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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 
Shade Garden Gardening 
COntractor standing outside a home that is under construction. Home Improvement 
Repair Tips Repair 
Tick on Skin Pest Control 
Emergency Preparation Emergency 

Identify Bugs Yourself

I spent some considerable amount of money until I realized that I had to identify the bugs myself. I have not found an exterminator with identification capability.

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Mark Shower for Correct Temperature

If you have a shower and only one tap, you know you get cold water or boiling hot before getting the right temperature. All you have to do is mark the tap with a marker or whiteout once you find the right setting you like.

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Sheets as Shade Cloth
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Carpenter Bees

These bees are beautiful, I have had a small nest of them, maybe 10-20, for at least ten years in the soffit of my garage. I'm worried now about the damage they may be causing. I would rather not kill them, is there anything I can do to make them relocate?

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Kitchen Paint Color Advice

I have a small kitchen. I'm not a big fan of the countertops, they are like a bright teal or aqua. The cabinets are a light medium brown and the floor is a light hardwood. The appliances are white and the windows have white trim. What color should I use to paint the walls?

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Kitchen Paint Color Advice

I have off white counter tops and the same color floor, but I have a lot of apple decorations which are red and green. Then I also have some blue and green vases along the tops of my cabinets. I have the walls that are split in half, top and bottom halves. So what colors should I paint?

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Growing Fountain Grass

We have a beautiful ornamental fountain grass that my husband trimmed too short, at the mulch level. The grass came back this spring, but it's only growing around last year's dead growth leaving an ugly brown center. Can we do anything to save it? If yes, what is the best option and timing?

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Kenmore Ice Maker Misaligned

I have noticed that my Kenmore model 106.58904802 ice maker is hanging up and not making ice due to the plastic harvesting arm not moving due to misaligned front 'teeth' arm.

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Nail Polish Remover on Coffee Table

What can I do to fix where I spilt fingernail polish remover?

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Nail Polish Remover on Coffee Table

What can I do to fix where I spilt fingernail polish remover?

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Repairing Faded Spots on Clothes

I wanted to wash my tracksuit so I put it in the washing machine, added some detergent and when I was going to switch on the machine, I found that electricity was not there. So I left my clothing undisturbed till the light came.

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Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping

My downstairs lighting circuit breaker trips every 30 minutes or so. It is a 10 amp breaker. Can you tell me what I should check?

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Getting Rid of Chickweed in Lawn

I have this chickweed growing in my lawn. I would like to know how to get rid of it?

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Hairspray for Creased Jeans
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Identifying a Flying Bug
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Keep Micro Ant Army Out of your Kitchen

It was always one of those dreaded calling cards of Spring; the annual invasion of the Micro Ants, with lines snaking from my window or under sink to the nearest cabinet with anything sweet inside!

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Kitchen Curtain Color Advice

Two of my walls are pale yellow and 2 are red brick, not bright red. On one of my yellow walls I have a sliding glass door. What color curtains should I use?

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Bleeding Hearts
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Citrus and Salt to Keep Garbage Disposal Fresh

I cut up a lemon or orange and drop in the disposal along with some salt. This keeps it odor free. I was told by a friend a couple years ago that the salt keeps things from building up in the disposal.

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Crystal Clear Roof Rain Gutters
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Dye Transferred in the Wash

My shirt is semi white and has blue stains from dye in it, it has already been dried. What do I do, is there any hope?

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Getting Rid of Bindi Weed

How do I get rid of bindi? I need something that also kills its seeds.

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Growing Hens and Chicks

I got some hens and chicks last year. Now they look all brown and withered. When do they come back?

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Sewing Machine Stitch Regulator Problem

I have a Montgomery Ward Signature 285 sewing machine, from the 1970s maybe. The stitch regulator works fine in reverse, but going forward I can't get any variety in stitch length at all, and it is too small for most of what I want to do. I can't see how to get in and fix anything on that part of the machine.

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Using a Blacklight to Find Pet Urine Spots

What ia a blacklight? How do you use it to find urine markings by a tomcat?

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Home Repair Assistance for Low Income Families

Are there any programs that can help me rebuild my home from inside and paint it? It needs a new roof. The income we get is from SSI.

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Lavender Scented All-Purpose Cleaner
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Cleaning Pool Water

We just took the cover off our above ground pool to get it ready for the summer. The pool water looks black. How do we clear it up to use it?

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Garage Door Remote Quit Working

My Craftsman garage door opener remote quit working. I replaced the batteries and tried to relearn the remote. It says to push button and when it starts blinking to then

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Growing Mimosa Trees from Seed

I just recently was given seed pods from a mimosa tree from Texas. I live in New Jersey and I am not sure if it will survive the winters here. I don't know which variety of mimosa these seeds are from. I do see quite a few mimosa trees around. Can you give me some advice please?

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Poulan Pro Riding Mower Won't Run

I have a Poulan Pro 700 ex mower that will try to start and run for a few seconds if I pour starting fluid in carburetor. However it won't stay running.

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Repairing an Electrical Outlet

I arced three wires in my light, the three connected. Now 1 plug in works and 1 doesn't.

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Trouble Starting MTD Mower

I have a MTD Yard Machine 18 hp 46 inch twin blade. I have had to jump start the mower for the last two mowing seasons.

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What Is This Snake?
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Curtain Color Advice

Can wine red sheer curtains match with lime green walls and blue seats?

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John Deere Mower Won't Start

I have a John Deere mower with a 19.5 Briggs that won't start. It is model 31P677. It is not getting any gas from carb. I replaced the carb gasket and needle valve, pulled apart and cleaned all ports, adjusted valves in 4 ex 6, and it still won't start. Any ideas?

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Removing Quick Shine from Hardwood Floors

My floors were looking dull so I applied Quick Shine to them. They looked great at first. My son decided to surprise me while I was out of town and applied 5 coats of Quick Shine to "restore them". They were left with streaks. I've tried everything I can think to of to remove this product from my floors.

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Toy Box Planter
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Preventing Lint in the Wash

My husband has a company shirt with an iron-on logo. Behind the logo is a white fabric where it's stitched. I wash it with the proper colors, however the shirt is always covered with white lint. How can I wash it without the white lint getting all over the shirt?

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Removing Tree Sap from Patio Furniture

I have a nasty tree that drops sap all the time. It gets on my cloth furniture, my glass table, and the tile on my patio. I don't know how to get it up. Some of it is dried, but ugly. Suggestions?

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Riding Mower Not Getting Gas to Carburetor

My Rally riding lawn tractor isn't getting gas to the carburetor. What could be wrong?

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Lawn Mower Won't Start

I adjusted the valves on my 22 Kawasaki engine. It turns over, but it acts likes it has no fire.

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Riding Lawn Mower Won't Start

I have a Murray riding lawn mower with a 12hp Tecumseh engine. The engine cranks just fine, I have spark after replacing the coil and plug, I also have fuel after cleaning the carb and the tank and cleaning the fuel filter.

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Getting Rid of a Foul Smell in House

I have a terrible smell coming from in or around my daughter's room. I air out the room and it goes away. But as soon as I close the window the smell comes back.

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Getting Rid of Rats and Mice

How do you get rid of rats and mice inside and outside? I want to kill them without a trap.

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Kitchen Cabinets Have a Sickening Smell

We moved into a condo about 12 years ago that was built in the 80s. All of the kitchen cabinets were cleaned and papered top to bottom twice. When I open the drawers especially the silverware drawer, there is a sickening odor.

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Removing Olive Oil Stains on Brick
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Salvaging Over Sanded Furniture
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Temporarily Cover Car Windows with Shrink...
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Bolens Riding Mower Won't Start

I changed the deck belt on my Bolens yard tractor and now the mower will not crank. Sometimes I get a clicking sound and others I get the growl as the motor tries to spin. It doesn't seem to get enough speed to turn completely over. I took the belt off, charged the battery fully and it cranked.

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Cleaning Carpet Without a Machine

Does anyone have a carpet cleaning recipe that I can spray from a bottle?

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Craftsman Riding Mower Won't Start

I have a Craftsman 42. For a while, when it sits it has been hard to turn over. To start I usually have to choke a lot. This year I had to charge the battery to begin to start. Then I did routine maintenance. I changed out a pulley with new drive belt. Then it would not turn over at all. I put in a new solenoid.

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Recycled Incense Burner
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Riding Mower Won't Start

I have a Poulan tractor. It is not starting up from the key, but is starting up when I try it directly from starter after removing the kill wire. But when I again put the kill wire on its place it turns off. Everything else is OK. So is it the solenoid or the clutch switch?

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Troubleshooting an Electrical Circuit

I unplugged my dryer to clean the lint out of it and now my washer, dryer, and fridge won't come on. I tried flipping the breakers back to the on position, but nothing happens. It worked fine yesterday.

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Janome 6600 Dog Feeds Are Stuck

My Janome 6600 dog feeds are stuck in the low position and will not come back up. What can I do to fix it myself. I cannot get anyone to even look at it for over 6 weeks and need it for my business.

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Kitchen Paint Color Advice

I don't want to change the countertops. I love the brightness of them! The cabinets are fairly non descript but are staying also. So what should I do with the walls?

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Repair Punctures with Hot Glue
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Troubleshooting Electrical Circuit Problems

Recently the water company was out repairing a water main leak on the road outside of our house. That night when I went to bed the power to bedroom and bath was working, but when I woke up in the morning, the day they were working on the line, the lights flickered twice and went out in these rooms only.

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Turning On TV Trips Breaker

Every time I turn on my TV all the power in my family room goes off and I have to go to reset the breaker for the room. I've tried different plugs and same result. I've unloaded the power strip and tried different ones too. It takes 2-3 resets with power going off before the TV stays on for good.

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Use Wet and Dry Mop for Floors

I worked for a cleaning company. We used a flat mop by O-Cedar and just water. Go over it with a wet one, then a dry one in small sections.

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Vinegar Makes a Wonderful Cleaner

If you don't have any cleaner in the house, you can always use vinegar. It makes your floors shine and cuts the grime off your floor. It makes your house smell cleaner than regular cleaner.

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Central Air Freshening

If you've got a central air heating/cooling unit, you've got a great way to freshen up the whole house with one solid or bead type air freshener unit.

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Curtain Color Advice

I have a dark brown floor with light brown furniture. My walls are blue and gray with white trim. But I don't know what color to get for curtains.

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Grip Liner for Sliding Couch Cushions
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Growing Chinese Cabbage

Do Chinese cabbages grow well in volcanic soil and tropical climates, in areas around the equator? I know they're a cool climate produce, but there should be a way.

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Homemade Febreze

Febreze can cost up to 8.00 a bottle. Try this homemade fabric refresher. It works great on pet smells too. Just use an empty spray bottle, add a cup of water, 1 tsp baking soda, and one tablespoon of fabric softener. Shake well. Spray clothes, furniture, and carpets. It works wonders. I love the stuff.

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Microwave Smelly Books

Put the book into a microwave oven along with a cup of water. Microwave for few seconds. Fan the book. Repeat until the book is very warm. This will remove a lot of moisture and smell.

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Removing Burnt Rubber Smell from a Bra

I recently bought a really good bra from VS. It's one of those sports bras with padding. When I came home with it, I noticed it smelled like burnt rubber! The smell is so overpowering.

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Removing Cat Urine Odor from Rug

I left a new rug in the garden to air, big mistake. A friendly cat decided to leave its calling card. The rug is long pile and a bright red colour. What would be best product to use to get rid if the smell?

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Vinegar to Clean Shower Head

Get a baggy and fill with vinegar. Tie it around the shower head, leave on overnight. Wipe grime off in morning. It works well.

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Whirpool Ice Maker Not Making Ice

I have a Whirlpool side by side. My ice maker is no longer producing ice. It looks like the water is being sent to the ice maker, but the water is frozen on the side walls and on the food in the freezer. How do I repair this?

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Removing Toothpaste Stains from Laminate

What can I use to remove toothpaste stains from a laminate bathroom counter top? Thus far I've used peroxide, bleach, various bathroom cleansers, ammonia, and CLR. Any one with experience with this stain problem?

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Cleaning Cigarette Smoke Off Drinking Glasses

I recently bought some drinking glasses from 1971 that have years of smoke build up on them. They have a wonderful painted design on them but they look very faded from the build up. How is the best way to clean this without losing the paint design?

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Coordinating Furniture and Accessory Colors

I just purchased a home and am trying to get some feedback on decorating my home and choosing colors. My living room has white walls with rustic color tile. Where would I start on picking my colors? Should I pick my living set then match the rug and then go from there?

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Craftsman Mower Not Running Well

My 14.5 Craftsman won't run without my foot on the clutch/brake. How would I get this to work?

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Stuck Clutch on Thread Trimmer

Why is my thread trimmer clutch getting stuck with my thread trimmer clutch lever assembly?

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Sweet Gum Tree Dying

One of my two sweet gum trees seems dead from an infection. It has sap bleeding, the bark has some green areas, and white spots. What is this infection and how can I prevent my other sweet gum from getting the infection? Although it seems healthy, I noticed some white spots in the bark.

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Book Eating Termites

How do I get rid of termites eating books?

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Countertop Color Advice

I have yellow walls, a red, blue and yellow plaid valence with white sink and white tiles. What color Cambria counter top should I get?

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Craftsman Riding Mower Won't Start

I just got this Craftsman riding mower with 18hp twin Kohler magnum from a friend. He said that 2 years ago he had ACE do a valve job. Then he picked it up and drove it on his trailer. When he got home it would not start.

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Getting Rid of Blackberry Sprouts

When the young blackberries begin to grow up out of the 10 inch wood chip mulch, how do I till it without disturbing the mulch pile? Do I need to just redo the whole thing every time I spot some green?

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Identifying Small Black Biting Bugs

I'm having the same problem as several others. I have black and white pinhead bugs that bite, but you never see them move. They can be on your hand or on the floor and they won't move.

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Outlet Not Working

I changed one outlet in my daughter's bedroom and turned the breaker off first. After turning the breaker on, the outlet works, but now there is one in another bedroom and one in her bedroom that don't work.

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Singer Sewing Machine Won't Stitch

I have a Singer Merritt, model 4552. It was sewing fine last week. Everything is in place, but it won't stitch at all. I don't know what to do and I have to get this skirt made now. I guess I will have to do it by hand then.

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Using Beans for Flowerpot Drainage

Is it possible to use dry beans for drainage in the bottom of a pot?

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Home Repair Help for Low Income Family

I left my home of 12 years 4 years ago to help raise my grandchildren. There are a lot of repairs to be done and no money for lumber and bathroom toilets. The driveway has been washed out very badly. Does anyone know any places that help low income people get help with these things?

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Homemade Febreze

Combine one cup warm water with baking soda and fabric softener.

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Making Permanent Plant Markers
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Angel Trumpet Losing Its Leaves

I have about a 4 footer and it was nice and leafy. Now it is losing it's leaves and soon will have none. The plant does not appear to be dying.

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Basement Curtain Color Advice

In my basement, I have a bar with brown cabinets and a black countertop. I also have chocolate brown sofas, tan walls and carpet. Can you suggest a color of curtain that I should add to my window in this area?

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Cleaning a Stovetop

I have built up grease on my stovetop that is impossible to remove. Any ideas?

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Cleaning Tinted Vinyl Windows

What can be used to clean tinted vinyl sunporch windows?

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Dishwasher Detergent for Grass Stains

When Softball/Baseball season comes around, my hubby and son play on multiple teams and in lots of tournaments. Their uniform pants - usually white - are consistently subjected to ground in dirt, grass, even blood stains.

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Getting Rid of Fleas in My Home

The first time I get infested with fleas, I read that Mr. Teal's Epsom Lavender Salt kills fleas. So I went crazy and put it all over my apartment. I also bought bedding cedar for my dog, but right now she's with my mom until I get rid of this infestation. I did get my dog really clean and flea free.

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Getting Rid of Geckos

How much vinegar, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper do I use in a spray bottle?

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Kitchen Paint Color Advice

I have hickory kitchen cabinets on the bottom and white cabinets on the top, with dark wood floors. I have not picked out the countertops yet. Any ideas on wall color?

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Power Goes Out Intermittently

The other day the power to our bedroom, bathroom, and hallway went out, but the breaker didn't pop, but it came back on. We checked the breaker and flipped it just in case and called someone to come check it out.

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Refinishing Wooden Cupboards

Is there a company that would take my Tasmanian oak kitchen cupboard doors and strip off the old stain and re-stain them?

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Removing Odor from a Sports Bag

I recently bought an Under Armour sports bag from a used item store and it's very smelly. I washed it 2 times, but the smell remains. What can I do now?

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Same Problem With New Fuel Pump

I tested the old fuel pump on my Toro Wheelhorse 314 garden tractor by disconnecting the line from the fuel pump to the carburetor. No fuel was coming out. I thought the fuel pump isn't pumping fuel; it must be bad. I replaced it with a new fuel pump, but now I have the same issue.

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Suddenly Lost Power to Living Room

I am a nanny for a family and the kids and I decided to watch a TV show after school. We turned the TV on like usual and were scrolling through the TV guide. Not even two minutes after turning the TV on, it turned off all of a sudden.

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Bathroom Towel and Accessories Colours

I am painting my bathroom a light grey, I also have a black/grey shower curtain with silver sequins, what color should my towels and accessories be?

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Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Can I use an ammonia solution to clean my hardwood floors?

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Curtain Color Advice

My bedroom walls are painted sage. Why color valance? My quilt is sage, pink, and a cream color; the border is burgundy.

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Flair Pen on Cotton Clothing
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Hairspray Stain on a Leather Couch

I have a hairspray stain on my leather couch right where my head lays. How can I remove it?

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Homemade Cat Repellent

I need to keep cats away from my bird's nest.

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John Deere 212 Mower Won't Start

I have a John Deere 212 Kohler 12hp mower. I put a new switch, coil, points, and plugs and it still won't start. What can be the problem?

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Killing Grass on Driveway

How do I kill grass on the drive?

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Maytag Washer Error Code OE

The code OE comes up. What does it mean?

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Refacing Laminate Counters

Does any one know how my husband and I could reface our counter tops in kitchen and bathrooms? Its a double wide mobile with custom countertops made for mobile homes. Our income is limited and we would like to do this on the cheap.

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Repair Help for Low Income Homeowner
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Snapper Riding Mower Keeps Dying

The engine starts and runs fine until I release the clutch and then the engine dies.

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Tiny Black Biting Bugs

There are tiny black bugs which are present all year, but more in number in the warmer months. They have wings, fly very fast, and bite. They leave tiny red raised bumps on the skin, some of which have a dark center. They seem attracted to the bathroom. What are they and what harm do they do? Also how do I get rid of them?

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Caring for a Christmas Cactus
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Cleaning Dog Urine Off Hardwood Floors

How do I get dried dog urine off finished hardwood floors?

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Kitchen Curtain Color Advice

I have white walls and dark green floors in the kitchen. What would be a good color for curtains?

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Liquid Laundry Soap for Shampooing Carpets

With pets and children, shampooing your carpet or car interiors is something that is just part of life. I have found that using liquid laundry soap works really great in these shampooing devices.

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Living Room Wall Paint Color Advice
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Making a Mosquito Trap

What is the period of efficacy for the liquid? How often does it need replacing?

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Painting After Wallpaper Removal

Is it absolutely necessary to prime the wall after wallpaper removal and before painting? Is a paint with primer in it acceptable? The drywall is 10 yrs old and was previously primed and painted.

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Planting Seeds After Using Weed Killer

Can lawn weed killer be used in flower beds that are not planted with seeds? It has lilies and flowering trees. If so how long before sowing seeds?

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Removing Tree Sap from Feathers

A turkey feather fan was stored in a red cedar (Juniperus virgiana) feather box for several months. When it was taken out there was tree resin, sap, on the tips of the feathers. What is the best way to remove the resin?

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