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Use Second Curtain to Keep Shower Wall Clean
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Domesticating A Wild Flower
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Caring for an Air Plant
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Deadheading a Flower Basket
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Cleaning a Scented Oil Bottle

I found a gorgeous glass bottle at a thrift store. It's round with a small opening and a wick. The inside smells like cinnamon, so I think it was a scented oil lamp. I it because it reminded me of a magic potion bottle or something. Is there a way to clean it thoroughly enough to safely drink out of it?

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Curtain Colour Advice

What colour curtains would match a black/grey sofa?

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Kenmore Sewing Machine Repair Videos

I need a video on how to assemble the thread tension for a Kenmore Ultra Stitch 8. Does anyone know where I can find one?

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Removing Ink from Dryer

How do I get pink pen ink off my dryer drum?

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WD40 Stain on Brass Plaque

While working on a brass USMC plaque I managed to spray some WD40 on the surface. How, pray tell, can I remove the stain it left?

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Cleaning Marble Tile

When I got my home I was told I had marble tile. Is there a homemade remedy I could use to clean it safely?

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Curtain Color Advice

I have a black bed set, and a brown, beige, and orange color area rug. What color curtain do I go for? The wall of the room is white, the side chair is black, orange, white, and beige in color.

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Repairing Pop Up Camper Cabinets

How do you repair the bracket that cabinets use to slide in a pop-up? The white bracket that the upper cabinet slides on broke at the place where it meets the ceiling in my pop-up. Any suggestions?

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Removing Cat Urine and Odor from Laminate Flooring

What household product can I use to remove cat urine and odor from a laminated floor? My cat had a stroke, per the vet, this is the 1st time it peed since Saturday.

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Removing Cigarette Smoke Film from Glasses

Does anyone know of a way to clean the cigarette film and better yet keep it off eyeglass lens?

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Repairing Sofa Upholstery Damaged by Cat

My cat used a portion of the sofa arm for claw sharpening, leaving a damaged area. I have plenty of the (white) original fabric. I thought of cutting a patch and fusing it with an iron to the damaged area. What sort of fusible product would I use?

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Retro Kitchen Paint Color Advice
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Squeegee Your Countertops
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Water Dispenser Runs When Ice Maker Fills

When my ice maker fills the water dispenser is also triggered for a few seconds. I have replaced the filter and solenoid valve.

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Window Blind Colour Advice
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Curtain Color Advice
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Curtain Color Advice
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Replacing the Starter on a Craftsman LT 2000 Mower

Do you have to pull the flywheel to replace the starter on a Craftsman LT 2000 mower? It has the 18hp Intek engine.

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Sears Garage Door Keypads and Remote Don't Work

I have 2 separate units for my 2 garage doors. I closed my side with the car homelink (which worked perfectly). My husband closed his with the handheld remote which also worked perfectly. When he returned home, he hit his remote and it did not work. He tried the button for my side and that did not work either.

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Sewing Machine Stuck in Reverse

I recently got a Hiline SP sewing machine. I just went to use it for the second time and it is feeding backwards even without pressing the reverse button. I cannot seem to find an answer on the Hipline site.

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What Is This Houseplant?
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Bedroom Curtain and Throw Rug Color Advice
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Identifying Cat Urine Stains on Hardwood...
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Identifying Garden Plants and Trees
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Removing a Tea Stain on Upholstery

I'm a truck driver and had a cup of tea in the sleeper. I forgot about it and drove. When I stopped I found the tea cup on the bed with a tea stain on top of the bed and a bigger one underneath the mattress. How do I get the stain out?

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Reverse Button Not Working on Sewing Machine

Seems like every other time I get ready to sew my back up button quits working and I have to take it in to be serviced. Surely this is something I can easily fix at home.

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Curtain Color Advice

I have white walls and black furniture in my bedroom. My bed spread is dark brown and the comforter has leopard print, zebra print, and giraffe print -- all brown. My floor is maybe a brownish red wood. I'm not sure what color curtains I should choose.

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Curtain Color Advice

I'll be moving into a new apartment soon and I'm in desperate need of advice regarding curtains for 3 rooms. The whole place has wall-to-wall carpet that is grey-blue. It looks more grey on the pics than it it - the most accurate pic is the darker one.

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Frigidaire Washer Not Spinning Properly

We have Frigidaire Gallery series stacked washer and dryer. The washer make a loud bang and is making a noise when spinning. The clothes are not spinning dry as they normally do. I think this could be a popped spring, however is this all it could be? I usually repair our appliances.

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Frigidare Ice Maker Not Making Ice
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Identifying a Garden Plant

Can you please identify this plant?

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Repairing a Popup Camper Pull Out Bed

I have a 1995 Coleman popup Cedar. Somehow I pulled the bed all the way out past the stops. I cannot figure out for the life of me how to get the bed back in and over the stops. Anyone know how this is done? I think my plastic slides are shot and that's what allowed this to happen.

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Repairing the Hand Wheel on a Singer 99k

I am trying to get a Singer 99k to run. At first it would not turn at all. After oiling it thoroughly over the course of a few days, I can turn the wheel by hand. I noticed that the wheel does not track evenly, but runs out quite a bit, maybe 3/8", and it is still hard to turn, as though it were binding.

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Waverly Wallpaper

I am looking for the Waverly Wallpaper called "Old Mill Inn". The color is sage, from the book Heirloom. Any ideas on how to find this?

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What Is This Houseplant?
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What Is This Houseplant?
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Curtain Color Advice
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Kitchen and Dining Room Paint Color...
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My Singer 6268 Not Making All Stitch Types

My Singer 6268 will not do stitches 4, 11, or 18. All of the other stitches work fine. The selector buttons for these three stitches are in the same column. How do I repair that column?

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Repairing a Table Damaged by Nail Polish Remover

I accidentally spilled drops of acetone nail polish remover on a wooden table, the color of mahogany. Five stains, the size of quarters, on bottom tier of round corner table.

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Curtain Color Advice
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Bissell Hot Shampooer 50 Won't Start

I just used my Bissell and I plugged it in again and it won't start. The outlets are fine and so is the filter. Why won't it start?

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Feeding the Birds
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Getting Rid of Odor in RV Cabinets

I bought a brand new RV this summer and I noticed a weird smell in the cabinets. I thought it would go away, but it stayed. I moved some food from the RV to my kitchen cupboard which now smells the same as the RV. I cleaned with vinegar, baking soda, and Mr. Clean. The smell is still there.

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Nature as a Winter Pick Me Up
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Troubleshooting an Electrical Outlet

We live in an apartment building built in 1970s maybe 80s. My daughter had an inexpensive fan in her room that would slow down and then just stopped working.

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Decorating and Painting Old Plaster Walls

We have just moved into a old French farmhouse that we're doing up gradually. We have noticed a lot of the dated wallpaper is stained or peeling off and the paint is cracking on the ceilings. We have decided to decorate, preferably paint. What is the best way to prep and paint the walls?

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Selling Trees for Lumber

I have a huge tree that needs to be cut down in my son's yard. I think it is oak, is anyone reading this that can advise me on this?

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Repairing a Broken Sectional Back
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What Is This Houseplant?
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What Is This Houseplant?
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Intermittent Power to Sewing Machine Foot Pedal

I have a Janome New Home 2202 sewing machine that is about 6 weeks old. The foot pedal will work fine at one time, and then not work at all at another. I don't change anything, not the thread, the bobbin, anything and it simply doesn't supply any power.

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Resetting the Needle Function on a Janome MC 9500

How do I set/reset the needle up and down button?

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Truck Heater Not Working When Really Cold

I have a Ford 250 diesel pickup and it doesn't heat at all when it gets really cold. It is an intermittent problem. When it gets down to -20 celsius or colder it doesn't work. When it's above that temperature it works normally. The heater fan works and the antifreeze is good.

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What Is This Houseplant?
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Intercropping in a Maize Field

Which crop is used for the intercropping in a maize field?

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Jacket Dye Bled on Itself

I have a white jacket with black trimmings. It's my absolute favorite! I have hand washed it before and it has been fine although I accidentally used hotwater this time and it has come out yellow.

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Superfresco 340 Floral Wallpaper

I am looking for Super Fresco 340 floral wallpaper. All my ceilings are done with this paper and I just had the kitchen extension done, but cannot find this paper to match all the other rooms. I need three rolls.

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Discontinued Graham and Brown Wallpaper
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Removing Labels from Glass Jars

Try this to get labels off of glass jars. Fill a pot or bucket with very hot water, a few squeezes of Dawn dish soap, and a scoop or two of an "OxiClean-like" powder. LA's Totally Awesome Oxygen Base Cleaner is what I use. Then submerge the glass jar in the mixture and let soak for a considerable amount of time.

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Removing Water Stains from Suede Upholstery

How do I remove water stains from suede dining room chair covers?

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Living Room Paint Color Ideas

I have a beige couch with red accent pillows in my living room. I am looking for advice on what color to paint the walls?

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Refinishing Wood Trim on Sofa

I have a new sofa. The wood trim was much darker than my other furniture. I decided to paint and glaze it to match. The match is very close, but the new color isn't complementary with the upholstery. I want to get back to original color. Is it best to repaint and glaze or strip and restain?

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Use Tea to Mask White Stains on Laminate Flooring

Take two tea bags, put in a cup, just about cover them with boiling water, leave it to cool, then put the liquid on the white marks on the laminate flooring. Just rub in gently with your fingers, leave for about half an hour, then remove some of the liquid with a tissue to check the result.

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Using Hardened Ice Melt

Has anyone tried adding water to hardened ice melt and spraying it? I'm thinking of giving it a try as completely breaking it up is a lot of work. I just don't know if there is any chemical reaction when adding water to potassium chloride.

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Vinegar to Remove Burned Cooking Smells

I recently burned a pot of beans badly. My solution takes a long time, but it gets your house clean and removes the smell from all the small things that add up to that pervasive smell that seems to be everywhere (because it is).

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What Is This Houseplant?
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Can't Lower Sewing Machine Needle

I have a Singer Featherweight II. A needle broke and I think it was inside the machine. I turned the machine over and shook; I think it fell out. I took the cover off the machine "head" and played around, then put a needle back in. The shaft that the needle fits on had gotten raised and I can't lower it.

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Growing Cucumbers in Hanging Milk Jugs

I am conducting an experiment this growing season to determine if cucumbers can be grown in recycled milk jugs converted into hanging planters. I intend to hang the jugs on a wooden fence and allow the cucumbers to run over the side and hang down over a garden plot.

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Jacket Lining Stained Nylon Shell

I have this beautiful Nautica nylon spring jacket my 5 year old used to wear. I washed it in detergent powder in a bucket of water (fortunately) and the next thing I see it has blue stains from the blue interior lining.

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Kitchen and Living Room Color Scheme...
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Light Spots on Hibiscus Leaves
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Steam Iron Does Not Emit Steam

My steam iron heats well, however it does not emit steam. I added new clean water.

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Troubleshooting a Truck Heater

My 2014 Dodge 1500 heater and thermostat are crazy. Why does the temperature gauge stay on cold after the temp outside is below -19, but after running the truck for 20 minutes and shutting it off the heater and gauge work properly. It has gone to the dealership several times and they can't figure it out.

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Lawn Tractor Won't Start

My John Deere gt275 lawn tractor had a large back fire then stalled and now won't start. The starter is spinning, but doesn't appear to engage the flywheel. The engine is a K series 17hp Kawasaki. I have changed the plug and fuel filter. Any suggestions?

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Repairing Tear in Faux Leather Sofa
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Thawing Frozen Water Pipes

I left my water running last night and did 2 loads of laundry this morning and made coffee. Now my water pipes are frozen.

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Identifying Small Black Flying Bugs

It is winter in Minnesota and in the last few months I've noticed these very small flying black bugs especially when I'm in the living room reading the paper. However, last night while cleaning dishes out of my son's room I saw about ten of them were in a bowl of leftover cheese broccoli soup.

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One Receptacle on Double Outlet Not Working

I have a problem here that I was hoping you could help me with. 1 of the 2 receptacles isn't working, in my kitchen, 1 outlet with 2 plugins. I tried changing the whole outlet, but that didn't help. It can't be the breaker as the other plugin is still working.

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Protective Blue Film Stuck to Dishwasher

I never removed the blue film from the front of my new stainless steel dishwasher. I was trying to keep it clean! I started to remove it today and it has glued itself to the stainless steel. I am very slowly pulling little pieces away, but this might take weeks.

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What Is This Houseplant?
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Curtain and Rug Color Advice

I have light gray walls with white trim, gray furniture, and dark hardwood floors. I have gray, white, and yellow curtains now, but I need new ideas, I was thinking light blue for curtain panels. What about the rug color? I was thinking white. Does anyone have any ideas?

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Removing Lint From Towels

I was in a hurry and put our pastel colored sheets in the wash with Tide and Downy. There were also some towels. There was also wine colored fuzzy throw. I didn't see any wine colored fuzzy stuff on anything so I just turned on the dryer with Bounce dryer sheet(s). Now wine lint sticks to your skin after a shower.

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Breaker Not Working
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Discontinued Super Fresco Wallpaper

Anyone know where I can get 2 rolls of super fresco easy rapture soft blue wallpaper?

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How To Control Ants In Your Kitchen

When I was growing up during the warm summer months my grandma's kitchen would be filled with ants. Each morning we would wake up to ants around the sink, on the counters, and crawling up the cupboards.

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Intermittent Electrical Outlets

One of my bedroom sockets is going off and not tripping. Two of my livingroom ones just cut off and then they come back on a few hours later.

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Simplicity Digital Press Not Heating Up
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Vinyl Floor Sticky After Cleaniing

I have been scrubbing my bathroom floor with the Swiffer wet pads, and a little elbow grease in the corners, etc. During the last month or so, the floor will be nice and non-sticky for about a day after scrubing and then it starts the stickiness all over again.

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Finding Fuse on Craftsman Mower

I have a Craftsman 917.289700 with a 24hp B&S engine. Today it quit running while mowing. I thought it was gas, so I filled it up, but now it is a dead duck. Read in my manual, if you can call it that, to check a 30 amp fuse behind the dash, but no can see. Does anyone have a photo that would locate this for me?

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Getting Rid of Pantry Flies

There are little moth looking flies in my pantry. How can I get rid of them without using toxic poison?

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Heater Not Working in Ford Van L

I have a 1988 Ford van. I don't know why no power is getting to the heater blower. It doesn't work, but will when hot wired.

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Keep a Check for Freezer Leaks
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Rooting Plants in Water
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What Ate My Hibiscus Leaves?
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Kenmore Freezer Keeps Thawing and Refreezing
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Kenmore Refrigerator's Ice Maker Won't Stop...
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Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color Advice

I have dark cabinets with coppery brown appliances. What colors would you suggest I paint the cabinets? My flooring is gray/brown/beige tiles.

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Removing a Stain on Satin Wedding Dress

I have a shiny satin wedding dress and a shoe print stain from it being stepped on before our wedding day. How do I clean this footprint off of the back of my satin wedding gown?

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Sewing Machine Not Feeding Fabric

My mom has a Brother Lx2500 sewing machine and it's not feeding fabric. We cleaned out the lint and still nothing.

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Using Selective Weed Killers

I just read a lengthy ThriftyFun article on homemade weed killers. Each submitted recipe was thought to be best. Well, I'm sorry to say, none are best. The best weed killer is NO weed killer.

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Repairing a Hole in a Garden Hose
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Repairing a Hole in Carpet
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What Is This Houseplant?
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Bathroom Towel Color Advice

I am buying a new home, there is a bathroom just for guest to use. I am having a color issue. There are grayish cabinets, brown tile, beige walls, and brown counters. What color towels should I buy? I want to at least make it pop.

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Getting Rid of Yellow Jackets Inside

I am finding several yellow jackets in the house in the winter season. They are very slow acting.

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Getting Smell Out of New Suede Boots

I ordered these gorgeous boots; they are non-returnable and smell like motor oil. I have sprayed everything I can think of without taking the suede off and left them out over night. It did help some, but they still have a terrible odor.

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How to Control Bugs on Your Tomato Plants
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Kitchen Cupboard Paint Color Advice

I have a dated kitchen and I want to paint the cupboards. My counters are cream and the backsplash is light green tile. I want to put in a new laminate floor that looks like a medium wood color. I am not sure what color to paint cupboards and what type of paint to use.

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Sewing Machine Not Picking Up Bobbin...
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Using a Traverse Rod for Curtain with Grommets

I am replacing my pinch pleated drapes for the ones with grommets and am wondering if there is a way to still use the traverse rods I have.

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Window Treatment Advice

We just bought a new house and I am not much of a decorator. I need some help on what's best to put on these windows, in the kitchen and the living area. We will get a brown living room set and a brown dining room set as shown.

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Removing Animal Urine Stains on Carpet

I have a brand new carpet that my dog has peed on. I tried treating the stain with white vinegar, but unusually used it neat. The stain is now bright orange. Any ideas?

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Dishwasher Has Puddle of Water in Bottom

My dishwasher drains fine, but after a day or so I go to put more dishes in and I have water in the bottom. Any ideas why?

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Dye Transferred in the Wash

I did a mixed load of washing. My new dark blue and red swimmers leaked on everything. I dried the load without noticing that my swimmers had turned my denim mustard yellow shorts to a blue/grey washy colour, as well as, my multicoloured pajamas shorts. Is there a way of getting the blue/grey wash out of my shorts?

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Maytag Washer Won't Run

I have a Maytag Maxima front loader. We kept on getting error codes for plugged drain so we cleaned out the hoses and took off the front panel and cleaned the lower filter which was pretty nasty. We put it back together and tried to start a load and all it does is beep a few times in a metallic tone then shuts down.

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Troubleshooting Car Heater Air Flow Problems

Why does air come out of the vents all the time except when accelerating, then it goes to the windshield?

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What Type of Hoya Is This?
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Frigidaire Ice Maker Not Working

I have a Frigidaire side by side. I replaced the filter, I replaced the icemaker, I checked the water hose from pump to icemaker all clear, but there is still no ice. Any suggestions?

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What Is This Houseplant?
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What Is This Houseplant?

I brought this plant with no label. Can anyone identify it please?

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What Is This Houseplant?

I've grown this plant indoors at work and at home, in several pots. It takes root very quickly, grows rapidly, and it doesn't need much maintenance, just water - not even sunlight. This one is about three months old. The plant in the pots at home (which are older) cascade down.

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Curtain Color for Theater Room

I have a theater room at home. The walls are black, the carpet is black with some gold in it. The couches are a bright orange. What color should I do curtains for the room?

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F150 Lariat Heater Not Blowing Hot Air

I have a 2004 Lariat F150. My blower is working fine, but my temp will only work at 90 degrees for the heater and the cold air is working fine. Can anyone tell me what the problem is?

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