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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 

Cause of Tiny Holes in T-shirts

What type of dishwash or detergent are everyone using? The fact that it is mostly women that have this problem, tells me that it must be something that we all do and use. We do not have the same counter surfaces, but we use the same detergent that we all buy.

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Cleaning an Antique Bedspread

I have my mother's old king size bedspread and the original warranty from 1952. For years it has been kept in an antique cedar chest, but has yellowed pretty badly. Can it be brought back to the original white?

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Curtain Color and Pattern Advice
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Electrical Circuit Problems

When I plug anything into the electrical outlet in the wall that is in my daughter's room her light and closet light goes off and will not come back on until I unplug what is in the wall.

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Kitchen Paint and Countertop Color Advice

We will be doing some kitchen remodeling. I have walnut colored cabinets, black appliances, and a ceramic tile floor with gray and sage green tiles. What color countertops would look good? We want to do granite or quartz. What color wall paint?

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Removing Stains on Sweater Cuffs

How do I remove ingrained black cuff stains from my favourite peach jumper/sweater please?

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Repairing a Lawnmower Cord
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Top Thread Catching Underneath
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Water Leaks Into Ice Dispenser

I have a Kenmore refrigerator. While using the water dispenser, water also pours into ice maker. I have had to replace the circuit board as a result of the water pouring through the front of the fridge. I have put a new filter in and changed the solenoid assembly.

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Bathroom Breaker Tripped

My two upstairs bathrooms are on the same circuit. When I woke up this morning, it was tripped. I reset it, but it is still not working. This was the first time this has happened. Could the breaker be bad?

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Breaker Problems When House Inspected

We are looking to purchase an older home built in 1994. We had the inspection today and when the inspector used his little surge tool to test all the outlets, not one breaker flipped. The house has power and all seems normal otherwise. Could this be something that is extremely expensive to repair?

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Dye Transferred in the Wash

My son has a pair of black Nike socks with the white Nike symbol and white blocking stripes up the back. I washed them with my darks and the white is now red. How can I get it out?

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Heater Blower Only Works on High

I have a 2001 F150 Ford pickup. The heater blower only works on the high setting. What is wrong?

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Heater Blowing Cold Air on Passenger Side

I have cold air on the passenger side floor. Why? The driver side is OK.

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Mould on Painted Ceilings

Does mould sink into painted ceilings so that it does not come off?

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Powdered Dish Soap Recipe
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Remove Odor of Diesel Fuel from Clothes

How can I remove the smell of diesel from a whole load of laundry? My husband spilled diesel on his shirt sleeve and put it in with the clothes I had in the washer. I did not realize the smell would not come out with a regular detergent.

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Removing Diesel Fuel Odor from Shoes

I splashed diesel on my Nike shoes. I can't get the odor out.

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Repairing Bleach Spots on Shirt

I spilled Clorox on my new black shirt. If you use a black Sharpie pen how would you wash it? Would the ink come out? Is there any other solution? Why is it always your favorite shirt?

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Sewing Machine Needle Not Catching Thread

I have a Singer 775 sewing machine. The needle is not catching the thread. How do I fix this?

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Truck Heater Dampers Don't Work

Have a 1995 GMC K1500 that the dampers stopped working on the heater. Can not find vacuum lines going into cab and nothing in repair books for this problem. Anyone have any ideas that will help?

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Cleaning Plastic Off Burners on Electric Stove

I have an electric stove top burner with melted plastic on it. The plate is solid and not easily removed. I would like a solution that does not require burner removal.

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Curtain Color Advice

I have grey furniture and white walls. What color curtains should I get?

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Growing Wax/Fibrous Begonias In Winter
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Painting After Taking Down Wallpaper

Once you remove wall paper what do you have to do?

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Products for Unclogging a Toilet

I recently read about a product that wil clear a toilet clogged with feminine products. Do you know what it is?

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Removing Tie Dye from Clothing

I tried to tie dye a really nice shirt, but it looks horrible! How do I get it out?

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Sewing Machine Breaking Needles

My industrial sewing machine is breaking needles on reversing. I am staying in Africa, I depend on you.

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Singer 201 Sewing Machine Repair

We purchased a vintage Singer 201. Our machine motor runs just fine, when disingaged from the head. The machine will run efficiently if you turn it over on its side! As soon as my husband tips it back up, it starts to slow then stops like it's catching.

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Bedroom Curtain and Accessory Colour Advice

I have pale yellow walls and a cream/brown carpet. The majority of my furniture is brown wood or an imitation, with the exception of an electric piano which appears as black painted wood. What colour curtains should I try and what colour palette I should try for duvet/bedspread colours and wall decor?

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Cleaning Styrofoam Christmas Ornaments

We have beautiful Christmas ornaments, made partially out of Styrofoam, at our church. Some of the Styrofoam is dirty or dingy. How can we clean it without disturbing the other materials on the ornaments?

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Curtain Colour Advice

My bedroom is painted blue and I have a grey carpet. I want to put new curtains in my room. What woulld be the best options for curtain colors?

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Removing Stain From Wool Sweater

I have a Merino wool sweater. When I was washing dishes in my copper sink, the sink left a green stain on the bottom of the sweater. The sweater is machine washable, but the stain did not come out. Any suggestions?

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Removing Stains on a Corduroy Couch

How do you clean stains off a corduroy couch?

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Repairing Old Porcelain Dolls

My dolls are very old and are starting to crack. Any idea how I can treat them? Thank you.

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Sewing Machine Not Feeding Fabric

The feed dogs on my sewing machine only go up and down, they do not make the forward-backward motion, thereby not feeding the fabric through. Any suggestions?

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Singer Patchwork Sewing Machine Jammed

I am new to sewing, and just got this machine. I was taking in a pair of jeans when I accidentally ran through some fabric that was too thick for the machine to handle. It stopped sewing, beeped, and now when I try to sew, the top thread is getting caught down where the bobbin is and the needle gets stuck.

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Troubleshooting an Electrical Outlet

One day while my wife was doing laundry the dryer just stopped working. We purchased a new dryer. When we plugged it in, it too would not turn on. Now there is a new breaker and when I plug it in almost all the way and put my multimeter on each terminal I get power in only 2 of the openings.

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Truck Heater Not Working Properly

I have excellent heat in my 1995 Dodge 1500 when in a warm building, or garage, or when it's warm outside. I replaced my radiator, water pump, thermostat, and flushed out the heater core. When it's cold outside, I have very little heat when going down the road. When I stop, the heat gets less warm.

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Cleaning a Burnt On Grease Off a Stove

I have a black enamel fast stove. The two front burners have charred grease and when I clean what will come off around the burners it has left dry dull areas. How can I remove all the charred buildup and make the stove top shiny like the rest of it?

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Getting Tomato Sauce Off Suede Boots

How do I get tomato sauce, from lasagne, off cream colored suede boots?

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Growing Hostas

I have some hostas that are 2-3 years old. They come up each year, but never get any bigger. I have 3 different kinds and they all act the same so I don't think it is the type. They grow in constant shade between a large pine tree and the house. I have a feeling that the pine or cedar trees have something to do with it.

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Handwheel Stuck on Brother Sewing Machine

The handwheel is very hard to turn on my Brother CS-6000 sewing machine. When I do turn it, the needle goes up and down and seems to work okay. When I push the foot pedal to start to sew, it starts out okay but then makes a noise, almost like a clicking, and the machine sort of shakes and stops.

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Installing Tile Countertops
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Oak Cabinets With Redwood Flooring

I have traditional oak cabinets next to redwood flooring. The cabinets need a makeover to match the new flooring. Should I paint or accent them in some way? Suggestions?

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Powdery Mildew on Cucumbers and Zucchini

There has got to be something you can do to get rid of the powdery mildew. I have tried compost, mulch, and last year I put in some tomato cages to keep them off the ground. They had the most beautiful vines, some 5 feet tall, but when the fruit set all the vines died!

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Removing Stains from Granite Counter

I stained my dark green granite counter with Tarn X rust remover. I have 2 white stains that I'm unable to remove. Any suggestions?

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Bermudagrass Information
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Breakers Keep Tripping in My Apartment

I live in an apartment and my circuit breakers trip all the time. It seems like most of my apartment is on just a couple of breakers. Just an example, using a space heater and computer speakers in my garage trips a breaker when my roommate turns on an iron in the living room.

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Cat Repellent

I have a male neutered house cat. In the evening a female feral cat comes to the patio door and they converse. How can I keep her away, she is starting to stay longer and longer. Our cat does go outside under supervision so I need something that doesn't repel him.

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Circuit Breaker On But No Power

My circuit breaker is in the on position. The orange light on the breaker is on, and there is no power.

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Circuit Stops Working in Cold Weather

I have a detached garage and the dusk to dawn light and garage door opener are on the same circuit. Anytime the temps drop below 20F that circuit, and no other, stops working. It starts back again once it warms above 20, all other times it works fine.

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Decorating a Home to Add Warmth
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One Switch on Multi-switch Panel Intermittent

We have a 4 switch panel in our kitchen and every light it controls works fine except the one in the garage. Sometimes it comes on and sometimes it doesn't. It is completely random as far as I can tell.

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Pattern Transferred from One Purse to...
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Removing Water Marks on Wood TV Cabinet

My grandson was wet sanding his motercycle in the garage. I had a TV cabinet stored there and he splashed sanding water on it and left white marks. How do I get them off?

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Selling Trees

I have land with trees and would like to sell them. How do I go about that?

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Wall Paint Color Advice

We have cherry woodwork, dark wood floors, and cream leather couches, with neutral chairs. One is a brown/black tweed and one is a cordovan color leather. The curtains are black and cream. The living room, dining room, and kitchen paint needs to be the same.

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A/C Heater Blower Not Working Properly

My blower motor will not run except on low. I can unplug the relay and replug it and the blower motor will run only in the hi position. I have replaced the relay, resistor, and the switch and nothing works

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Attracting Squirrels
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Breaker Will Not Reset

Tonight I tried to turn on my radiator, but it uses a lot of power so it cuts off the power in my room sometimes causing me to have to flip the breaker switch back on for my room. Tonight when I tried flipping the switch back on, the power in my room will not come back on.

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Citrus Peels for Garbage Disposal Odors

To avoid odor or make odor go away, put lemon, lime, or orange peels and grind in the disposal with hot water. You will notice the odors will go away.

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Cleaning the Outside of Aluminum Pressure Cooker

How do I clean the outside of an aluminum pressure cooker? The inside is clean, but the outside part has become reddish. How do I clean that?

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Clearing a Clogged Drain

I seem to have a severe problem with clogged drains and don't like to use abrasive methods as I live in old house.

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Homemade Grease Cleaners
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K-Cup Drain Stopper
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Making a Homemade Roach Trap
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No Power to Sewing Machine Foot Pedal

I got a vintage Kenmore YK230 sewing machine second hand. I cleaned it and oiled it. The light goes on, but no current goes to the foot pedal. Can it be fixed?

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Removing Kleenex from Clothing
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Removing Label from Plastic Bottle

I need a quick way to get labels off of a plastic bottle. It is a hand soap bottle.

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Top Thread Catching on Bobbin
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Valance Colour Advice

I have a black leather couch, black and silver carpet, light cream walls, and darker cream curtains. What would be the best colour for a valance?

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Bathroom Paint Color Advice

I have maple cinnamon cabinets in my bathroom with grey/blue/green floor and shower tiles, a light cream granite vanity top, and white basin. I'm thinking of blue/grey or a light brown paint for the walls.

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Cleaning Vinyl Flooring

How can I remove a cloudy grey film from plank vinyl flooring?

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Removing Ink from Skin

How do I get pen ink off my hands? The pen refill leaked all over my fingers.

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Removing Musty Odor from Wood Table

I have a table leaf that got wet on one end. I didn't notice until it was bad. Any help?

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Removing Stains on Underwear
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Soot Odour

We had a chimney fire 6 years ago, and a crack appeared in the chimney. We could see it on the outside. We got it fixed just a 1 year ago, but obviously left it too long. The chimney has a bedroom on either side of it, and we can smell soot when the fire is on.

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Truck Heater Not Working Properly

I have a '98 Dodge 1500 truck. The heater will blow warm air as long as it is sitting still, but when you start driving down the road, then it starts blowing cool air. I changed the thermostat first thing, but it didn't change anything. I am needing a little help here.

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Microwave Trips Breaker When It Cycles

My microwave oven trips the breaker when it cycles. The repairman said, that LG told him, that because the stove clock is on the same line, it could cause interference that'd trip the breaker. The breaker is 20 amp, and the microwave is rated at 14 amps.

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Refrigerator Dispenses Water But Not Ice

I have Kenmore side by side. Two days ago everything worked fine and then it happened. It still makes ice cold water, but when I push for ice to come out nothing happens. I don't hear the motor or the crushed ice.

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Smoke Smell on New Shoes

New shoes are not such a bargain when you find the reason for the special prices is a possible fire in a shoe shop. There is a strong smell of smoke on the shoes and box. I have thrown the box away, but the shoes will need a remedy.

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Carpet Color Advice
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Cleaning Vinyl Fences and Deck Railings
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Curtain Colour Advice

I realy need help. My walls are a light brown, camel hair colour, with a light/dark brown lounge suite. I also have loads of red art work. What colour curtains will be the best? Oh, and I have light brown laminated flooring. Ugh, I really have loads of brown.

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Dealing with a Potentially Hazardous...
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Dodge Truck Heater Intermittent

I own a '01 Dodge 2500 V8 and the heater gets hot as I press the gas pedal. Then it goes cold when I let off. I just put in a new thermostat and water pump trying to fix the problem.

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Finding Help With Home Repairs
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Gas Dryer Not Working

I am asking this question for my mom. She has an Admiral gas dryer model number LNC8750A71 and the clothes are warm, but they are not getting dry. She cleaned out all of the lint catchers and the lint under the dryer was all wet.

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Home Heater Not Working

I had electrical work done on my home because we are selling it. The electrician did the work and then my dryer didn't work. They came back and did some wiring that was not even connected to my dryer, but now it works. Now the heater was not working.

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Removing Furniture Polish from Wood Floors

My housecleaners used my Bona furniture polish to clean my wood floors. Now we are slip sliding all over the place! You should see our poor dog. What do I do to fix it?

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Removing Odors from Towels

How can you remove the smell of oil from bowling towels?

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Removing Tape from Carpet

How do I remove tape from carpet?

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Rooting a Spider Plant
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Selling Redwood Trees

I have two very large trees close to my house. They are so big that using them for fire wood seemes a waste. Who would buy them and pay the best price? One tree is about 140 ft tall and at the base it measurs 4.5 ft. The sequoia is about 160 ft. tall and 36 ft around the base.

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Using Scented Candles

How many candles and what sizes should I put in my 18 square meter room, 6m long and 3m wide so that it will smell good? How long does the smell usually last?

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Washing Swimming Suits
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Carpet Colour Advice

I have cream anaglipta walls, maroon curtains, and a 3-piece suite. What colour can you suggest to fit in? Nothing too light please.

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Cleaning a Slow Cooker
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Cleaning Latex and Silk Flowers

How do I clean silk and latex flowers in awkward, high places without removing them from the wall?

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Curtain Colour Advice

I have cream walls in my living room with dark brown furniture, brown carpet, and a beige sofa. What would be the best color for the curtains? I have cream walls in my bedroom with off white furniture and a brown wardrobe. What would be the best color for the curtains?

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Excel Sewing Machine Won't Backstitch

I just got a my Excel 15S and it won't backstitch. It was given to me and was barely used. Everything else works just fine. Is there an easy, inexpensive fix for this?

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Ford Ranger Heater Not Working Properly

My 2008 Ford Ranger heater will not blow heat on the floor. Do you know what this could be or how it can be fixed?

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Kitchen Tile Color Advice

My units are medium oak. I would like a black worktop. What colour tiles would you suggest?

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Lights Added to Existing Circuit Don't Work

I just installed two lights in my bedroom closets. Once I had everything connected, I turned the power back on and I am getting power running to every point, but the lights don't turn on.

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Living Room Wall Color

We just purchased a house in which the living and dining room are painted a really nice beige color. We just purchased a couch that is roughly the same color as the walls. Should we paint the walls a darker color than the couch? Or is it OK to have them roughly the same color?

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Maytag Washer Error Codes

What is code f28 on a Maytag front load Performance series washer?

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Removing Salt from Suede Boots

How do you get salt off suede boots?

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Replacement Springs for a Glider

Where do I find springs that go in the bottom of a glider rocker? There are four long springs that are bent on the ends that go in the wood. I only need two. The chair is too good to throw away.

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Roof Repair for Low Income Family

Where can I find financial aid for roof repair in Clarksburg? My mom and dad's roof is in need of serious repair and I don't have the money to do it. Can any one offer assistance?

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Truck Defrost Not Working Properly

I have a 2011 Ford F150. I noticed today that the air blowing from the dash, when on defrost, is blowing hot air only on the passenger side and in the middle, but the driver side is blowing cool air. Is it a blocked hose perhaps?

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Truck Heater Blower Intermittent

My 2007 Ram 1500 has a heater blower motor that stops working when I put the brake on. When I give it gas it starts blowing. It will do this awile and then stop working all together. Anyone have any ideas?

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Truck Heater Not Working

I have a '02 S10 and it won't blow any air out any of the vents. Any suggestions?

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Cat Keeps Pooping at Front Door

I have a cat that keeps coming to our front door and poops. What can I use to keep her away so she stops doing this?

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Cleaning Mildew off Deck Railings
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Curtain Color Advice
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Curtains Color Advice

I am trying to put curtains up in my bedroom. The walls are painted with neutral colors (off white). I was thinking about getting orange curtains and light blue scarves. Is that a nice color match?

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Gorilla Glue for Repairing an Air Mattress

Get Gorilla Glue, you can find it anywhere. Get a piece of fabric like a T-shirt. Cut it into small squares. Deflate the air mattress in this process and know where your pinhole is!

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Keeping Bees Out of Hummingbird Feeder

Bees are going to the coloured sugar water I hang from the tress for the birds, near their food. How can I prevent or distract the bees from taking over the bottle? They get angry if I chase them away.

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Removing Pet Urine Smell

My small dog keeps peeing on my couch, clothes, anywhere possible. The problem I have is I'd like to get rid of the smell and deter my dog from peeing inside. Can anyone help please.

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Sewing Machine Is Not Stitching Properly

My stitch on top is messing up; the bottom stitch is fine.

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Using Homemade Laundry Soap

Can homemade soap stop up your washer?

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Wall Paint Colour Advice

My stairs have a red traditional pattern carpet, the doors are mahogany, and the floor ash. What colour should I paint the walls?

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Water Dispenser Tube Leaking

The ice maker water dispensing tube drips on my refridgerator. It appears the solenoid is not closing all the way. Is this possible?

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