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January 28, 2010
Removing Odors From Books
My wife and I buy a lot of used books. The problem is, often the books have been in storage, or in a smoker's home (no offense to any smokers), or in other conditions that have left behind odors.
Close Zippers Before Washing Jeans
When you wash jeans, be sure to close the zipper before putting them in the machine. An open zipper acts like a little saw blade to catch on your other clothes and make those little holes.
Watch Fine Print on Warranties
I like to save money by buying stuff on sale. I usually buy presents for my family, in advance when I find them not when I need them. But as I found out recently, means that the warranties may have expired.
Hair Dryer to Help Remove Stubborn Light Bulb
Having to change a "stubborn" light bulb from your freezer or refrigerator, not wanting it to break in your hand? Take a hairdryer to it! Aim the air at the base of the bulb's area where it screws in and it will unleash the grasp on the bulb and you are ready to install the new bulb.
Repelling Stains On Shower Doors
Start with CLR. To clean glass thoroughly, you can also use a tooth brush to get in between the doors with CLR on it. After shower doors are clean and dry, apply Turtle Wax like you would on a car's finish.
Use Single Earrings for Zipper Pull
Use up your single earrings by attaching them with a strong wire or something to your zip ends of all your purses and zipped bags. They are attractive unusual and very convenient if you have problems with your joints like me.
Paint Advice for Backsplash
Can I use Rustoleum hammered finish on my kitchen wall backsplash? Will it look metallic?
What Do I Make With Leftover Steak?
I have about 3 nice pieces of steak left over and would like to make something with them, any suggestions?
What can I do with my forced bulbs?
I am forcing Hyacinth bulbs, but I don't know what to do with them after they have bloomed. What do I need to do so they will bloom again? Thanks so much.
Cleaning Micro Suede Couch
I have a micro suede beige sofa which I purchased a couple of years ago. But with two little boys it has become stained and there is even a nail polish stain on the sofa, thanks to a my two year old.
Price Tags and Sticker Removal
How can I remove the price label from a cloth box? I think the fabric is rayon acetate with a silver metallic thread running through it. If it was at the bottom I could ignore, but it is in a very noticeable area. I don't have a image to show. Thank you.
Saving on Your Long Distance Bill
I need advice and opinions on the most reasonably priced, clearest reception, easiest to understand, and most reliable way of communicating long-distance, without having to worry about the expense each and every time I make a phone call.
Good One Coat Semi Gloss Paint for Trim
I am painting woodwork in our home. It has a satin finish now, a creme color. I'm painting it a semi gloss white. I've put a coat of primer on and yesterday I put the paint on.
Proper Use of Estate Monies to Repair House
Is it legal to use estate monies before 6 months have gone by, to do repairs and cleaning on a house that is unsafe and deduct these costs from the estate money left to pay bills, etc. I hope someone has this knowledge.
Elliptical vs. Stair Stepper
What is the difference between a stair stepper exerciser and an elliptical exerciser?
Using Cell Phone With a Fax Machine
Is it possible to use my cell phone number in order to use a fax machine? If so, how do I do this? Thanks for any information I can get.
Making a Tubular Wind Chime
Is there a set pattern that must be used when stringing a 5 piece, tubular wind chime?
Use Multi-Level Plate Hangers for Storage
To match my kitchen, I have a glass cutting board on a plate hanger right at my counter. Near my table is another with place mats, and two hot plates for the table in a multi-level plate hanger.
Lighter Fluid for Cleaning Guitar Strings
My husband, a guitar player for years, finds that putting some lighter fluid on a cloth and wiping down his guitar strings removes any dust and oil buildup from your hands. This will enhance the life of the strings also.
Front Loader Bangs During Spin Cycle
I have a 5.5 yr old Kenmore front load washer that is banging when it spins. I have checked the shocks and fear it is the bearings. Anyone out there who repairs these things that can give me advise how to fix it?
Use Puppy Pads Around Cat Litter Box
I have a couple of Persians who have issues with using the litter box, so I supplement their potty areas with puppy pee pee pads. When they soil the pad, (which is great, much better than the rug).
Birthday Party Ideas for 12 Year Old Child with Dyspraxya
I have an 11 year old boy who is gonna be 12 soon and he has dyspraxya. I was wondering if you could help me to sort out something for him and his friends to do on his birthday.
Alternative to Internet Explorer
I absolutely hate Internet Explorer; it's slow, a resource hog, etc. Is there another internet browser that is reliable and works better? Is there a way to delete Internet Explorer?
Getting Dogs to Quitting Eating Their Poop
Two of my dogs, Lacey and Ginger, have the bad habit of eating poop when I take them for walks. Sometimes I can pick it up fast enough, but not always. Scolding doesn't help either. Any ideas?
Hermit Crab Care
I recently purchased some hermit crabs from Petsmart. I did it for my daughter who wants to be a vet, I am trying to teach her all about animal care. We really have enjoyed them, they are such complex little creatures.
Move Hanging Plants Inside for Winter
The recent freezing weather here in Florida, really messed up my garden but I found that some of my vegetables and herbs could be moved into hanging planters which I then brought inside. Right now, I have green onions and mint growing tall and green.
Keeping Moths from Fruit on Trees
To keep moths, etc, from attacking fruit on trees in the spring, place a plastic gallon bottle with one cup sugar, one banana skin, and fill it half full with water. Hang it from a limb of the tree.
Craft Project: Froggy Valentine Card
Kids will love creating their own "froggy" Valentine cards. They will "leap" for joy making these cute cards, which require few supplies and a little time.
5 Ways To Propagate Perennials
A great way to cut down on the cost of flower gardening is to increase your current stock of perennials using propagation techniques. With only a small amount of time and effort on your part, you can quickly increase your current plant.
These are wild flowers I planted this summer. I was so pleasantly surprised at how beautiful they were! My new puppy loved them too, which is why I had to build the beautiful wood fence to keep him out!
Around the World Quilt Done In 8 Hours
I need the Trip Around the World Quilt booklet by Jane C. Smith. I have the directions from Family Circle Magazine of June, 1986. I want to make some other sizes using this method.
Buying Wooden Hangers to Crochet
I have a great pattern which I copied from an old wooden hanger. It is a straight hanger which looks beautiful with the crocheted cover. I have not been able to find any of the straight wooden hangers like it though to make more. It must be very old. Anyone know?
Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave
My loose popcorn microwave method: 1/4 cup corn in 2+ quart Pyrex measuring bowl. I preheat bowl with 2 = 3 kernels corn, covered with saucer.
How do you house break and command train a puppy? I am having lots of issues trying to house break my 10 week old puppy. He just does not seem to want to listen or learn.
Kitchen With White Tile
I am in a dilemma and need advice on color for a counterop and flooring. I have white cabinets and white subway tiles for backsplash. The adjoining rooms are painted in beige walls with beige, sage, and cranberry furnishings.
Fall (Massey, Ontario, Canada)
Massey Ontario in the Fall.
Craft: Paint A Stone "Building"
This is a painting I did on a stone of a local shop, using acrylic paint.
Large Area Weed Killer
We have just bought a 1500 square meter property in Bulgaria. Unfortunately, it has about 1200 square meters worth of weeds I've never seen before. They are huge and scary. Does anyone have suggestions of a fast weeding?
Keep Cauliflower White
Add a little milk to the water when cooking cauliflower and it will remain white.
Foxx B (Chow/Golden Retriever Mix)
Foxx B is two years old. He is a Chow/Golden Retriever Mix We got him December 2008 (he was a rescue from S. Carolina). He likes to walk, cuddle, eat, play with children, go to the dog park.
Kissy is a 2 year old Chihuahua. She is the pup of one of my other Chihuahua's. She likes to kiss everyone, which is how she got her name. She is sweet and loving and full of pep!
Mandi (Basenji/Boxer Mix)
Mandi is 11 years old this year (2010). She is a Basenji and Boxer mix. I adopted her from a rescue in 2003. She love to go for walks, long ones at the beach! Mandi is a very loving girl, she is so kind and quiet!
Easy Dumpling Mix
Mix the flour with the salt add the water mix and let stand for 5 minutes till set. Take a small piece of the dumpling mix (size of a bean) with hands make it a round shape and throw into boiled stock or water.
I tried these yesterday and they are great! Whisk the butter, hot pepper sauce, and vinegar together in a bowl until smooth. Stir in the shredded chicken, and let stand 15 minutes.
Ink on Faux Leather
How do you remove Biro ball point pen from a fake leather material sofa?
I would like to know if brass can be painted.
Keeping Pantyhose From Running
Every time I put on a pair of pantyhose, whether the toe is sheer or reinforced, I get a runs at the toes within minutes of putting on shoes. What can I do?
Melt butter/margarine in a skillet. Add sliced onions and cook until crisp, tender but not brown. Sprinkle with flour, salt and pepper. Gradually stir in the milk. Cook until thick stirring occasionally.
Pizza Noodle Casserole
In large bowl mix all ingredients except Mozzarella cheese. Turn mixture into a greased 9x13 inch pan.
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