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    Re: Haze in Stainless Steel Sink

    Vinegar is a great tool, and if you need a little safe abrasive, use baking soda. I use a combo of both to clean my stainless sink, and it works really well, doesn't scratch, and eliminates odors as...
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    Where to buy large trees in CT?

    Hi,
    I'm looking for personal recommendations on where to buy large (4-6" diameter) trees in the CT/MA area. Quality of trees and variety are factors, as well as price.
    Thanks!
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    Re: Any Suggestions on Colors

    Dark brown and blue gray is one popular combination right now. Benjamin Moore's "Winter Lake" is a nice one, for example.
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    Cost to paint vaulted entryway?

    Hi,
    I am usually quite willing to paint the interior of my house, but I admit to a fear of heights. I have NO IDEA how much it might cost to have a professional paint my vaulted entry and the...
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    Re: Poison Ivy - Round Up at hard frost?

    Thanks, everyone! You've answered my question and then some. I can get that spray going as soon as possible, and I know what to use to clean up. This has been my best experience on TOH Discussions...
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    Re: Poison Ivy - Round Up at hard frost?

    Thanks Marjorie,
    I am fortunate in that I do not "get" poison ivy...yet. I know the allergy can appear at any time, as it did to my mother suddenly a few years ago. Using throwaway clothes is...
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    Re: Poison Ivy - Round Up at hard frost?

    I may end up going your way, but the area is so big, it's really too much for me to handle alone. I would also have to borrow a truck, and completing the project in one weekend would be almost...
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    Re: Floor to Ceiling Mirrors

    I think you're probably better off risking the damage to the walls. Nothing dates a home like those giant mirrors, and if you are willing to check out some do-it-yourself videos (such as those on...
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    Poison Ivy - Round Up at hard frost?

    Hi all,
    I have a very large area near the front of my yard that is covered with poison ivy. In other words, I can't get rid of the ivy easily or without desperate measures.

    My question is this:...
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    Re: Shower of sparks from a light switch!

    Hmmm, I'll check on that policy... ;)

    The switch was just hanging, and we determined that the two wires must have come into contact to cause the arc. We'll screw the thing into place with the...
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    Shower of sparks from a light switch!

    In a new basement room, our light switch has been working fine until today when a shower of sparks erupted when my husband turned it on. The room is not finished yet, so there is no switch cover on....
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    Re: Be in TOH’s Cheapskate Hall of Fame 2009

    I killed three birds with one sandbox! I needed to remove gravel from the area around our back door steps, and I needed to fill a large sink hole in our field. When I decided to build a big sandbox...
  13. Thread: Cabinet help

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    Re: Cabinet help

    I hope you're going to contact the person who made your cabinets. You didn't get what you were promised!

    It does sound like you need new doors and fronts. I hope your carpenter will make good on...
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    Re: Help w/wall color of 1940s blue tile bath

    I have various shades of blue in my bath, and I went with Benjamin Moore's Sandy Brown. It's brought all the blues together taking them from too much blue to a more serene feel.
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    Re: Heating Options for Seasonal NE Cottage

    I would definitely recommend a pellet stove...for next year. I daresay this year it would be very hard for you to find pellets at a decent price, but if you can wait until next year it is a great...
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    Re: rust from nails bleeding through paint

    You could test Killz primer as an alternative. It covers and prevents bleed-thru on just about everything I've tried it on.
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    Re: Sandboxes

    I built the sandbox too, and my kids love it. To cover it, I attached the tarp at one side of the box using screws and washers through the grommets, and then attached the other side of the tarp to a...
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    Re: Hardwood Flooring

    To me it sounds like you still need to remove one more layer to reach the actual subfloor. When they put in tile, they put down a 1/4" layer of luaon, or underlayment, before laying tile. This layer...
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    Re: Family Room Remodel

    A fresh coat of paint on both would make the room look brand new! If you have a hard time picking colors, you could look through a Pottery Barn catalog, since they tell you what color they used for...
  20. Thread: Diapers

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    Re: Diapers

    I have to think it's because of the composition of diapers. The gel they use these days to absorb wetness expands and becomes pretty disgusting with even a little water...let alone covered in baby...
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    Found the solution! We also had replaced the flapper with a universal flapper. There is a ring and places for it to hook on. Turns out that if you are using the hooks, you must remove the rubber...
  22. Flushing problem, have to hold the handle down for several seconds?

    My husband fixed a running toilet, but now we have to hold the handle down for several seconds to get a full flush. If the handle is pushed down and let go right away, it stops the flush from...
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    Re: TV over Fireplace

    I'm probably too late here, but you should be aware that, for some companies, mounting your TV over a fireplace will negate the warranty. It's a good idea to check out the fine print before putting...
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    Mold and Mildew - Specifics!

    Okay, so I know how much bleach and water and I've decided to give it a go...but now I need specifics and advice.

    First, how do I apply the solution? My siding is rough and the area to clean is...
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    Re: Opinions on Pittsburgh Paints?

    I went ahead and tried the paint. I used the Manor House version, and I really liked the quality. The paint was thick, had great coverage, and dried quickly also. The only problem was that the color...
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