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Canning Lemon Curd

After you make your lemon curd, can you process the curd in a pressure canner? If so, what would the shelf life be?

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15th Golden Birthday Ideas

I'm turning 15 on the 15th of September and have no idea on what I should do. I don't really have enough friends to do something big.

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New Barking Dog

My neighbors didn't want their dog. Their dog always came to my house and played with my dog for hours and sometimes just spent the night. Finally, one day after playing all day, he wanted to go back home, only to return to my home and would not leave.

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Repairing a Swiffer Wet Jet

I have a Swiffer Wet Jet CE. The batteries are fine, but when the switch on the handle is pressed the motor does not run to release the spray. Do you have a solution for this? Thank you.

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Removing Pine Sap from Composite Decking

How do I remove pine sap from Timbertech composite decking?

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Removing Pine Sap from an Aluminum Railing

How do I remove pine sap from an aluminum railing?

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Getting Rid of Fleas in Human Hair

Will washing your hair in bleach kill the fleas in it?

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Singer 301 Won't Free Motion Quilt Stitch

I have a very clean Singer 301. I am using 50 wt. cotton thread top and bobbin. I have a new needle, inserted correctly. The bobbin is in correctly. It sews a fine straight stitch, but when the regular presser foot is removed it won't pick up the bobbin thread.

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Cleaning a Stained Toilet

I have a toilet in a vacant rental house that was used many times (by someone who broke in) after the water was turned off, so basically it was never flushed and full of nasty. I have cleaned it numerous times.

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Gift Ideas for Boyfriend's Birthday

My old boyfriend of 5 months will be 18 in some days to come and I do not know what to get for him 'cause he seems to have everything. He loves basketball very much and his favorite team is Miami Heat. I thought of perfume or body spray, but he has a lot.

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Name and Slogan for a Cleaning Business

I interested in starting a home cleaning business. I need help with a business name and a slogan that is eye catching to people. My name is Sara Linda. Help please!

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Value of 1912 Funk and Wagnalls

I have 23 of the 24 books of Funk and Wagnalls Standard Encyclopedia from 1912. Does anyone know the value of these books?

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Training an Aggressive Dog

I recently took in my cousin's dog. Her boyfriend was abusing him and trying to make him a fighting dog and now he thinks he's alpha male in the house. If someone hits me he will bite them and he doesn't like anyone he doesn't know to come near me.

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What Breed is My Dog?
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Deflating a Space Bag

It has been a long time since I have used a space bag and can find no instructions.I thought you zip it up with the garment inside and then take vacuum cleaner nozzle, insert it in hole and it automatically lets the air out and shrinks it and you close it with the cover given with it.

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Cross Stitch Pattern for College Emblem

I am looking for a St. Michael's College counted cross pattern or kit. Any ideas?

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Feeding a Two Month Old Puppy

I have a 8 week old Husky/Shepherd; how many times a day should I feed him and how much?

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Cooking Frozen Green Beans

How long do I boil my frozen boilable bag of blanched green beans? I have several bags of seasoned blanched green beans in boilable bags which I have frozen. When I want to use them, do I just place a bag in boiling water and boil for a few more minutes to be table ready?

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Shopping for Bundled Internet and Phone

What is the least expensive bundle? They usually expire after 12 month and then go up in price.

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Opening a Singer Fabric Steam Presser

My presser is locked shut and I am unable to open it. Could someone please tell me how I can open it? I am sure that something broke inside the knob where you lock and unlock it.

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Treating a Dog's Dry Skin

I have a Chihuahua with chronically dry skin. Is there anything I can do that works to remedy it?

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Binder for Crossword Puzzles

I love crosswords and save the ones from the newspaper as well as buying books of them. Rather than have a pile of old newspapers lying about, I glue them to a piece of 3 ring paper with the answers on the back and keep them in a binder. The rest of the newspaper goes in the recycle bin.

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Rubbing Alcohol as Eyeglass Cleaner

I keep rubbing alcohol in a small 2 oz. spray bottle. I use it to clean my glasses. You could also use your own homemade glass cleaner, but I find it easier to just fill it with the rubbing alcohol.

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Spray Vinegar after Showering

I keep a spray bottle of vinegar by the shower. When I am done showering, I use the squeegee and then I spritz the shower walls and inner curtains with the vinegar. It keeps mildew at bay and disinfects the shower.

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Seal a Soup Mug

I love a certain mug for just about everything from soup to stew, ramen and hot beverages. But sometimes, I have to wait for a toasted sandwich, toast, etc.

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Silicone Packets for Moisture Control

I save those small silicone bead packets that you get with some items. I put them in a decorative bowl in the bathroom. It helps to absorb some of the moisture so I don't develop mold in the bathroom.

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Pets and The New Baby
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Using an Iron-on Transfer
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Removing Lily Pollen Stains on Carpet

I have seen the remarks about isopropyl alcohol for cleaning. Is there more than one type and if so which one is best to remove the stain on my cream carpet? Thanks.

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Awful Smell in Entryway

We have an odor only in our back hall. It smells like a cross between musty and dead animal. We have completely redone the basement, but the smell seems to be confined to the front entry. What can we do?

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Locating Rotten Smell in House

I've been cleaning all morning and I've removed everything that it could possibly be. Seriously, I also have a really really good sense of smell, to a point where everyone is annoyed by me asking "what smells" all the time.

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Removing Tape Residue from Car Headrest

My daughter put duck tape around the headrest in my car. I am trying to figure out how to take off the tape residue?

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Dog Has a Bump at the Base of Tail
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Training a Blind Cat to Use a Litterbox

I am trying to train my foster kitty who is blind with head trauma to use a litter box. He doesn't seem to go in the same place and doesn't use the litter box. Any help would be appreciated. I've tried scented litter.

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Getting All the Toothpaste out of the Tube

When I can no longer get any more toothpaste out of the tube, I cut the tube into 2-3 inch sections and store them in a baggie. When I need toothpaste, I wet the brush and swipe some toothpaste from the cut sections.

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80s Theme Costume Party

For my 15th birthday party, I organized a theme party where I asked everyone to bring some clothes and/or accessories from the 80s. We shared clothes and accessories; we even did each other's make-up!

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Single Serve Whipping Cream

Being single and thrifty, I buy the large tub of whipping cream. By the time I get home, it is slightly soft. I use an ice cream scoop to place one scoop of cream into several plastic snack-size baggies and store them in the fridge/freezer.

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Use Ice Cream Scoop For Measuring

Spray an ice cream scooper with Pam, the use it to scoop out peanut butter or shortening, your finger will be kept clean! I scoop equals 1/4 cup.

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Chew Gum While Cooking

If you are trying lose weight, before you do anything with food, stick a piece of gum in your mouth! That why you will not "taste" the food to see if it is good!

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Placemat as Larger Size Mouse Pad

I have a place mat on the top of my desk for when I snack while playing Scrabble. I have another on my pullout tray where the keyboard and mouse are. It is big enough to keep me from running off the edge with my mouse.

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Child Support Payments

My child is 18 now and her father only made one payment and that's because we go to court next week. He made the payment this month; what will the judge do? He always quits his job and he never files taxes.

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Making a Recycled Tin Man

Where can I find moveable eyes for making a tin man?

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Interior Design Business Name Ideas

Please suggest a name for interior design firm starting from M-A -T -E -L

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Qualifying for Social Security Benefits

What do I need as two forms of verification for my eight month old son to receive survivor benefits? My son's father died when I was five months pregnant and I established DNA from my son's grandmother and they claimed I had to have other form of proof.

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What Can I Make With These Ingredients?

What can I make with bell peppers, corn, black beans, and chicken?

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Using an Electric Toothbrush
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Using a Grater
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Predicting the Weather
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Activities to Overcome Boredom
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Using an Exfoliating Glove for Cleaning
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Choosing A Petunia Variety
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White Clothing Turned Grey in Wash

Does anybody have any ideas as to why my underwear has turned grey especially my bras? I have already tried using a whitener product like a sachet in the back of the machine which is supposed to get rid of the grey and take laundry back to white, but to no avail.

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