Projects and tips to help you in your home and garden.
As already mentioned above home frozen pipes could be thawed with the help of a hair dryer. However below follow some useful alternatives:
It is extremely cold here now and certain areas of the house keep going out. The kitchen stove and refrigerator stay on, but the microwave and other outlets go out.
If you live near a horse or cow pasture, you live near a fertilizer "factory." My husband and I have, in the past, gathered several piles of horse manure from a field behind our house.
I just bought new leather boots online and the foot part is just slightly too roomy? Can I shrink just the foot and not the calf part?
My hardwired smoke detector is going off at the interval of every few hours. When one started the other two followed. All three are over 10 years old?
I used Nair while wearing my brand new sterling silver engagement ring. It tarnished my ring and believe me, I was freaking out. I read tips on here and tried using cigarette ashes.
Recently I transferred a window AC from my aunt's room to my room. Before I decided to put it in my room I decided to clean it with the jet water, then after drying it out, we placed it in my room.
I have a washer and dryer I just purchased from a good friend. They're both very clean and don't have a lot of use. But the washer has a removable fabric softener "bowl" that fits in the middle of the agitator.
I have had an avocado pit in water for 5 months. It has a root, but no shoot. How long should I have to wait for a shoot, or should I toss and start over?
I have a bright green sweater that was to be washed only on gentle in cold water, has gotten some red on it somehow! I am pretty sure it happened in the dryer. I thought I read something about adding vinegar to the water for this? Any suggestions?
Can I use Essick Air humidifier treatment in my humidifier for growing vegetables inside in the winter months? Would it be harmful to my plants or myself?
I am English, but live in southern Spain and just before Christmas was given a beautiful poinsettia tree. It is about 100cm (40 inches) tall and the top 2/3 has bright red bracts.
I have patio door tracks that support glass doors with movement to open and shut by gliding on aluminum tracks for entry and view. They have gotten weather beaten and pitted. Is there any cleanser to get them looking better? Thanks.
My outlets aren't working in certain rooms and none of the lights are coming on. What does that mean?
I borrowed my sister's white Omni-Shield Colombia jacket. The day before she wanted it returned, I had thrown it in the washer with other white articles of clothing, along with a bright pink wash cloth I failed to notice.
What is the capsule called you put in the drilled holes so they don't produce sweet gum balls or fruit?
I found two nice, almost new shirts that have a tag with the name of the previous owner on them. They are unobtrusive and seem to have been added by a dry-cleaner, but I would prefer to remove them. Do you know how?
I am looking for home remedies to get nicotine off of painted walls and paneling in the easiest way.
I have a cream and brown sofa. My cushions are dark and light brown. Also, I bought a TV/book stand from Ikea which is dark brown. My walls are light cream. Which colour curtains would be the best.
I have a plant that's has white and black bugs. The flowers are red; I think nickname is called rowdy. My questions is why do these come in the house and bite?
My Janome sewing machine keeps getting globs of thread in the bobbin area and then makes lots of noise. Can you tell me what is causing this?
What would be a good wall paint colour for a gloss white kitchen with dark brown work surfaces? My kitchen is a fairly good size and square in shape and gets good light.
Ok (sorry for my English) I have got a Huskavarna 2148. The engine won't turn easily and when I take the spark plugs off it turns easily.
I purchased a prescription pair of eye glasses about 8 months back. It is a branded glass with an anti reflective coating. Now the left side lens is not clear, as the coating has developed some scratches.
My jacket has been drawn on with permanent marker. The stain has been there for almost two months. Is there any way to remove the marks now?
I have a very dark brown recliner which has this very odd upholstery that I will call pleather. It looks like very soft leather, but is actually cloth with this thin layer of leather like look to it.
Whenever my downstairs heater comes on after is been off for awhile, the bad odor smell will be coming through vents and when the heater stops, the odor goes away. It only happens in winters.
The wisteria is not a tree. It is a vigorously growing and often invasive vine. It can be kept in check by training it to grow as a standard, whereby it takes on the appearance of a small tree.
My Kenmore 385 won't do anything when I press the pedal down, but the light does come on when I turn on the switch for it. I can turn the hand wheel and the needle goes up and down.
I tried everything (vinegar, lemon juice, baking powder, and anything I could think of) to clean my hands of the nasty orange staining I got from peeling butternut squash. I was desperate because I didn't want to go to work with hands that looked absolutely awful.
Several years ago I was given some large beautiful conch shells. To get them clean I put them in bleach water over night, now they have a white film on some areas. When wet they are shiny, it dries to dull. What can I use besides a spray sealer?
I have a leaf green wall colour in the living room and chocolate brown rug. I don't know what colour curtains will fit in.
The food in my cupboard tastes like varnish. An open box of crackers takes on the taste of varnish even when the box is closed properly. The cupboards were put in new in 2006.
I'm looking for Imperial Wallpaper pattern AM1151 Amadeaus.
I have some uniforms that went from bright white to dingy. I've tried borax, Rit, peroxide, Cascade, bleach, and baking soda... none of which have worked.
The top broke off of a hot pink nail polish and spilled on my light blue carpet. What should I do:( ?
I have a Singer 1507 and I took the bottom off to do some oiling and found a plug on the back right of the machine. There is an adjustment screw under it.
I left a can of hot pink hair spray on my window ledge and didn't realize it had leaked for the longest time. (It was laying on it's side) and I am unsure on how to remove it.
What is the best way to get black dye stains off a bathroom wood cabinet that is a very light wood?
Where can you find zinc sulphite? Is it readily available at any hardware store or a custom store/order item?
I've tried rubbing alcohol and several types of stain removers, and thus far, nothing much worked. Does anyone have any suggestions?
We have a very small kennel run and cannot thoroughly clean it with water but once a week at best. We really hate using chemicals, but would like to find something natural and very safe for our kids.
Use hand gel! Put a little on the disc and wipe away. Easy.
I have lovely fitted sheets that complements my bedroom, but had a center tear. I like to save those for putting over the box spring.
We have a 70s house and are wanting to stain the concrete slab for a unique, modern look. We ripped up the carpet to find a long, deep, and wide crack (8ft by a half inch maybe?).
I can flush the toilet, but the tank does not refill. I fill the tank with a bucket and it flushes, but does not refill.
I have a wood burning store, but I want to burn pellets in it. Do the trays that you can buy to convert the burner work?
I have a Singer embroidery machine and it won't sew anymore. It will go a few stitches and then freeze up. When I manually turn the wheel it will turn easily for about half a turn and then it gets very hard to turn.
I have a Maytag washer model number mhwz600tb01. It has displayed the B1 code, and there is smoke coming from inside it.
When, as in what month, do you plant cantaloupe seeds? I live in zone 8.
I need to give my kitchen a new look, but my kitchen has about 2-3 different wallpapers on it. My friend came to help me remove it and when I came back from getting some lunch my friend had a layer of mud on 90% of the kitchen.
I have an all white kitchen, white walls, ceiling, ceramic wall tiles, except a few scattered wall tiles with painted flowers and a small bird hand painted on the upper corner of one wall.
This guide is about plunging clogged toilet backs up into sink. When your waste water plumbing is not working properly, you may need a snake or a plumber's help.
How can I prevent snow and ice from covering my outside vents on a Pontiac Montana? It hard to defrost because of it.
I have a Frigidaire Infiniti front loader and it does not spin. It leaves my clothes wet. What could I do?
After many years my Christmas cactus has decided to bloom. This is great, but it is only blooming one flower at a time. One blooms and then it dies.
I have a George Foreman grill, the unit will not heat up. Plug in power is good and 110 V getting to the unit.
I have an 05 Ram 1500 and the blower won't blow. I've checked power to the motor and resistor. I checked all fuses I could find, and I checked my selector switch.
What is the the Indian name for hedge balls or Osage orange? I have been told they are effective in getting rid of spiders.
Can you kindly offer an easy way to keep the very high ceilings of foyers, which face the main road, cobweb and dust free ?
I spilled super glue on the lens and tried to clean with warm water and soap using a sponge. This made it worse.
How can my mom qualify for roof repair? It will need to be done soon. The roofer went out today to inspect, as we need a roof cert for insurance purposes that she needs vs the one she now has.
My bobbin won't catch and when it does it creates a jumbled up mess. Or it won't sew at all. I changed my thread and needle and it is still doing it.
How do I get rid of curry smells?
Here's a tip that I use all the time. Wear your clothes inside out! Sweats work the best.
Just put some rubbing alcohol, mineral oil, or nail polish remover on a cotton ball or paper towel and rub it. The residue comes right off. So easy!
Any tips for cleaning suede pocketbook?
What is the procedure to get a crackle effect on paint using Elmer's glue, or what type of glue do you use?
I bought a dress top, only wore it once and when I did laundry the black from the lining of the shirt had made spots onto the rest of the shirt.
My Maytag Bravo model MTW67 tq has a fault code F cleared, but it comes back. I smell plastic burning.
I own a Singer 6268 sewing machine with a self winding bobbin. I have all of the manuals and have tried winding the bobbin step-by-step with multiple threads and multiple bobbins.
How do you remove road film from exterior car windshield?
In my livingroom I try to plug in my 60 inch TV, cable box, and a system and Xbox, but when I plug all that in my breaker flips. This happens every time.
I live in a 3 bedroom house. The only thing running is my TV, a DVD player, and a space heater. Should it trip my main breaker for my house?
We recently redecorated our kitchen. In doing this we changed the positions of some of our plug sockets. These all work fine and have no problems.
I spilled soup on my sweatshirt and I used a stain stick, but after washing the stains are still noticeable. Is there any other cleaner I can use on this sweatshirt?
I placed the whistle top of a water kettle on the hot burner. It melted onto the glass top. The plastic removed easily, but there is a piece of the glass missing.
Help please. Can anyone let me know how to get a mark from a roasting bag off my stainless steel microwave oven?
I just got this new Singers Esteem II sewing machine yesterday and the machine was working perfectly fine until I decided to change the thread for the needle.
I recently took cuttings from a fallen willow tree and planted some outside, but kept a small cutting to pot inside. The one inside sprouted buds, which have now turned into leaves.
My 95 Ford Ranger pick up was running hot. So I changed the thermostat and the radiator cap, and checked the anifreeze and water levels. It still ran hot.
I didn't know what it was, but have been getting bitten by fleas for awhile. Now I know, and have been trying to treat the problem, but can't get it stopped.
The carriage on my electric Royal Satellite TA seems to be hung up and makes a buzzing noise when the return key is pressed.
I am remodeling my kitchen (DYI). My cabinets are distressed antique white with brushed nickel knobs, my floor is light grey tile, my 10' walls are painted a very light grey.
I planted collards the first of September and did not harvest. It is now the middle of January and the leaves have turned a light brown, sorta purple.
My washer won't spin. I can open the top and it looks like the front can then be removed, but where is the belt and how to I change it?
How do I put the gadget back in that's behind the bobbin?
I have a Singer from the early 90s. The foot pedal stopped working, so I bought a new used one on eBay. It works, but very slowly. Is it the machine or the foot pedal?
My bathtub has a self close stopper. I took off the little thing connected to a chain that went down in the pipe to open and close drain. When I did the tub got slower and slower to drain.
My Bolens tractor won't start. I need to push some snow. It turns over, but won't start up. Last time I had to hit the starter to get it to fire up. Any suggestions?
I was away from home for about two weeks, when I came back the other day I found my neighbour's dogs in my garden (4 Rottweilers). It appears that they had been there a while.
I washed my plastic persiennes with some stuff that has 5 percent chlorine bleach. Now I can smell it in the flat. Is there any way to neutralize that chlorine smell?
I have a GFCI kitchen outlet that water got into and was tripped. It is connected to 3 other kitchen outlets that are not working as a result of the water.