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Don’t use manure fertilizer with bulbs. It can encourage bulb rot or diseas

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Don’t use manure fertilizer with bulbs. It can encourage bulb rot or disease. Instead, apply a sprinkling of... Read More »

Don’t use true gold or silver paints on a radiator — they have an insulati

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Don’t use true gold or silver paints on a radiator — they have an insulating effect, so a... Read More »

Don’t wait for the cool days of fall to start your outside paint job. There

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Don’t wait for the cool days of fall to start your outside paint job. There may be too... Read More »

Don’t wait until you’ve finished the job to remove any excess wallpaper pas

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Don’t wait until you’ve finished the job to remove any excess wallpaper paste from the woodwork, ceiling, or... Read More »

Don’t wear jewelry while operating power tools; it can get caught in the eq

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Don’t wear jewelry while operating power tools; it can get caught in the equipment and cause serious injury.... Read More »

Drains and ditches that overflow into cold, shady areas may freeze in winte

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Drains and ditches that overflow into cold, shady areas may freeze in winter. When laying out your drainage... Read More »

Drawers, sliding doors, and double-hung windows are notorious for getting s

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Drawers, sliding doors, and double-hung windows are notorious for getting stuck. To lubricate them, you can rub their... Read More »

Duct tape is a fibered tape known for its strength, durability and water re

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Duct tape is a fibered tape known for its strength, durability and water resistance. It’s a quick fix... Read More »

During dry periods, water your compost frequently so it will remain active.

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During dry periods, water your compost frequently so it will remain active. Turn it about once a month... Read More »

Early apple varieties tend not to keep well, so put them in a cool place an

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Early apple varieties tend not to keep well, so put them in a cool place and eat them... Read More »

Earwigs are attracted to damp wood and are often found in firewood stored i

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Earwigs are attracted to damp wood and are often found in firewood stored in the house. Don’t bring... Read More »

End checking in lumber occurs because the ends, exposed to the air, dry fas

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End checking in lumber occurs because the ends, exposed to the air, dry faster than the rest of... Read More »

End-grain wood is tough to plane. Hold the plane firmly on the end grain wi

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End-grain wood is tough to plane. Hold the plane firmly on the end grain with the blade (make... Read More »

Even if you use your chimney only for a central-heating system, be sure to

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Even if you use your chimney only for a central-heating system, be sure to clean it. Soot can... Read More »

Even if you’re not mechanically inclined, give a broken machine a thorough

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Even if you’re not mechanically inclined, give a broken machine a thorough inspection before you have it serviced.... Read More »

Every finish has a solvent. For liquid (as opposed to dried) varnish, it’s

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Every finish has a solvent. For liquid (as opposed to dried) varnish, it’s likely to be turpentine; for... Read More »

Exterior bricks — special bricks that withstand repeated freeze-thaw cycle

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Exterior bricks — special bricks that withstand repeated freeze-thaw cycles — are recommended for outside work. To check... Read More »

For a handy way to keep your eyeglasses clean, fill a spray bottle with a s

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For a handy way to keep your eyeglasses clean, fill a spray bottle with a solution of 2... Read More »

For a harvest that lasts all summer, sow beans every two weeks. If you’re g

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For a harvest that lasts all summer, sow beans every two weeks. If you’re going to away, skip... Read More »

For a roof of up to 750 square feet, plan on a 4-inch gutter. A roof area b

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For a roof of up to 750 square feet, plan on a 4-inch gutter. A roof area between... Read More »

For easy spring cleanup, try placing a sheet of nylon netting under the bir

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For easy spring cleanup, try placing a sheet of nylon netting under the bird feeder in the fall,... Read More »

For instant liftoff of lint or pet hair, wrap several strips of cellophane

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For instant liftoff of lint or pet hair, wrap several strips of cellophane or masking tape around your... Read More »

For many years, red paint was the cheapest paint made. That’s why all schoo

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For many years, red paint was the cheapest paint made. That’s why all schoolhouses used to be red... Read More »

For relief from sunburn, take a vinegar sponge bath.

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For relief from sunburn, take a vinegar sponge bath. Read More »

Freeze grapes in plastic bags. Use them as “ice cubes” to chill wine or pun

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Freeze grapes in plastic bags. Use them as “ice cubes” to chill wine or punch. Read More »

Frequent light watering of a lawn will cause the grass roots to remain at a

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Frequent light watering of a lawn will cause the grass roots to remain at a shallow level. Except... Read More »

Fresh grass clippings make excellent garden mulch. Spread the clippings so

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Fresh grass clippings make excellent garden mulch. Spread the clippings so they’re about 1 inch thick, but don’t... Read More »



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