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Vinegar Dish Washing System
Hi Luana M. Thanks for the feedback. I also wondered if cold water was safe for cleaning dishes. A mixture of vinegar and dish soap does clean the dishes but how much bacteria does it kill? A good question? Maybe it does not kill all the bacteria but I've been...

 

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Applying Latex Paint Over Oil Paint?
Hello from Canada! I am a professional plaster and paint expert. I recommend you do the physical work and sand off everything that is capable of coming off. If you can find one, use an old Green Black and Decker sander. They are fast and plaster does not bother...

 

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Trees In Autumn
Hi Pico! I am from Laval, Quebec, and yes we do have beautiful Autumn and Spring seasons where the leaves change colors. In the Fall, thousands of Quebec citizens make a point of visiting the nearby Laurentian Mountains to see the leaves change, but I have...

 

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What kind of snake is this?
Hi! I worked for the Exotarium Snake Zoo in St. Eustache, Quebec. Herve, the boss is a Snake expert and he imports Snakes from all around the World. It was lucky for me he keeps them behind glass because I came face to face with a spitting Viper and yes, it...

 

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Options for Unjamming a Drawer?
Hi! Your best bet is a long and flat piece of curved metal. I suggest an aluminum sheet-rock angle corner, they are cheap and can be cut to length. Flatten it and bend it gentley curved, then insert into the drawer crack, passing it from side to side until...

 

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Advice For Dog That Runs Away?
Hi! This sounds cruel but there is an electronic Dog collar that emits a slight shock when the animal goes near a buried electronic fence. The fence can be placed around your territory and maintained until your Dog decides to remain within the boundaries. Dog...

 

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Toddler With Diarrhea?
Dear Melanie: In Africa, Diarrhea is a killer. There is a quick cure however, and that is adding equal parts of sugar and salt in a glass of water. Strangely enough, the soft drink 7-Up is good for curing Diarrhea. I also recommend you change your child's diet...

 

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Dealing with a Verbally Abusive Spouse?
Hi! Years ago, I arrived at the conclusion that very few people were happily married and I vowed never to get married. When I met a beautiful Oriental lady I broke my vow and spent twenty three years married to her. We were not happily married. Money and sex...

 

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Removing Personal Information from the Internet?
Hi People: The truth is computers are monitored twenty-four hours a day by secret service groups here and around the world. Google and Microsoft also keep your personal Web search histories and it is almost impossible to remove them from the Web. Try to remove...

 

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Sparkleball Decoration
Hello from Canada! I'm a sixty year old grumpy political activist on the Internet. Scrooge could take lessons from me! Life was not much fun until one day two weeks ago, I found your Sparkle Ball on ThriftyFun.com. Bah, Humbug, I can make one of those things...

 

Recycled Bleached Jeans

Recycled Bleached Jeans
I did this once, accidentally, by placing bleach in a color wash. Everybody thought my jeans were cool! Those were halcyon days of fun and adventure. I believe I will do it again, just to see what happens! Thanks for the memories!

 

Blooming Lilac
Don't be too excited and keep a tight leash on your Lilac Tree or you will discover exactly how fast it grows! The plant has invasive properties therefore, keep the Bush to only one stalk and don't allow any shoots to wander all over your yard and garden. Prune...

 

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Saving Money on Batteries?
Hi gang! I've been using two Nikon Lithium Ion batteries for three years. I purchased them when I bought my digital camera and I charge them regularly. I have taken several thousand pictures with these two batteries and I recommend Lithium rechargable batteries...

 

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Teaching Toddlers To Read
Hello from Canada! Teaching babies to read or play music or do math or even learn swimming and gymnastics, is not difficult! In fact the concept has been around for decades. If you are pregnant and you want books that will teach you the secrets of baby and...

 

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No Snow Boots?
Five inches of snow! Up here in Canada we now have twelve feet high Snow banks and more Snow expected before this Winter is over! There is no more place to dump the White stuff! In the Montreal area, twenty roofs have already collapsed from the weight of the...

 

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Pedestrian Safety Tips
Hi Diana! I have a better idea! Give up internal combustion engines and opt for a slower electric vehicle or a bicycle or get on a Bus or Train. This will not only save the lives of countless children, but it will also help to save the planet. We don't have...

 

Cupid Kissing Brooke
"Great title, wonderfully cute subjects, great names, great little "story" all rolled up in one very sweet photograph" Ditto, ditto, ditto, ditto, and ditto for me also! Congratulations! Contact the Hallmark Card people and ask if they will buy the picture...

 

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What is My Steamboat Willie Watch Worth?
Your Steamboat Willy watch is a Walt Disney heirloom. Contact Walt Disney and ask them how much the watch is worth. You can also contact certain antique dealers and they will give you a price estimate. Not being an expert, I suggest Willy is worth about three...

 

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Give Love Instead of Presents This Year
Dear Beckie! Please give Scrooge another chance! Do you remember how he was converted by three Ghosts into being one of the nicest people around and how he saved Tiny Tim from dying! All the converted Scrooges in this world need love at Christmas time in order...

 

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Book on How to use Power Tools?
Hi Sheila! Power saws are very dangerous and must be respected! 1. Always prepare an uncluttered place for cutting your material. 2. Always make a mark or straight line on the object you are cutting. 3. Keep the power cord away and behind the cut you are making...

 

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Newlywed Financial Advice?
Hi Kayla! Robin Williams is featured in a funny move called "license to Wed" It is based on modern psychology courses which do contain some valid points about married life. I recommend you watch the movie and then read some college or library books on both...

 

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Be Prepared For A Kitchen Fire
Hi Bobbie! Everything you mentioned is correct but you forgot one very quick and very thrifty way to put out a grease fire, or most any kind of fire for that matter. One open box of COW BRAND BAKING SODA kept inside your REfRIGERATOR. In case of fire, throw...

 

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Check With Multicultural Families About Halloween
Wow! You are lucky! If I headed such a school, I would celebrate every cultural holiday with full participation from all the students; but I would cut the religious aspects down to ten percent and increase the fun aspects ninety percent. Jewish holidays, Catholic...

 

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Getting Out of Debt?
Hello from Quebec, Canada. I presently survive debt free and contentedly on $500. a month. The secret is to find and break hidden expenses. For example, your Television set burns money. 1. Close it and deposit the thing outside near the trash bin. 2. Your hot...

 

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Painting Ceramic Floor Tiles?
Hi! I don't recommend using paint on ceramics but if you feel you have no other choice, then I would go for a Super White Rust Paint such as Tremclad. Either that or several large cans of Industrial strength Car Paint. Sooner or later, however, any paint you...

 

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Tips For Spaghetti
Dear Veronica: Great minds think alike. I do almost the same things you do but now I'm wondering... are you sure we're simply not lazy? I do your sauce in a jar thing and I add cooked hamburger meat. I lightly fry the burger in light Olive Oil and add spices...

 

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Finding a Home for a Baby Bird?
Dear Gladys! If you are helping the bird survive, you are doing what very few people on this Earth are capable of doing. I suggest you keep doing it until the Bird learns to fly and decides to leave on it's own. Maybe the bird will decide to stay with you. What...

 

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Recycling Weed and Feed Spray Bottles
When I was younger, so much younger then today, we had a worm roast. We sprayed gas on the worm web and lit it on fire. Of course we had the garden hose ready in case the fire would spread, but it never did and we quickly eradicated the pesky tree worms. But...

 

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Tankless Water Heater Saves Energy
If you want to save money with your Hot Water Tank, a simple timer switch applied to the electric wire will shut down the unit automatically, according to your setting. It will also turn on your tank an hour or two before you wake up and before you need to...

 

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Low Carb Recipes for One?
Dear Jean Dogs: My sister, Susan, who is thin as a rail and full of energy at 54, has drummed into my head the following rules for eating. 1. Eat Porridge or Eggs or sausage Protein early in the morning. 2. Eat a small light lunch and a smaller supper and eat...

 

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Drilling Holes in Wall Tiles?
Hi! I presume you are talking about ceramic wall tiles. If so, then the best way to drill holes in the ceramic, is to drill away the plaster in the back of the ceramic, using a cement bit, and then gently using a small drill, break through the thin glass front...

 

In Memory of BC (Baby Cat)
Gentle People: It is a sad day when we lose a Pet. My condolences. Joseph Raglione. P.S. I have four kittens to give away.

 

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Getting My Feet Ready for Sandals?
I previously suggested on this site a method for stopping foot itch. To soften feet, simply use one drop of Palmolive dish soap on your feet before going to bed at night. Here in Canada, we have a foot cream called Tinactin which I highly recommend. Both Tinactin...

 

Oregon Governor Lives on Food Stamp Benefit for a Week
Hi! I've been poor all of my life, but I married a smart Chinese Lady who: 1. Always had a bowl of cooked rice with every meal. So: buy a rice cooker and long grained ten pound bags of rice from Chinatown. 2. Quaker Oats. The five minute two pound bag variety...

 

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Cat Pooping In The Bath?
Hi! I have two female cats who read my signals and vice versa. They know exactly what I want or don't want and I know exactly what they want or don't want. We often have a battle of wills and sometimes I let them win. Other times I will grab them by the scruff...

 

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Painting Panelling?
Hi! Panelling is expensive stuff and if clean and smooth, it will look better painted with a flat White then would ordinary sheet rock. I do recommend cleaning with TCP and afterwards, use a paint sealer. The sealer is a color undercoater which will dry hard...

 

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West Highland Terrier Barking?
Hi! The behavior modification advice from other members is correct, but if you want to save yourself the training time, buy an electric collar that gives a small shock when your Westie begins his barking session. My sister did it on her Westie and it worked...

 

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Newborn Kittens
Dear Rosa! Thanks for the advice! I do have spaying in mind for both my female cats. I also believe birth control is a good idea for millions of human females as well because as you know, this planet is over populated with Homo Sapiens who continue polluting...

 

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Problems Hanging Shelves?
Hi! To fix the holes in your wall, stuff Newspaper in the holes and then cover the paper with Poly Filla. If Poly Filla is not sold in your neck of the woods, try Plaster of Paris but mix only small amounts and use it quickly as it dries very hard in minutes...

 

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Cats Spraying On Screen Doors?
Hi! I rescued from death and brought home two wild and scared female kittens. It took me months to tame these characters and before I could afford to bring them to the Vet, they became pregnant. Then the boyfriends showed up and arrogantly invaded my space...

 

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Name Ideas for Disabled Children's Organization?
Hi Angnz from New Zealand! How about SCC for Super Children Company or COSC for: Company of Super Children! or CCdS for Children Can-do Society or CWCS for Children Who Can Society. or CCS for Children's Contact Support? or T.N.G.U.C.C.S for: Never Give Up...

 

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Saving Money on Lighting
Thanks Chuck! I didn't know that! Joseph

 

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Sealing Grout?
Hi! Sure! There is a product for sealing tile grout. Tile Sealer! Almost any hard-ware store carries it. When you buy your ceramic and your grout, ask the dealer to include a bottle. Turtle Wax is another thing you can do, which I did years ago and which is...

 


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