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Iron On Transfer Removal

I put a few partial transfers on a child's apron, and I want to remove some of it that did not transfer well, like the letters, how do I do that? Please?

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What Breed is My Dog?

This is Trooper, I rescued him from a shelter about a year and a half ago. He will be turning 2 in April. They told me he is a Chihuahua terrier mix, but he's 35 pounds and insanely muscular and toned. A little bigger than a Chi! ;D He is extremely loyal and obedient. He's all white with 2 brown spots on his back, the brown mask, and a brown little butt, and lots of freckles. He also has dews not only on his front feet but his back feet too. He also has big ears, not too vocal unless someone is outside, and a pretty short flat (you honestly could balance a pencil on it) snout. P.S. Don't be afraid to tell me he's a Pit Bull, I do not breed discriminate! And who would ever wanna get rid of this little boy anyway? :P

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What Breed is My Dog?

This is Trooper, I rescued him from a shelter about a year and a half ago. He will be turning 2 in April. They told me he is a Chihuahua terrier mix, but he's 35 pounds and insanely muscular and toned. A little bigger than a Chi! ;D He is extremely loyal and obedient. He's all white with 2 brown spots on his back, the brown mask, and a brown little butt, and lots of freckles. He also has dews not only on his front feet but his back feet too. He also has big ears, not too vocal unless someone is outside, and a pretty short flat (you honestly could balance a pencil on it) snout. P.S. Don't be afraid to tell me he's a Pit Bull, I do not breed discriminate! And who would ever wanna get rid of this little boy anyway? :P

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Abby (Beagle)
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Curtain Color Advice

Two of the walls in my room are colored in yellow, and the two other ones are light purple. The wardrobe is light brown. Can you please advise me what color curtains I should buy?

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How Long Before Benefits Start?

After my husband's death, I applied for Social Security survivor benefits for my two youngest kids. My question is how long does it take to receive my first deposit from the date of my appointment?

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Water Heater Leak

My water heater leaks. I have kids in the home and no money. It is starting to have a odor. Any ideas for finding help to fix it?

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Washer Leaves Wet Clothes

Front loader will not do a final spin to remove or spin out last bit of water. Appliance works, but does not do the fast spin at end of any cycle.

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Electric Cord Replacement

Where can I order an electric cord for my Biddeford electric blanket?

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Power Restoration

On 11-17-14, in Jacksonville, FL, a extreme wind blew down part of a tree next to the sidewalk. The branch knocked down the wires and pulled down the power pole. JEA says it's not their problem.

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Preserving Cut Bittersweet for...
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99 Chevy S10 Heat/AC Blower Not Working

My 99 S10 v6 heater/ac blower works well except the fan doesn't blow air/heat on the floor setting or the combination floor/vents. When I put the selector on floor setting, I can hear the "door" directing it to the floor open/close, and the fan running, but nothing is coming out of the floor vents.

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What Breed is My Dog?
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House Trained Dog Started Peeing on Carpet

I have a 4lb 8 yr old Yorkie that has always been potty pad trained. Just recently he started peeing on the carpet. And I can't figure out why. He poops on the pad and at night when he's in the bedroom and can't get out he will pee on the pad also. But during the day he just pees where ever he wants.

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Babysitting Activity Ideas

I need help thinking of ideas for babysitting 5 younger kids.

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Using Brewer's Yeast for Fleas on Cats

My mom uses brewer's yeast for our dogs and I was wanting to know can you use the same brewer's yeast for cats as you use for dogs or is there a different type for cats?

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Curtain Colour Advice

Can I hang a blue and green curtain on the same rail? The colours in my duvet are different blues and greens.

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Making Salsa with Frozen Tomatos

I am putting them in the microwave for hot salsa; will they spoil?

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Straightening Permed Hair

I got a second perm at the beginning of September. My first perm was lovely, but I hate this one. I spend a fortune on the best products to keep my hair nice and in good condition. For some reason it's not happening this time. Could I get it straightened? I have read there is a product on the market to do this. Would you recommend this?

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Removing Dried Water Marks on Car Seats

I have water marks on my car seat material. I have tried various detergents, upholstery cleaners, etc. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

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S.A. Maxwell Co. Wallpaper

I need one or two rolls of S.A. Maxwell Co. (Mundelein, IL 60060-3830) wallpaper to finish a job at my house. The pattern # is 7026-035, the lot is 003, one roll is 55.4 sq. ft. The wallpaper has a dark blue base with a gold pattern. Can anyone help me with this?

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What Breed is My Dog?
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Living Room Color Scheme Advice

We just painted my living room; 3 walls are linen and the back wall is dark burgundy. What colors go good with this? I am getting new carpet, furniture, and curtains. I was thinking of a gray carpet. Not sure what color furniture to get.

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Cat Scratching and Grooming Constantly

Why does she scratch herself? She constantly grooms herself with her tongue.

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Dog is Bleeding from the Nose

My dog has been bleeding from the nose. He sneezes often. What is wrong?

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CrockPot Mashed Potatoes

A great time saver at Thanksgiving is to make your mashed potatoes earlier in the day and put them in your crockpot on "warm". Just give them a stir every once in awhile and put the lid back on.

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Necchi Sewing Machine Code E1

I am wondering how I can get my other sewing machine to work. It is a quilting machine, a Necchi also. I was using my walking foot and sewing and the bobbin thread got tangled up and the on the computer side there was a E1. So I looked it up and it states that I have to take it into the sewing center which is 5 hours away from my house.

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Repairing the Fly Wheel On My Necchi Machine

The thread was tangled in the flywheel of my Necchi sewing machine. I took it off and now I can not connect it properly to sew.There is a gasket and a small screw and knob. I put it together and the needle does not move up or down.

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17th Birthday Ideas

I am turning 17 on December 6th and I haven't had a birthday party since I was a little kid. I live in a really small town with nothing to do for kids my age and I'm not wanting to travel anywhere because the closest place to do anything is around 4 hours. I want something unforgettable; I love to dance.

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Ideas for Losing Weight and Getting Into Shape

I am overweight, even though many people think I look 130, I'm 165. I am 18 years old and I hate the idea of becoming fat. I've watched too many people in my family gain weight through their lives. I'm not very coordinated, so Zumba didn't work for me. I can't run or I'll have an asthma attack.

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Buying Octagon Soap

Is there a phone number where I can call to order Octagan soap?

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Inexpensive Acne Treatments

I have acne on my face, neck, chest, shoulders, and back. I don't have a lot of money. My skin is always dry, but it's also really oily. My acne looks like blackheads on my cheeks and around my lips and pimples on my neck and cheeks and sometimes I get bumps that never reach the surface, but still swell up anyways.

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Cleaning a Burnt Pot
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17th Birthday Party Ideas

I'm turning 17, on the 15th of December in the summer, and I don't know what to do. There have been 2 parties already this month and 2 more to come within my friend group (of 12 girls and 2 boys) and I would like most of them to come to some sort of gathering.

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West Virginia Christmas Charities for an Older Child

I'm a single mother of a 13 year old child. All of the charities I have located to ask for help for the holidays have turned me down because my girl is 13. Doesn't she deserve a good Christmas as well as children 12 and under.

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Rewinding a Sewing Machine Bobbin

How do I refill a Singer Merritt 2404 bobbin?

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Donating Stuffed Animals

I have a bunch of stuffies I would like to donate.

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Selling Pecan Trees

I am looking into selling 30 acres of pecan trees in Tulsa county. To whom and how does one sell trees that are not cut down on your property?

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Finding Christmas Charities for Children

I need help with clothing for my daughter and Christmas. Please I'm a mother that's trying. Where can I look for help?

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Buy Sweat Shirts at the Thrift Store
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Use Calculator to Get the Best Price
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New Year, New Calendar
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The Store Next Door (Poem)
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Freezing Fruit Pies

Can I re-freeze a baked pie made with frozen mixed fruit?

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Garage Door Opener Remote Trouble

My Craftsman door remote will not open the garage door from any distance other than 4 feet. The door operates fine with the manual wall switch. It just doesn't work with the remote, if you are farther than 4 feet from it.

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Sweet 16 Birthday Party

My birthday is February 18th and I'm turning 16. I don't usually have parties for my birthday, but since it's my 16th I want a party. My parents don't have a lot of money and my house isn't big enough to host a party. I want to do something with my friends that's fun for everyone, but I'm not sure what to do. Where I live there isn't anything to do really. I'm stuck and I need help. Can anyone help with ideas?

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Free Doll Clothes Patterns

Are there any free doll wardrobe patterns available anywhere?

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Tradition Doll Value
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Bump on my Dog

I noticed today on my dane/lab dog there is a big red bump on his shoulder/chest area. He is constantly licking it but it doesn't seem to hurt him. What will happen to it? Will it harm him in any way?

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Getting Rid of Moths

Can you tell me the exact cycle of clothing moths? All the exterminators tell me my house is clean. I have found few holes in clothing fabric and my towels are all stringed up.

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Ava (Domestic Shorthair)
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Getting Your Cat to Stop Scratching Wood

In the middle of the night our cat scratches our doors, open or closed, and also the moulding around the doors. I have tried the sticky tape and it's not working. Is there anything to attach to the wood to keep the cat from scratching? I yell at him and he stops, but it also wakes up the entire house.

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