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This category contains questions relating to all the odd or unusual problems that occur during everyday life. These are primarily how-to's or fix it issues pertaining to household tasks.
  == Answer ==     Check the angle stop or cut off as some people call it. If it is not turned on all the way, the pipes will hammer or vibrate. This is the supply line to the lavatory I'm talking about.
Bon Ami, scotch brite sponge, and lots of water
It doesn't really matter. The old oil based has worked forever, Teflon paste is a little cleaner. Either one will do the job. I use Teflon tape for most everything anymore. Clean and easy to use. Cheap also.
Uranium has no uses at home; sometimes very beautiful glassware are colored with uranium compounds.It is not uncommon for stoneware that is manufactured in the third world to contain radioactive compounds such as uranium or uranium oxides. The only way to be certain of this is to pass a Geiger...
I would think it should be sealed with something. As a test, lick the slate and see if you get a mineral or dirt taste. If so, this could transfer to the cheese. I wonder if mineral oil applied and buffed off might not seal it well enough. You can mix varnish and lacquer thinner 50/50 and rub it on....
Carefully. A gentle brush with a broom covered with an old rag.
You apply ceramic sealer, available at your tile store.
Paint your house. :)   You can use wall decor where marks are present.
Typically alternating current (AC) comes from wall sockets. This article explains why: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-difference-between-ac-and-dc.htm
Standard Pillow Sizes Standard Pillow -- 20" x 26" Queen Pillow -- 20" x 30" King Pillow -- 20" x 36" European or Continental Pillow --26" x 26" Boudoir Pillow -- 12" x 16"
They don't have to be super tight, if they are plastic, hand tight is usually enough. For supply lines, use two wrenches, one on the fixture and the other on the supply line nut. Hold the faucet side and tighten the supply side.
concrete: less erosion, easier to clean, harder for blockages to  form, susceptible to damage in freezing conditions and ground  movement, less porous then dirt. cut earth irrigation canals:  cheaper, faster, more porous, easier for blockages to form, easier  to repair or reroute
60 bricks per square metre
Try gently tapping in.It is best to just replace it.Its cheap and ez to do
It doesn't have to. It shouldn't clash too badly with other things, but that can work also if you call attention to it. If you can't hide or match something, call attention to it. It makes it the focal point of the room but that can be a good thing. It's your room or house and what you like is all...
Check out these steps by viewing these photos: http://picasaweb.google.com/ChristopherAndSandraHealy/IceCandles#1. Put hot water into a bucket with a lid, like the kind of buckets used in cafeterias or commercial kitchens. Cold water will do, but the ice candle will not be as clear.2. When the...
Tried and True . First, get yourself a plunger made for a toilet, it is bell shaped, sort of, and not the sink kind, bowl shaped. And keep it by the toilet or in a closet in the bathroom. You don't want to walk through the dining room with it to comments about your monster dump. Then: you are...
Hit a rodent with a piece of porcelain will usually kill it. Not sure you have the right term in porcelain.
visit your garage door website and download the manual for your  door, or call the number on the body of the door drive and ask
Yes! According to the select comfort sleep number FAQ: Heated  mattress pads and electric blankets can both be used with your  SLEEP NUMBER® bed. Please note that the use of a heated product  with the mattress will cause your SLEEP NUMBER® setting to vary.  These variations are completely...
Answer [you guys get the picture i keep losing all of my stuff so anybody no somthing that a idiot could make to put his keys in] Get a small piece of 1 x 3 wood--maybe a foot long. Invest in some screw in hooks and a picture hanger. Hang near the door you usually come into the house in. Put the...
Henna (Body art quality) can be used to decorate your skin and nails, it can be worn by anybody regardless what your nationality or religious background is. It has antifugal and antibacterial properties and to this day it is used for medical purposes as well in many countries and in Ayurveda. Henna...
i think baking soda but don't use a combination of vinegar and baking soda or else you will get a volcano eruption =) hope this helps Katie xxx
That is a really tough question! Since a farmhouse can be a mansion or a mansion can be a farmhouse. You never know. However, in the most general terms:A farmhouse may have fewer rooms than a mansion.A farmhouse may have more humble decor and fixtures than a mansion.A mansion may have more bathrooms...
Build Responsible is a concept and name of a non profit organization. The concept is to consider all of the issues and facts and make informed and responsible decisions. The name Build Responsible Foundation is a non profit organization providing education to consumers and the building industry...
toggle bolts or variations there of are the best options, i prefer  the combo toggle bolt/screw in variety, hit up your local home  improvement store and tell them you want something that can support  at least 50lbs as people tend to pull on them.
  == Answer ==   What i have done was place a old terrycloth towel over the wax, then ran a hot iron over the towel until the wax was absorbed into the towel, and away from the clothes. 
Fill it with joint compound, level it with a putty knife or a straight edge of some kind. After it dries, gently wipe across it with a damp sponge to smooth it, no dust using a sponge.
Average double about 1,600 pounds when full.
Approved chemicals for organic insecticides are rather limited, but usually work quite well on many types of pests if used correctly. They fall generally into the following categories: Soaps and DetergentsHorticultural OilsExtracts made from PlantsNaturally occurring Minerals such as SulfurCertain...
About 20 x 25 is average where I live
I'm assuming you need this for garden for pests,   You buy a package of plain chewing tobacco, take 2 fingers size of the bag and put in a gallon jug, fill jug with boiling water, let it sit.   You then take 1/2 Cup of this, add to a 1/2 gal. or gallon of water and use a hose end sprayer and...
it is a chemical designed specifically to remove calcium lime and  rust deposits, the three most common stains found in bathrooms,  especially those with hard water or older pipes and fittings.
It may be a local blackout, that is, all the power in your street has gone off. This is usually not your fault.If it's just your house, then you have probably overloaded a circuit, that is, plugged too many appliances in one room. Unplug some of them, then replace or reset the fuse or the trip...
Not unless you're baking something in them.
it all depends on the paint, coverage will be printed on the rear  label of the can
use a semi gloss or high gloss enamel as the hold up to scrubbing  very well
most commonly plastic or flexible silicone
Long webs strung from trees and bushes, from one to another, are the trails left by spider(s) traveling from tree to tree or tree to bush, etc. Since they can't fly, they spin out long threads, hanging from the trail end, waiting for a breeze to take them to a new location. Occasionally, you can see...
That's not a good idea. The heat of the dryer will melt the wax from the cloth and will fill the interior of the dryer, carried by the water vapor from the wet rags. A waxy film will be deposit throughout the interior of the dryer, even in nooks and crannies you can't see and behind the drum. When...
Simple solution but not eco friendly is to spray with an aerosol air freshener.Burn incense sticks in whatever aroma you prefer.My preferred method is to burn a tea candle in the special candle holder and place a few drops of concentrated aromatic oil in water above it. The resulting evaporation of...
Assuming you can not move the plumbing or don't want to, hopefully the drain is centered and far enough back to be behind the pedestal. The supply lines probably are not. If possible, I would extend them straight up to the level of the bowl and then angle them to behind the pedestal. Paint them...
depends on the stores policy on coupons
It depends on the location, the neighborhood, the building material (a "trailer" is not worth very much at all, and a manufactured home isn't too much more, but a brick or 2x4/2x6 built home is worth the most), and the condition. You can check with a local Realtor to get the values of homes in the...
Fuses for a cooker in the main panel are usually 2 x 20 or 2 x 30 amps. The small round ones in top of cooker are 15 and 20 amps.
Towels absorb water because the threading on the towel is very porous. Water "likes" to "hug" porous surfaces. But when the porous surface is already occupied with water, no more can be absorbed. Your problem with the non absorbing towel can also come from a dirty towel with an ingredient absorbed...
An important factor in house keeping is to have a place to be able  to put everything away. Any household chore is more tiresome when  you have 'stuff' everywhere. So the first step is de-cluttering.    The next factor that makes house keeping easier is not saving  everything up to do at...
Children often leave walls marked up with ink pens. An alcohol  based hairspray will remove the marks from most walls. Porous  walls, such as unpainted paneling or drywall will likely not allow  the ink to remove.
Insulation of a Roof may be segregated by the varied composition ofnatural or synthetic materials, form batts, blankets, loose-fill,spray foam, and panels, structural contributions like structuredpanels, and straw bales, functional mode, with differentenvironmental impacts and much more.
no, they have cardboard or plastic interiors that will be destroyed
strip the wax and rewax, or apply mild heat and rebuff the affected  area.
Most mobile power-washing businesses use prefer to use residential customer's water source via a long hose. Hauling water can quickly become a burden from a weight and capacity perspective -- ~7.5 lbs. per gallon of water -- charging extra or not giving a discount would make sense from a business...
Means, motive, and opportunity are what cause a gnat infestation. The insect in question will infest any area which offers entry points (such as breaks and cracks around doors, roofs, walls, and windows), food sources, protection for environmental stress and natural enemies, and shelter for mating...
if all the pipes in the house are the same size the easy answer is  adjust the outflow valve on the hotwater tank until it matches the  cold water pressure.
It is basically the same as a regular pipe wrench except on the inside. It is sized for the pipe and has a toothed section that grabs when it is turned. You turn it with a wrench or socket. They will not take as much strain as a regular pipe wrench.
Good question, I'm interested in this myself as I know that flour is a fuel and its combination with heat causes this erratic behaviour.
all depends on fixtures flow rates
depends on the model of it. a refrigerator needs to keep food at 42  degrees or lower to keep the food same, if your drink chiller can  maintain that temp then yes, if not, no
less messno fire hazardreuse itget it for cheapit doesnt diedont have to water
lowes and home depot both sell metalic roof repair products for DIY  home owners. if you want it fixed right though, call a tin roof pro  (not alot of them left) as they will have to fill the split. if you  mean that you have a metal room and have a leaky seam then you have  a larger problem and...
get a citrus based paint stripper, make sure you test it somewhere  on the rug first for color fastness. if it does not discolor then  place on, let sit for desired time and then wipe away. i suggest a  gel as it won't absorb into the carpet itself
grab your iron, put a piece of aluminum foil over the iron (to  protect it) place a paper towel over the crayon and press the iron,  on low to medium low heat, over the crayon, it should soak almost  all of it into the paper towel, this also works on carpet. then  just do a slight touch up paint...
depends on if the filtration system also deals with hard water,  most don't
bare wood, light sanding. painted wood, hot wet rag. stained and  sealed wood, same hot wet rag. wall, paper towel over the crayone  (make it a few layers) and then place your iron on the paper towel  with it set low to medium heat. it will melt the wax and draw it  into the paper towel. put...
if it is water based, then water, if it is oil based, mineral  spirits
take it to the dry cleaner, they have chemicals to do that, or  order those chemicals yourself online
look for a strong item to break the closet
Usually less than a dollar - I just bought 2 yesterday -$1.98.
I have been looking on and off for about 10 years. This was (is?) a great product and I fear mine will someday give out. There are a few Empire Brush companies, the one that made Squeeze & Clean is in Greenville, NC. Since another company is using the "Squeeze & Clean" name (Weiman Perfect...
you can paint them, or, you can buy new ones for very little money,  cleaning them is almost impossible as the paint on them is very  cheap.
Sand them with fine sand paper, 220 -280 grit/
color loss, washer, always was on cold for color fastness.  shrinkage is dryer, you can avoid this by using low heat or no heat  tumble dry
there are exterior stick on lights that will do fine in that  moisture
Batteries should probably be kept in a drawer or probably in a small box.
twin width, shorter length, its the size of a childs bed
  A number of ways. They spread disease, Cockroaches and fleas and to major aggregate of asthma, fleas do still spread the bubonic plague, (it still exists), general sanitation, not to mention that termites cause 5 billion dollars in property damage in the US every year.
there are humidity controller thermostats for not much money, just  buy one, install it (very very very easy) and set the desired  humidity level
you need to bleach the covers first (i don't mean household  bleach). once that have been whitened then you can go grey, you  will never get yellow to be a light grey
in non wet environments it will hold up for years as long as its  not on a floor. never use water based poly in a wet envitronment.