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Value of 1887 Scientific American Reference Book

I have an old 1887 Scientific American reference book. It is an official census of the United States by counties for 1880. How much is this book worth?

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What Breed Is My Dog?
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14th Birthday Party Ideas

I'm turning 14 on the 21st of March and I'm going to have a party in my house, probably with 15 of my friends, 9 boys and 6 girls. I have no idea what to do because I hadn't a party before. Any ideas? I want it to be a very successful party, but what to do?

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What Breed Is My Dog?
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Sour Smell from Kitchen Drain

My kitchen still has a "sour smell" emanating from the kitchen drain. I cleaned the garbage disposal with lots of ice cubes and lots of running water. I have a septic tank which was pumped 3 months ago and I was told I should never use bleach because it deteriorates the seals?

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Outlets in One Room Don't Work

Last night I stayed up until about 2am playing my Xbox, and after that I watched Netflix until I fell asleep. When I woke up at about 10:30, none of my outlets worked. I tried unplugging and replugging everything in, but that didn't work. Then I tried to cut on my light, and that worked.

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Value of Reference Books

I have a complete set, 20 volumes, of "The World and Its Peoples", illustrated library. Also I have a 14 volume set of America "Great Crimes in Our History, Told by Its Makers".

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Decorating Lighted Glass Blocks

Can I use regular stickers, letters, sports decals, etc. that you would use for scrapbooking on a lighted glass block? Will they stay on with the heat from the lights?

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What Breed Is My Dog?

I bought my pup when she was 10 weeks old and only saw the father of these pups at a farm as the mother had just been taken for a walk. The father was a Lab and I was told the mother is a Border Collie, but I didn't see her.

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Services at Mobile Vaccination Trucks

Do mobile units take Medicaid for pets? My dog needs help and I am on public assistance.

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Dyeing Hair Grey

Where can I find a product to dye my hair grey?

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Getting Hair Back to Natural Color

I have cut my hair because of a previous ombre disaster and I have sprayed a little lightner/peroxide, just a bit, all over my hair. But, ever since I can't get rid of the brassy colors. I dyed it 3 times with medium brown and my natural color is a brownish/blonde color.

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Spaghetti Dinner for 70 People

I'm hosting something and I need a spaghetti dinner for 70+ people. How much spaghetti, sauce, and meatballs would I have to buy?

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Cleaning Rusty Metal Shelves
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Wall Paint Color Advice to Coordinate with Black Carpet

I am thinking about having black carpet installed in the house. What would be a good color to do the walls in?

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What Breed Is My Dog?
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Removing Duct Tape from Tablecloth

I have duct tape on my tablecloth and I want to remove the tape without tearing my tablecloth.

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HJC Motorcycle Helmet Shields

What are the benefits of HJC motorcycle helmet shields?

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Zebra Finch Care

I have two zebra finches and I know that I have a male and a female. I discovered an egg today so I got a nest for them. I looked at websites about nesting material, but it didn't say if I could put in the nesting material myself or if my finches need to do that.

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Previously House Trained Dog Peeing Inside

I have a 2 year old Shih-Tzu, who until about 2 weeks ago was fully house trained and could hold in pee for hours at night and whilst I'm at work during the day. Lately he will pee in the house within a 1/2 hour of coming back from a walk. This is an ongoing problem. Any advice?

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Silk and Elastane Clothing Turned Yellow in Wash

I have a garment made of silk and elastane and I don't know how I managed to put it into the wash and take it out yellow. It was originally pink. The max temperature is 40 Celsius. Does anyone know if I can fix it and how? I just wore it once so I'm pretty sad.

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What Breed Is My Dog?
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Replacing the Springs on an Old couch

I have a 65-70 year old couch, that has been in the family since I was little. I am attached to it, but my kids think I should get rid of it and buy a new one. I can't afford that, I just want to repair it. It sags alarmingly. I think I need to replace the coil springs as well as the s shaped springs.

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Identifying My Porcelain Doll
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Dyeing Hair at Home

I have naturally dirty blond hair. I dyed the tips bright red with Kool Aid. I want to dye my hair dark brown with a kit I bought from a local drugstore. I've done some research, so the kit I bought is top rated. Will my tips look weird if I dye them brown?

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Felt Candy Cane Ornament
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Cleaning Foggy or Dingy Headlights

My husband and I recently purchased a Turtle Wax headlight cleaning kit and cleaned them as directed and now our headlights have a foggy film on them. What's the best way to remove the film?

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Home Daycare Name Ideas

I'm opening my home daycare and I can't think of a name that isn't common. I want my name in it, Atiya or Tiya.

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Decorating Ladies' Vests

I am looking for ideas for decorating ladies' vests.

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Finding Plumbing Repair Help for Low Income Homeowner

I've been told that I have a hot water slab leak. I'm disabled and live on a fix income. The plumners tell me it's going to cost anywhere from $1000 to $7000 to fix and replace the pipes. I can't afford this cost. Do I have other opions?

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Caring for a Cat and Her Kittens
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Kitchen Curtain Color Advice

I am trying to brighten and change the color scheme in my kitchen. My cabinets are cherry and my counter top is beige with salt and pepper specs (stone). The colors I am using are paprika, yellows, and greens. My walls and woodwork are white. I am going to put curtains on my patio door.

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Changing Battery in Smoke Detector

I have realized that if one battery in the set of 4 electric detectors is not functional the whole system goes off. This happened last night at 3:30 in the morning. It's really awful to try and change these when the alarm is screaming in your ear. How can I tell which one is the faulty one?

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Dental Work Without Insurance

I am a senior citizen in need of dental work, but I have no insurance. I would appreciate suggestions very much.

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Cleaning With Ammonia

I would like to mix ammonia and water for general cleaning in the kitchen, such as table, counter tops, and stove top. What ratio should I use for this mixture?

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12th Birthday Party Ideas

My little girl is turning 12! She is not so little anymore. She wants an adventure party. I need ideas on how to organize a treasure hunt in the neighborhood.

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Growing Sunflowers from Seed

How do you grow sunflower seeds?

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Removing Nail Polish Stains from a Leather Couch

My kid was painting her nails in the living room and got some polish on the couch. The couch is black and the nail polish is pink. Please help. I don't know what to do and I don't want to make it any worse.

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Donating Fabric to Charity

My sister, in Iowa, has 15 large bags of fabric to donate. These are yardages, mostly for making clothing. She is unable to sew any longer due to illness. I am helping her find a place where she can donate it.

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What Breed Is My Dog?
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Repairing Laminate Floors

How can I cover small holes the size of the head of a wooden match in laminate flooring?

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Removing an Applique from a Felt Stocking

I made Christmas stockings from felt for my grandkids when they were born. I want to remove an iron-on applique on one of them. Any suggestions for doing this without ruining the stocking?

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What Breed Is My Dog?
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Donating Old Trophies

Where can I donate my old trophies, so that they can be recycled for good use?

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Candy Cane Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Hair Removal Cream Stain on Sink
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Repair Assistance for Senior Citizen

Is there a state funded program to help me replace the skirting on my mobile home? I am 70 yrs of age and don't want to lose my home. I can not afford to replace the skirting.

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Circuit Breaker Humming

The other day I lost electricity in half the house. I called Con Ed and they checked the wires and breakers. Everything seemed to be alright except the breaker to the furnance hums when we trip it and put it back on.

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