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Finding Home Repair Help for Low Income Families
There 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.
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.
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.
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.
Electric Smoke Detector Won't Stop Beeping
It can drive you to distraction, the constant unexplainable beeping of an electric smoke detector. Often it just needs the battery replaced but it may be a signal that it needs greater attention. This is a page about troubleshooting ideas when an electric smoke detector won't stop beeping.
Getting Rid of a Musty Smell in the Basement
Basements are notorious for developing musty smells. This is a page about getting rid of a musty smell in the basement.
What Are Hedge Apples Good For?
This is a page about what hedge apples are good for. The hedge apple or Osage orange may look like an orange but it is actually a member of the mulberry family. While many people claim that they are a good natural pest repellent, it is only in concentrated amounts that it is effective. It is generally not eaten by people or wildlife.
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.
Selling Trees on Your Land for Lumber
If 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.
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.
Getting Rid of Fruit Flies
You just bought some bananas or other fresh fruit at the market recently. Now you are seeing tiny spots before your eyes. Your kitchen is enveloped in a haze of tiny flying bugs. You probably have fruit flies. This is a page about getting rid of fruit flies.
How to Remove Ink from Leather
Whether its a jacket, purse, or other item, ink stains on leather can ruin an items appearance. It is important to not further damage the leather when trying to remove the ink. This is a page about removing ink from leather.
Removing Rubber Odor from Clothing
This is a page about removing rubber odor from clothing. Sometimes clothes and shoes can have a strong rubber smell that can be a challenge to remove.
Cleaning a Fiberglass Tub
When cleaning your fiberglass tub, it is important to not scratch the surface. Finding the right cleaning methods will help you keep your tub looking nice. This is a page about cleaning a fiberglass tub.
Cleaning Oven Racks
This is a page about cleaning oven racks. Cleaning your oven racks is no fun; it can be difficult to remove the burned on food drippings. Looking for easy ways to take on this often put off task?
Getting Rid of Skunks
This is a page about getting rid of skunks. They may be cute and fluffy, but skunks are rarely welcomed guests around our homes.
Tiny Black Bugs in the Kitchen
The 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.
Getting Rid of Mildew Odors in a House
There are a variety of causes for mildew odors developing in your home. Depending on the cause there are also several ways to get rid of this unpleasant smell. This is a page about getting rid of mildew odors in a house.
Getting Rid of Ants
Whether you are trying to deter little sugar ants in your kitchen, wood eating carpenter ants or biting fire ants in your backyard, there are a variety of different pest control methods. This is a page about getting rid of ants.
Mildew Smell Coming From Under Our Mobile Home After Flooding
We recently had a bad rain fall and had a little flood of about 6 inches. We live in a trailer park where many of the trailers got flooded about six inches or so. A couple days after the rain had dried up we began to smell mildew or a mold like scent.
Removing Dye Transfers from Clothing
One of the more frustrating and difficult clothing stains you can encounter is dye transfer. This is a page about removing dye transfer stains from clothing.
Identifying Small Black Bugs
Having 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.
Getting Rid of Invisible Biting Bugs
When you are having trouble identifying what insect is biting you, they can be difficult to get rid of. This is a page about getting rid of invisible biting bugs.
Removing Toilet Bowl Stains
Whatever kind of stains you may have in your porcelain toilet bowl, they can be difficult to remove. This page is about removing toilet bowl stains.
Getting Rid of Tiny Biting Black Bugs
Many 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.
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.
Plants That Repel Snakes
Is there any plants I can plant that repels snakes?
Removing White Heat Stains from a Wood Table
Whether it's from a pizza box, a coffee cup or some other hot item, heat stains on a wood table can be difficult to remove. This is a page about removing heat stains from a wood table.
Restoring the Shine on a Formica Countertop
Over 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.
Cleaning a Moldy Refrigerator
After a power outage or malfunction a refrigerator that had food in it is not a pretty site. Mold can grow rapidly in these conditions. This is a page about cleaning a moldy refrigerator.
Getting Rid of Fleas in Human Hair
Sometimes in the case of a bad flea infestation, fleas will also get into the hair of the pet's owners. This is a page about getting rid of fleas in human hair.
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.
Removing Skunk Smell from House
Skunk smell can be very unpleasant for everyone nearby. If a skunk sprays on or near your home it can be almost impossible to be in the house. This is a page about removing skunk smell from house.
Cleaning Stains on a Shower Floor
This is a page about cleaning stains on a shower floor. Whether your shower floor is made of tile, porcelain or fiberglass, stains may develop that can be a challenge to remove.
Repairing a Hoover Carpet Cleaner
This is a page about repairing a Hoover carpet cleaner. If you are handy and have a bit of patience, you may be able to make the needed repairs to your carpet cleaner.
Isopropyl Alcohol Stain on Wood Furniture
This is a page about isopropyl alcohol stain on wood furniture. Alcohol spills on wood furniture can damage the finish.
Removing Hard Water Spots on Windows
Sometimes the water from the sink or a sprinkler can make stubborn water spots on your windows. This page is about removing hard water spots.
Removing Cigarette Smoke Odors From a...
The smell of cigarette smoke is strong, pervasive, and often lingers in a home. This page is about removing cigarette smoke odors from a house.
Removing Ink Stains from Clothing
It can be difficult to remove ink from clothing. This page is about removing ink stains from clothing.
Cleaning Pet Urine Odor From Hardwood Floors
Accidents happen, but removing urine odors from wood floors can seem like a big job. This is a page about cleaning pet urine odors from hardwood floors.
How Can I Treat a Microfiber Sofa for Bedbugs?
I have just found a bedbug on my microfiber sectional last night, and was wondering if I am able to spray my sofa with alcohol or any other chemical that can prevent from further more outbreak.
Cleaning Smoke Off Walls
Kitchen fires, candles and other occurrences can leave smoke residue on your walls. This is a page about cleaning smoke off walls.
Keeping Bees Out of a Hummingbird Feeder
Bees and hummingbirds are often found in the same places in your garden. However, if you are putting out food for the hummingbirds it can attract an unwanted amount of bees. This is a page about keeping bees out of your hummingbird feeder.
Removing Cigarette Smoke Odors from a Car
Cigarette smoke permeates many materials of a car's interior, making it a challenge to remove the smell. This page is about removing cigarette smoke odor from a car.
Cleaning Grease from Kitchen Cabinets
Cooking grease seems to cling everywhere in the kitchen, especially on your cabinets. This is a page about cleaning grease from kitchen cabinets.
Unclogging a Swiffer Wet Jet
When the jet nozzles on your Swiffer mop are not spraying correctly, they are usually clogged. This is a page about unclogging a Swiffer Wet Jet.
Removing Rug Backing Stuck to a Floor
This page is about removing rug backing stuck to a floor. Moisture and heat can cause a rubber backed rug to stick to a floor.
Keeping Rugs From Slipping
Roaming area or throw rugs can be annoying. Keeping them from slipping can be tricky depending on the surface they are on. This is a page about keeping rugs from slipping.
Cleaning Candle Wax from Wood Furniture
Removing wax from tables, shelves, and bookcases can be difficult and costly, but must be done correctly to avoid damaging wood surfaces. This is a page about cleaning candle wax from wood furniture.
Homemade Cat Repellents
There are many areas of the home and garden that you may want to keep cats out of. This page features homemade cat repellents and strategies for keeping cats out of your yard.
Curtain Color Advice
Choosing just the right color curtains can complete the overall color scheme of your room. This page contains curtain color advice.
Locating the Source of a Foul Smell in House
It 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.
How to Clean Mold on Painted Walls and Ceiling
Bathrooms 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.
Getting Rid of Roots in a Sewer Line
This is a page about getting rid of roots in a sewer line. Roots growing into your sewer line can cause a lot of problems including backed-up plumbing.
Keeping Mold from Growing on House Siding
Humid climates and natural disasters can lead to mold growth on the siding of your home. This is a page about keeping mold from growing on house siding.
Removing Cat Urine Odor from a Couch
Cat urine odor is strong and sometimes difficult to remove from upholstered furniture. This is a page about removing cat urine odor from a couch.
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.
Removing Pet Urine Stains from Hardwood Floors
When you have pets accidents happen, even on your beautiful hardwood flooring. stains from hardwood floors. This is a page about removing pet urine
Cleaning an Above Ground Pool
This is a page about cleaning an above ground pool. Above ground pools do not always have all of the filters that in-ground pools do, so they can get quite dirty. It is important to clean your pool properly so that you don't damage the liner.
Removing Burnt Popcorn Smell and Stains from a...
This is a page about removing burnt popcorn smell and stains from a microwave. Overcooking popcorn in the microwave can result in a burnt odor and staining.
Getting Rid of Moss and Algae on Concrete
Moss growth can be a problem in shady areas. This page is about getting rid of moss and algae on concrete.
Making a Window More Private
When you don't want to lose the daylight coming through your window, there are ways to retain your privacy. This page is about making a window more private.
Removing Anti-Reflective Coating from Glasses
This is a page about removing anti-reflective coating from glasses. When the reflective coating on your eye glasses is damaged you may need to remove it.
Cleaning Bath Tub Jets
Just 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.
Removing Mold and Mildew From an Upholstered Couch
This is a page about removing mold or mildew from an upholstered couch. Stored furniture can develop mold or mildew on the upholstery.
Repairing Bleach Stains on Formica
Unfortunately bleach will often remove the color on Formica countertops. This is a page about repairing bleach stains on Formica.
Repairing a Microwave That Won't Heat
This is a page about repairing a microwave that won't heat. Microwaves are a part of many of our daily lives, and when they don't work properly, it can be frustrating.
Removing Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Odors From Clothing
If you have ever spilled fuel on your clothing, you know that the odor is sometimes difficult to remove. This is a page about cleaning fuel odors from clothing.
Removing Mothball Odor from Clothing
This page is about removing mothball odor from clothing. It is great that there is no moth damage on those clothes, but getting rid of the smell can be a challenge.
Salt and Vinegar Weed Killer Recipe
You can mix up a homemade weed killer solution using salt and vinegar. This page contains a salt and vinegar weed killer recipe.
Removing Pen from Leather Furniture
Leather furniture is an expensive investment. It is important to not damage the leather when trying to remove pen ink from your furniture. This is a page about removing pen from leather furniture.
Removing Tape Residue From Clothing and Fabric
A name tag, price sticker or tape can leave adhesive on cloth. This page is about removing tape residue from clothing or fabric.
Removing Urine Odors from a Couch
Removing urine odors from upholstered furniture can be difficult. This is a page about removing urine odors from a couch.
Homemade Carpet Shampoo Recipes
Cleaning your carpets will keep them looking nice. Carpet cleaning services and even store bought shampoos can be quite expensive. You can save money by making your own carpet shampoo. This page contains homemade carpet shampoo recipes.
Color Coordinating Towels and Rugs for Your Bath
This page is about color coordinating towels and rugs for your bath. Selecting towels and rugs that coordinate with your bathroom color scheme help complete to look you desire.
Removing Stains From Wool Clothing
Because many wool clothing items are "dry clean only" we may be dismayed when they get a stain. Some stains can be removed easily at home if treated properly. This is a page about removing stains from wool clothing.
Removing Stains from a Porcelain Sink
Sometimes your sink may have stains that are difficult to remove. This is a page about removing stains from a porcelain sink.
Identifying Flying Insects
There are a variety of small insects that can be bothersome around the house and yard. Use these tips to help identify and mitigate common tiny insects. This is a page about identifying flying insects.
Using Peppermint Oil for Mice Control
There are a number of methods used to get rid of mice without the use of poison or traps. This is a page about using peppermint oil for mice control.
Removing Pet Urine Smell from Furniture
If you have a pet urinate on your furniture you know how difficult it is to clean up. Even if you get to it right away the smell can still linger for a longtime afterward. This is a page about removing pet urine smell from furniture.
Repairing A Perfume Spray Nozzle
Occasionally the spray nozzle on your perfume bottle gets clogged or simply stuck. This is a page about repairing a perfume spray nozzle.
Can Mold Grow Under Laminate Flooring on a Concrete Foundation?
If moisture gets between your laminate floors and the concrete underneath, it can be easy for mold to grow. This is a page about can mold grow under laminate flooring on a concrete foundation?.
Cleaning Tape Off Windows
This is a page about cleaning tape off windows. Tape can some times be difficult to easily remove from windows, particularly if it has been left on windows for a long time.
Fixing a Wood Table With a Nail Polish Remover Stain
Nail polish remove can stain your wooden furniture if it gets spilled. Because it may have attacked the finish, it can be difficult to remove the stain. This is a page about fixing a wood table with a nail polish remover stain.
Removing Stains on Underwear
Stubborn stains can be difficult to remove on t-shirts, bras, slips, panties and shorts. This is a page about removing stains on underwear.
Cutting Back Perennials in the Fall
This is a page about cutting back perennials in the fall. Deciding whether to cut or not to cut back your perennials in the fall can be perplexing. There are pros and cons to either option.
Building an Awning
Making an awning can help protect a deck, window or doorway from sun and weather. This page is about building an awning.
Cleaning Pet Urine Odors on Floors
The are several ways to remove pet urine odors from your tile, laminate, hardwood, and resilient floors. This is a page about cleaning pet urine odors on floors.
Unclogging a Garbage Disposal
Unclogging a garbage disposal can be a nasty job. This is a page about unclogging a garbage disposal.
Removing Rust from Baking Pans
Have your favorite baking pans started to develop rusty spots? This happens to older, well used pans. Rather than throw it away you may want to try cleaning it. This is a page about removing rust from baking pans.
White Marks on Laminate Flooring
If your laminate flooring has pale or white marks, they can be unsightly and difficult to remove. Use these tips to get your laminate floor looking good again. This is a page about white marks on laminate flooring.
Homemade Lawn Fertilizer Recipes
This page contains homemade lawn fertilizer recipes. Do you have an unhealthy patchy lawn? Making your own lawn fertilizer provides you with the opportunity to go as organic as you like. There are a myriad of fertilizer recipes to choose from many containing household products.
Cleaning Patent Leather
This is a page about cleaning patent leather. You can easily keep your shiny patent leather shoes, purses, and other items looking great.
Nothing is Working to Get Rid Fleas
Finding the most effective product and diligence on followup treatments are absolutely needed to eradicate a flea problem. This is a page about nothing is working to get rid of the fleas.
Cleaning Water Spots on a Microfiber Couch
This is a page about water spots on a micro fiber couch. Water marks on microfiber are either the result of previous cleaning attempts or a spill. It is easy to remove them and have your couch looking great again.
Removing Tree Sap
Tree sap can get on anything from clothing to your car. This is a page about removing tree sap.
Getting Rid of Slugs or Snails in the House
This page is about getting rid of slugs and snails in the house. It is upsetting to encounter these slimy creatures in your home.
Painting Walls in a Mobile Home
Mobile homes, especially older ones, have walls that are not the traditional drywall construction found in stick built houses. This is a page about painting walls in a mobile home.
Homemade Mold and Mildew Surface...
This page contains homemade mold and mildew surface cleaner recipes. Mold and mildew can not only cause terrible allergic reactions and asthma attacks, but also can be difficult to remove, especially in wetter climates. Many commercial cleaners are both expensive and toxic to use. Homemade cleansers are often just as effective and gentler on both the environment and the person doing the cleaning.
Removing Mothball Smell From Your House
The strong odor of these moth deterrers can linger in your home. This page is about removing mothball smell from your house.
Cleaning Odors from Kitchen Cabinets
This is a page about cleaning odors from kitchen cabinets. Kitchen cabinets can harbor odors either from their contents or from cooking.
Getting Rid of Webworms on Pecan Trees
Web worms are the larval stage of a small white moth. They typically appear on pecan and other trees in late summer and early fall. Sprays, both organic and chemical, can be used. Breaking the web and allowing birds to feast has worked for one reader. This is a page about getting rid of web worms on pecan trees.
Repairing Clothing Snags
Knit fabrics are very easily snagged. Here is an easy way to repair the snag using an unusual tool - a dental floss threader. Here we show the process on two men's shirts.
Dressing Up Your Garden With Ribbon
If you want to add a little fall color to your garden on a budget, fall wire ribbon goes a long way! You can purchase it at the dollar store or many craft stores. Along with ribbon you can add fall picks that are sold at the same location. This gives a festive fall look that will carry through the Thanksgiving season. So simple, here's how!
I like to take advantage of warm weather to dry clothing outdoors. Even though I have a couple of drying racks, sometimes it was not enough. I did not want to invest in an outdoor clothesline that would have to be removed every time the lawn was mowed and when the winter came. I solved my problem in several ways.
Cleaning a Bedroom By Yourself
Sometimes, I like tackling a job by myself and the other day, I decided to clean the master bedroom. This is the dustiest room in the house. I guess it's from fanning the covers and the bed is where I fold clothes.
Restoring a Tarnished Gold Bracelet
I had a lovely Alex and Ani bracelet that tarnished. It was easy and quick to make it look like new.
Hide the Plant Saucer Inside the Pot
Not a fan of plant saucers? No problem, you can hide the saucer inside the pot! Here's a free way of making a saucer. Using any sturdy container that will fit inside your pot, like for me - a greek yogurt container. Then cut the yogurt container down. Place yogurt container inside and you're done.
Refinishing Teak Outdoor Furniture
Teak is a common material for outdoor furniture because it is long lasting if cared for correctly. Learn how to do it in this short video.
Stuffed Animal Eye Patch
If you have a beloved stuffed animal that loses an eye, an eye patch might be the best solution. Learn how in this short video.
How to Fix a Tent Pole
Many tent poles are attached with elastic, which can break with rough usage. Learn how to fix it in this short video.
Fixing a Lawn Mower That Won't Start
We have a Craftsman mower (with a Briggs and Stratton engine) that we have not taken very good care of.
Instead of buying expensive and caustic dishwasher detergent, make your own version with simple ingredients and an ice cube tray. It will save you money and peace of mind. Learn how to make them in this short video.
Removing Roof Tar from Skin with Olive Oil
Roof 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.
Carport Tips and Tricks
Whether you are looking for carport design ideas or for ways to decorate and use your carport for things other than parking your car, read on. We have tips to fit these needs.
Paint Is Not Adhering to Old Paint
When your new paint is not adhering to old paint, you may have used latex paint on oil base paint. You may need to strip the oil based paint. The surface you are painting needs to be clean and sometimes sanded.
Identifying a Flying Burrowing Insect
When identifying a flying burrowing insect, you may have a bee, hornet or a wasp. Some are very beneficial. There are some good sites online to find out what kind you have.
Repairing Old Figurines
I fixed these before I started visiting Thrifty-Fun, but the instructions should be easy to follow.
Sewer Gas Odor Coming from Drains
When you have a sewer smell coming from a drain, it is possible that the the venting is obstructed or you may have other clogged pipes. Sometimes odors come up from seldom used drains.
Cleaning a Toilet Plunger
Soaking a toilet plunger in a bucket with added bleach will help to remove the odor and debris. Be sure to air dry thoroughly before storing.
Repairing a Comforter
So I bought a beautiful comforter online from Target. I didn't notice right away that it isn't sewn together at all. The fill is flat and moves around whenever you move it. The top and bottom don't have any stitching holding the fill in place. I feel like I can fix it, but can't seem to find any techniques online to do this!
Bedding and Furniture to Complement Gold Curtains
What colour bedding and furniture will go well with champagne gold curtains for a master bedroom?
Composting Horse Manure
What's the best way to compost horse manure?
Plumbing Repair Assistance for Low Income Senior
I am a low income senior who needs financial help to fix plumbing. Where can I go?
I am looking for some help in identifying this wallpaper. It would be even better if someone knows where I can buy it; I suspect it's discontinued though :-(
Cap Stuck on Scunci Pro Steamer
I have a Scunci Pro steamer model ps3888 and I can't unscrew the cap to add water.
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