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What Breed Is My Dog?
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Value of 1958 Encyclopaedia Britannica

I have a set of 1958 Britannica with Books of the Year through 1984. Does this set have any value? I would say it is in excellent, but not quite perfect condition.

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Growing a Weeping Cherry Tree

What is the hardiness of the weeping cherry tree and will it grow in Colstrip Montana?

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Dishwasher Leaving Film on Glasses

My dishwasher is leaving a cloudy film on the glasses.

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Raising Society Finches

My society finches started to breed as soon as I brought them home and ended up with a third beautiful beige finch. Lately I noticed that the parents were pecking and pulling its feathers out. Do I have to separate the baby or can I put another nest in the cage for it?

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Antique Kenbar Sewing Machine Skipping...
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Making a Wax Gel Car Air Freshener

How do I make a wax gel freshener for the car?

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Social Security Shared Death Benefits

I was told that my late husband's survivor benefits were reduced because another name was on his account. The person said that they couldn't divulge the name. How can I find out who it is?

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Zero Down Home Loans

How can you buy a home with nothing down?

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Keeping a Pet Grasshopper

I caught a grasshopper and put it in a butterfly house. I put sticks, leaves, roots, grass, water, and the grasshopper is crawling around unsure and when I change the water it hops. I saw it poop so I think it is eating the roots, but I don't know what it needs.

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Fuzzy or Is It the Easter Bunny?
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Ink Stain On Hardwood Flooring

My grandson has trodden on a pen on oak flooring. How can I get the stain removed?

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Restoring a 1950s Formica Table Top

I have a 1950s Formica table with a built in extension. The extension is still the bright red the table had, but the outer portions have turned dark, how can I correct the darkened areas?

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What Breed Mix Is My New Puppy?
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What Breed Is My Dog?
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Getting Rid of Slugs

How go I get rid of slugs? They are overtaking my decking and I want to get rid of them.

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Dog Peeing Inside

My Beagle pees anytime I try to remove her from the couch or bed. I tell her come, but she doesn't move and if I go towards her she pees. What can I do?

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Making Cross Stitch Placemats

I am looking to make cross stitch placemats with loose ends. I am looking for the method to do this, please let me know if any of you have the method.

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Social Security Disability and Paternity

I am the youngest of 13 kids from my mother and father, and my father had one child from another woman he never married. I am 25, unmarried and the child, my brother, is 15. My father is dying and I am in the process of filling out a disability application.

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Value of The New Educator...
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Finding Yarn Donations for Charity Projects

I have been crocheting for 15 years. I am also a self taught knitter. My son recently expressed interest in wanting to learn to crochet. I would like to make blankets with him for the local abused women and children's shelter. Where can I find out about getting donated yarn for this?

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Companion Planting

Why are lettuce and parsley bad companion plants?

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Eligibility for Social Security Disability

I had 1 SSN# from 1972 to 1996. I got new card with a change of birth year and my name changed, and place of birth to get away from my abusive husband who wanted to kidnap my child and take out of country.

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Social Security Death Benefits

My ex-husband passed away in 2010. I am the one the money was going to. My youngest daughter is currently residing with her aunt, a short term situation. The money was going towards what it's supposed to, making sure the bills were paid, rent, utilities, etc.

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Kitchen Paint Color Advice

My countertops and appliances are white and my cabinets are black. What color should I paint the walls? I don't want to paint them white.

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Hitachi HB II HB-B102 Parts

The dough paddle on the bottom doesn't mix the ingredients. How or where can I get one?

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Value of Annie Moore Doll

How much is an Annie Moore/hs-7890 worth? The artist is Maureen O'Hara. It comes in an original box with a luggage box in green. Everything is original.

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Alternative Fence Ideas

What are some alternative ideas for a fence?

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Riding Mower Won't Start

I have a Craftsman lt1500. I had gas in my crank case so I took the carb apart and cleaned it. I put in a new filter and added a cut off valve. Now the motor turns very slowly. Even with cables on it just won't start. Any advice?

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What Breed Is My Dog?
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What Breed Is My Dog?
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Riding Mower Won't Start

I have a Saber riding mower. Why is it not getting a spark?

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House Trained Dog Pooping Inside

We have a 5 year old American Cocker Spaniel, she was crate trained at 6 months to pee and poo in the guest toilet. Recently she has been pooping all over the house mostly right in front of us and sometimes with guests around. This is very confusing since she still pees in the right place.

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Straightening a Perm

I've had my perm for about two months now and it isn't super damaged or frizzy or anything, I just want my natural hair back. Is there anyway I can speed the "perm fall out" process along?

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Value of Texas Centennial 14th...
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Value of a Dandee Doll

How much is the Natalie doll by Dandee worth?

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Value of China

I have several sets of china and I would like to find their value. The first is a set of fine Mikasa china. I also have a set of Meito Norleans, and lastly a set of set of Kings Court china, Serenity pattern.

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Value of Medical Encyclopedia Set

I have a set, 4 books, of The New Illustrated Medical encyclopedia for home use, copyright 1974, Abradale Press. They are in excellent condition, still in the box that holds all 4 books. I would like to know if they are worth anything?

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Removing Super Glue from Leather Shoes

I spilled some super glue all over the black leather part of my Taxi 12s. And I noticed that the glue left white marks over the black leather part of my Jordan 12s. How can I remove the stain?

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Community Center Name Suggestions

I'm hoping to open a community center for underprivileged children for the ages 5-18 within the next few months. It will be a place for them to make friends, play sports, take art classes, receive help with school work, or just a place where they can get away for a while and to keep them out of trouble.

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Value of Webster's Encyclopedia...
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Cleaning Bath Tub Caulking

How do you keep the caulking around a Porcelite refinished tub clean?

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Honda Craftsman Mower Not Running Well

Why won't my mower throttle up when started?

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GFCI Outlets Not Working

The lights in my kitchen are working, but the GFCI doesn't. I tried to reset the breakers, but still no power in the kitchen outlets. What can it be?

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Value of 1903 Encyclopedia Britannica

I have a full set of 1903 Encyclopedia Britannicas that appear to be in very good condition. I realize they wouldn't be good for information per se, but I figure someone might be interested in them. Anyone have an idea on any value?

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Puppy Started Pooping and Peeing Inside

We adopted a 7 month puppy from the pound. She took to the doggie door that was already installed for our 7 year old Lab mix. She had little to no accidents. After a month all of a sudden we wake up one morning and she has pooped and peed.

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Repairing a Light Switch

I was putting in a new light bulb in my kitchen. I installed the new light bulb and when I turned on the light switch the bulb flashed and I lost power to my 2 back bedrooms, living room, and basement. However my bathroom upstairs, my front bedroom, and TV in living room still turn on.

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Removing Grease Stain from Unfinished Wood

How do you remove grease from raw wood? I have a table that was stained, but never finished. Now it has grease stains. How do I remove them?

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Curtain Color Advice
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