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  1. Toasted Microwave - How do I get rid of smoke odor?

    Last night my neck was stiff, so I thought I'd use the rice-filled thingie I got as a gift several years back. I have often used it as an ice pack, and I knew it was nukable too. However, apparently...
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    Braise, MIG, or TIG?

    I am an experimental artist - constantly learning new things so I can create the things I dream up. For several years now, I have wanted to learn to weld, so I can build yard-art out of rebar and...
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    Where to cut new knob hole?

    My old house has an old door. The original entry knob had a very long 'slidey thingie' (don't know what it's called). When we first moved in, I replaced the knob because I had no idea who may have...
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    Re: Paint removal from brick?

    And people wonder why so many of us shriek in horror when they mention painting over brick...

    You may be better off just repainting the brick to look like brick. Paint it all whatever you want the...
  5. Re: Flushing problem, have to hold the handle down for several seconds?

    Yes, the tank is filling completely. And I even replaced the flapper and float. Could it have anything to do with low water pressure, or would the full tank make that a moot point?
  6. Re: Light switch to no where? 3-way switch with no other end?

    Ha!
    Been where you are, and it only gets more interesting. In fact I posted my experience under the title 'K.I.S.S.'...

    You may think that third switch doesn't do anything, but if it's wired, I'd...
  7. Re: Flushing problem, have to hold the handle down for several seconds?

    I have the same issue, and I can't shorten the chain any shorter. Any other suggestions?
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    Re: Painting a concrete porch question...

    Is the concrete paint an acrylic or enamel?
    If it's acrylic, I've had great results adding a dab of artist acrylics to perk up a color (I use a lot of 'oops' paints, and they are usually 'oops' for...
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    Re: How to cover ugly metal patio rail

    Why not just go green?
    Get a couple of climbing plants, put the planters next to the railing, and let Nature decorate for you? There are some beautiful flowering vines that grow quickly, and they...
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    Re: Rain and Weed Control

    Yeah, you need the grass to be a bit wet anyway.
    I wasn't sure that stuff worked all that well (how do you know if you use it before weeds become an issue?), until this spring, as I was using up the...
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    Re: What's with the EVIL squirrles?

    Up in Canada, the little buggers had gotten into the walls on the third floor of our house. I bought some big hunky rat-traps, baited them with peanutbutter, and secured them with a length of heavy...
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    Re: Knotty Pine in Maine cottage!

    TSP sounds like it might be a little harsh for wood you want to keep looking like wood, but then I've never used it on anything I wasn't about to paint. Personally, I LOVE Murphy's Oil Soap. I use it...
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    Re: Mold and Mildew - Specifics!

    The concentration depends on what else you plan to do. If you just want to kill the mold/mildew, you could use about 1 part bleach/4 parts water. If you want the mold DEAD AND GONE so you can...
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    Re: Mother Coming, Bathroom Disaster

    First - DON'T PANIC!
    Second - Rip out the baseboards, they are cheap to replace.
    Third - Get thee to a big-box home improvement store and pick up several rolls of textured wallpaper. It's easy to...
  15. I found Plastic tiles for sale!!!!!!!!!

    I was just cruising the Minneapolis craigslist and found those plastic tiles several of you readers were asking about. Here's the seller.
    sale-727430492@craigslist.org
    This is not a link. You will...
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    Re: Help with clover

    A weed is simply a plant that grows where you don't want it to.

    Sometimes you have to choose your battles. I have violets and something that looks like a daisy that keeps trying to invade my lawn...
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    Re: Turn-a-light

    There's also a catalogue called 'Hard to Find Tools' with some nifty things like that.
  18. Thread: Cabinets

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    Re: Cabinets

    Yes, we have had this discussion before.
    The important thing is your prepping. DO NOT SKIMP ON THE PREP WORK! No matter what you do after - make sure your prep work is thorough.
    Start with a good...
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    Re: New Deck needs help

    I'm assuming you are talking about how far apart to lay the boards so there's room for swelling and shrinking.
    This really isn't a technical question, regardless of how some people will make it...
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    Re: Mystery Water

    Thank you for all the great information! I re-inspected the tank - top and bottom - and found it must indeed be the relief valve. It was dry on the outside, but when I put a finger inside, it was...
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    Mystery Water

    Living in the Mid-West, one is accustomed to having water in your basement on occasion, however my basement has been bone dry year round for the 3 years I've been here. There's only one place I've...
  22. Thread: paiting

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    Re: paiting

    How creative are you? Have you done much painting before?

    The reason I ask is if you are any good at blending colors, you could create an awesome effect. Go ahead and paint each room the color you...
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    Re: how do i get rid of this smell

    I used to have a poop-scooping biz in California (for 14+ years), and I always had great results against all odor problems with a product called Nilodor. You mix a little with water, and can use it...
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    Re: Repainting Old Doors

    Just remember gloss finishes are less prone to trapping dust and dirt, and are more easily cleaned when they DO get dirty.
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    Re: plywood floor on porch

    Unless you seal every microscopic bit of that plywood with paint, primer, or some other sealant (and keep doing so) you WILL have water issues. We are talking bulging, separation of layers, warping,...
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