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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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Cleaning a Burnt Pot
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Garage Door Opener Remote Trouble

My Craftsman door remote will not open the garage door from any distance other than 4 feet. The door operates fine with the manual wall switch. It just doesn't work with the remote, if you are farther than 4 feet from it.

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Curtain Colour Advice

Please help me decide the colour of curtain that will fit a black and white wall theme. Each color is on opposite walls. The black wall is a granite wallpaper.I bought "mink print " coloured curtains to install, but it doesn't feel like that was a good choice.

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Curtain Colour Advice

What colour curtains will match white walls on top, plum at the bottom, with a black leather suite?

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Genie Garage Door Opener Not Working Properly

The door will not open all the way on the first try. It starts to open then it stops. It will go up about 12" then stops. I push the button and it will open another 12 to 15" after the 3rd try it will open all the way. It closes all the way every time?

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Getting Rid of Moths

Can you tell me the exact cycle of clothing moths? All the exterminators tell me my house is clean. I have found few holes in clothing fabric and my towels are all stringed up.

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Getting Rid of Mouse Odor in Car

The car sat for over a year and smells horrible inside. We tried baking soda, shampooing the interior and the trunk with a Rug Doctor machine, even added vinegar to the cleaning solution. Nothing worked. Then we found 3 different mouse nests - 2 in the back speakers, and 1 in the air vent blower below the dash board.

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Growing Plants With Artificial Lights
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New Electrical Switch Doesn't Work

My bathroom had one switch that turned on the lights and the fan. I replaced the switch with a double-toggle style switch so the lights and fan could be turned on separately. I can't get the switch to work on the lights or the fan now. The outlets still work. I checked the breakers and every GFCI and nothing was thrown. What do I do to fix this issue?

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No Hot Air from Chevy Heater

I have a 1998 Chevy Z71 1500. My heater won't blow hot air unless I am driving it or giving it more throttle.

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Removing Gasoline Odor from Clothes

How do I get a gasoline odor removed from a sweatshirt?

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Repairing a Dodge Ram Heater

I just purchased a 1997 Dodge Ram Sport. The owner informed me that a part was needed on the firewall conected to the two hoses coming from heater core. What part or parts are they?

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Bugs in Air Tight Flour Jars

I have what I thought was an air tight LaParfiet jar for my brown bread flour, but sure enough I went to use it the other day and found little black bugs. How did they get in if the jar is airtight?

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Reviving a Dull Laminate Floor

My laminate floor is dull. Please help? I've tried Bono cleaner for laminate floors to no avail. They are clean, but have dull spots. What can I do? I've heard vinegar and water is good, but afraid to try it.

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Smoke Detector Won't Stop Chirping

I replaced the batttery to no avail. I removed electric battery backed detector from the ceiling mount. The chirp is coming from inside the ceiling, not the unit. Please help me.

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4 Wheel Drive Not Working on Ford Ranger

I have put 2 new hubs and bearings on my front wheels. Now my 4-wheel drive won't work. Anyone know the answer? It is a 98 Ford Ranger. Thank you.

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Removing Glue from Bathroom Tiles

I have sticky glue on my bathroom tiles that has been there for a long time. It has become very hard in texure. How can I remove it?

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Removing Rust from Refrigerator Door

How do I remove rust off the outside of a fridge door?

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Smoke Alarm Goes Off When Air Conditioner On

The smoke alarm goes off when the central air is on, if you close all windows it will not go off. But if you open any window an inch the alarm goes off. It's a new house, no appliances in yet, no one living there yet. It will not go off at all during heat cycle. It is not near vents or lights.

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98 Ford Ranger Heater Not Working

Does anyone know why it would not work? If so please let me know, it is getting cold and colder. Thank you.

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Area Rug Color Advice

I would love to buy a area rug to go under my white coffee table. The couch is sunflower yellow and the three chairs are medium green. What color would go with this color scheme?

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Curtain Color Advice

I have a chocolate living room set, white walls, and a light wooden floor. What color curtains should I have?

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Curtain Color Advice

My living room has an offwhite sofa and a big rug that has a deep burgundy and forest green on it. What color curtain can you recommend?

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Curtain Color to Go With Decor

I have traditional furniture, a light brown sofa, light grey walls with white wood work and light grey carpet. My end tables are medium cherry, the curtains I have up now are dark burgundy. Help! What other colors can I use for curtains and still maintain traditional look?

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Garden Scene Woodcarving
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Growing an Avocado Plant from a Pit
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Inserting Bobbin Case Holder

How do I get the bobbin case holder back into my Singer sewing machine model 3323?

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Maytag Front Loader Error Codes

I have a Maytag MAF1300AAW front loader washing machine. It goes through the wash cycle as many times as I like, but as soon as it tries the rinse cycle it stops with error number 2 on the screen. No Fs or Ds before or after the 2, just error number 2. If I select the final spin cycle it does that quite happily and turns off, but it will not look at the rinse cycle.

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Removing Burnt Taste From Thermos Drinking Spout

My husband has a flourishing thermos, but somehow the lid with spout now smells and tastes like burnt coffee. How do we get rid of it?

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Removing Cigarette Smoke Smell from Fabric Headboard

I just purchased a fabric headboard and frame. It looks perfect and I got it for a great price, but, when I got it home I realized just how it reeked of cigarette smoke! I sprayed diluted white vinegar a few times and that didn't help. I also put out bowls of activated charcoal, but that didn't help either.

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Removing Sweat Stains On Buckskin Couch

I have dark perspiration stains on my buckskin couch. How do I remove them?

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Shrinkable Plastic on Wood Frame Windows

My experience using shrinkable plastic on my windows is that the tape strips the wood finish. Not a problem if you have metal, but my new house has wood. Is there something I can do or a product that won't leave a stripe on my windows?

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Thread Keeps Breaking

I own a 1977 Sears Kenmore sewing machine. Suddenly the thread breaks when it goes down into the bobbin. Want's up?

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Using a Hoover Carpet Cleaner

Can you really put boiling water in the plastic tank on a cheap Hoover carpet cleaner without hurting it?

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Using Recycled Water in a Humidifier

Can I use the discharged water from my high efficiency furnace in my humidifier? I've read it can have a higher acidity level than regular water.

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V3820 Food Saver Light

I can not get the tray light to go out. I cleaned both the upper and lower tray. The light still will not go out.

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Window Blind Color Advice

I am looking for blinds for my new house. The wall color is light grey. I don't want to go with white or cream. Are there any trendy colors I can go with? Does light green match grey walls?

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Broom for Cleaning Bathtub

Now that I'm an Oldie but Goodie I have found an easier way to clean the bathtub. After my shower, I lightly sprinkle cleanser in tub. I got a broom from Dollar Tree, wet it and swish it all over, tub and walls.

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Drapery Color Advice

My family room colors are: wall beige, accent wall pink, cream, and grey, and I have cherry cabinet tables. What color would you suggest for drapes for window and patio door? Should they be solid or print? They have to be thermal insulated.

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Getting Rid of Yellow Jackets in the House

How do I get rid of yellow jackets that have come into my house with this cold weather? I think they got into my garage wall and there was one nest in my gutter. Will they eventually die or should I call an exterminator?

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Re-purpose Foil Roasting Pans in the Garden

Wash and store the foil roasting pans and loaf pans that you used through the holidays and bring them out of storage in the spring. They can be re-purposed as a tray for seed cups when you plant your vegetable and flower seeds in spring.

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Repairing an IBM Selectric Typewriter

I work in an assisted living community, and one of our sweet ladies has a Selectric that she loves to use. Unfortunately, recently, it has stopped working. It does turn on, but then the key ball just spins. It does not stop and you cannot type. Any suggestions? I would love to be able to assist her with this issue.

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Top Thread Breaking When Quilting
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Using Coffee Grounds in the Garden

What plants should I use coffee grounds on?

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Waterproof Bee or Wasp Repellent

I am allergic of bee stings, I see too many bees and wasps in the swimming pool. Is there any waterproof repellent that will keep them away from me.

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Bathroom Wall Paint Color Advice

I have 12x12 tile dark green with grey running through the tile. I wanted advice on a wall color. I looked at the Benjamin Moore color chart in November: Rain 2141-60, Moonshine 2140-60, Gray Owl 2137-60, and Gray Mirage 2142-50.

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Borax Substitute for Cleaning Mold

I recently saw your video on youtube about cleaning mold with borax. The problem is I live in Holland and I can't find it at local stores.Is bicarbonate sodium a good subtitute for cleaning mold out of my bedroom?

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Cleaning Motor Oil Off Winter Jacket

I got oil or grease on a winter jacket. Any ideas?

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Curtain Colour Advice

Please suggest curtain color for a medium sized room painted in a creme colour with wallpaper of dark and light chocolate color.

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Curtains for White and Black Wall

Please I need help with choosing curtains. I have an opposite wall which is painted white and the other wall has a black granite wall paper. We already have blinds, but find the lounge too cold in the winter so I bought a "mink" color curtain, but it doesn't look like it is going to fit with the colour palette. I have black leather sofa, black dining, a bay window, and dining doors.

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Curtains With Dark Brown Furniture

I have dark brown bedroom furniture. Which color of curtains do I take?

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Dodge Ram Truck Heater Not Working

I have a 2009 Dodge Ram truck. When I turn the heat, air, or defrost on it is not working. Nothing is coming on.

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Double Up Flat Pillows

Here is a tip to to stretch dollars for those buying new pillows. What I do when they go flat is to put two flat pillows in my pillow shams to have a nice plump sham.

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Error Codes on Maytag Maxima Washer

An error code F06 and E02 is flashing on my washer.

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Garage Door Remote Timing Out

My Craftsman model 139.53673SRT3 garage door opener was working 100%, but recently developed an unusual problem. The remote works correctly, except it will not work while the unit lamp is on. Once the 4.5 minutes have timed out the remote works perfectly.

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Living Room Paint Color Advice

I have a reddish burgandy couch, a dark blue wing back chair, and two dark brown small chairs. My curtains are similar to the blues in the wing back chair. What color should I paint the walls? The living room wall goes down the hallway also.

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Long Lasting Laundry Freshener Spray

I have a small laundry shop business and I use only Downy for making clothes smell good, but the problem is the smell of the clothes lasts only 2 to 3 hours.

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Refinishing Old Furniture

How do you know what base varnish or stain was used if your refinishing an old yard sale table? What product can I use as a base primer so all the other mediums I use will adhere? And I'd like to know if I can use oil or acrylic to paint a picture on the top surface of the table then vanish over the picture after the medium dries to keep the mural?

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Removing a Marker Stain on a Backpack

So my orange highlighter was left opened inside my backpack and has stained it inside and out. My backpack is blue on the outside and I don't want to ruin the outside trying something that won't work. Help!

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Repairing Scratches on a Glass Top Stove

I was cleaning a glass stove with newspaper and it must have had dirt on it from sitting in my cleaning container for a while and left scratches. I then used a small round buffer on my hand drill and it left swirl marks. I can't find anything that will get rid of the marks.

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Singer MSP7 Steam Press Stopped Working

My Singer Magic Steam Press MSP7, which is many years old has suddenly stopped working from one day to the next. The on/off light comes on momentarily (for about half a second) when the unit is plugged in, the top plate is lifted, and the switch is thrown. Then there's an audible click and the light goes out. It no longer heats up.

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Truck Blower Won't Turn Off

I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 with the auto start installed well over a year ago to help either cool or warm up the truck, in the good city of brotherly love. As of this week, the blower in the truck remains on even when the truck is turned off.

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Washer Not Emptying or Spinning

My Kenmore 417 washer will not completely empty and spin.

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Curtain Color Choice

I have green leather furniture and copper walls. What color of curtains do I need? I have no choice but to keep my furniture.

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Drape Color Advice

What color is best suited for drapes or curtains for harvest peach walls?

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Homemade Dry Foam Carpet Cleaner

Can I make a cleaner that will emit dry foam?

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Janome Sewing Machine Won't Change Stitch Type

I have a Janome New Home 18w machine and although I have had it 20+years it has served me well. The stitch selector changes to different stitches, but it only sews in running stitch. I spoke to a mechanic who told me it's not worth repairing?

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Removing Grease from Kitchen Cabinets

How do I remove years of grease from cabinets above the stove and also the microwave door above the stove?

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Removing Perfume Smell from Clothes

How do I remove perfume smell from clothes?

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Selling Trees

How can I sell trees on my property?

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Chevy CK 1500 Heater Not Working

How do I know if the heater switch is bad in a 1999 Chevy ck1500 truck?

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Compact Washer Error Code F05

My compact Maytag washer MHWC7500YW is displaying an error code F05.

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Hoover Vacuum Quit Working

My Hoover model number is F5915-905. I was using the cleaner, when the motor suddenly stopped. It won't start back up. I just bought it 5 months ago. Does this model have problems with overheating?

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Kitchen Curtain Color Advice

I just painted my kitchen Sherwin Williams "summer day". I have oak cabinets. What color curtains should I get?

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Kitchen Paint Color Advice
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Removing Sap From Wool

I have a spot of holly sap on a 100 percent Merino wool jumper. I have tried removing it with soap, but it hasn't budged.

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Cleaners Turn Floor Tile Bluish Color

I'm pretty sure I have linoleum tiles in my bathroom (though they may be vinyl, not sure how to tell the difference). They're an off white color and probably from about the 70s or 80s. Every time I try to clean or scrub them, they start to turn a blue grey color and no matter what I use.

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Cleaning a Fabric Sofa with Alcohol

Can I use rubbing alcohol on a fabric sofa and how do I do it? Thank you.

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Curtain Color Advice
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Curtain Color Advice

I have light beige walls in my living room and tan carpet. I also have a brown chaise lounge and sofa along with maple coffee and end tables. I am looking for the right curtains to go with these furnishings. I purchased some dark red and black grommet curtains and some in a brown/orange color.

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Curtain Colour Advice

My couch is teal, my walls are taupe and my carpet is taupe. What colour curtains would look nice?

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Getting Rid of Cockle Burs

How do I rid my yard of cockle burs?

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Harvesting Trees From Acreage

Would it hurt my property value if I have my 25 acres logged? When they cut trees for lumber, can they leave some trees for future growth? What is the best way to harvest trees from your acreage?

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Help for Low Income Family With Roof Repairs

I am a low income widow in need of finding a grant to assist with roof repair. I am having very bad leaks.

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Living Room Color Scheme Advice

I have a dark brown recliner and a granite (gray) loveseat. Thought a multi colored browns and gray throw would tie them togather. What would do you think and any suggestion on where to find a inexpensive throw?

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Main Breaker Won't Reset

I have an American Switch Co. panel. I shut off the main and now it will not reset. It's a 100 amp service. I also cannot locate a replacement.

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Remote Garage Door Opener Won't Close Door

My remote will open the door, but it will not close it. Also, the wall switch must be held down to close the door.

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Removing Tape Residue from Curtains

Sticky web tape has been used for shortening the curtains. Now I want to take them down, but it has left part of the tape on them.

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Repairing a Moisture Damaged Table Top

I had a decorative pumpkin on a placemat on my wood veneer dining table. I just discovered that it was rotten and warped the table. Help!

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Beaumatic Washer Dryer Not Spinning

The washer works fine on all other cycles, but will not spin on any part of cycle 3 (30 degree wash). Any ideas?

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Finding Help With Home Repairs

My neighbor who is 93 years of age has a house that is also 93 years of age. It does not show a lot of damage to the home, still she does need some repairs. Also she really needs a roof put on. Without that roof she can lose her home insurance within three months. How can I find her some help?

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Getting Rid of Little Black Bugs

I have these little black bugs very small in my clothes and I am very clean. I mean so clean you can eat off my floors, but this is out of control. They transfer from one piece to another.

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Growing Apple Seedlings

We have four seedlings grown from 'pips' from a South African variety. Our granddaughter planted the seeds from three she was eating. That was three months ago, they are now 6 inches (150mm) tall and in separate pots on a south facing windowsill. Do they keep their leaves over winter this first year? They are staying indoors.

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Locating a Musty Smell in My House

My house is part of a duplex in a neighborhood that was built in 2005 in north Florida. I moved into it in 2009 and there was no smell. This past May or so (2014), I started noticing a very musty foul stale smell in my kitchen and living room (they're both basically the same space, the kitchen is see-through).

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Removing Wall Paint from a Canvas Art Print

Whilst painting my walls with emulsion paint I noticed that paint spots appeared on my printed canvas painting. I tried to remove the paint with a cloth, but I made a horrible white smudge mark. Can you tell me how I can remove the smudge mark without ruining the printed picture underneath?

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Riding Mower Won't Start

Where is the gizmo on my 16.5 MTD riding mower (15 yrs old about) that will let me push it out of gear. It is stuck in a field and won't start up so. I need to push it. Thank you very much.

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Safe Homemade Computer Screen...
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Smoke Detector Keeps Beeping

Our smoke alarm, with no batteries, keeps beeping. It is no where by the kitchen, but in the hall on the ceiling. We live in a bungalow.

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SOS Pad Stained Bathroom Fixtures
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Bobbin Case Hitting Something Inside Machine

With the bobbin case out, my machine runs. With the bobbin case in, something hits it and knocks it out and knocks the timing out.

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Cleaning Highlighter on Backpack

I got a new blue and white backpack for school this year. I let a friend borrow a highlighter. When they were finished with it, they put it in the front pocket of my new backpack. The next morning I noticed the highlighter bled through.

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Curtains, Carpet, and Furniture Color Advice
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Dodge Pickup Heater Won't Blow Hot Air

My '99 Dodge pickup won't blow hot air. It blows fine, but doesn't get hot. It blows about room temperature.

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Home Repair Assistance for Senior Citizens

Where can I get help fixing up my elderly mother's home?

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Home Repair Help for Disabled Senior

I'm looking for a program that will help my disabled mother to rebuild her home. Her house is very old is falling apart and it has mold everywhere. She is always saying that her head hurts a lot, but I know is because of the mold that is everywhere. She lives in Crystal City, Texas.

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Living Room Curtain and Accessory Color...
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Problems with Fabric Dryer Sheets

He changed the sensor in the dryer and told us those "dryer sheets" had coated it, causing a false signal that turned off the dryer. He told us to stop using them. Now we only use liquid with our wash and no more trouble.

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Removing Green Nail Polish from Leather Boots

I have tried nail polish remover, but only a little bit came off. The big stains won't come out. They are nice boots and still new, I don't want to give up and just give rid of them. I need help to save my boots.

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Removing Insect Stains on Roller Blinds

I have stiff roller blinds and want to remove squashed insects that look like rust stains.

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Removing Sap from Pelts

How do I remove tree sap from pelts without damaging the fur?

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Washing Delicate Fabrics in Woolite

Can you hand wash velvet in Woolite? I have a black velvet dress (100% rayon velvet bodice, 100% polyester crepe skirt) that I bought at a consignment shop. There are no obvious spots, but I would like to"freshen" it up.

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Choosing Foliage Plants
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Choosing Living Room Wall Color

I have beige suede couches with a lot of natural wood. My lamps and accessories are bronze and black tones. I'd call it an open concept house. My kitchen has blue harmony walls with saphire blue granites. What color should I paint my walls in my living room?

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Cleaning a Burned Iron

I was ironing my uniform, when I adjusted the heat capacity of the iron. I set it on level 2, but the clothes had no reaction to its heat so I adjusted it again to level 4 and unfortunately it burned a part of the uniform. My concern is not the burned uniform, but the mess it got to the surface of the iron. It looks like plastic got burned into it, but it was actually cloth.

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Curtain Color Advice

I have a dark brown couch and a matte black TV stand. What color curtains would be best? I also have cushion covers in the following colors - purple, green, red, blue, and gold.

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Cushion Colour Advice

I have a dark burgundy leather lounge settees with red and black accessories. What colour cushions will pick up the room?

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Foul Smell Coming Under House

It just started 3 days ago. At first I just smelled it a little bit in the bathroom in my room. Then it was gone the following morning. The next day I didn't smell it except underneath the sink. Now the 3rd day it's just a overwhelming foul smell.

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Goof Off to Remove Permanent Marker

Use a product called Goof Off. I spayed this on the marker spot and it ran off. Be sure to have a dry rag to wipe it up quickly. It's the only thing that takes it all off.

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Help With Roof Replacement

I'm in desperate need of a roof replacement. I'm on SSI and only get 721.00 a month. Please if there's any help in the Manistee County, Michigan area please advise. Thank you.

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Murphy's Oil Soap to Remove Chocolate Stains

If you have a chocolate stain on clothes, try Murphy's Oil Soap. Dab it on the stain and rub. Note of caution, on loose weaves use care and be gentle. Once the stain is gone, rinse with cool water til soap is removed and launder as usual.

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Needle Not Pulling Thread from Bobbin

My sewing machine needle will not pull the thread from the bobbin.

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Nitrogen Fertilizer and Curled Leaves

I have been using a nitrogen based fertilizer. I have baby bok choy and Chinese water spinach, both have the same condition. I think it's too much nitrogen. Can this cause the problem of curled distorted leaves? Thanks. I hope to see what others think.

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Washer Drum Won't Spin

I have a Frigidaire front load washer and the drum and pulley won't spin. It feels like it's locked but when I apply a little pressure to spin the pulley it becomes unlocked and spins. When I start the washer it locks up again after a few minutes.

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2010 Chevy S 10 Heater Not Working Properly

I have a 2010 Chevy S 10. The heater makes a loud scraping noise and sometimes it doesn't heat properly.

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