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Girls in Green with shamrocks on their face.

10+ Great St. Patrick's Day IdeasCheck out 10 of our best crafts and snacks for St. Paddy's Day. Kids will love making a leprechaun trap or eating a pot of gold.

 

Leprechaun Trap

Leprechaun Trap CakeThis is a page about making a leprechaun trap cake. Many of our children have made leprechaun traps at school to catch the wily little guy and get his stash of gold. Improve upon that idea and make a delicious St. Patrick's Day leprechaun trap cake.

 

Foam Shamrock Decor Ideas - attach the piece of the Velcro with the stick on backing

Decorating with ShamrocksShamrocks are used to symbolize Ireland and are a popular decoration around St. Patrick's Day. This is a page about decorating with shamrocks.

 

St. Patrick's Day Sherbet Float 2

St. Patrick's Day Sherbet FloatThink green when you make this tasty float as a St. Patrick's Day party or family dinner dessert. This page contains St. Patrick's Day sherbet float recipes.

 

Gardening Tips and Advice

How to Hand Pollinate Passionfruit

How to Hand Pollinate PassionfruitIf you have passiflora (passion flowers) growing in your garden and wish for fruit, you may have to take some extra steps. Hand pollinating the flowers is easy and can increase the your passionfruit harvest.

 

New Plantings and Garden Flowers - pink flowering mountain laurel

New Plantings and Garden FlowersLast year my grandson and I cut down several forsythia shrubs along the northern edge of the side yard. The stumps still need to dealt with. This year I have focused on planting two lilac bushes further into the yard to ultimately help reestablish a green border between my yard and my neighbor's. There will also be a native mock orange placed along this same line, soon.

 

Crafty Pea Trellis - finished trellis

DIY Crafty Pea TrellisThis trellis features reusable components and jute or cotton twine. You can recycle the twine with the spent vines at the end of the season. You may have some of the necessary supplies to build the framework in your garden shed or garage. Let us share this pea trellis plan with you.

 

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Co-joined Rudbeckia Flower

Photos of Flowers Exhibiting FasciationThis is a page about photos of flowers exhibiting fasciation. These unusual double flowers are rare and probably will grow normally the next year.

 

A Dekay's brown snake.

DeKay's Snake PhotosThese common garden snakes are commonly known as DeKay's or brownsnake but the official name is Storeria dekayi. They can be found all along the Eastern side of the North American continent. They are harmless, eating slugs, snails and earthworms, and being eaten by larger snakes, birds and mammals.

 

finshed tp pots

Toilet Paper Tube Seedling PotsA great way to recycle toilet paper tubes is to use them as containers to start vegetable and flower seeds for garden plants. This is a page about toilet paper tube seedling pots.

 

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Easter

Children hunting for eggs after church on Easter.

Ideas for Celebrating Easter at ChurchChurch is a perfect place to celebrate Easter. Use these ideas to make your next Easter church gathering a success. This is a page about ideas for celebrating Easter at church.

 

Easter basket ideas

Easter Basket IdeasThis is a page about Easter basket ideas. Instead of buying a traditional Easter basket, get creative.

 

Saving Money on Easter Baskets

Saving Money on Easter BasketsThere are a lot of ways to save money on Easter baskets. This is a page about saving money on Easter baskets.

 

Easter Egg Lunch

Easter Egg LunchThis is a page about Easter egg lunch. Repurpose plastic Easter eggs and use them as colorful containers for a fun lunch to take to school or work.

 

dipped bunnies with sprinkles

Making Chocolate Dipped PeepsFor those of us who love Peeps, try adding a chocolate coating for a special treat. This is a page about making chocolate dipped peeps.

 

Marshmallow Peepsters - bunnies in a glass dish

Making Marshmallow PeepstersPeeps are a popular treat. But around Easter they often sell out at the market. If you can't find any, try making these cute substitutes. This is a page about making marshmallow peepsters.

 

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Seed Pack Gifts - ready to gift

Seed Pack GiftsYou can save back seeds from organic produce. I get a subscription box and with it, sometimes heirloom varieties that I want to experiment with or share with friends who garden. To save seeds, you basically soak them for a minute to rinse off the goop and leave them out to dry on a paper towel for a day or so before storage. This project teaches you how to make cute, simple seed packs for gifting.

 

Pelargonium (Geranium) - closeup of beautiful red geranium bloom

Pelargonium (Geranium)Red has always attracted a lot of attention, and red flowers are always the most beautiful. Whether you are giving away or receiving flowers, red is a great choice.

 

Making Shank Buttons the Cheap Way Using Concrete - finished buttons

Making Shank Buttons Using ConcreteI want to share with you a method I have invented for making shank buttons out of concrete. This is a very easy and cheap method. As a result, you will get very original shank buttons.

 

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An amaryllis in bloom.

Amaryllis PhotosThese beautiful blooms can brighten up the indoors on a late fall day. This page contains amaryllis photos.

 

A cat next to a can of cat food.

Making Sure Cats Get Enough WaterA couple of years ago, my older cat was diagnosed with chronic renal failure. He was very dehydrated and weak and would regularly vomit up his food. The vet gave him a subcutaneous water treatment and prescribed him special food for renal support but warned us that it was not a cure, just a way to keep him as stable as possible for the next few years.

 

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Swimming Snail

Swimming SnailThe other day as I was walking past our bog pond I noticed something moving. Upon closer observation I realized it was one of the resident snails swimming in the water. I just had to get a video so that I could show my 6 year old. He loved it and I hope you do too!

 

Someone laying down roofing tar paper.

Removing Roof Tar from Skin with Olive OilRoof tar and other sticky substances can be gently removed from skin by using regular olive oil from the kitchen. Learn how to do it in this short video.

 

A fluffy Japanese style pancake in a snowflake shape with syrup.

Japanese Style Puff PancakesThese fluffy pancakes are a delicious alternative to traditional pancakes. Learn how to make them in this short video.

 

A man applying hand sanitizer to his bare hands.

Make Your Own Hand SanitizerLearn the step by step process of making your own hand sanitizer in this short video. This recipe makes a strong enough sanitizer to kill of the coronavirus. This is based off of the World Health Organizations' recommendations. This recipe uses rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and glycerine.

 

A clock being repaired with a new movement and hands.

How to Replace a Clock MovementIf you have a favorite clock that has stopped working, it's relatively simple to purchase a new movement as a replacement. Learn the technique with help from this step by step video.

 

A tray of peanut butter cookies.

Flourless Peanut Butter CookiesThese easy peanut butter cookies are entirely gluten-free. Learn how to make them in this short video.

 

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A decorated bubble mailer with designs from the sea.

Custom Bubble MailerHere is a fun way to turn inexpensive bubble mailers into custom designs. This one was created using stencils. I recommend brush tip markers so the stencils don't move. Your artistic touch will make your mail more personalized and colorful. The receiver will be happy to receive their mail. Relaxing craft for kids and adults ! :)

 

A baked pizza next to slices of pizza.

Piquant Four Seasons PizzaFour seasons pizza is my favorite pizza. This is an internationally known Italian pizza (Pizza Quattro Stagione). The four toppings represent the four seasons of the year, dividing the pizza into 4 equal quarters. Several fillings in one pizza, in my opinion this is a brilliant idea! But since I like spicy food, so I decided to try making this pizza with hot peppers.

 

Marking an earbud with a piece of yarn.

Identifying Which Earbud Goes WhereI got some pretty cool bluetooth earbuds last month. They come with these great ear guards. But, sometimes with my eyesight what it is, it's hard to tell which is left or right. I used to spend about 30 seconds a day trying to get it right.

 

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A boat on a lake at twilight.

Twilight on Lake ZvornikThe best way to spend a great summer day is to go to the lake. but the most beautiful moments come at the end, when the sun sets and everything calms down.

 

The completed 3D Initial Floral Decoration Box

3D Initial Floral Decoration BoxI was able to transform a sunglasses box that I was just about to toss out into this 3D initial greenery/floral box. This makes a nice decor piece and works great (easier) if your initial is a T or L. For other letters, you can freehand and make your own 3D initial with cardboard.

 

A completed Portland dip, cut in half.

Grilled Portland DipThis is my recreation of a sandwich served at a local chain, McMenamins. They have been operating in the Pacific Northwest for many years. Their sandwich is similar to a French dip, but with turkey instead of beef. It also has sauteed onions and mushrooms and is served with au jus.

 

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Repairing a Hitachi Bread Machine?My Hitachi Bread Machine (HB-B301) is over 20 years old. When I attempted to use it, I received an error message (--P): (1) an excessive amount of flour as compared to water. (2) An insufficient amount of water as compared to flour. (3) The seal packing is scratched.. (Ingredients block the lubricant oil between the shaft and metal of the bread pan because of the leakage of ingredients through seal packing.)

 

A stuffed lion.

Information About Stuffed Lion?I'm looking for any information you can find on this lion. I've had it for 23 years and I don't know the makers or anything. Havent been able to find a lookalike online or anything. Let me know what information you have on this guy!

 

A dried rose bud.

Preserving Dried Roses In Resin?I have dried rose buds that I had hung and sprayed with hairspray and dried and another I hung to dry naturally. I'd like to put them in resin as to keep them forever. They are from funerals. Any tips or things I should take into caution as to not destroy my sentimental pieces while casting into a mold. Also best products and brands to use with what I'm wanting.

 

The side of a drinking glass.

Identify and Value of Vintage Glass?Could someone please identify what type of glass this is? Is it a drinking glass. What would the value of one be? Would anyone know where I may be able to locate some more of these? Thanks so much

 

An old wooden desk.

Information About Captain's Desk?My son has this old antique desk that he would like to sell. He acquired it from a guy in California that said he inherited it from his great grandfather. He was told it was a captain's desk from an old ship. Whether this is true or not I don't know, and there is no documentation to support this. All I know is that it is old and it is heavy. It has a leather top on it.

 

A painted vase.

Information About Noritake Vase?Can I get some information on this vase and possible value?

 

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Roof with damaged shingles.

Roof Repair for Low Income Homeowners?Low income homeowners often can not afford the cost of roof repairs. Searching for agencies or organizations that might help with the costs may be their only solution. This is a page about roof repair for low income homeowners.

 

Man sitting on couch looking through phone book in flooded room with water up past his ankles

Finding Plumbing Repair Assistance for...This is a page about finding plumbing repair assistance for low income homeowners. Having working plumbing is a necessity. However, some families can not afford the cost of hiring a tradesperson to make the necessary repairs.

 

A repair man fixing a leaky roof.

Finding Home Repair Help for Low Income FamiliesThere are times when household repairs just can not wait until you have the money to complete the project. This page is about finding home repair help for low income families.

 

Close up of a roof being installed

Finding Roof Repair Assistance for Seniors?Many senior citizens are living on fixed incomes that often are insufficient to meet the maintenance needs of their homes. This is a page about finding roof repair assistance for seniors.

 

A gopher in the ground.

Getting Rid of GophersThis is guide about getting rid of gophers. The cute little gopher is the bane of many a gardener and home owner. They are herbivores that love to eat roots. They will eat the roots of your vegetables, flowers, and lawn. Getting rid of them can be difficult.

 

Man repairing plumbing under sink

Finding Plumbing Repair Help for Low Income Homeowners?This is a page about finding plumbing repair help for low income homeowners. Plumbing repairs may be too expensive for many low income homeowners. However they are quite necessary for health and even safety. Finding a source of assistance to reduce the costs can help.

 

A man cutting down a tree.

Selling Trees on Your Land for LumberIf you own acres or even a larger residential lot you may have trees that you would like to have removed and be able to sell for the lumber. This is a page about selling trees on your land for lumber.

 

Two wood dressers.

Organizations That Help Low Income Families Get Free Furniture?Buying furniture is an expensive undertaking. Families struggling on low incomes often are unable to buy or replace their furniture without some type of assistance. This is a page about organizations that assist low income families get free furniture.

 

Dental tools in open mouth

Getting Dental Work w/o InsuranceFor the many people without dental insurance, there are sometimes affordable ways to get the needed work done. This is a page about getting dental work done without insurance.

 

A man performing roof repairs.

Getting Financial Assistance for Roof...When your roof is starting to fail it is important to get it fixed as soon as possible. This page is about getting financial assistance for roof repairs.

 

Aggressive Puppy

Training an Aggressive PuppyThis is a page about training an aggressive puppy. It is important to stop aggressive puppy behavior early.

 

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Buy Now, Pay Later WebsitesBuy now, pay later websites offer an alternative to shopping using a credit or debit card. This is a page about buy now, pay later websites.

 

small bedroom

Finding Replacement Controls for a Heated...This is a page about finding replacement controls for a heated mattress pad. It can be very frustrating to find replacement controls for a variety of electric household products.

 

Ladder leaning against a gutter

Leaning a Ladder Against a Roof...This is a page about leaning a ladder against a roof without crushing gutters. When you need to make repairs or clean gutters, your ladder needs to lean on the house often against the gutters.

 

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Rubbing Alcohol for a Hand SanitizerInstead of buying bottle after bottle of hand sanitizer which can go fast with a lot of kids, I save old spray bottles that give a mist like hair spray pump bottles. I refill them with rubbing alcohol.

 

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Free Computer Training for Senior Citizens?New technology can sometimes make an older person feel left behind. However, there are opportunities for getting free training to help you keep up with the latest computer hardware and software. This page offers some suggestions for finding free computer training for senior citizens.

 

Moldy loaf of bread.

Preventing Mold on BreadIt isn't any fun to be making a sandwich and discover that your bread is moldy. There are a number of ways to prevent your bread from molding. This is a page about preventing mold on bread.

 

Old Reel Mower

Determining the Value of Old Reel MowersVintage reel lawn mowers sometimes have a value to collectors. This is a page about determining the value of old reel mowers.

 

Cleaning checklist with cleaning supplies in the background.

How Much Does House Cleaning Cost?Whether you are looking for a cleaner or starting your own business, determining the average cleaning rates is a main consideration. This is a page about how much does house cleaning cost.

 

Glider chair with ottoman.

Finding Glider Chair Replacement CushionsMany glider chairs have fabric upholstered cushions that may need to be replaced long before the chair itself. This is a page about finding glider chair replacement cushions.

 

Inside of Empty new home.

Rates for Cleaning New Construction HomesThis is a page about rates for cleaning new construction homes. Cleaning businesses often focus on specific types of cleaning jobs, such as private homes, businesses, or new construction.

 

A birthday cake with the number 11 on it.

11th Birthday Party Ideas for GirlsTween birthday parties can be difficult to plan, they are getting too old for children's parties and are still not ready to move up to teen party activities. This is a page about 11th birthday party ideas for girls.

 

Regal Breadmaker Instruction Manual

Regal Bread Maker Instruction Manuals and...This is a page about Regal breadmaker instruction manuals and recipes. Small appliance manuals are sometimes lost or not available for items purchased second hand. Trying to find the correct manual for your bread maker can be easier than you think.

 

Itching from a bug bite.

Identifying Little Black Biting Bugs?Identifying biting bugs is the first step in trying to eliminate them from your home or to repel them when outdoors. This is a page about identifying little black biting bugs.

 

Small black bugs smaller than the tip of a match.

Getting Rid of Tiny Biting Black BugsMany types of bugs are small and black, if they are biting bugs they can be annoying and a health hazard. This is a page about getting rid of tiny biting black bugs.

 

Calendar with High School Reunion marked on it

Fun High School Reunion ActivitiesThis is a page about fun high school reunion activities. Breaking the ice at a high school reunion is easy if you plan some fun activities to get everyone involved and reminiscing.

 

A pile of pop can tabs.

Current Price for Recycling Can Tabs?Unless you have thousands of them, can tabs have very little value. If you have enough tabs they can be sold by weight for their value as aluminum. This is a page about price for recycling can tabs.

 

An upset mom burying her face in her hands.

Collecting Back Child Support if Parent is Deceased?This is a page about collecting back child support if parent is deceased. When the obligated parent dies, there may still be ways that the parent with the child(ren) can collect some child support.

 

Man Cutting Up Pine Tree

Selling Mature Pine Trees?If you have large pines trees that need to be removed, it may be possible to sell the timber if you have enough of them or a desirable variety of tree. Selling mature pine trees from your property can help clear some land and make some money.

 

Cleaning shiny counter top with a cloth

Restoring the Shine on a Formica CountertopOver time with normal usage and constant cleaning, your Formica countertops can look dull and worn. This is a page about restoring the shine on a Formica countertop.

 

A bunch of ants on a white background.

Identifying Small Black BugsHaving unidentified insects infesting your home can be annoying. It helps to know what kind they are when determining the best way to be rid of them. This is a page about identifying small black bugs.

 

Children at a daycare.

Saving Money on DaycareThis is a page about saving money on daycare. For many parents daycare is an expensive yet necessary expense. There are ways to save money on daycare without sacrificing quality care.

 

A vet giving a cat a vaccination.

ASPCA Pet Vaccination Truck ScheduleIn some places like New York City, the ASPCA has mobile vaccination trucks that service neighborhoods on a set schedule. This page has links and information about the ASPCA's mobile vaccination truck schedules.

 

Rodent Trap

Rodent Odor in Walls and Vents?Once mice have been in residence in a house they can die in the walls and heating system, making them difficult to find. This page is about rodent odor in walls and vents.

 

man servicing a semi truck

Cleaning Diesel Fuel on Concrete?This is a page about cleaning diesel fuel on concrete. Diesel fuel spills on concrete are common in garages, workshops, and driveways.

 

Dog Standing on Carpet

Preventing a Dog From Peeing on Carpet and Rugs?Preventing a dog from peeing on the carpet, especially repeat performances, can be a frustrating process, but there are solutions to this problem. This is a page about preventing a dog from peeing on carpet and rugs.

 

Value of a Vintage CorningWare Covered Dish

Finding the Value of Vintage CorningWare?This page is about finding the value of vintage CorningWare. This tempered glass cookware has been common throughout the US for many years.

 

Asian Beetles

Getting Rid of Asian BeetlesThis is a page about getting rid of Asian beetles. Often confused with Ladybugs, Asian beetles can invade your home in vast numbers.

 

Flipper Teeth

Buying Flipper Teeth KitsFlipper teeth fit over your natural teeth and cover missing and damaged teeth. They are sometimes used by children in pageants to improve a smile marred by loss of baby teeth. This is a page about buying flipper teeth kits.

 

Well water running a in a sink.

Removing Rust from Well Water?Well water can contain rust. Not only does rust in your water make the water reddish, unappetizing, and possibly bad tasting it can also stain laundry and other items. This is a page about removing rust from well water.

 

Faucet running in a kitchen that uses well water.

Removing Sulfur Smell from a Well Water System?Well water can be the best water you have ever tasted, but sometimes it can have a strong, unpleasant sulfur odor. This is a page about removing sulfur smell from a well water system.

 

A stain above the water line in a toilet.

Removing Stains Above Toilet Water Line?To remove stains above the water line in a toilet there are a couple of good methods to try. Using a pumice stone may work. Also, shut off the water and fill the bowl to just below the rim and add a cleaner or vinegar, soak, and then scrub. This is a page about removing stains above the toilet water line.

 

Black mold on a bathroom ceiling.

How Do I Remove Black Mold on the Ceiling?This is a page about removing black mold on the ceiling. Black mold can be difficult to get rid of anywhere in the home, but the ceiling can be one of the most challenging.

 

A woman holding her nose.

Locating the Source of a Foul Smell in HouseIt is not always easy to determine where a bad smell is coming from in your home. This page is about locating the source of a foul smell in the house.

 

Mold on Walls

How to Clean Mold on Painted Walls and CeilingBathrooms and other humid areas can begin to grow mold on the walls and ceilings. This is a page about removing mold from painted walls and ceiling.

 

a smart girl reading

Using Online Accelerated Reading TestsAccelerated reading tests allow children to read grade level appropriate books, take tests on content, and receive feedback. This is a page about free online accelerated reading tests.

 

Old television set.

Getting Rid of Old TVsThis is a page about getting rid of old TVs. TVs contain materials that are harmful to the environment and need to be disposed of properly. It can be difficult and expensive to get rid of them.

 

A pair of eyeglasses on an open laptop.

Removing Anti-Reflective Coating from Glasses?When the reflective coating on your eye glasses is damaged you may need to remove it. This is a page about removing anti-reflective coating from glasses.

 

Woman with holding her mouth in pain.

Remedies for Pain from Wearing DenturesGetting your mouth accustomed to false teeth can be uncomfortable. This page is about remedies for pain from wearing dentures.

 

Brown leather reclining sofa.

Slipcovers for Reclining CouchesFinding slipcovers for your reclining couch may be difficult. This is a page about slipcovers for reclining couches.

 

Three vintage appliances in white.

Buying Second Hand AppliancesThis is a page about buying second hand appliances. One way to save money on expensive home appliances is to shop for second hand ones in good repair.

 

Luxury bathroom with jetted tub.

Cleaning Bath Tub JetsJust cleaning the surface of your jetted tub is not enough. To ensure that your next bath is enjoyable, the jets themselves must be cleaned regularly to remove the bacteria and mold that can grow inside. This is a page about cleaning bath tub jets.

 

Longshoreman at Work

Getting a Job as a LongshoremanThese union positions have a long and honoured history in the US. This page is about getting a job as a longshoreman.

 

A man applying hand sanitizer to his bare hands.

Make Your Own Hand SanitizerThis is our official recommended recipe to make your own hand sanitizer at home. This recipe follows WHO guidelines for maximum cleaning power.

 

Empty Pill Bottles

Craft Ideas for Used Medicine or Pill BottlesRather than throwing them away or into the recycle bin, you can make many creative projects using medicine or pill bottles. This is a page about craft ideas for used medicine or pill bottles.

 

Printer ink on a hand.

Removing Printer Ink From Skin?This page is about removing printer ink from skin. When filling an ink cartridge it is easy to get some on your hands.

 

Make Steps From Cinder Blocks

Making Steps with Cinder BlocksThis page is about making steps with cinder blocks. Whether making temporary or permanent steps, cinder block can be a useful building material.

 

Tiny black bugs next to a penny for scale.

Tiny Black Bugs in the KitchenThe key to getting rid of tiny black bugs on kitchen floor is first identifying what they are. Check out what has worked for others in this page.

 

A man using a tablet to shop.

Bill Me Later, Same as Cash, and Payment Plan SitesSome websites have payment plans for purchasing large ticket items. This is a page about looking for bill me later, same as cash and payment plan sites.

 

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Health Sciences Institute Reviews?This is a page about Health Sciences Institute reviews. Health Sciences Institute is a members only website that focuses on modern underground medicine.

 

$500 bills

Cashing an Old Money Order?This page is about cashing an old money order. A financial instrument often has an expiration date.

 

An antique porcelain tub

Cleaning Porcelain BathtubsWhether new or vintage, porcelain can look very dingy if not cleaned and cared for properly. Here are tips to help you keep your tub looking and feeling squeaky clean. This is a page to cleaning porcelain bathtubs.

 

Diapered baby on carpet.

Cleaning Human Feces Stains and Odors from...Accidents can happen. Cleaning feces stains and the accompanying odor from your carpet, while not pleasant, can be done. This is a page about cleaning human feces stains and odors from carpet.

 

Laptop Computer

Finding Free Laptops for StudentsAlthough there are definitely active scams regarding free laptops, there are some legitimate programs through which students and others may qualify for a free laptop. This is a page about finding free laptops for students.

 

Pot O' Treats - St. Patrick's day gift idea with a pot gull of treats.

Making a Pot O' TreatsCollect up all of the green treats you can and make this cute St. Patrick's day gift. This is a page about making a pot o'treats.

 

Electric Typewriter

Repairing an Electric TypewriterThis is a page about repairing an electric typewriter. The electric typewriter has long since been replaced by the PC and then the laptop. Finding someone to make repairs can be difficult and expensive, you can save money if you make the repairs yourself.

 

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