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To store those unwieldy plastic gallon jugs on their way to being recycled,

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To store those unwieldy plastic gallon jugs on their way to being recycled, tie a length of string... Read More »

To tell if your brass objects are solid or plated, touch them with a magnet

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To tell if your brass objects are solid or plated, touch them with a magnet. Solid brass won’t... Read More »

To tighten a glass doorknob that is loose and spins freely in its metal mou

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To tighten a glass doorknob that is loose and spins freely in its metal mounting, force a drop... Read More »

To treat a shoe-polish stain, work laundry detergent into the fabric immedi

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To treat a shoe-polish stain, work laundry detergent into the fabric immediately and rinse. If the stain remains,... Read More »

To treat a skin irritation, sponge the area with vinegar. If the itching st

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To treat a skin irritation, sponge the area with vinegar. If the itching stops, the condition is on... Read More »

To treat tobacco odor in a room, put 1 pint of hot water in a bowl and add

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To treat tobacco odor in a room, put 1 pint of hot water in a bowl and add... Read More »

To warm up a concrete basement floor, lay a sponge-rubber-based indoor/outd

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To warm up a concrete basement floor, lay a sponge-rubber-based indoor/outdoor carpet. (This solution is appropriate only if... Read More »

Transfer boxed fertilizers or garden chemicals in your garden shed to plast

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Transfer boxed fertilizers or garden chemicals in your garden shed to plastic containers now, as their original cardboard... Read More »

Treat really stubborn stains in marble with fresh hydrogen peroxide and a c

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Treat really stubborn stains in marble with fresh hydrogen peroxide and a couple of drops of ammonia. (Peroxide... Read More »

Trim hedges often. For most species, frequent trimming produces more compac

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Trim hedges often. For most species, frequent trimming produces more compact growth. Read More »

Trisodium phosphate is a terrific multipurpose cleaner. Just remember to we

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Trisodium phosphate is a terrific multipurpose cleaner. Just remember to wear rubber gloves when using it, as it... Read More »

Trying to choose between one large woodstove and two smaller ones? Usually

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Trying to choose between one large woodstove and two smaller ones? Usually one large one works better because... Read More »

Unwrapped bars of soap make effective and inexpensive drawer sachets. Just

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Unwrapped bars of soap make effective and inexpensive drawer sachets. Just pick your favorite soap scent. Read More »

Use a brush when applying a wood preservative such as Cuprinol to a deck. Y

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Use a brush when applying a wood preservative such as Cuprinol to a deck. You can do the... Read More »

Use a cream-type silver polish to remove stains and water marks from marble

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Use a cream-type silver polish to remove stains and water marks from marble tabletops. Read More »

Use an old paint roller to spread glue quickly over large surfaces.

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Use an old paint roller to spread glue quickly over large surfaces. Read More »

Use baby-food jars and coffee cans to store screws, nails, and small hardwa

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Use baby-food jars and coffee cans to store screws, nails, and small hardware items. Read More »

Use full-strength white vinegar to clean tubs, sinks, and toilet bowls.

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Use full-strength white vinegar to clean tubs, sinks, and toilet bowls. Read More »

Use one-gallon metal paint-thinner cans for storing hardware and other smal

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Use one-gallon metal paint-thinner cans for storing hardware and other small objects in your workshop. Cut the top... Read More »

Use peanut butter as bait for your mousetraps. You can reset the traps and

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Use peanut butter as bait for your mousetraps. You can reset the traps and catch several mice before... Read More »

Use petroleum jelly to remove ballpoint ink from leather. Either rub it dir

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Use petroleum jelly to remove ballpoint ink from leather. Either rub it directly on the spot or put... Read More »

Vacuum the condenser of your refrigerator occasionally. Otherwise it will g

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Vacuum the condenser of your refrigerator occasionally. Otherwise it will get clogged with dust, causing the unit to... Read More »

Varnish is a mixture of resins, solvents, and drying agents. It creates a d

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Varnish is a mixture of resins, solvents, and drying agents. It creates a durable finish on wood, acceptable... Read More »

Vegetable oil will remove tar from your hands. Let it sit on the tar for a

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Vegetable oil will remove tar from your hands. Let it sit on the tar for a while, then... Read More »

Wallpaper that has been painted over can be difficult to soften and remove.

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Wallpaper that has been painted over can be difficult to soften and remove. Try scoring the paper with... Read More »

Want to examine the condition of the paint on the bottom of a hanging door

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Want to examine the condition of the paint on the bottom of a hanging door without taking it... Read More »

Waxed wood floors should be wiped almost every day with a dry mop. Don’t pu

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Waxed wood floors should be wiped almost every day with a dry mop. Don’t put any oil on... Read More »



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