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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 
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Cub Cadet Mower Won't Start

I put the positive cable on negative terminal and put the negative on the positive by mistake. I reversed the cables and now they are on the right way. It will not start. What do I do next?

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Curtain Colour Advice

My living room color is white. I have vertically striped, red/golden/yellow, fabric furniture positioned in the bay window. My side chairs are again a shade of red and in fabric. Please advise what colour curtains I must use for the bay window and what sort of print.

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Staining Particle Board Flooring
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Baking Soda for Cleaning Old Linoleum Floors

I bought an old house and could not afford new flooring. After scrubbing and scrubbing I found the solution! By far the most effective thing to do is wet the floor and sprinkle baking soda over it.

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Broken Piece of Needle Stuck in Needle Bar

A piece of broken needle is stuck in my antique sewing machine. I tried everything, Blaster penetration, pushing with a needle, pushing with a fine screw, and nothing works.

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Finding Fuses on MTO Mower

On a MTO lawn tractor, model 13AG601H729, where are the fuses?

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Kitchen Tile Color Advice

What colour tile would complement my new kitchen? I have cream cupboards and black worktops and appliances. There is nothing on the floor yet. I want to get away from cream or black tiles.

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Lounge Paint Color and Carpet Advice

What colour walls and carpet would go with a very dark red suit? We have bought a new place and all needs doing.

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MTD Briggs & Stratton Mower Engine Flooding

My Bolens MTD 13.5 Briggs and Stratton engine starts, but floods out after about 2 minutes. I replaced the fuel filter, hoses, battery, and spark plug, and it has fresh fuel as well. It ran OK a week prior so I'm not sure what happened. Do I need to clean the carb, or replace?

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Removing Petroleum Based Solvent Odor...
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Removing Urine Odor from Wood Floor

The toilet floor wood smells of urine. What do I use to remove odours?

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Spray Paint Lamp Shades

I have painted a few lamp shades with spray paint with good success.

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Sunlight as Free Bleach

Sunlight will remove tomato sauce type stains from plastics. Just place items in direct sunlight for a few hours around midday. It will bleach white laundry too.

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Transplanting a Young Willow Tree

The willow is about 2 years old and has started to bud. Is it too late to move it?

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Using Vim Cleaner With a Septic System

Is Vim cleaner safe for septic systems?

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Washing Machine Not Spinning

My Bosch machine is 3 years old and I have tried every cycle to see if they react differently, but I am not getting drier clothes. They just come out soaking.

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Black Fabric Dye Turned White Collar Grey

I wonder if some lovely lady is able to help me. I bought a dress which is black with white trim on the collar and on the leg of the dress. I used Colour Catcher sheets in the wash and the white parts have still turned grey. It is made from 90% polyester and 10% rayon.

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Electrical Circuit Problem

The outlet in my kitchen has to have something plugged into it for the outlet in the livingroom to work.

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Essential Oils for Insect Repellent

Essential oil is a wonderful all natural insect repellent! Peppermint oil will repel flies, ants, bees, roaches, and spiders! Simply add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil to 1/2 cup of water. Using a spray bottle, spray the area you want to be free of pests.

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Help to Make Bathroom Conversion for the Elderly

Is there help for my 90 year old mother to convert from a tub to shower in her bath? She still lives alone and is able to care for herself, but is not able to get into her tub. She only receives her Social Security income.

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Kitchen Paint Color Advice

My kitchen has a black marble work top and floor, and a brown kitchen door. What colors for walls?

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Living Room Drape Color Advice

I have cream color walls with a lot of oak wood accents, chair rail, crown molding, wood strips in the corners. The rug is beige. I have black furniture and cherry wood tables. There is also a multicolor fireplace in earth tones. What color drapes would go with all of this?

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Refrigerator Leaking Water

I have a GE top mount refrigerator. The icemaker isn't making ice, but the water is running down inside the back panel. Help!

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Removing Water Based Marker on Dry Erase Board

My three year old scribbled all over my dry erase board. I was clueless and used plain water to clean it. Big mistake. The water marker smeared and it would not come off. I tried so many things, alcohol, hand sanitizer, acetone, etc. I gave up.

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Removing Yellow Stain on White Pants

I have a pair of white pants that have been hanging in the closet forever and I wanted to wear them. I took them out and their was a yellow stain on the leg. How do I get the stain out?

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Repairing an Electrical Outlet

I blew out an electrical outlet. I pulled on it and it blew taking out 4 other outlets. I replaced the blown outlet, but still all 5 outlets are out even after I reset the switch on the main box.

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Riding Lawn Mower Won't Start

My mower won't start after replacing the battery, starter, and solenoid. It turns slowly even while jumping it off with my truck.

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Riding Mower Won't Start

Will the starter still turn if your engine is seized?

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Washer Does Not Spin

It is a Kenmore front load washer. The propeller of the washer does not spin; however, the motor is running and sound gets generated. Water flows from the load chamber, but draining seems not to be the full capacity. The blinking sign looks like a short piece of tube.

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Avocado Tree Leaves Turning Brown and Falling

I have a 9 year old avocado tree and every year when the tree blooms, all the leaves turn brown and fall off and all the buds dry up, turn brown, and fall off. The branches are always green and as everything browns and falls off there is new growth, leaves and branches and such.

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Bathroom Sink Backsup into Tub

When the sink in the bathroom drains, the bathtub fills up with mucky black water. Then it slowly drains out of the bath tub.

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Bobbin Thread Not Getting Picked Up

The needle is threaded and whenever I turn the needle the thread in the needle looks like it's getting pulled by the bobbin case, maybe? The thread in the bobbin doesn't get picked up.

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Hibiscus Dropped Leaves After Spraying for Aphids

I had lots of aphids on my hibiscus. I sprayed soapy water on it after the sun went down, but since I live in Florida, the next day there was plenty of sun. Within a few days all the leaves and buds fell off. Did I kill it or will my hibiscus come back?

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Keeping Formica Shining

How do I keep it looking very nice?

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Painting Wallpaper Stained With Nicotine

Can wallpaper be covered with paint and not be effected by the underlying nicotine? Is there any undercoat that can be used?

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Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer

There are some recipes for homemade fertilizer on this site. Is this fertlizer safe for pets and kids to walk on right after application?

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Removing Stickers from a Wood Door
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Small Appliance Use Affects TV Reception

We have a roof top antenna and a converter box for our TV. When I run the blow dryer, in the bathroom, the air popper for popcorn, vacuum, or my blender some channels go out. When I run non noise making appliances, toaster, griddle, skillet, etc. nothing happens.

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Cleaning a Smoke Detector

My smoke detector works, but not properly because of dust. Please suggest some solutions to me.

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Paint Color Advice
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Painting Brick

What products are needed before painting a brick home's exterior, for sealing, etc.?

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Receiving Shock from Porch Light

A line was run from an exterior porch light to a new plug in conduit. I am receiving a low voltage shock from the exterior box even when the porch light power is turned off.

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Rubber Mat Left Ring Marks on Table

How do you get rid of marks left by a rubber place mat which had a hot drink put on it?

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Valance Color Advice

We have tan furniture and beige carpet. I just bought walnut colored blinds for 2 very big windows in our family room. I'd like to put valances at the top of the blinds. I saw some very cute country brown plaid ones, but I'm worried it's too much brown on brown.

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Whirlpool Washer Not Spinning Properly

I have a Whirlpool washer model #wtw5500xw2 that won't spin all the water out of the clothes. Can someone tell me what could be the problem? It's driving me crazy.

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Bad Light Switch or Not Wired Correctly

My wife's light switch stayed on all the time and my buddy took one out of another room and took the wire in the screw out first and then the one in the hole and then moved it to her room. It worked and then he tried to put the one that stayed on all the time where the other one was.

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Bathroom Paint Color Advice

The house was built in 1996. It has emerald green countertops with white double sinks, green tile flooring, white tile with green and some peach. It currently has light green walls.

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Breaker Won't Turn Back On

What would it be if you turned off your main breaker, then turned it back on and there was one breaker to a bedroom that was tripped and could not be turned back on?

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Clearing the Long Drain Washer Code

How do I clear the long drain code?

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Clothing Dye Transferred in the Wash

How do I get black dye out that ran in the wash on a mint colored shirt?

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Removing Sidewalk Chalk from Fabric
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Sewing Machine Only Runs Slowly

My machine would not sew, so I opened it up dusted and oiled it, now it only moves at a snail pace.

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Tree Removal for Lumber

We are considering buying land in north Florida, It is approximately 20+ acres. We would like about 5 acres cleared and would trade clearing for lumber. Is this a service that anyone provides?

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UGGs Discoloured After Washing

Recently I was following a YouTube instruction on how to clean UGG boots by using Zero detergent and then rinsing off with cold water. After allowing it to dry naturally it is now discoloured with areas of darker dye sections throughout the boot. Is there a way to fix this discoloration?

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Cleaning a White Towel with Colored Appliques

I have a white towel with sewed on colored appliques. I can't use Clorox, and the towel looks grayish. How do I whiten?

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Keeping Woodpeckers Off Hummingbird Feeder

I don't mind the ants and bees so much. But the woodpeckers oh my! The little stinkers tilt the feeder and dump all the liquid onto the ground and waste it. I wouldn't mind them feeding if they did not waste it.

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Kitchen Paint Color Advice

We just installed rustic hickory cabinets, and we have a tile floor that is a mix of blue and tan. I also have brown and black speckled countertops. What color do we paint the walls?

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Lawn Mower Won't Start

I own a 6.5 horsepower Craftsman lawnmower, which has a Briggs and Stratton 4-cycle engine. It won't start without using a starting fluid spray. I changed the air filter, fuel, spark plug, and serviced the carburator using a carburator kit, with the same results as before.

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Office Paint Color Advice
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Removing Pet Urine Stains on Subfloor

Some of the stains are old and some are newer. My dog is old and decided this is her toilet. We have to remove the rug and get in on the stains. It is a big job coming up. I can't send the picture because the rug is still on down, it is wall to wall.

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Sewing Machine Not Pulling Up Bobbin Thread

My machine is new, but when I go to sew, the bobbin thread doesn't come up and the needle thread is hooking all over the bobbin. Why?

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Toilet Tank Not Filling

The toilet tank will not refill after the water was turned off. The toilet is also clogged and won't flush after numerous times of plunging. I have refilled the tank with some water, but it still won't flush and the water still will not come on in the tank after turning it off and turning back on again.

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Troy Bilt Mower Won't Start

I have a 2012 Troy Bilt 42" mower that cranks, but won't start. I did all the basics with fuel, plug, new battery, etc.

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Bathroom Paint Color Advice

I have dark green bathroom marble floors. What paint color would go with that?

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Craftsman Riding Tractor Won't Restart

I have a 20 year old Craftsman riding lawn tractor with a Koehler engine. My son was mowing the lawn and the tractor just shut down. When turning the key to start it nothing happens. There is no turning of the engine and no registering of voltage on the voltmeter on the tractor.

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Curtain Color Advice

I have a cushion cover with a yellow/tan color and black, white, and gray. I don't know what color of curtains to get. The walls are paneled.

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Dining Room Carpet Color Advice

What is the best carpet color for brown dining table and light brown brown chair?

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Electric Blanket Control Displaying Code E

We have a Biddeford blanket with 2 controls. One control has an E showing with no heat.

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Finding Financial Help With Home Repairs

I am disabled and on a fixed income. I need mobile home repairs.

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Growing Bitter Sweet from a Cutting

I have a bitter sweet branch that I placed in a jar of water and it's growing new foliage. Can I some how transplant this branch?

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Kenmore Washer Skipping Wash Cycle

My Kenmore washer will not wash. It goes straight to the rinse cyle. What do you think is the problem?

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Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color Advice

I currently have maple colored cabinets and I want to paint them. My counters are cranberry and the kitchen opens to the living room which is a mix of browns, cranberry, green blue, and gray. My appliances in my kitchen and my kitchen walls are white so I am not sure that I should paint them white.

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Kitchen Paint Color Advice

I have butterscotch laminate floors, white cabinets, stainless steel appliances and my backsplash is grey, blue, and silver. What color should I paint the wall?

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Living Room Curtain Color Advice
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Pathos Plant Dying

I've had this plant for over a year and a half. All of a sudden, after repotting for the first time, all of its leaves are turning yellow and falling off. Even the green leaves are curling. Today I was inspecting it and noticed some white bugs in the dirt!

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Repairing a Fiberglass Tub or Shower
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Selling an Old Oak Tree

I have an old oak tree that I want removed for salvage. Tiger oak is extremely expensive. I do not want to pay for removal. If possible I would like to get paid.

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Washer Not Filling Properly

My LG front load washer will only fill correctly on certain rinse and spin settings. It doesn't fill correctly as it used to. I changed the water inlet valves and it only drops water a very little in the beginning and a little later on. It will work with different settings. The hoses are new also.

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WD-40 for Removing Adhesive

I had put the little self-adhesive plastic strips in my bathtub several years ago. They worked quite well, and they stayed useful for several years. They eventually began to peel around the edges and I decided to pull them off and go back to the rubber bath mat.

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Feed Dog Not Moving

I have an Empisal Dressmaker 328D. The feed dog is not working. I opened the machine and found that a spring was broken. I can replace the spring myself, but I cannot figure out where the spring goes. Can anyone assist?

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Financial Help With Electrical Repairs

I am a low income single mother. I need assistance with electrical wiring for my home. This house is old and has many issues. I am trying to make it. I have a 12 year old disabled daughter.

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Getting Rid of Nuisance Bugs

How do you get rid of them?

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Keeping Ants Out of Flower Pots

How do I keep ants out of large 100 ltr. pots?

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Kitchen Paint Color Advice

The color of the kitchen vinyl flooring is called Constellation Blue. It is a medium shade of blue. The countertops are smoky grey and the units are a whitish grey. What would be the best paint color for the walls? I want it to be a light bluish grey color so the room is not dark looking.

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Kitchen Paint Color Advice

I have light wood cupboards, black tiles, charcoal grey floor tiles, and black appliances. What colour walls could I paint?

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Lights Dim Shortly After Being Turned On

I recently purchased a home and it looks like the basement was finished by the owner after it was built. In the basement only, not upstairs, the lights and lamps start at regular brightness when turned on, then dim down to about 1/2 about a minute later, without other loads being turned on.

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Mower Won't Start

My 18 hp Briggs turns slowly and won't crank. It has a new battery, starter, and solenoid. It has low voltage on the cable at the starter when turning the key to start. However when the cable is unhooked from the starter and I'm turning the key the voltage is good.

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No Electricity in Half of the House

I was installing an outlet when two wire made contact. I live in a mobile home. Now half of the house has juice and the other does not.

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Power Went Out in One Room

Last night I was building a tent in the living room for my kids to camp out in for fun. I went into the master bedroom to blow up an air mattress. I typically use our leaf blower to blow it up. I plugged the leaf blower in the wall and turned it on. As soon as I turned it on all of the power went off in the room.

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Repairing Sewing Machine Presser Foot Shaft

I have a Husqvarna Rose 600. The needle is in line with the stitch plate, but the presser foot is off by 1/32 to 1/16 of an inch. I believe I have a shaft problem. I possibly moved it by accidentally hitting a pin. When the needle comes down, it is not in line with center of the foot.

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Riding Mower Won't Start

I started the mower for the first time this year, it ran for about 2 minutes and stopped. I thought it was the gas, but when I tried to restart it there is nothing. I bought a new battery and still nothing. I have also checked the seat switch and it's working fine.

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Singer Sews Stitches Upside Down

I bought a brand new Singer Patchwork. I brought it home and got it out of the box, set it up, and read the manual. Then I grabbed my quilting scraps. I'm ready to test it out, but when I do I notice it sews the stitches on the bottom side of the work rather than the topside.

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Stove and Dryer Wiring Not Working Properly

We have a brand new stove and newer dryer installed in a completely rewired home. The cooktop on the stove comes on, but none of the electronics. The service guys say that the 220 comes in to the outlet, but comes out 140/50. We have the same problem with dryer, but the electrician says the 220 is wired properly.

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Water to Attract Night Flying Insects

I burn a back porch light all night, every night. During the summer months, the light attracts hoards of flying insects. Even after shooing, waving, and scattering the swarm, it's difficult to get into the house without at least a few getting in with me.

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Changed To Dimmer Switches and Other Lights Not Working

I recently started switching some of my rooms to dimmer switches. I changed the kitchen switches without a problem. Then we go upstairs, and I switch bedroom #2 to a dimmer. I go to turn the power back on and notice although bedroom #2 works fine, now bedroom #3 and the bathroom lights don't work!

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Cleaning a Fiberglass Tub

How can I remove the dark ring around the sides of the tub?

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Cleaning an Above Ground Swimming Pool

My husband drained our above ground swimming pool for the winter. Now I'm trying to clean it. There is like dry mud and I have been brushing the bottom and it is coming off, but taking forever. Yes I know now that he should not have done that. It is very bad.

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Cleaning Healthy Choice Steamers Bowls

Are the bowls from Healthy Choice Steamers dishwasher safe?

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Clearing a Washer Error Code

How do I clear the "long drain" error code?

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Curtain Color Advice

I have sand color deep beige walls with chocolate brown furniture. I just stared to add teal, off white, and gold accents. What color window treatments would work? I also have wood blinds on the windows.

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Dark Stain on Wood Furniture

What caused and what can fix a large, dark, oval stain on my dining table?

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Flooring Color Ideas for a Bathroom

What color flooring would go with harvest gold tile on the wall and a harvest gold tub?

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Mower Won't Restart

I was mowing with my Gravely 19 HP zt mower, and it just quit running. It still turns over, but the lights don't work and there is no spark.

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Removing Burnt Odor In Microwave

I set my micowave for 2-1/2 minutes and then ran to the hardware store. Upon returning I thought the house was on fire. I apparently set it for a far longer time. The food was charcoal and the plate it was on splintered into hundreds of pieces.

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Removing Dark Stain on Vinyl Floor

I have a dark stain on my kitchen floor that starts under my fridge and winds its way to the edge of my living room. We've checked under the fridge and found nothing. We've not spilled, dropped or splashed anything on the floor. It just appeared over night.

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Riding Mower Won't Start

I have a new battery. I put it on and turned the key to start and nothing happens.

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Bobbin as Lost Jeans Button

When you lose the metal button for your jeans, use a metal sewing bobbin. It is the same size and the shank is perfect for the thicker denim.

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Cord Recoil on Mower Is Very Strong

When trying to start my self propelled mower the recoil is massive! I hurt my hand and my chest when the cord snapped back.

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Craftsman Mower Hard to Start

I have a Craftsman 6.5 HP self propelled mower. It is maybe 10yrs old and runs great once I get it started. I have the problem every week. I have to prime 15+ times, then pull the thing until my arm is about to fall off. I have had it serviced, oil, plug, carbkit, and the base air cleaner replaced.

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Craftsman Mower Won't Start

My Craftsman lsx1000, 31 hp mower will run good, but will not start unless I turn the flywheel. What is wrong?

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Hand Wheel on Singer Sewing Machine Came Off

The hand wheel of my Singer 7465 sewing machine popped right off and flew across the room. Will I be able to get it back on myself? It looks like it's a bit tricky.

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Kitchen Paint Colour Advice

My living room, dining room, and hallway walls, are all painted BM "Thunder". My flooring is cherrywood including in the kitchen. My kitchen has BM "Cloud White" cabinets with Alaskan White marble, currently the walls in the kitchen are also "Cloud White". What colour should I paint the kitchen walls?

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Microwave Keeps Tripping the GFCI Outlet

My microwave trips the GFI. It never did this before. I changed the GFI, but it still does it.

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Odor in Part of Living Room

There is an odor in the front part of my living room only in the evening and at night. It smells like broccoli water after cooking. I do not smell it at all in the daytime.

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Removing Tape Residue from Car Seat

I had a cardboard box with tape on it sitting on my car seat and it left marks on the seat. Can anybody help how to remove the tape residue?

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Staining Kitchen Cabinets

I put a weathered gray stain on my cabinets in my kitchen. The cabinets were sanded to bare wood and I put a wood conditioner on them. They turned out gray blue. What to do to to correct? The manufacturer has no help for me.

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Washer Won't Spin at High Speed

I have a Kenmore HE 3t. My first load ran fine. During my second load I noticed the "high speed" does not work. The drum turns, but my washer does not spin out like it should.

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Avocado Fruit Falling Too Early

Our avocado tree is dropping its fruit too early. They are small, milky once ripened, and tasteless. We have watered, but not fertilized her for a few years.

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Bathroom Light Fixture Popped and Sparked

I have a wall light fixture in the bathroom above the sink. It has 3 light bulbs in a horizontal row. The bulbs need replacing frequently. Bulbs have needed replacing very frequently in other areas of the house, also.

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Cleaning Vintage Dolls

I have some Little Kiddles and Barbies packed up in the 70s. They were clean then. Now they have developed blue stains. Can they be removed? I want to sell them, but not with spots!

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Craftsman Mower Stalls

My Craftsman lt1000 20 H runs until it gets hot and then the engine quits. I've changed the fuel pump and the air filter. Could it be vapor lock? If so how do I fix?

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Curtain Color Advice

I have light cream walls and light tan carpet. I have a green sofa, burgundy recliner, and a brown recliner. I also have a black TV cabinet. What would be the best curtain color to tie this all together?

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Getting Rid of Carpenter Bees

How do I get rid of carpenter bees?

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