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Home and Garden

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

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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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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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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. Could someone give me an idea?

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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, What else can I try?

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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. I did use a hanger, but it didn't work.

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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 and had both passed away although not in the house.

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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 and there I have a glass top table and blue chairs.

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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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Removing Mud Stains on Jacket

I was out side with my teacher; we were looking for rocks and I decided to stay at the first creek we passed.

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Removing Nail Polish from an Acrylic Sweater

How do you remove nail polish from a white acrylic sweater?

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Removing Stains from Formica

How can you remove stains from Formica tops?

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Singer Stylist 522 Not Picking Up Bobbin Thread

I have my mother's vintage Singer and it was worked on by a professional tech within the past 2 years (lubed, timing fixed, etc.). It has not been used much since maintenance.

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Spring Problem in Brother Sewing Machine
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Curtain Color Advice

Our classroom wall paint is pink and we put pink linoleum for the floor. What color can we use for curtains?

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Home Repairs for Low Income Families

My neighbor is disabled and not able to work. His wife works and makes little and his mother lives with them and makes a little, also a mentally disabled brother.

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Homemade Fly Trap

Take any jar and squirt some jelly inside. Put a funnel in the jar. Some flies will go into the jar through the funnel and some will hang around the outside lid of the jar. Vacuum the outside flies, then lift the funnel a bit and vacuum the inside flies that are still flying around.

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Removing a Yellow Pollen Stain from Carpet

What is isopropyl alcohol? I've never heard of it so I don't know what to buy. I tried a Rug Doctor and Vanish spray, but nothing works. I can't sit it in the sunlight, as it is a carpet.

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Repairing a Janome Sewing Machine

My Janome 9000 seized up. Now the repair shop says it can't be repaired is this true?

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Replacement Mattress Supports for Sofa Bed

What do you call the mattress supports that hold the mattress on the sofa bed frame when it is pulled out? They keep the mattress in place on the frame, usually at the foot. Does any one know where they can be purchased?

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Skunk Smell Behind Bathroom Vanity

For the past three years when October arrives we experience a horrible skunk like smell coming from behind our bathroom vanity. I have called a plumber who said it was definitely not a mold or sewage smell. He said it smelled like skunk weed.

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Craftsman Riding Mower Keeps Dying

When my Craftsman riding mower has the blade engaged and is put into forward gear at the same time it dies. Does anyone know why?

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Painting an Accent Wall

The walls in my den are beige. I wanted to make an accent wall behind my love set. I picked the wrong color for the wall. It looks like cherry. What can I do to to take away the boldness?

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Removing Cat Pee Smell and Black Stain on Floor

Over several years two male cats peed in a particular place in our living room. Will refinishing the floor ever get rid of the stain/odor? Or, should I use KILZ on the floor and put down new flooring?

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Use Pecan Shells For Potted Plant Drainage
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Washing Machine Showing Error Code F02

I cleaned the hose in back of the washer out and cleaned the filter under the machine and am still getting sud and fo2 codes.

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Avocado Tree Leaves Turning Brown and Falling

My avo-tree is now seven years old and is bearing fruit for the second year, why is it loosing so many brown leaves during springtime?

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Cleaning a Glass Lined Thermos

I used baking soda and ice cubes to clean the coffee residue from inside my glass lined thermos. Within thirty seconds of swirling it exploded, what did I do to get that?

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Cleaning Yellowed Curtains
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Curtain Color Advice
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Plumbing Repair for Low Income Homeowner

I am a 66 year old female with a low fixed income. Currently the hot water faucet in my bathtub is leaking badly. In the past 48 hours the leak has put from one to three inches of warm water into the tub that I have plugged closed.

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Sewing Machine Not Picking Up Bobbin Thread

My Touch and Sew 503 does normal sewing fine, but does not pick up bobbin thread when set up to darn or free motion quilt. I have FMQ foot, presser foot down, foot tension on D, needle center, single.

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Whirlpool Refrigerator Leaks Water Into Freezer

My Whirlpool refrigerator model #ed5pbaxvo00 makes ice, but leaks water into the freezer area. The water is leaking from the tray underneath the ice maker.

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Avoiding Confusion with Common Flower Names
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Financial Assistance to Repair Leaking Roof

I am a widow living in my house with the roof leaking. It is so bad I had to cover it with a tarpaulin. The insurance company refuses to sell me insurance because the roof is leaking right now.

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Finding Financial Help to Replace Windows

Last winter our heating bill ran almost 600 a month. We have insulated our home, but our windows freeze on the inside as well as the outside. We need to replace them, but I am disabled and my husband is 75.

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Getting Rid of Wild Blackberry Bushes

For 10 years, I have been fighting off wild blackberry vines in my front yard. I've dug them up, going 8 inches down on the roots and I've salted the soil. I've tried gallons and gallons of vinegar.

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Hairspray for Removing Nail Polish from Carpet

I knocked over a container of nail polishes onto my light blue bedroom carpet. Needless to say some of them broke; hot pinks, lime greens, etc. After I blotted up what I could with a napkin, I used a bottle of liquid hairspray, a brush, and after scrubbing a bit it came out in no time.

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Helping a New Tree Grow Straight

While cutting back some lilac bushes today, I discovered a nice little oak sapling growing between them. It's growing at kind of a wonky angle. I don't want to dig it up and transplant it this late in the year (October).

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Living Room Curtain Color Advice

I made a huge mistake, but it;s kinda growing on me. LOL I purchased black wall to wall carpeting in our 1440 sq. foot home and now I need to replace our curtains in the living room, sorry but, no I do not want mini blinds.

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Living Room Rug and Curtain Color Advice

I just ordered a cabernet paisley recliner, I have a light brown couch and the walls are a pale green, curtains are cabernet also. Please help. What color rug and curtains should I have? I'm a decorating nightmare :/

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Pilot Pen Ink Transferred to Clothes
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Plastic Dishes Flip Over in Dishwasher

How do I stop my plastic square bowls from flipping over?

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Removing Kleenex from Wet Clothes

A Kleenex was left in a pocket and was washed with the clothes and is everywhere! Can I go ahead and put them in the dryer? Shake out? Or wash again?

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Selling Trees

I have 3 acres that need to be cleared, with about 150 trees of pine and oak (mostly pines). Most of them have diameters between 10 to 18 feet and a few are 20 feet.

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Cleaning Bathroom Floor Tile Grout

How do I clean bathroom floor grout?

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Curtain Color Advice
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Kitchen Wall Paint Color Advice

I've just put in graphite coloured gloss kitchen and wondered if cream walls will go with it? It is dulux natural calico colour to b exact.

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Maytag Error Code

My Maytag washer mfw1012 displayed the F23 error code. Does anyone know what this means?

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Roofing Repair Help for Low Income Families

I moved to Georgia after dad died to take care of my brother, but money is very short and roofing very high. Are there any sources of financial help in Georgia?

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Bleaching Colored Clothing
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Cushion Colour Advice

Which coloured cushions would look best with brown colour curtains?

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Fleas or Head Lice

I have had lice in the past (horrid experience) and I remember when I was getting them out of my head they crawled. Earlier today I shook my head and say a brown creature no bigger than the pin of a needle fall out and hop away.

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Kenmore Refrigerator Not Getting Cold

I have a Kenmore refrigerator with bottom freezer, model #59666032600. The freezer works, compressor works, and the compressor fan works, but the refrigerator does not get cold. The air regulator gate in the refrigerator opens and closes okay.

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Maytag Front Load Washer Not Rinsing

My washer is on rinse cycle but no longer works. It is flashing H and F.

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Removing Ink From Leather Handbag

Help! I just found two black stains on my beautiful new(ish) soft red leather handbag. I got the bag as a gift. I cannot believe that I had a leaky pen that seeped right through from the inside of the bag to the outside.

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Removing Mold on Woven Basket

During a walk with my granddaughter, we happened upon a beautifully shaped wicker basket along side a busy road. We decided that it was too nice to leave there to decay.

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Thrifty Kitchen Makeover Ideas
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Washing Wool Clothing
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Cleaning With Hydrogen Peroxide
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Curtain Color Help

I live in a rental with white walls, a camel/khaki couch, and dark wood furniture. What color curtains should I get? We have a four large windows side by side plus a slider in the living room.

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Electrical Smoke Alarm Keeps Beeping

I have three electrical smoke alarms and one keeps beeping. How do I fix that?

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Getting Nail Polish Out of a Dress

how do I get gold nail polish out of a white dress?

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Home Repairs For Low Income Families

I am a single mother of 2 and work full time and struggle just to pay the bills. My septic system is in desperate need of repairs. The house was built in the 1960's. Is there an assistance program for low income families that can help me with this?

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Kenmore Icemaker Not Working Properly

I have a Kenmore top freezer fridge with ice maker. It still makes ice but not enough to cover bottom of the bin.

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Bedroom Paint Color Advice

I have a comforter set that is red (main color is red) and black, what color should I paint my walls?

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Cleaning a Hummingbird Feeder
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Getting Rid of Fleas in Human Hair

I go over my friend's a lot and they have like 7 pets. So the fleas are really bad. I just sit in the chair and within 5 minutes my whole back is bitten up and my arms. And I been noticing that a few of my friends are digging at their head.

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Moving a Stove
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Removing Gum From Carpet
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Removing Milk Odor from Carpet

What can I use to get the smell of dog milk out of my carpet? My dog had pups and leaked milk.

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