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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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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!
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:
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
I used nail polish remover and the super glue came right off the eye glasses. Any ordinary nail polish remover will work.
How do you get purple Sharpie out of your hair? I have tried alcohol already.
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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?
How can I replace a the rear roof section top? The wood has taken in moisture and the bracket mount screws have failed.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
How do I repair a tear on a micro material sofa?
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?
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.
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?
Could I use ammonia instead of vinegar to remove lint?
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.
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?
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.
How can I change the colour for sun block curtains?
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.
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?
I live in a manufactured home. How do I clean it so it doesn't have yellow stains?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
How do I get stains from sunscreen out of my clothes? It also left stains on my enamel on steel bathtub.
How do you clean a stove that has had a plastic bag melted on it?
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?
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?
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?
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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?
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?
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?