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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 
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Tick on Skin Pest Control 
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Bedroom Drape Color Advice

I have white walls, a light tan headboard, and blue and white comforter with a little design in the center. I am trying to find a coordinating color for the drapes. I thought maybe yellow or green. I hate to stick with white.

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Cleaning Silk Plants

I don't understand what ya'll are saying about using salt to clean artificial plants.

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Cleaning Soap Out of Plastic Containers

There are a lot of great ideas for reusing the plastic soap containers, but how do you get the sudsy soap, like liquid laundry soap, rinsed out completely from the plastic container? I have tried hot and cold water and did this several times and there is always still suds.

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Curtain Color Advice

I have a living room that contains 3 colors: olive green, burgundy, and beige gold. My rug has the same colors, my wall is a very light green; it looks gray sometimes. What color should I do for the curtains?

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Curtain Color Advice

I have pink and brown walls in my living room. What color curtains would look best?

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Garage Ceiling Light Not Working

We have two lights in our garage ceiling. They are on the same switch. We put new light bulbs in one and now the light will not work. The other light on the same switch still works.

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Getting Rid of Musty Smell in Basement

How do you get rid of a musty smell in the basement?

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Maytag Epic Washer Error Code F02

My Maytag Epic washing machine keeps flashing F 02 error code even after I cleaned out the filter. What is the next thing I can check for this?

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Removing Digital Printing from Jar Tops

So how does everyone remove the digital writing, sell-by dates, etc. from the tops of jars? It's fairly easy to get if off the glass with a dry brush scrub. What I'm talking about is the caps. I have tried lots of things. Alcohol did not work.

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Removing Hair Dye from Carpet and Chair

My daughter got her hair dyed dark red and there is some that has gotten on the carpet and a wooden chair. Can you tell me what to use to remove the stain if it's possible? Many thanks.

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Repairing a Wall Heater

My father's house has a wall heater and chandelier on the same circuit. I came over and I heard a sound, like bacon on the stove, coming from the wall heater. I don't know year or model, but it looks older than 30 years. I shut off the breaker to the circuit, but don't know what to do next?

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Wall Colour for Visitor Bedroom
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Bathroom Window Curtain Color Advice

My bathroom walls are blue with red and royal blue towels. What color curtain should I get for the window?

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Changing the Belt on a Nelco Sewing Machine

I want to change the belt on a Nelco A-509-3 sewing machine I picked up at a thrift store. I threaded the machine, but when I try to sew on it, it moves very slowly even with my foot all the way down on the pedal. I'm thinking that the belt might be slipping if it's dried out.

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Cooktop Cleaner for Bathtub Stains
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Curtain Color Advice

I have a brown couch and a tan and brown rug with burnt orange and brown pillows. What color would be good for the curtains?

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Everbearing Strawberries Not Producing

My everbearing strawberries are about five years old. For the last three years they have not produced any berries. This year there was not even any flowers on them. The plants are thick but have no fruit.

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Finding Rebuilding Assistance After a Fire

My parents had a fire a year and a half ago. My father is disabled and my mother helps my father. They didn't have insurance and are living on the bottom part of the house. The top is completely damaged. What options do they have to help them?

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Kenmore Refrigerator Leaking

My Kenmore ice box is leaking. How do I remove the inside panel?

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Lemon and Baking Soda for Cleaning Microwave
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Painting Walls To Coordinate with Green Tile

I have ugly ugly green coloured tiles in my rental bathroom, like all shades of green. I'm going to ask the owner if I can paint the walls differently from the murky yellow colour he has. Any ideas on what can go with green tiles?

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Removing Cigarette Odor from Coach Purse

How do I get the smell of cigarette smoke out of a Coach bag?

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Removing Ink from Wood Furniture

How do I get green Biro ink off an oak wood dressing table?

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Turkeys Visit Birdfeeder
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Cleaning Rusty Metal Shelves
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Outlets in One Room Don't Work

Last night I stayed up until about 2am playing my Xbox, and after that I watched Netflix until I fell asleep. When I woke up at about 10:30, none of my outlets worked. I tried unplugging and replugging everything in, but that didn't work. Then I tried to cut on my light, and that worked.

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Removing Duct Tape from Tablecloth

I have duct tape on my tablecloth and I want to remove the tape without tearing my tablecloth.

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Replacing the Springs on an Old couch

I have a 65-70 year old couch, that has been in the family since I was little. I am attached to it, but my kids think I should get rid of it and buy a new one. I can't afford that, I just want to repair it. It sags alarmingly. I think I need to replace the coil springs as well as the s shaped springs.

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Silk and Elastane Clothing Turned Yellow in Wash

I have a garment made of silk and elastane and I don't know how I managed to put it into the wash and take it out yellow. It was originally pink. The max temperature is 40 Celsius. Does anyone know if I can fix it and how? I just wore it once so I'm pretty sad.

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Sour Smell from Kitchen Drain

My kitchen still has a "sour smell" emanating from the kitchen drain. I cleaned the garbage disposal with lots of ice cubes and lots of running water. I have a septic tank which was pumped 3 months ago and I was told I should never use bleach because it deteriorates the seals?

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Wall Paint Color Advice to Coordinate with Black Carpet

I am thinking about having black carpet installed in the house. What would be a good color to do the walls in?

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Changing Battery in Smoke Detector

I have realized that if one battery in the set of 4 electric detectors is not functional the whole system goes off. This happened last night at 3:30 in the morning. It's really awful to try and change these when the alarm is screaming in your ear. How can I tell which one is the faulty one?

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Cleaning Foggy or Dingy Headlights

My husband and I recently purchased a Turtle Wax headlight cleaning kit and cleaned them as directed and now our headlights have a foggy film on them. What's the best way to remove the film?

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Cleaning With Ammonia

I would like to mix ammonia and water for general cleaning in the kitchen, such as table, counter tops, and stove top. What ratio should I use for this mixture?

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Finding Plumbing Repair Help for Low Income Homeowner

I've been told that I have a hot water slab leak. I'm disabled and live on a fix income. The plumners tell me it's going to cost anywhere from $1000 to $7000 to fix and replace the pipes. I can't afford this cost. Do I have other opions?

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Growing Sunflowers from Seed

How do you grow sunflower seeds?

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Kitchen Curtain Color Advice

I am trying to brighten and change the color scheme in my kitchen. My cabinets are cherry and my counter top is beige with salt and pepper specs (stone). The colors I am using are paprika, yellows, and greens. My walls and woodwork are white. I am going to put curtains on my patio door.

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Removing Nail Polish Stains from a Leather Couch

My kid was painting her nails in the living room and got some polish on the couch. The couch is black and the nail polish is pink. Please help. I don't know what to do and I don't want to make it any worse.

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Repairing Laminate Floors

How can I cover small holes the size of the head of a wooden match in laminate flooring?

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Brother Sewing Machine Zig Zap Stitch Problem

I have a Brother Project Runway ce-5000prw computerized sewing machine. Everything was working fine until all of a sudden when I tried to zigzag. The zigzag was on the bottom instead of the top. I know it sounds crazy, but it's quite frustrating.

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Cats Urinating on My Lawn

There are about 5 stray cats on my street. The neighbor next door feeds them and then they come to my lawn to pee, poop, and throw up. What homemade remedy can I use?

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Chalkboard Painted Fridge

I want to paint my fridge with chalkboard paint. Does anyone know what kind of primer I should use? The fridge being magnetic is not important to me.

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Circuit Breaker Humming

The other day I lost electricity in half the house. I called Con Ed and they checked the wires and breakers. Everything seemed to be alright except the breaker to the furnance hums when we trip it and put it back on.

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Curtain Color Advice

I have white walls and a dark brown leather sofa sectional. What color curtains will go best?

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Curtain Colour Advice

I am so undecided about this. My family room walls are Stonington gray, by Benjamin Moore, which is a light gray. My couches are a darker gray, the hardwood floor is brown, and my tables are a deep brown. The window and baseboard trim is white.

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Getting Whites Really White

I put my white tops in with coloured clothes and then into the dryer. They came out discoloured and one top went slightly blue. How can I restore the colour without ruinning my tops?

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Hair Removal Cream Stain on Sink
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Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color Advice

Should I paint the wooden cabinets in my kitchen to match my walls or a little darker than my walls? I am using Benjamin Moore, Elmira white, it looks like a light gray.

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Removing Furniture Polish Buildup

How do you remove furniture polish build up naturally?

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Repair Assistance for Senior Citizen

Is there a state funded program to help me replace the skirting on my mobile home? I am 70 yrs of age and don't want to lose my home. I can not afford to replace the skirting.

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Repairing a Gas Stove Burner

Two burners do not light properly. Any solutions?

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Replacement Cable for John Lewis Sewing Machine

Where can I get a power cable for the mini sewing machine by John Lewis?

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Shirt Bleeding Onto Itself
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Cleaning Ceramic Tile Grout
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Decorating a Room With Many Doors
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Identifying an Odor in Home

A few months ago I had a very bad odor in the attached garage. The smell appears to be gone. Now there is now an odor in the house. It is an odor I have difficulty describing. It doesn't smell like something dead, sour, or filth.

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Kitchen Paint Color Advice

I have dark red countertops and a dark red tile floor. All my appliances are black. What color should I paint my cabinets and walls?

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Name Ideas for a Home Decor Shop
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Removing Rust From Inside Water Pipes
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Repairing a Janome MC6500 Sewing Machine

What does a TD init error code mean and how do I fix it?

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Seedling Pots From Phone Book Pages
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Using Votive Candles
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Water Turned Laundry Yellow

We had dirty water from a frozen pipe. I did my undies, some are white, and now they are yellowed from the dirty water. This happened on Saturday. They fixed the pipe, but here it is Wednesday and this happened. When will my water clear up?

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2004 Chevy Silverado 5.3 Heater Blows Cold Air

When the heater is on and the truck is completely warmed up it blows cold air. The temperature gauge starts getting hot and when I quickly accelerate the temp drops and the heater starts blowing warm air.

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Bathroom Paint Color Advice
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Changing Stitch Length on Singer Zig Zag Model 413

I have been looking all over the internet trying to figure out how to change the stitch length on this machine. All I see are options for stitch width and stitch control. Please help!

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Cleaning and Restoring Terrazzo Floors
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Cleaning Tiled Floors

After cleaning my tiled floors with a steamer, I let them dry before walking on them. However they show shoe prints which I hate. What am I doing wrong?

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Curtain Color Advice
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Free Plants by Dividing Bulbs
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Identifying Household Bugs
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Removing Excess Adhesive From Floor...
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Removing Red Hair Color from White Wooden Cabinets

I got burgundy hair color on white cabinets. I tried white paint, but you can still see the burgundy color. What should I do next?

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Sewing Machine Foot Pedal Stopped Working

I have a Singer sewing machine and the foot pedal won't work. How do I get it to work, and will I have to buy a new foot pedal?

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Veggie Seedlings
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Wall Décor and Curtain Color Advice

Our new house has white walls in all rooms. In the hall room - our L shaped sofa will occupy the corner of the hall and face the wall that has a TV on it. The other corner would contain the glass topped dining table with 6 black chairs.

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Bathroom Floor Color Advice
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Cleaning a Vintage Wedding Veil

I am getting married in October and am going to be wearing my mom's wedding veil. It has been in a box for 30+ years and has turned yellow. What are some ways I could get it white again without damaging the netting and lace?

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Cleaning A Well Water Filter
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Fixing a Typewriter Ribbon Cartridge

I have a Smith Corona H series electric typewriter. The typewriter ribbon doesn't advance when I type. It just stays in the same spot. So I end up with skips in the printing. How do you fix it?

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Keeping Rugs from Slipping

I bought some rubber shelf padding to put under the rug, it works good, but it is such a pain when I have to lift the rug to set my dishwasher in place. Is there a spray to put on the back of none slip rugs?

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Remedy for Slippery Floor at Workout Studio

The floor is slippery and I nervous about someone suffering an injury on the slippery wood floor. I am looking for something to put down to stop the slipperiness. There is no traction between the tennis shoes and the floor. We do put water on the shoes and then wipe it off that helps for a short time.

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Removing Green Dye on White Pants

How do I remove green dye from my white pants?

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Removing Paste from Wallpaper

I have just papered our sitting room with a black leather affected wall paper. There is wallpaper paste on the paper at the joints. I have tried to remove it with a lukewarm cloth. Can you help?

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Saving a Split Tree
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Washer Will Not Spin

My washer is washing, but will not spin. I got new motor couplers, but it is still not working.

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Adding Moisture to your Home During Winter
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Bathroom Paint Color Advice

I am redoing my bathroom into an outhouse. I painted the walls winter sky grey from Glidden and stained the pine boards with English chestnut. What color should I make the chair rail?

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Bobbin Hook Not Picking Up Thread
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Hard Water Stains on Glass

How can I remove hard water stains from glass?

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Home Repair Assistance for Disabled Veteran

My house is falling apart and I'm running out of things to sell. I can't afford to move so the only thing I seem to achive is patch and pray. Is there anything that can be done or anyone who can point me in the right direction to fix the problem?

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Outlet Stopped Working

My wife pluged a Vicks vapor machine into our bedroom outlet. The outlet stopped working. The the vapor machine and my ceiling fan with lights also quit working. I put in a new plug and checked the wiring in the fan. All the wires are connected and there are no burn spots on the wires. How do I fix it?

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Plumbing Repair for Low Income Homeowner

I am disabled and own my home. The main water line into my house needs to be replaced due to tree roots. I have no way to pay for this large job and I don't know where to turn for help. What can I do?

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Removing Hand Wheel on Sewing Machine
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Reviving a Burned Out Lightbulb
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Bathroom Paint Color Advice

I have pink fixtures, the tile is white in shower, countertop is white, browns, and grays. It is a L shape room with one window. The floor by the tub is white and the carpet is a mauve.

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Curtain Color Advice

I have a hot pink room, with a deep purple bed spread. I was wondering what color of curtains I should get for my room. I also have dark wood furniture.

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Finding Window Hardware for Roman...
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Getting Rid of Gnats on Houseplants

I have had my fiddle leaf plant for several years. How do I get rid of the tiny bugs everywhere?

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Growing Orchids
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Maytag Washer Error Codes

What does fault code F51 on a Matag washer indicate?

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No Heat in 2001 Dodge Ram 1500
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Squirrels Chewing on Log House

How do I keep squirrels from chewing on a white pine log house, mainly the corners that stick out about 8 inches. The house is stained, but does not make any difference.

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Can Not Restore Power After Outage

I was watching TV and then the lights and TV went out. After 10 minutes, it came back on. Then it happened again later that night and came back on. Yesterday it did it again this time, no power came back. I bought a new breaker and still no power. Any ideas?

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Dye Transferred in the Wash

I recently bought one of those Topshop blue denim jackets with cream borg, fleece, lining. This is my first time washing it and I followed the instructions. But the borg lining has still turned all blue. Any ideas on how to get this out?

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Getting Rid of Mould

Will household ammonia kill mould on anything?

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Getting Rid of Stink Bugs

I am finding stink bugs everyday, mostly in the kitchen. I do not know where they are coming from, but find it odd in the winter. No matter how you dispose of them, they stink.

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Heater Not Blowing Hot Air

Why does my heater not blow hot air when it is turned to the red on the switch?

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Living Room Paint Color Advice

I purchased Adore beige color curtains for my living room walls. So which color would be best on the walls?

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Refurbishing a Cedar Chest

What do you use to strip varnish off the chest and what would you to put back on the chest?

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Removing Dye That Transferred in the Wash

I washed some colored clothes and I had a black scarf in them. So now my cream coloured dress has a black stain. I washed it with Surf Excel, but that did not remove it. How can I remove this colour?

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Removing Odours from Under Fridge

How can I get rid of the odours under the fridge? The odours resulted from various foods that went bad following a power failure to the kitchen and we were not at home for more than two weeks.

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Removing Urine Stains and Odor from Leather Furniture

How do I remove urine stains and odor from leather furniture?

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Repairing Sofa Upholstery

I replaced my 25 year old living room set with a new one thinking it would last rest of my life. Unfortunately I got 2 puppies that have a "licking problem" and they have licked the fabric to the point of it looks like it has holes in it. They have licked off the top layer of fabric.

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Restoring Terrazzo Floors

How can a homeowner restore terrazzo floors without hiring a professional?

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Boy's Bedroom Paint Color Advice

I have striped curtains grey, cream, and black and grey and black duvet covers. What would you suggest for walls? I have a light green in mind, would this look terrible?

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Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping

The circuit breaker keeps tripping when heat is set. There is no problem when set for cold, a/c.

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Financial Help for Roof Repairs

I am 80 years and low income and have wind and hail damage on my roof. The house was built in 1995 and has not been re-roofed. My insurance wants a $5,000 deductible, which I do not have. I live in Stockton, Missouri. Is there any help for me?

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Finding a Low Cost Plumber

For the last few days we have had issues with the water in our home. This morning we have no water coming out. We have well water and have called the people who do the upkeep. They say the issue isn't with the well. Does anyone know of a low cost plumber that can look at our pipes?

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Finding Help With Home Repairs for Low Income Families

Can I get free help to fix a water line in my home? If yes who would I call?

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Removing Cooking Oil Stains from Clothing

How do I get cooking oil stains out of a 100% viscose mesh look jersey?

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Vinyl Flooring in Bathroom

My navy blue bath mats in my bathroom have stained my white vinyl floor. I have tried bleach, Mr Clean Eraser pads, alcohol, peroxide, lemons, salt, baking soda, and scouring powder. If anyone has any other suggestions feel free.

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Clutch Release on Sewing Machine

I am wanting to fill a bobbin, but the clutch release wheel on my old Singer sewing machine will not turn. What can I do?

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Furnishing a Room With Many Windows
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