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February 23, 2006
Painting an Electric Guitar
I have an electric guitar that is in good shape but the paint is worn in several areas. Does anyone know what type of paint to use or have any tips for painting an electric guitar?
Building a Compost Pile
For maximum efficiency, the compost pile needs to consist of the right carbon/nitrogen (brown to green) ratio (between 25:1 to 30:1). If your bin is not completely enclosed on the bottom, use the following recipe...
How to Keep Branches from Growing Back
I need to know how to keep branches from growing back after I trim them.
What are the Benefits of Seaweed for Farmers?
I am employed by a local Maritime Council and our coastline has recently been hit by large deposits of Kelp like seaweed, getting on for nearly 2000 cubic meters. Can anyone explain to me the benefits that seaweed may have for local farmers if we are able to deliver it to them?
Yellow Foamy Matter in My Flower Beds
Something/someone has deposited a yellow foamy matter in my flower beds, and on the side of my garage foundation. Is this animal urine?
How can I grow herbs with low light in my apartment?
I live on the sixth floor of an apartment building. My apartment is a studio and I have two windows side by side with one having a window air conditioner in it. I want to grow fresh herbs by my sunlight.
Making Your Own Maple Syrup
The freezing and thawing temperatures of late February and early March signal the start of maple syrup season. Although historians disagree on who was first to tap the tree, the basic recipe for gathering and producing maple syrup has stayed essentially the same for over a thousand years.
50 Plus Joke Lists
Here's a site sent in by someone helping with this site. It is for those aged 50 Plus and has two joke lists.
When to Harvest Your Vegetables
You're growing your own vegetables and you can't wait to pick them. Well, you probably need to wait. But for how long? When will that tomato be ready? How about the cucumbers?
Calcium for Tomato Plants
When planting tomatoes add some dry milk into the planting hole to add calcium and prevent blossom end rot.
Trimming Browned Leaves
Use shape scissors to cut off the brown part of the leaves on your potted plants. If the leaves are pointed, just follow the shape, cut into the closest green on the leaves. Wash the scissors in bleach and then soapy water, rinse and dry after using on each plant. That is to be sure not to contaminate the other plants if there is a disease present.
To Clean Green Plants
Use a piece of soft cloth with a small amount of mayonnaise. Carefully wipe off the dust. Follow with another clean cloth to remove the mayonnaise. Your plants will shine and be able to breathe.
How to Water Potted Plants and Dish Gardens
Put the pot/plant and all in a larger bucket or pan, slowly fill it with tepid water. If the plant is very dry it will be light and you will have to hold it down in the water. Let the water wash over the soil in the pot at least 2 - 3 inches above the soil. . .
Getting Rid of Bugs on House Plants
To get rid of any kind of bugs on house plants use regular dish soap and warm water. Spray on leaves and the top of soil 1-3 times per week and you will be bug free. It also leaves the foliage looking dust free and happy!
Chloe (Basset Hound)
Chloe is a 5 year old Basset Hound. I got her when she was 18 months old.
Holiday Veggie or Fruit Tree
This veggie tree is a "hit" of the party; use any type of vegetable or fruit you want to use with your favorite dip. The veggie tree can be used at any type of party; change the decoration on the tray to reflect holiday or occasion.
Cleaning a Prom Dress
How can you clean prom dresses without having to pay for professional dry cleaning? If you wash, then can you iron them with a low temperature?
Stain Remover for a Satin Wedding Dress
How do you spot clean a satin wedding dress? The spots are light dirt. I didn't want to leave water spots or circles.
Frost Free Freezer Has Frost In It
Why is my frost free freezer getting frost inside it? Is my freezer/fridge going out? My fridge is about 10 years old. I was thinking maybe the seal isn't sealing correctly. We have already replaced the seal around the fridge which was $70.00 to replace. Should I get a new refridgerator?
Creating Recipes From What You Already Have
I am looking for a website that I had seen a while ago. It comes up with recipes by asking what is in your fridge and what is in your cupboard. Does anyone know the name of this site or one similiar? I really need help coming up with meals from what I have.
Fun Food Knitting Patterns
Does anyone know where I can get knitting patterns for fun food for the children? Some examples: sandwiches, cookies, cakes, etc. I would be so grateful if anyone can help.
Take Pictures of Plants for Seed Exchanges
Some of the garden pictures that I have been taking, I send with the flower seeds for the seed exchange. It gives the people getting them an idea what they will look like.
Wax Poured Down the Drain
One of our kids did a NO-NO and was playing around with a candle. The "excess" wax was poured down the bathroom drain. ARGH! The house is a rental, pipes are 70's vintage PVC. What can I do to remove the wax?
How Can I Join a Cash and Carry?
Is there any way a member of the public (me) who is not in retail trade can join a "cash and carry" outlet to obtain a card to purchase in bulk and take advantage of reduce prices offered to traders? Bit of a cheek I know... but hey! My nearest city is Glasgow, UK and Im currently researching where these trade outlets are. Any advice would be appreciated.
Making Logs out of Paper
I have been looking for a way to convert junk mail, paper, cardboard, etc. into fuel for my open fire. Having discovered the "paper log / brick makers" on ebay and through other searches and finding them too expensive for my meager income, I wonder if there is an effective way to do this by hand.
I have a desk lamp that has plexiglass. What is the best cleaning method to get the sparkle back to brighten the light?
Removing Algae from the Side of a House
I will be putting my home up for sale. There's an oak tree that has grown and doesn't let the light filter through on one corner of the house and there has become a green like as algae on the house. I need a thrifty hint on how to get rid of the algae-like stuff.
Cleaning Italian Leather Furniture
I desperately need help trying to get my furniture cleaned. I have Italian Leather which is similar to suede and I have spoken with several cleaning companies and no one is sure how to clean it and the company ELRAN states for me to contact a professional.
Stocking a New Freezer
How do I properly stock a new freezer for convenience?
Are Dog Bones Made for Teeth Cleaning Safe?
Just a simple query: I've been feeding my dog bones especially created for cleaning their teeth. Though I haven't asked my vet, I'm wondering if there is any reason not to feed him these sorts of bones? He seems to enjoy them a lot. Any ideas as to why would it likely be bad for him?
Cheap Universal Studios Tickets
I need to find cheap tickets to Universal Studios in Florida. Or does anyone have any other ideas to do with kids in Florida other than the pricey amusement type parks?
Preserving Fresh Cut Roses
Does anyone know how to keep a fresh cut rose from dying? I have many dry flowers that I've kept from different occasions and such but I wondered if there is a way to keep it in its natural beauty, open before it dies?
Register at Baby Sites
One of the Best Money Saving Tips I've found for new mothers is to go onto the baby sites and register. They have sent me tons vouchers for up to $5.50 off formula and also full sized cans of formula...
Bake on center rack 1 hour or until center jiggles slightly when pan is shaken. Turn oven off. Let stand in oven with door closed 30 minutes. Run knife around edge...
Chipotle Roasted Squash
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat jelly roll pan with cooking spray. Trim ends from each squash. Slice squash into 3/4 inch thick rings. Place squash and shallots in single layer on pan.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine butter, zest, mustard, garlic, pepper and half of salt. With fingers, carefully separate skin from breast meat leaving skin attached. Tuck 1/6 of butter mixture under skin of each breast...
Crocheting Warm Blankets
I love to have thick, warm blankets in the winter, but they are often expensive. So what I did was to have a friend teach me to crochet. At first I could only pick up the single stitch and then learned more a little at a time.
Aunt Ruth Sandefer's Molasses Cookies
Add soda - sift cinnamon, cloves and ginger into flour. Alternate adding the flour and molasses. Mix well...
Gift Wrapping Ideas
When wrapping gifts, for whatever event or occasion, instead of using a obvious gift bow, think of using something else, that would be more useful to the recipient...
Covering Unremovable Spots
Have you got bleach spots or grease spots on a favorite shirt or slacks? Instead of getting rid of them, for that reason. Sew on a pretty applique over the spot.
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