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Making Your Own Maple Syrup
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Crockpot Ham and Potatoes Recipes
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Cat First Aid
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Outback Steakhouse Copycat Recipes
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Kitchen Paint Advice

My kitchen has custom light, distressed cabinets. The counters are a dark brown granite. What color should I paint the walls?

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What Breed Can Our New Puppy Be?
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Name Ideas for a Body Products Business

I want to name my Facebook business page selling bath and body products like body lotions, sprays, etc. I may eventually get in to other types.

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Custom Nail Polish Color

Mix loose eye shadow pigment with clear nail polish to make a custom nail shade. Mix all together with a cotton swab, grab a brush and try out your new color.

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Prize Winning Pumpkin Chip Muffins
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Stretching Lumbar Spine While on Computer

I have persistent and chronic Lumbar Spine pain. I put an extra chair lumbar support on my bed, then position my lower back on it. Putting a pillow on my abdomen/stomach, I position my computer and then do my work.

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Replacement Parts for a Regal Bread Machine

I am looking for a part for model K6725.

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Making Shredded Chicken for 240

How many pounds of shredded chicken would I need for a group of 240 women? It will be seasoned, cooked in crockpots, and shredded to go over tortilla chips with toppings as a salad. I have a recipe that calls for cooking 3 lbs of chicken so determining the amount needed determines how many batches to make.

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Musical Name Ideas for a Daycare

I am starting a home based day care centre. I am incorporating music into our daily activities and would need a musical sounding name. Also anything with cute bugs or flowers would be nice.

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Older Dog Peeing on Her Bed

I have an 11 year old Maltese. She pees on her own bed when we are away even if she has a peeing pad out. She also takes her food out of her dish and brings it to her bed to eat it. What can I do?

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Replacement Springs for a Glider Rocker

Two springs for my glider rocker have broken. I need to know where I can purchase them.

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Popping and Spark In Outlet

My phone charger was plugged into the wall outlet. It stopped charging and made a popping sound. I moved the cord a little and there was a spark. I was scared to unplug it, but I did eventually. My cord is now plugged into my laptop and is working. What is the problem?

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Buy Large Cut Instead of Lunch Meat
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Curtain Colour Advice

I have grey walls and a burgundy sofa. What colour curtains should I get?

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Garage Door Remote Intermittent

My garage door opener will work from upstairs in the house, but it will not work from outside.

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Value of a Shirley Temple Doll
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Removing Oil Base Primer from Clothing

How do I get oil base paint out of my cotton pants?

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Can a Puppy Get Parvo Again?

Can a puppy who had parvo get it a second time?

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Alternative Uses for Hair Conditioner

I color my hair at home and the kit contains a tube of deep conditioner enough for use at the time of coloring and several times after. I do not like the conditioner for later use, it is too heavy and thick, and weighs down my hair. Any ideas for what to do with the extra leftover?

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Needle Not Picking Up Bobbin Thread

How can I get the needle to pick up the bobbin thread on a Touch and Sew special zig zag, app. 1968 model.

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Making Curtains

If I have a 10 foot wide window, how wide would you make each panel? I know the rule of thumb is the curtain width should be 2 1/2 times the length of the window. I didn't know if it wasn't different with the drop cloth material. Thank you.

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Bissell Green Machine Is Leaking

My Bissell green machine is leaking water from the bottom of the machine. How do I make it stop leaking?

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Extend Solid Air Freshener
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Using Modge Podge on Glass

If I used Modge Podge to apply a label to glass, would it dry clear? And would you be able to tell where the Modge Podge was applied?

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Hitachi Bread Maker HB D-102 Manual

My grandson has gluten allergies and I was lucky enough to find a machine that I could afford, but unfortunately there is no manual, can you help me out?

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Rubbing Alcohol to Remove Stains

A Capri Sun got put on my brand new recliner. My daughter told me to put equal amounts of water and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, spray it on the stain, scrub it, and let it dry. The stain is almost gone now!

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Gluten Free Bread Recipes

Does anyone have gluten free recipes for bread?

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Feeding a 3 Week Old Puppy

My friend had a baby Chihuahua. It was given to me because the mother would not feed him; she didn't have any milk and was trying to wean him off I guess. Their house was also infested with fleas, so he's home with me. He ate one good time with supplement milk and the second time he wouldn't eat.

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Fixing a Ford Ranger Heater Blower

I have a 1999 Ford Ranger. How do I fix the heater blower?

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Furniture Polish to Keep Shower Walls Clean

After I clean my shower, I take furniture polish and shine my shower walls all nice and pretty. I I then shine the walls with the furniture wax. This will keep your shower clean with no soap scum residue at all.

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Value of 1896 Webster's Dictionary

My dictionary is in decent shape. The binding is good, some fraying on top and bottom edges. There are some loose pages that are blank, but the rest is in decent shape. It needs to be in the hands of someone who knows how to keep it from getting worse. Any ideas of the value and who could care for it?

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Name Ideas for a Play School

I want to start a play group school for children ages 3 to 10 years old. I am from a small town in India. Please suggest. to me a nice name.

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Storage Box Keeps Produce Fresher Longer
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What Breed Mix Is My Puppy?
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Value and Information on Doll

How much is a Forever Friends Pamela collection, Tami/Tori doll numbered 0958 of 1980 worth? What year was she made? She is a musical wind up and her head moves.

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Preschool Slogan Ideas

My preschool is called Little Learners' Preschool, for kids 2 to 6 years old. Please suggest to me a nice tagline or slogan for my school.

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Value of Rare Dictionary
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Removing Body Odor from Leather Couch

Our black leather sofa has body odor. I have washed it already and even put disinfectant like Lysol on it, but still the odor is there. What we are going to do? Please help.

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What Breed Is My Dog?
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Adoption and Social Security Survivor Benefits

I am raising my 8 year old sister-in-law. Her mother died when she was 4 years old. She is currently receiving Survivor's benefit pay. I love her like my own, and I want to adopt her. After I adopt her, will she still get benefits or will that go away because of the adoption?

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Streaking Your Hair at Home

Can I use a bonnet-type hair dryer to accelerate the bleach when I use foil for my streaks? I have been using foil and streaking my hair for years, but I sat under a portable hair dryer. I am in need of purchasing another heating unit for streaking with foil and would sincerely appreciate a professional's insight.

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Thread Caught in Janome Machine

I have a thread broken off in the tension part of my Janome and cannot get at it to pull it out.

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Kenmore Washer Spins A Long Time

I have Kenmore front loading washer, model no. 417.43042200. My washer takes forever to run through its spin cycle. Sometimes the first load runs the normal amount of time. Usually the second load is were it hangs up, it typically gets to the final spin cycle and keeps going and going.

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What Breed Is My Dog?
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Cat Losing Hair and Scratching

I have a 4 yr old Maine Coon Tabby mix, Jayden. I think he may have tapeworms, but I am not sure though. He's losing hair and has kinda bloody patches where he is itching like crazy. I have tried Lamisil and over the counter tape worm meds and nothing seems to work.

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Removing Sharpie from Old Tin Lunchbox

How should I go about removing Sharpie from an old tin lunch box without removing the paint?

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Value of Britannica Book Of The Year Series

What is the Britannica Book of the Year Series from 1966 to 1974 worth?

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