts rotating with the bobbin which sticks the needle.

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What is This Weed?
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Home Repair Help for Low Income Families

How get I get free help with home repairs? My husband died 17 years ago and I raised 4 children on my own. I work, but live pay check to pay check. It is hard get money for repairs.

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Propagating African Violets

I had put a leaf in water, and it grew roots. I planted in perlite, but there are no plantlets coming up. Should I replant it in African violet soil? It has been several months.

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Removing Sticky Tape Residue on Carpets

How do you remove sticky tape residue from carpets?

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Removing the Control Panel on a Refrigerator

I have taken out all the screws on control panel on my Kenmore (frig side) to put the light button back in the hole. I can't get the control panel to come off of the frig. How do I do this without tearing it up?

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Removing Wax Buildup on Floors

For removing wax build up, can I use a mop or a scrper to remove it? Will ammonia work without the machine?

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Curtain Color Advice

I have light yellow walls. Can I put up beige and white pattern curtains? Any suggestion on what colour for curtains?

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Living Room Wall Color Advice

What colour walls go with dark chocolate brown leather furniture, wood trim, and early American wood floors?

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Making Potting Soil With Packing Peanuts

Could I crush the packing material for making a potting soil? Will this packing material be dissolved in water, making a mess?

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Miniature Daffodils
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Removing Wallpaper Backing from Wall

I have been trying to remove the backing off an old plaster wall that had not been prepared properly. It is just not coming off. I tried all kinds of glue remover. It takes hours for one little spot. Could I paint over it?

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Repairing a Singer Fashion Mate 258
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Repairing Faux Leather Upholstery
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Take-up Lever Knee Peddle Not Working

My knee peddle for the take-up lever on my industrial Consew is all of a sudden not working. It feels like it is not connected to anything and there is no pressure behind it. What could be the cause, and how do I fix it?

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Washing Machine Won't Drain

My machine was washing then it just stopped. I can hear it trying to empty but nothing. I switched it off then switched it back on and it started to fill up again, then stopped. Any help is appreciated.

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Changing Color of Sun Blocking Blinds

Can I paint or dye my sun block blinds?

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Cleaning Burnt Dishes

We found some antique dishes in a trash pile. They have been in a fire and have thick black residue on them. I have soaked them in everything and scrubbed with the Magic Eraser, but I cannot get all of the black off.

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Curtain and Rug Color Advice

I just painted my living room/dining room blue with a yellow accent wall directly across from the line of floor length windows. What color curtains and rug would you recommend? And what type of curtain?

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Fixing a Kenmore Bobbin Casing

My 7 year old Kenmore 385 stopped working yesterday. It won't let me turn the hand wheel or foot pedal, even though it's not jammed.

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Growing a Rainier Cherry Tree

What is the optimal height above sea level for planting a Rainier cherry tree? Also what is the optimal temperature for day and night for it to grow optimally for Rainier tree?

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Growing Sweet William Dwarf

When is the best time to control sweet William dwarf during its life-cycle?

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Kenmore Sewing Machine Needle Won't Move

The wheel turns on my Kenmore 1251 sewing machine, but the needle does not go up and down. What needs fixing and how can I do it?

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Laundry Brush Clogging Toilet

I'm washing clothes the day before yesterday. I didn't know that I had thrown the laundry brush together with the used water into the toilet. Then it goes, we tried to use a plunger and heavy water.

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Microwave Won't Heat

I have an estimate that says I need a diode and magnitron. I have the machine apart. I need to know how to test the diode.

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Mower Rusting on Underside

I was just wondering if it is advisible to oil spray the underside of an older mower with rust and metal rot happening?

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Repairing a Leather Couch Cushion

I have a lovely overstuffed leather couch. Both the seat and back cushions are attached. The center seat cushion is much flatter and more squished than the others, so I'd like to re-stuff it....

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Repairing a Typewriter Key

I have a Canon ES 33-ll/ES 43 typewriter. The electric typewriter works great except that the "T" key just stop working.

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Stretching Boots

I wrapped my calf with two long ace bandages. Then I warmed my boots with a hair dryer. Get the leather of the boot very warm but not hot. Put the boot on and force it to zip. Wear for about an hour and heat again with hair dryer.

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Top Thread Not Picking Up Bobbin Thread

I have a Husqvarna Viking Opal 670. First it made a huge thread nest in the bobbin area; I cleared that, re-threaded, re-seated bobbin and now won't pick up the thread at all.

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Yardmachine Mower Keeps Stalling

My Yardmachine starts, but cuts off.

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Cleaing Shower Doors

I live in an apartment and the previous tenants didn't ever clean the shower doors. They are extremely stained. I have tried lemon juice, vinegar, and Lime Away, but nothing seems to work.

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Cleaning Carpet With Ammonia

I have a dark carpet and want to use ammonia to clean it. Wll this discolor my carpet?

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Curtain Color Advice

I have a grey suite and a brown and grey carpet with a light grey wall. What colour curtains would match?

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Cutting Back a Moon Flower Bloom

If you cut back the moon flower bloom to the pot will it grow again in the spring?

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Getting Rid of a Stale Smell in House

We purchased a home built in 2006 and it had been empty for over a year. There was a smoke/stale smell when we bought the house. The people who lived there prior were both smokers...

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Getting Rid of Fleas in Human Hair

My hair seems to be permanently infested with fleas. We have no pets, but have family who have and I know they have fleas. How do I get rid of them? I have called in the professionals to clear my home.

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Growing Hydrangea

What is the life cycle of the hydrangea? Do they have spores? If so, where? Also, what organisms usually help with pollination?

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Removing Hair Dye from Bathroom Walls

I use black hair dye occasionally. Sometimes I see some splashes on the walls. How can I remove it?

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Removing Musty Odor on Wood

How do I get rid of a musty ordor in wood hatch?

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Removing Sharpie Marker on Suede Leather Couch

How do I get it off?

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Stitchmaster Stem Press Not Heating

My mega stem press iron has stopped heating half way through my ironing. I've turned it off and on again but it didn't heat up. Can the thermostat break? The lights are all coming on, but it does not heat.

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White Sweater Turned Grey

My white sweater turned grey, but it has a black design on it. It says "Paris Darling" in black with the Eiffel Tower

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Basement Has a Musty Odor

Our basement is musty; I clean it often, but am not doing what needs to be done. What can we do to remove odor?

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Bedroom Paint Color to Coordinate with Gold Curtains

I am redecorating a spare bedroom which already has gold curtains, mahogany wardrobes, and a dark-wood floor. Wat color do you suggest for the walls? The bedding has gold, pale green, and dark and light pink.

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Getting Rid of Cutworms

My spinach is ready for harvesting, but most of it is cut from the stem by cutworms. How can I fight the cutworms?

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Kenmore Refrigerator Stopped Working

I have a Kenmore side by side model #795.5881. It quit working completely.

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Kitchen Paint Colour Advice

I have off white cupboards and marble (black) bench tops and off white tiles with a mosaic tile 2 lines through tiles. I need to choose a new paint color. The dining is in same room...

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Musty Odor on Clothes in Suitcase

Every time we go to visit our kids, we pack our suitcase and when we get there our clothes have musty smell. The suitcase and clothes don't have the odor when being packed.

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Removing Foot Odor from Shoes

How do I remove foot odor from shoes?

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Twisting a Bamboo Stem

How can I twist a straight bamboo stem into a curl or twist? I bought a straight bamboo stem and now I want to make it curly.

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Bringing Plants Inside for the Winter

How do I make sure that there are no frogs or five line skinks in my potted plants before bringing them inside for winter?

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GFCI Outlet Not Working

A kitchen outlet was changed to a surge protection outlet with light indicator by a licensed electrician less than a year ago. The outlet will not work and the light indicator is still on.

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Home Repair Help for Low Income Senior in Florida

My co-worker's mother's house has water damage and mold. She is on a fixed income, is a senior citizen, and has breathing problems. Her insurance doesn''t cover it all. Where can she get help in Florida in fixing her home?

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Kitchen Paint Color Advice

I have very light unfinished oak cabinets, a mostly light beige to brown speckled granite counter tops, a brownish rectangular brick vinyl flooring, white trim, and almond appliances. What color should I paint the walls?

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Liner for Glider

Where can I get a liner that goes over the coils in a glider? I bought a glider at a thrift store, but I threw the liner away because it was dirty/smelly. Is there an alternative for a liner?

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No Spark on Mower

I have a BandS 15 hp OHV motor. There is no spark. Tester shows current to the spark plug, but no plug. I changed the plug and now no spark.

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Paint Color Advice

I have a rug with tan-brown, eggplant, and olive green in it. Not sure what color to paint the walls nor the cabinets. Any suggestions?

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Pop Up Camper Won't Go All the Way Down
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