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Before winter arrives, make sure registers and convectors are open, unblock

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Before winter arrives, make sure registers and convectors are open, unblocked by furniture and rugs. Keep furniture from... Read More »

Before you begin to hang wallpaper, unroll the paper and inspect it for fla

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Before you begin to hang wallpaper, unroll the paper and inspect it for flaws. Reroll it with the... Read More »

Before you can install new cedar shingles (either white or red) on a roof,

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Before you can install new cedar shingles (either white or red) on a roof, you must remove the... Read More »

Before you handle ceiling panels, wash your hands and dust them with talcum

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Before you handle ceiling panels, wash your hands and dust them with talcum powder. This will prevent you... Read More »

Before you paint, ventilate. Keep a window or outside door open in the room

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Before you paint, ventilate. Keep a window or outside door open in the room you are painting to... Read More »

Before you start to vacuum, put a few drops of lemon juice in the dust bag.

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Before you start to vacuum, put a few drops of lemon juice in the dust bag. It will... Read More »

Believe it or not, skunks hate strong odors. You can keep them out of your

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Believe it or not, skunks hate strong odors. You can keep them out of your woodshed or other... Read More »

Blackflies bite most fiercely under cover — up sleeves and trouser legs. T

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Blackflies bite most fiercely under cover — up sleeves and trouser legs. To discourage them, wear rubber bands... Read More »

Bluestone makes a good top layer for a gravel driveway. Bluestone is gravel

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Bluestone makes a good top layer for a gravel driveway. Bluestone is gravel that has been run through... Read More »

Board subflooring is best installed diagonally. Diagonal flooring makes you

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Board subflooring is best installed diagonally. Diagonal flooring makes your house more rigid, and you can nail a... Read More »

Boards bow because of the natural curve in their grain. There is little you

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Boards bow because of the natural curve in their grain. There is little you can do to straighten... Read More »

Boiled linseed oil is a penetrating wood finish that is easy to apply (wipe

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Boiled linseed oil is a penetrating wood finish that is easy to apply (wipe on with a rag,... Read More »

Boiled linseed oil, available at paint and hardware stores, is made from fl

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Boiled linseed oil, available at paint and hardware stores, is made from flax seed. Driers, such as manganese... Read More »

Both sides of a sheet of plywood are graded. An A-A sheet would be used for

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Both sides of a sheet of plywood are graded. An A-A sheet would be used for furniture making.... Read More »

Brass, bronze, and copper objects that are not used for cooking can be prot

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Brass, bronze, and copper objects that are not used for cooking can be protected from tarnishing with a... Read More »

Brush kerosene lightly over the surface of glass that you’re about to cut.

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Brush kerosene lightly over the surface of glass that you’re about to cut. This will make the cutting... Read More »

Brush piles offer important winter shelter to many small animals, so here’s

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Brush piles offer important winter shelter to many small animals, so here’s a chance to put off a... Read More »

Bubbles sometimes appear when you’re hanging wallpaper. Prick them with a p

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Bubbles sometimes appear when you’re hanging wallpaper. Prick them with a pin and brush them out. If a... Read More »

Burned food can be scoured off cast-iron pots and pans by mixing sand and v

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Burned food can be scoured off cast-iron pots and pans by mixing sand and vegetable oil in them... Read More »

Buy narrow T-shaped hardware to cover the gap between your kitchen counter

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Buy narrow T-shaped hardware to cover the gap between your kitchen counter and stove. This will seal a... Read More »

Can’t get around that radiator to paint behind it? Check with your local pa

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Can’t get around that radiator to paint behind it? Check with your local paint store; you’ll probably find... Read More »

Candle wax on table linens can be removed with vegetable oil. Rub the wax g

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Candle wax on table linens can be removed with vegetable oil. Rub the wax gently with oil, blot... Read More »

Capping a chimney can make cleaning difficult and force the flames of a chi

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Capping a chimney can make cleaning difficult and force the flames of a chimney fire down toward the... Read More »

Carpenter ants are about 3/8 inch long, black, and have a small “waist.” Te

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Carpenter ants are about 3/8 inch long, black, and have a small “waist.” Termites are tiny, white, and... Read More »

Carpenter’s wood glue works by penetrating the surface fibers and holding t

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Carpenter’s wood glue works by penetrating the surface fibers and holding them together by the strength of the... Read More »

Cedar shakes are shinglelike coverings that are very rough and irregular in

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Cedar shakes are shinglelike coverings that are very rough and irregular in shape. If you use them to... Read More »

Ceiling work? Five-gallon buckets make good, stable stilts. Remove the wire

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Ceiling work? Five-gallon buckets make good, stable stilts. Remove the wire handle on each bucket, turn the bucket... Read More »



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