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Finding Someone to Remove a Tree for Lumber

I live in Louisville, Kentucky. I live in the city and I have a large walnut tree in my back yard. I really just want the tree cut down and the company that cuts the tree down can have the wood for profit if there is a company that will cut it down for free.

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Growing Bluebells (Hyacinthoides)
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Growing Ornamental Peppers
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Installing a Whole House Water Filter
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Power Only Works When Stove On

Lights and outlets in some parts of the house won't work unless the stove/oven is turned on. Any idea what would cause this and how serious of an issue it is?

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Repairing a Microwave
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Using Fels Naptha Soap
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What Is This House Plant?

I am trying to identify a plant at the office. It grows mostly upright with a jointed stalk and a singular long slender green leaf at each joint. Currently a coworker is drowning it mistaking it for bamboo or a reed type plant.

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Circuit Breaker for Dishwasher Keeps Tripping

The circuit breaker for my dishwasher at my cabin keeps flipping off. The dishwasher is 10 years old and I thought maybe I needed a new dishwasher, but I am not sure. The circuit breaker was flipped back on and then it flipped off again over the next several days even without running the dishwasher.

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Curtain Color Advice

My living room walls are Climate Change light green, on 3 walls. The fourth is a milkweed green sage color. My couches are medium to dark brown. The carpet is light sandal. On the light green walls, what color drapes would you get?

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Fels Naptha Alternatives
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Ice Maker Leaking

I have a Samsung French door refrigerator with a bottom freezer. My ice maker is leaking water and it is coming through the dispenser. My kitchen got flooded. What can cause the ice maker to leak that kind of water?

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Identifying a Houseplant
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Lost Power to Lights After Rain Leak

I have rain water coming in from outside into my 2nd floor ceiling of my house. I lost only light power in my kitchen and a room downstairs. But tThe breaker did not trip. What can my problem be? Please advise urgently. Thank you.

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Oil to Keep Ants Out of Hummingbird Feeder

After several years of trying everything possible, I've found that liberally applying vegetable oil all over the shepard's crook and the feeder hanger itself keeps ants away. Nothing toxic, messy, or unsightly, and the ants don't like it!

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Unclogging Cat Litter from a Toilet

I made the mistake of throwing a large clump of clumping kitty litter down the toilet. Here are some tricks I used to unclog it:

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Washer Won't Drain

I have a LG top load washer. It is a little over a year old. My washer is running through the the wash cycle, but won't drain. It sounds like it's sucking water and a little comes out but then it stops and reads OE code.

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What Is This Garden Plant?
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What Is This House Plant?
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What Is This Houseplant?
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Bathroom Paint Color Advice

I have a bathroom with white tiles, sky blue accent tiles, white sink, white tub and toilet, bright blue (almost turquoise) counter, and light blue and cornflower small tile floor. It is a 1950s bathroom. I want to get rid of the wallpaper and update it. What color would you paint it?

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Cleaning a Smelly Freezer

I just a few minutes ago purchased a used freezer. It was nasty. This freezer truly smells like something was dead in it! I have cleaned it with straight bleach, then Clorox Clean Up and just rinsed with vinegar. What can I do to get rid of this smell?

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Cleaning a Top Load Washing Machine
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Craftsman Riding Mower Won't Start

I have a 27 hp Craftsman riding mower that stopped running while cutting the grass. It was serviced 1 month ago with a new battery, oil, and blades. When the key is in the on position, it does nothing, but when the starter solenoid is hit with the positive cable, the motor spins really really slowly.

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Getting Rid of Gnats and Fruit Flies

Gnats and fruit flies love sweet liquids. You don't have to use wine, although they do like it. Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid (only about 3) to wine and slowly stir this makes a film on the surface that the bugs get trapped in.

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Getting Super Glue Off Glasses

I used nail polish remover and the super glue came right off the eye glasses. Any ordinary nail polish remover will work.

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Living Room Curtain and Rug Color Advice
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Protecting Cabbages from White Butterflies
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Removing Purple Sharpie From Hair

How do you get purple Sharpie out of your hair? I have tried alcohol already.

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Removing Skunk Smell from a Car
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Stain on Cotton Dry Clean Only Jacket
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Varnished Table Sections Stuck Together

I have an old mahogany dining room table. I moved it in the rain and the varnish stuck the table together. How can I unstick, to add the leaves?

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Removing Odor from Camel Leather
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Replacing a Light Switch

Recently I changed a faulty light switch in one room and right after doing so the light switch in the adjacent room stopped working. I tested the lines for power and it came up negative. Is this something that can be easily fixed or do I need to call an electrician?

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Washing Machine Timer Not Working

I have a top loading older Maytag washing machine. When I pull out the timer button to start the washer, it will fill up and will then sometimes stop running. I have to manually pull out on the button a little bit and hold it to keep the machine running.

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What Is This House Plant?
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Curtain Color Advice
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Feeding Soil in Non-Growing Seasons
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Replacing Velcro Tabs on Swiffer Wet Mop

My Swifter wet mop has no Velcro to stick the pads on. They must have fallen off from too much solution. Any ideas of how I can replace them? Should I just use regular stick on Velcro from JoAnn's?

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Cleaning a Top Load Washing Machine

I am wondering if anyone knows of a substitute for the laundry washer cleaner, Affree? I have a top loading, water-saver Maytag. It recommends Affree in the booklet and has a setting on the washer. Affree is $8.00 for a rather small size bottle.

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Cleaning Wax Off Marble Tabletop

My granddaughter used a thick white polish for leather on my marble dining table. She didn't remove it until the next day. I had trouble removing it, now I have a dull finish. It use to shine and now it looks dull and dirty. Is there anything I can do?

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Getting Rid of No See Ums

This question is for the person who suggests turning the thermostat down to 62 degrees to kill the no see ums. I have been suffering so much from bites in my house for the past 2 months. Like you, I have tried everything - except bombing. I have a forest filled with oak trees behind my house.

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Identifying a Flying Insect
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What Is This Garden Plant?
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BetterBoy Or TallBoy Tomatoes?
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Thoroughly Cleaning A Cast Iron Fry Pan

You can tell me not to use soap on my cast iron pans til the cows come home. I will use it, anyway. I refuse to put away a pan that has only been scraped and wiped. To me, that borders on 'nasty'.

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What Is This Garden Plant?
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What Is This Garden Plant?
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Hibiscus Dropped Its Leaves

I brought a new hibiscus and repotted it as a patio garden plant. The leaves started dropping off daily. Yesterday I noticed that all the leaves have dropped off and the stem is all that is left. Can you please let me know what I should do to make the nodes grow and keep the plant alive.

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Identifying a Houseplant
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Keeping Flies Out of Unused Office Space

I have been noticing a lot of black flies this year in my office. I have been renting the downstairs office for 23 years - the upstairs office has been vacant for 4 years. I went looking to find where these flies are coming from. In the vacant office I found hundreds of dead flies all throughout the space.

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What Kind of Snake Is This?
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Free Seed From Grocery Store Produce
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Growing Tomatoes

On the tomato tag in the pot when you buy the plant, it has the tomato type and a maturity time. When does the maturity time start? When the seed is planted? When you put the plant in the ground? When? Thanks.

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Kitchen Paint Color Advice

I have a small kitchen and I want to paint it in two shades of yellow. Should I paint the walls the lighter yellow and cupboards the darker yellow?

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Repairing a Popup Camper Roof

How can I replace a the rear roof section top? The wood has taken in moisture and the bracket mount screws have failed.

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Roof Repair Help for Low Income Family

I live in South Carolina. How do I go about getting my roof fixed? It's a family house owned by my uncle. He receives disability and so do I. Is there anyone in the Horry county area that could help us?

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Soapy Water for Wasp Removal

Wasps seem to hate warm soapy water. I attached a sprayer to my hose with simple dish soap in it. I applied some several times during the day and have successfully deterred a large nest that was visible and inside my covered porch structure. I was reluctant to use a bunch of wasp spray.

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Cleaning Hair Off Towels
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Craftsman Riding Mower Won't Start

I have a Craftsman automatic 42" cut Koehler Pro 16.5 ohm. I can not get it to start! I replaced the battery, spark plug, air filter, oil, and oil filter. When I turn the key nothing happens except a faint click. The mower worked last summer without any problems. I'm not quite sure what to look into next.

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Put a Knot in Stained Clothing

If you notice a stain in your clothing, and you are not going to wash it right away, tie a knot in it before you put it in the laundry basket. When you do the laundry, you will know that piece of laundry has to be pretreated before it goes into the wash.

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Removing Diesel Fuel from Clothes

How do you get diesel fuel out of clothes?

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Wall Color Advice

I am purchasing a mocha coloured suede sofa. My floors are hardwood. My living room shares space with my kitchen which has brown wood cabinets and the overall color is brown/beige mixed marble. I'm looking for wall color suggestions. My main concern is the sofa color mocha with which wall paint.

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Ceiling Fan Wiring Problems

My dining room ceiling fan won't turn on unless my kitchen light switch is on. A friend ran some new wire prior to the problem.

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Craftsman Riding Mower Won't Start

I have a Craftsman riding mower. It will crank no problem, then I mow for a hour. Then if I shut it off it will not start. I checked fire and it has no fire. After about 30 mins to an hour it starts just fine. I just replaced the coil. Can someone help me please?

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Dishwasher Not Draining Completly

I was having problems with my dishwasher and replaced it with a new one. Now I have the same problems with the new one as I had with the old dishwasher. When it is done running a full cycle there are about 2 inches of water remaining in the bottom.

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Getting Rid of Bugs in the Kitchen
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Leather Computer Bag Smells Bad

I also purchased a camel leather satchel/lap top bag from India, and beyond the god awful smell, there seems to be this strange sheen of moisture on the bag every few days. I have moved it to different areas, to confirm it is not the result of anything leaking on to it, and that is definitely not the case.

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Microwave Needs To Reset After Each Use

I have a one year old GE microwave that works fine, once, then I have to unplug it for approximately five minutes. After five minutes or so, I plug it back in and it works perfectly, once, but then I have to repeat the process: unplug, wait, plug it in, and use.

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Murray Riding Mower Won't Start

I have a Murray riding mower. The starter, carburetor, and fuel filter were recently replaced. I cut 90 recent of the yard when the mower went through high grass and cut off. When I tried to restart it makes a spinning sound, but will not start.

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Repairing in Tear in Microfiber Couch

How do I repair a tear on a micro material sofa?

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Cleaning Polyester Work Shirts

My son has white 100% polyester work shirts. I have already used bleach and fabric softener on them, but it is not working. They look dirty all of the time and I can't stand it. What can I do to make them white again?

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Homemade Wringer for Hand Washing Clothes
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Removing Spray Paint From Walls
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Repairing a Box Spring Mattress
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Using Wall Spackle
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Washer Making Noise During Spin Cycle
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What Is This Garden Plant? (Datura)
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What Is This Plant?
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Bathroom Paint Color Advce

I ordered a tan shower curtain with a black dandelion on it. I'm not sure what color to paint my bathroom now. I was thinking grey, but I don't want it to look drab and gloomy.

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Curtain Color Advice
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Growing Foxtail Lilies

Do you have to dead head foxtail lilies?

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Removing Fishy Smell from Leather Pants

I got a pair of leather pants on Amazon. Then when I opened it, they smell like fish. What do I do to take of the smell?

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Removing Lint from Laundry

Could I use ammonia instead of vinegar to remove lint?

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Sewing Machine Not Picking Up Bobbin

I have a second hand Singer 478. The needle stem doesn't go down far enough, so it does not pick up the bobbin thread.

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Changing the Color of Curtains
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Removing Red Clay Stains on Clothing
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Stuck Key on Smith Corona Typewriter

I have a Smith Corona Super 12 Coronomatic typewriter. When the X key is pressed the letter strikes the page repeatedly until the key is released. When you press the other keys they strike the page only once no matter how long you hold the key down. What is wrong and how can it be fixed?

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Sweet Chemical Smell in New House

We purchased a new home in December. There is a smell of chemicals, similar to carburetor cleaner. Now it smells sort of rotten and sweet like a perfumey sweet. It is all over the house. It is most chemically in the crawlspace and sweeter and more rotten inside the house. It is making us sick.

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Changing the Color of Sun Block Curtains

How can I change the colour for sun block curtains?

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Foul Odor in Bedroom

I have had a foul odor in my master bedroom for about a month or more. I live in a 117 year old small house with no central heat or air. I have an indoor cat and dog that's had free run until this mysterious odor appeared! I have shampooed the carpet and that helped for about a day and it came right back.

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Removing Spray Paint from a Wall

I live in Victoria, Australia. I had an old fridge in the kitchen and I decided to spray it purple. The spray from the can went on the wall. I now have a 12 inch long purple stripe on the white wall. Can anyone suggest something to take the purple off without ruining the white wall?

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Removing Yellow Stains in Tub

I live in a manufactured home. How do I clean it so it doesn't have yellow stains?

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Repairing a Corian Countertop
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Sewing Machine Doesn't Work

Someone dropped my Kenmore Ultra Stitch 12 sewing machine. It was working before this. Now the needle bar, the straight piece that controls the needle going up and down, doesn't move up and down at all. The hand wheel, the wheel at the end that manually turns to make the needle go up and down, does spin.

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Cleaning an Above Ground Pool

I have an above ground pool, 12'x4' round. I've been unable to get rid of the cloudy white particles that keep settling on the bottom and middle of the pool. I've used many different chemicals and replaced the filter numerous times and nothing seems to work.

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Craftsman Lawn Tractor Won't Start

I have a B&S engine lawn tractor that is 4 years old. The mower stalled when the seat lifted up and now will not start. I've replaced the battery and spark plug, but the engine just spins and won't fire. If I goose the key to start it it will spin faster, but still doesn't start.

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Breaker Keeps Tripping
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Cleaning With Dishwashing Detergent
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Dollar Store Placemats as Drawer Liners

I use plastic place mats from the dollar store for this. They work best in drawers, but I've had success on smaller shelves with them. You could glue them down, but I usually cut them to fit snugly in place so they can be removed and washed.

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Identifying Small Black Bugs
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Store Compost in Refrigerator

Composting makes great fertilizer for my garden and reduces waste. I have tried a number of ways to avoid walking to compost pile every time I have compostable kitchen waste, veggies, fruit, paper napkins, plates, etc. Everything I tried, even fancy counter compost containers, left me with fruit flies.

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Zucchini Stem Is Rotting

We have had a very wet growing season and my zucchini plant stem is soft as if it is rotting. What can I do to save my plant?

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A Butterfly On My Butterfly Bush
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Installing a New Circuit Breaker
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Small Black Nonbiting Bugs

I thought my kitty had somehow managed to catch fleas even though she is strictly an indoor cat. I've noticed her scratching a lot lately, but I don't see any flea symptoms on her. Recently at night when I lay on my bed I feel really tiny insects jumping all over me, but I have no bite marks. I

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Sunscreen Stains on Clothing

How do I get stains from sunscreen out of my clothes? It also left stains on my enamel on steel bathtub.

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Using Dishwasher Tabs in Washer

Can I use dish tabs on laundry

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Cleaning Melted Plastic Off Stovetop

How do you clean a stove that has had a plastic bag melted on it?

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Clothing Dye Transferred in the Wash

I accidentally washed a dress that had purple tie dye on it and it leaked onto to a few of mine and my childrens' t-shirts. How do I take it out? I tried bleach and baking soda, but nothing is happening! Any solutions please?

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Curtain Color Advice

I have mustard color walls, light beige carpet, a wood entertainment center, and reddish brown leather sofas. What color curtains will make my room elegant and comfortable?

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Dye from T-shirt Emblem Ran

I have a white t-shirt. I've just washed it and the dye from an emblem on the t-shirt has run onto the white leaving pink stains. I can't remove the emblem as it's an integral part of shirt. Any help please?

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Getting Melted Crayons Off Leather Seats

Using the plastic card take some time to scrape off as much of the crayon as possible. It's easiest to do the bigger pieces when the wax is cooler so that it can pop off. Then squirt some baby oil onto the wax, or all over the seat so that the seat is evenly oiled

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Maytag Front Load Washer Error Codes

My Maytag front load washer is making a noise and flashing codes El and FL what can I do to fix it? I can't wait till Wednesday for repair man.

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Rotten Potato Smell in Garage

I've moved into a condo with detached garage. The previous tenants seem to have used the garage as a potato/veggie storage. The garage's semi-finished walls and cement floor smell like old stored/rotten potatoes.

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Singer Quantum L-500 Won't Sew

My machine turns on and all the buttons light up and the machine won't operate. Any suggestions on how to get it to work?

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What Is This Flower?
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What Is This Plant?
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Champion Offset Printer Shuts Off

I have a Champion 27 offset color printer. It is running now. I connected it to a stabilizer constant supply, but while the machine was running, suddenly the compressor turned off and the feeder was not working. After one minute, automatically the machine circuit breaker turned it back on.

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Maytag Washer Error Code F21

I have a Maytag Performance 9000 series washer, MHWE950W. It is flashing error code F21. I know that means I need to clean out the drain which is located behind the front pane. OK that should be fine, but I could only get one screw out!

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Maytag Washer Won't Start

I have a 300 series Maytag front load washer. I put in clothes, closed the door and pushed the on button. The pause light came on and codes flashed instead of run time. I cannot open the door and it will not go into any cycle. It has been working fine. Anyone have any answers?

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Troy-Bilt Mower Won't Start

I have a 2008 Pony Troy-Bilt riding lawn mower. I have changed the oil, air filter, and spark plug. It ran and sputtered and then died. Now it will not start. What can it be?

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Growing Nicotiana
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Mower Pull Start Not Working

I have a 3 yr old Husqvarna selfpropelled lawn mower. I try to pull the rope to start and it won't pull out at all. I can turn the blade by hand, but can't by rope. So what can cause this?

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