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RE: Cookie Dough Ingredients Left in Cupboard

By shari.millerson 03/27/2015

I think it would be okay since I leave all that in the pantry at room temperature anyway. As long as the butter didn't get too warm.

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RE: Daycare Slogan Ideas

By MartyD 03/27/2015

Good care is decidedly more important than slogans. Concentrate on good care and a good reputation for cleanliness. A well trained staff is always good.

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RE: Two Prong Plug to Three Prong Extension Cord

By bsseaba 03/27/2015

If the compressor came as a two wire unit (not a three with the ground pin cut off) then yes you are good to go.

You should verfiy your garage is GFCI protected as is required by code.

The purpose of the ground pin is to ground the metal parts of the case of what you plug into it. If your compressor is plastic, there is no metal to ground.

Why would you want to ground the metal case? If the hot wire inside your device touches the metal case and you touch it, you get shocked or electrocuted. If the case is grounded and the hot wire touches it, the breaker trips.

Many tools are double insulated (shown as a square within a square). These tools require no ground pin.

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RE: Repairing an Electrical Outlet

By bsseaba 03/27/2015

Unplug everything from the receptacles on that circuit.

Is the breaker reset? To reset a breaker, switch off then on.

The receptacles may be grouped on an AFCI or GFCI receptacle. Look for a receptacle that is one of these and needs to be reset and reset it.

If this all fails, then it could be the electrical wiring which would require an electrician to correct. Either an open hot or neutral could cause this (often bad connection at wire nut).

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RE: Braised Pork in Soy Garlic Sauce

By Yodergoat 03/27/2015

This sounds wonderful and quick to prepare! Thanks for sharing. But, I do have a question... is the chili sauce mentioned in your recipe equivalent to the American style chili sauce that comes in bottles and is sometimes used as a spicy substitute for ketchup? Heinz is a common brand. It is very mild. Could I use this in place of the chili sauce listed in your recipe? Thanks!

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RE: 15th Birthday Party Ideas

By emma.culliford 03/27/2015

Why not get a piñata, have a BBQ, play lots of little kids games like you used to when you were little. E.g. Musical statues and so on that is what I did for my 15th (I am now 16). Have fun!!

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RE: Removing Nail Polish from Microfiber Couch

By cort.alise50 03/27/2015

I used nail polish remover on my couch and it worked!!! I was very surprised.

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RE: Paying Back Survivor's Benefits

By cybergrannie 03/27/2015

First - let me congratulate you on finding such a well paying job!

You and/or your mother will have to visit the Social Security office to find out if in fact you have to pay anything back.

There are several questions the SS office will probably use/ask:

Did you continue living with your mother after you starting making "a lot of money"?
Were/are you still going to school?
Did your mother furnish any/all of your support after that date?
Did you file with IRS since you were 17 and making money on your own?
Is your mother still drawing benefits?

Please visit the SS office and get all of this cleared up as it is illegal to continue if the benefits are not used as stated.

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RE: Slogan for Body Care Products Business

By auberginefrak 03/27/2015

"everything you already love at a great value"

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RE: Marking Laundry Bins

By twetybsweet 03/27/2015

Where did you find the bins ?

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RE: Remedy for Red Itchy Bumps

By auberginefrak 03/27/2015

mix white sugar with some castor oil and add some glycerine (both very cheap from walmart or similar).

gently scrub your face with this then rinse well. it's easier to do this when you take a shower so you don't make a mess. the sugar crystals are a natural antibiotic and a gentle exfoliator. this will remove the clogs in your pores to gently clean the bumpy areas and remove the old, inflamed skin and promote fresh new skin growth. then apply a very thin film of castor oil.

https://storify.com/nanvyweather/ca ... r-skin-care-the-goods-and-bads-about

http://www.dnaindia.com/health/repo ... unds-faster-than-antibiotics-1800337

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Sugar-Paste-Exfoliant
don't use salt! it's too rough for your face.






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RE: Daycare Slogan Ideas

By auberginefrak 03/27/2015

wow. that is just an awful name on so many levels. it's not that catchy and it doesn't make any sense since there'll be more than 2 there and well... text-speak just plain sucks.

how about something like "heart and hand day care"??

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-pho ... hy-two-hand-heart-logo-image25778812

https://www.pinterest.com/primitivehare/heart-in-hand/

why do you even need a slogan?? parents have a short list of requirements. they want a place that's SAFE first and foremost. and they want it to be clean and for the people who work there to be dependable and to treat their kid right.

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RE: Getting Paid for Lumber

By auberginefrak 03/27/2015

good advice from brent. here's a link to some foresters in your area.

http://www.dof.virginia.gov/locations/hanover.htm

what you're trying to say is you want to sell your trees. 2 - 3 acres is an awfully small plot and they might not even want to bother with it even if you GAVE them the wood but a forester is the best place to start. it'd be more difficult for you to deal with loggers directly. foresters already have established relationships with them and will negotiate MUCH higher bids than you ever would even come close to. this is one instance when having a middleman actually pays off.

trees are sold by their size. in other words the top price goes to the straight tall trees that have approximately the same diameter at the base as they do at the top of the pole. the short straggly, crooked stuff goes for a fraction of that. first they cruise your trees to see what you have and then they have you sign a timber deed that tells you what they'll pay. you might get $8/ton for pulpwood and maybe $38/ton for poles. actually, depending on the equipment he's willing to commit to your teensy plot, this is only about a 1 or 2 day job but they can't even get in there until the ground dries up. it would be best if you could wait until nesting season is over so you don't interrupt the baby birds and bunnies getting born.

loggers do not deal with the stumps, like brent said you'll either have to get a dozer to come in and push them or have someone grind them. dozer is the best idea. it's quicker and they'd scrape up all the leftover debris from cutting the trees and basically clean and level the land since obviously pushing a stump would leave a hole. then they'll either haul off the stumps or burn them. grinding the stumps is not a great idea because it leaves the roots and the ground will sink as they rot.

also, if you're clearing the land to build a house you could get a road cut and a house pad put in while you have the dozer there. one thing people do to get dirt for their house pad is to have a pond dug and use the dirt from that to build up the pad. you'd probably still have to buy some clay to get the right compaction.

do NOT let anyone on your property who is not licensed and insured.

{btw... it's not lumber until it comes from the saw mill!}

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RE: Replacement Gasket for Cookie Jar

By Omanana 03/27/2015

Could you wrap a wide large rubber band or several narrow ones around either the lid or the top of the jar to act as a seal?

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RE: Boxed Cake Mix Failed to Rise

By profile.php?id=100001897224042 03/27/2015

If the expiration date was past or close to expiring the leavening agent may have lost it's ability to help the cake rise. If any time you may be in doubt simply add a 1/2 tsp baking powder to the dry ingredients and mix dry with your mixer for about two minutes. then add your liquid ingredients and bake as usual. I've done this to many a mix that was well past the exp. date and have had very few failures. Best use for a failure is to crumble the cake into a pudding and pass it off as a parfait. Most people wont know the difference or care.

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RE: Coffee Container Toilet Paper Holder

By LadyFeeNix143 03/27/2015

I did the exact same thing but held the cans together with duct tape then did tissue paper on one and brown paper on the other.

For my grandsons bathroom i spray painted one metal coffee can green, stuck on google eyes, wooden bead for a nose and glued yarn for a mouth to look like the Hulk. Sits on back of tank to hold spare roll of tp.

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RE: Line Trash Can With An Extra Bag

By auberginefrak 03/27/2015

here's another way to get a very full bag out of a trash can. first close the top of the bag so the trash doesn't spill. then tip the can on its side while holding on to the top of the bag. gravity will cause the trash to shift and you can easily pull the bag out.

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RE: Dog Pees in the House When I'm at Work

By robin.colborne 03/27/2015

Dogs go through an anxiety when we leave and over stimulated reaction when they anticipate our return.
I have a rescue that use to throw herself into my apt door when I left ,and pee and poop, and destroy everything new I brought into the house.
I hated her, loved her, resented her, felt sorry for her, was a prisoner in my house, determined to right her wrongs, became depressed because no one had the right answers of what to do, etc etc.
I was a year in to my volunteer hell when I accidentally met my now current vet over a beer. My life changed this day.
First, after your dogs last pee, bring him in and do not pet him before u leave again. Do not even acknowledge his awareness that u are leaving. Just wait 20 min then get up and go.
When u come home, do not pat or coo your dog. This teaches them to anticipate your return. Going out and returning home should be an everyday expectation that u do not appgize for. They learn to see this coming and going as routine rather then upset of the pack breaking up.
This helped me in spades.

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RE: Gift Ideas for Boyfriend

By fab4mom 03/26/2015

Some kind of art supplies sounds good to me. I'm assuming he likes to create art, not just look at it? Something like a sketch book and charcoal pencils or whatever medium he likes to use. Maybe pay attention to whether he likes muted colors or bright and bold. Good luck!

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RE: Broken Piece of Needle Stuck in Needle Bar

By Poor But Proud 03/26/2015

There should be a screw type tightener. If you can't loosen it with your hands, sometimes a screwdriver or a quarter held with a plyers are needed. Either way, you should be able to get it out. If it's in the plate on the bottom, that comes off with smaller screw drivers. I hope this helps.

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RE: Lawn Tractor Won't Start

By asjrinzpe 03/26/2015

From the Service Bulletin: JOHN DEERE 100 Series
COMPLAINT OR SYMPTOM:
- NOTHING HAPPENS WHEN YOU TURN KEY TO START POSITION.
- SOLENOID CLICKS WHEN YOU TURN KEY TO START POSITION.
- SOLENOID MOVES BUT STARTER DRIVE GEAR DOES NOT ENGAGE FLYWHEEL.
- BATTERY AND STARTER PASS TECHNICAL MANUAL TESTS.
PROBLEM:
VOLTAGE DROPS BETWEEN BATTERY AND STARTER SOLENOID.
SOLUTION:
1. INSTALL RELAY KIT (AM107421). INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS +(M77862)+ ARE PROVIDED WITH
KIT. GREASE TERMINALS WITH MPG2 GREASE (M79292).
+(2. IF RELAY KIT DOES NOT RESOLVE, CLEANING AND INSPECTION OF BATTERY POSTS, CABLES, AND
ELECTRICAL CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO ELIMIANTE VOLTAGE DROP. GREASE CONNECTIONS WITH
MPG-2 TO PREVENT CORROSION.)+

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RE: 11th Birthday Party Ideas

By wordswork 03/26/2015

Why not start with games and other fascinating things? If the weather cooperates, get them outside and running around to work up an appetite? Might be a bit old-fashioned to play tag, hide-n-seek, frisbees or kick the can...? Or maybe not? Scavenger hunts can be huge fun, particularly if dollar store prizes (lip gloss, nail polish) are among the rewards.

Sundaes thereafter, when everyone is worn out from all the fresh air?

Sounds great to me! Hope you also enjoy.

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RE: Value of a Murphy Wardrobe 240

By wordswork 03/26/2015

Why not check Google, Amazon, e-bay, Craigslist and Kijiji? See if anyone else has anything like it? Perhaps also talk to / call a few antiques dealers? Then, if no one can offer information about probable value, why not set a price for it yourself. Start high, you can always accept an offer.

Good luck!

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RE: Garnishing Disability for Child Support

By barry.leatherman1 03/26/2015

Wow, some people have no conscience. You are one greedy woman. Shame on you.

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RE: Gift Ideas for Boyfriend

By DinahA 03/26/2015

It would help if you would provide your boyfriend's and your ages, year in school, type of art he likes, etc.

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RE: Value of Seymour Mann Dolls

By DinahA 03/26/2015

A very easy online search for "Seymour Mann doll glass wings" produced many answers. EBay has many Mann dolls from a few dollars to about $200. You can try a search yourself or this site to start:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/Seymour-Man ... r=Collectors%2520%2526%2520Hobbyists

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RE: Buying Octagon Soap

By DinahA 03/26/2015

A very easy online search shows Walmart, Dollar Store, Publics, Dollar Stores advertize this soap. You can also order it online from Amazon.

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RE: 15th Birthday Party Ideas

By DinahA 03/26/2015

An online search for "teen birthday party ideas" will produce many sites with lots of great ideas and themes.

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RE: Receiving Social Security Survivor's Benefits

By DinahA 03/26/2015

You must contact your local Social Security Administration office to find answers to your questions.

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RE: Eligibility for Social Security Survivor Benefits

By DinahA 03/26/2015

You must contact your local Social Security Administration office to answer your question.

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RE: Being Healthy is Frugal

By danswife 03/26/2015

Helen, there are 168 hours in a week (24 x 7). That leaves exactly 16 hours for sleep that week. I think that may have been a typo! :)

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RE: Breaker Won't Turn Back On

By bsseaba 03/26/2015

A standard breaker will trip on an overload. This is often a short circuit between hot and ground.

The short circuit can be part of your household wiring. But that probably hasn't changed. I have heard of someone hanging a picture by driving a nail in the wall and going through the electrical cable causing a short.

I would unplug everything fed by that circuit before attempting a reset.

In case you don't know: to reset a breaker first turn it off and then back on.

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RE: Receiving Shock from Porch Light

By bsseaba 03/26/2015

Two things, at least, are wrong. The conduit system is not grounded. All metal components should be tied to the ground (green or bare wire) which goes back to the panel.

The hot wire is touching the ungrounded metal and is shocking you. If grounded, this would cause the breaker to trip - a safer situation. Or the neutral wire is touching the ungrounded metal and you are become a part of the circuit, receiving a shock.

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RE: Dyeing Hair Grey

By d.foley54 03/26/2015

Where can this silver grey hair color be purchased?

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RE: 11th Birthday Party Ideas

By VIKIMP 03/26/2015

Go to the Dollar Store and get a bunch of nail polish. You will also need remover and cotton balls but you can find those there too. Girls of all ages love to paint their nails.

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RE: Cleaning Brush for Chop Wizard

By DinahA 03/26/2015

You can search online for the company and order your needed part.

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RE: Using Vim Cleaner With a Septic System

By DinahA 03/26/2015

It is extremely difficult to find the "truth' in advertizing, product ingredient labels, etc. I tried various online search methods and could not find one clear statement about a VIM product and possible septic tank problems. A big problem with product and ingredient consumer labels is that there is essentially no government or "watch-dog" agency policing what manufacturers claim about their products. A very good example is a product label stating it is made from 98% "natural" ingredients. Many "natural ingredients" can be (and often are!) just water; so a product can be 98% "natural water" and 2% terrible and/or worthless ingredients.

Also, there are many products in the market that claim "natural" and "no animal testing". People believe and buy a product assuming no animal testing. However, these companies are simply stating their version of truth in advertizing, that they do not test on animals.

However, they are quite free to purchase a needed ingredient from a company that does test on animals as there is no other way to obtain it. The company can then claim "no animal testing" on it's product labels.

Re your specific septic tank question. I recommend you contact the company that services your tank for their input. Just because a product contains "natural, basic, essential, etc.," ingredients does not mean it will not damage something it is used in, on, with, etc. Caveat emptor!

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RE: 15th Birthday Party Ideas

By ch.charlet 03/26/2015

I would say why don't you go to the cinema or go ice skating for the day and then go back home after you have done a bit of shopping. Then order a pizza in and watch movies together so its cute and cuddley :) xx

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RE: Kitty (Tabby Barn Cat)

By Lizzyanny 03/25/2015

What a beautiful boy! You might try creating areas where you kitty can get up off the floor and away from the dog so he can join the family again. Shelves on the wall where he can get up on higher shelves or tall pieces of furniture and feel safe would help him feel safe. I have this for my cats and they love it.

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RE: Home Repair Assistance for Low Income Family

By MartyD 03/25/2015

There are federal housing programs for indigent moms with children. Why don't you inquire about that? And by all means when this next baby comes get yourself fixed!

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RE: Getting Tangles Out of Child's Hair

By MartyD 03/25/2015

I agree with Louise! Get that hair cut. Having long hair can't be worth all that pain.

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RE: Stockton Vet That Takes Payments

By Lizzyanny 03/25/2015

Anyone who told you your dog wasn't worth fixing should be ashamed. I would guess your dog has a mammary tumor. Sometimes they can be fixed. Keep calling until you find a Vet who will help you. Call your local humane society and any dog rescues you can find. They sometimes know of discount services. I am so sorry you are in such a tough spot. I hope something helpful turns up. Be sure and let us know.

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RE: Selling Porcelain Dolls

By MartyD 03/25/2015

Try an antique dealer in your area. They can either do it or will know someone who can.

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RE: Stockton Vet That Takes Payments

By dena.roberts.58 03/25/2015

Check with your local animal shelters. They may have some resources for you to check out.

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RE: What Breed Is My Dog?

By frugalsunnie 03/25/2015

I'd go with Boxer-Lab, with the Lab mixed with Golden Retriever to explain the wavy coat. I did breed rescue and AKC Boxer breeding 40+ years in the US before relocating to my parents native UK, and that's what I'm seeing in your dog.

I can understand why the vet thinks there might be some 'pit' (proper name is American Staffordshire Terrier) because when Boxers and Labs crossed with Goldens have a litter, the puppies do tend to have something of a bull terrier look to the head especially around the eyes - like yours does.

But the 'wavy coat' is a dead giveaway for her NOT having any Staffie in her - Staffies don't have wavy coats anywhere in their gene pool, end of. Neither do Boxers, btw, but if she's a Boxer crossed with a Lab with Golden Retriever in them, the wavy coat does show up the way it has with your little love.

Too, tbh you don't want to even suggest or consider her as a Boxer-Staffie as so many locales both here in the UK and the US now legislate against these crosses as being 'dangerous dogs.

I'm confident she's a Boxer-Lab based on years of seeing hundreds of these cross types, and I'd make the effort to encourage the vet to see her as that cross as well to avoid the above mentioned 'dangerous dogs' laws in your area.

Enjoy your new companion, she's lovely!

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RE: What Breed Is My Dog?

By frugalsunnie 03/25/2015

40+years experience as an AKC Boxer breeder, and doing breed rescue work tells me your puppy is a young Boxer-German Shepherd mix. No Dane or other Hound that I can see, but there is something about the forepaws that reminds me of Dachshund for some reason - it may be the angle (or possibly an injury before she was rescued that causes her forepaws, especially the right one, to look so different) because the rest of her looks Boxer-GSD and nothing else. She's got a lovely little face, looks intelligent and alert:)

Check with your vet, and do online image searches using all the breeds to see photos of what the breeds look like crossed.

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RE: Donut Felt Paperclip Bookmark

By elizabeth.sibusfischer 03/25/2015

What about some colored bugle beads? Instead of paint? Or tine round ones for sprinkles!

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RE: Donating Craft Supplies

By wordswork 03/25/2015

Quilters and knitters who make goods for others would welcome your yard and fabric ends. For the remainder, why not post an advertisement on kijiji or Craigslist?

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RE: Repairing an Electrical Outlet

By wordswork 03/25/2015

In the interest of not jeopardizing your home-owner insurance policy, please consider hiring an electrician?

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RE: Determining House Cleaning Rates

By wordswork 03/25/2015

$30 / hour seems fair to me, Erin. It's what I pay my cleaning service. However, if "newly renovated" means you'll be removing sawdust and other construction detritus, you may want to consider charging $35 / hour.

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RE: What Breed is my Dog?

By damian.hoose.3 03/25/2015

Possibly Irish setter/black lab mix

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RE: Being Healthy is Frugal

By nufty 03/25/2015

Just how many hours are there in a week? This tip recommends exercising for 150 hours a week!

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RE: Washer Does Not Spin

By Pammy50 03/25/2015

It sounds similar to what happened to our Kenmore front-loading washer, after only eight years. The tub has what is called a spider, that holds it in the washer; it was making a horrible noise. I got online and found that Sears had purposely made those front-loaders to tear up after four years, making it only where you could get the parts from them; it was also whoever came out and did fix it would have to charge over half the price of a new washer.

We just went ahead and purchased an LG, and that was almost seven years ago. It is a front loader, because we like the water saving and gets the clothes even cleaner. I will never buy anything from Sears, a company I grew up with and trusted the appliances that lasted so long, ever again. You wonder why they are slowly going under, huh? Go ahead and put that money on a new, different brand; you will be very glad that you did.

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RE: Feeding a Dog Oatmeal

By DinahA 03/25/2015

Yes, a dog can eat a small amount of oatmeal if prepared correctly and with no additives such as sugar, milk, etc. As a treat, provide it sparingly as oatmeal in any form is not a natural food for dogs. Dogs are carnivores and will not survive on human diets.

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RE: Remedy for Dog's Diarrhea

By DinahA 03/25/2015

If your dog continues to have diarrhea, after your attempts to help her have not worked, and she is not eating, she needs veterinary help now. Your dog is suffering and needs help now.

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RE: Paying Back Survivor's Benefits

By redhatterb 03/25/2015

You are going to have to talk to your local Social Security Office to find out the answer.

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RE: ASPCA Vaccination Truck Schedule

By DinahA 03/25/2015

You might call the ASPCA for an answer to your question.

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RE: Paying Back Survivor's Benefits

By DinahA 03/25/2015

The source for an answer to your question is the Social Security Administration. You can call or visit a local office for further help.

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RE: Be Prepared For A Kitchen Fire

By T&T Grandma 03/25/2015

I think one of the readers meant if you have a stove or oven kitchen fire, water is a NO NO. Make sure when you purchase your fire extinguisher, it is correct for where you are storing it. They are ABC, indicating use. My kitchen counter has a cooking/grease fire extinguisher on it. Who cares what it looks like when you need to use it. It is on the counter. Know where your pan lids are.

Mine are in a lower cupboard by the stove area... contains pizza pans that work to cover a large area. If you are using soda as your source for extinguishing, you should have about a 2 gallon bucket filled with the soda, if you plan to use this. One small pound box won't do you much good.

You can get commercial sized buckets of this by checking online. But an extinguisher would be cheaper.

I store the basement extinguisher by the washing machine. See it daily, get used to knowing where it is. In a panic, you are useless if you can't remember where it is. Also have another one in another area of the basement.

Sleeping area upstairs... kept in the bathroom on the floor under the light switch. Also one in my bedroom under the light switch.

Along with knowing where the extinguishers are, your CO as well as fire/smoke detectors need to have their home spot, know where they are.

Above all, make sure all have been certified, current, new, they have expiration dates...extinguishers, detectors, etc. Change batteries twice a year as suggested. Your extinguisher should have a gauge which tells you if pressure is good or not.

Communities with fire departments... do not be afraid to ask if someone can check your extinguishers. You don't have to take it to a commercial place. A simply look/check will tell you. Communities often have a day of remembrance to do all these, and the opportunity for public service in bringing your pieces to the FD.

Many of the lower prices extinguishers are not refillable. Keep that in mind when you buy. A $20 one versus a $40 one, means not replacing but refilling.

2 of my kids are firemen, have many other relatives as that too. In the family are EMT, EMS as well. If you are prepared, and practice run your response, know what are bad practices to avoid, you should be safe.

Spring and fall are the times our community does these safety reminders. Also, run through your plan IF you have an emergency like this. We also have severe weather, and so practice for that as well. You can never be too ready.

This does not mean set yourself in panic mode. Just know what to do. And remember, calling on a cell phone does not mean they have your address. Remember your address you are calling about the fire. A cell phone reader can read your number but not your location. (Another son with the sheriff dept!)

Oh, and I have bought these products for family members as birthday and Christmas gifts... better than that sweater someone returns!

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RE: Help to Make Bathroom Conversion for the Elderly

By redhatterb 03/25/2015

There is government organization that will help low income seniors and people with disabilities with things like that. The big problem is that it has different names in different states and even towns in the state might have different names. If your mother has any type of social worker talk to that person to see if they know anything about this. The program is income based and if for some reason your mother would have to leave the house before a certain time frame as elapsed she would have to pay back the cost on a pro-rated basis. I have a sister that had that done and then after a couple years she had to pay back part of the cost, when she had to go into a nursing home. At the time she was only about 65 years old.

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RE: Removing Pet Urine Smell from Laminate Flooring

By nikkiseed 03/25/2015

Try Vodka. That is what I use. It is about 13.00. I put it in a spray bottle and let it set for about 5 minutes and then mop. Works for me and removes the odor.

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RE: Stockton Vet That Takes Payments

By DinahA 03/25/2015

Veterinarians devote many years and often have substantial debt from training in college and medical school. They then must pay for their clinics, staff, etc., and also have to live and pay their expenses like the rest of us. So, there are very few "low-cost" vets and few take payments. You can call vets in your area, however, most, if not all, will not accept payments.

Recently, my husband and I faced an extremely difficult decision-our sweet and wonderful kitty of 14 years had a cancerous tumor that would have cost at least $15,000 to remove and with no guarentees. We are both retired and I am disabled. We have few resources and little money. We had to euthanize (kill is such a difficult word!) our kitty and will always miss him. This is something you may face, also.

It is important to know what you face in medical costs to treat your little dog. Then you will know what your options are.

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RE: Living Room Drape Color Advice

By profile.php?id=529783342 03/25/2015

Not having a picture to go by, I can only imagine, but I would say that any earth tone would probably work just fine. Brown or tan or beige (matching the walls is always okay), or if you want more color or contrast, go with some muted green (a sage or greyish green might be great) or even a burgundy (echoing the cherry tone of your existing furniture). You could pick up paint chips and match one of the colors in the fireplace, that would also work well.

If you want to be particularly bold, you could go with black, as you have black furniture, and black seems to go with pretty much anything. I hope this helps.

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RE: Black Fabric Dye Turned White Collar Grey

By profile.php?id=529783342 03/25/2015

If your efforts are not fruitful to return the grey parts to their white color, you could buy some white bias tape and cover the trim with that, or any similar white fabric would work, as well. If it is trimmed with larger pieces (perhaps even an entire collar or pocket), you may have to remove the trim and replace it, proceed according to your own sewing skills, or have a professional make these replacements.

Failing that, you can find fabric markers in department stores and fabric stores, and they come in black, generally, so you should be able to use one of those to cover all the white/grey trim with black color that way. It may take several applications to make a dark enough color, and to make it come out even, but you should be able to make it work. It may also require re-application after washing.

Finally, I would be tempted to just leave it and wear it as is, as who could tell it wasn't supposed to be grey in the first place (unless it is really uneven)?

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RE: Soak Important Paperwork Instead of Shredding

By stormy10000 03/24/2015

What a wonderful frugal way to rid myself of reams of "important paperwork". Have been considering taking those papers to Staples to shred, they charge by the pound, so this is a better idea. TY

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RE: Soak Important Paperwork Instead of Shredding

By Poor But Proud 03/24/2015

Yep. They can be used for campfire starters, too.

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RE: Can Not Access Online Accelerated Reader Account

By kbilney 03/24/2015

I will then.

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RE: Can Not Access Online Accelerated Reader Account

By kbilney 03/24/2015

I want to help my child always achive 100%.

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RE: Black Mold on Wood Trim

By mickeylauria 03/24/2015

Black mold is a kind of fungus that grow from tiny spores. Whenever and whereever they get proper temperature, spores area and excess moisture, they will start growing. There might be chances that mold which are around your home can start growing inside your house. Best way to prevent mold growth is to control dampness. Keep your home well-ventilated.

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RE: Casual Restaurant in New York

By wordswork 03/24/2015

Sounds to me like a good reason to go walking / exploring, Rita. High-end pubs might be one answer to your quest. Perhaps also check out http://www.yelp.ca/c/nyc/restaurants ?

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RE: Name Ideas for an Interior Decorating Shop

By Pollywon 03/24/2015

E
D or F
Exclusive Designs
Designs of Effervescent
Frothy
Effusive Direct
Extravagant Disposition
Fanciful Discovery

That was fun. Please post the name,of your company when you decide it!

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RE: Ingrown Toenail Infection

By pjextrom 03/24/2015

I cut my big toe nails way too short and one of them grew back into the skin and got infected. I tried and tried to treat it myself but finally had to go to the doctor. He was very kind and patient with me. He numbed my toe and then he had to lance the skin on the side of my toe, above the infection, so the pus would drain out. He then trimmed the side of my nail at an angle so he could remove the piece that had cut into my skin. He told me the infection would not clear up unless that piece of nail was removed.

Once the infection is cleared, then we can concentrate on growing the nail back with soaking, putting cotton under the nail, ect. He also had me clean the sides of may nails with a very soft tooth brush each time I soaked them. I had to take antibiotics 4 times a day for 10 days. If that did not work, luckily it did, he would next have to do the same thing again, or remove the whole side of that nail.

It will take months for it to grow back. I have a hard time reaching or seeing my toenails up close because of arthritis. I am still soaking them because the skin gets hard around my nail. I am thinking of getting a pedicure because my nails have gotten so thick now that I am older. The infection is cleared up, but it sometimes feels like it is happening again. The corners are not quite past the end of my toe.

Also, I have to find other ways to get the dirt, or toe jams my doctor
called them, out from under the corners of my big toe nails. It drives me crazy, the dirt under the corners, and the only way I saw to get it out was to cut my nails really short and dig the corners and sides out of my skin. Now I am learning other ways. Good Luck Everyone and soak those feet!

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RE: Mark Sizes on Cake Pans

By DearWebby 03/24/2015

For easy and cheap permanent marking get a Nissen Marker. They are about $5 - $6, depending on which type you get. I prefer the ball pen type, just from old habit, but they have many different types.
http://www.nissenmarkers.com/produc ... nt-markers/ball-paint-metal-markers/ Nissen markers

I used to use them to mark electric motors before putting them into the burn-out oven to burn all the insulation on the wires in them, to make it easy to remove the old wires prior to re-winding them. Red glowing cast iron did not obliterate the job numbers on the stators. In your oven the pans won't get half as hot as those big motors did.

The ball pen type seals as soon as you stop writing. No fuss or brushes to clean. In the last 35 years I have used up a bunch of them, but none ever dried out on me.

You can of course also use the Nissen Markers to permanently identify keys, tools, lunch boxes, jam jars, whatever.
Have FUN!
DearWebby

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RE: Be Prepared For A Kitchen Fire

By Ilovepurses 03/24/2015

After reading this I decided to go get a kitchen fire extinguisher after work! Thank you for sharing your story. It could easily happen to anyone.

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RE: Kitchen Paint Color Advice

By Pollywon 03/24/2015

Are you bold enough and do you like an Apple Green? Or a Kelly Green. If not a lot of walls. That would be I think comforting and a bit exciting cooking space. Then there's the blues, I recently saw a kitchen that had your color of cabinets and counter tops, they had a medium yellow, wasn't pleasing at all. Of you want to stay neutral a grey might go with your brown. Or a cream color? Good luck on your painting decision! You will pick out what makes you feel good, I'm sure!

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RE: Finding Yarn Donations

By Pollywon 03/24/2015

Have you posted a request on freecycle.org? Or the Wanted section of Craigslist might even ask a church Pastor to ask for donations of yarn. That's a nice idea you have!

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RE: How Do I Care for My Gums After Tooth Extractions?

By srhtggrt73 03/24/2015

I just got 2 teeth out earlier,one upper wisdom and one broken one on the left hand lower side...I went for local instead of twilight to be able to get to work the next day, as long as I can manage my pain.one broke when removing. I have approx 8-9 stitches as they had to cut the gum to get the rest of it out. Yes I am a bit sore, but eating the ibruprofen that he prescribed for me,he also gave me anti biopics, mouthwash for next week and pads to pop in to stop the bleeding. I left his office at 3.19pm and am still bleeding at 10.37pm but just slightly. Now yourself... it took a lot of time to need an extraction, so give yourself time to heal... as in maybe 3 weeks. Any problems ring the dentist that worked on you for advice with the dates of when he did the extraction. Patience is the key.....so stop worrying! The extraction is over... now just get healing!

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RE: Painting Wallpaper Stained With Nicotine

By frugalsunnie 03/24/2015

You'll need to prep the surface first by using a 1-1 ratio solution of vinegar and water - use a wrung out sponge and figure on at least three sessions of cleaning. Cleans, degreases, and deodorises, now that's win-win-win!

No need to rinse, and the strong vinegar odour will dissipate within an hour or so - you may want to have a fan or open window to ventilate whilst cleaning but the fumes won't kill you if you choose to do this without ventilation. Wait at least 48 hours before trying to apply paint, more if your room is humid or cold or both.

The vinegar and water wash will remove the nicotine and a good bit if not all the stain. Use Kilz or a similar product because really, Kilz is like a gold-clad guarantee, but really you shouldn't need it because the vinegar and water will remove any film and grease or other problem that might cause bleed-through.

I learned this after being a smoker for years, and also as a landlady. Works a treat and I've never known it to fail.

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RE: Bobbin Thread Not Getting Picked Up

By frugalsunnie 03/24/2015

If you've:

*checked your user guide to be sure you're inserting the bobbin case correctly
*Made sure you've returned the machine to sewing mode after winding the bobbin
*made sure the presser foot is in the UP position BEFORE inserting the bobbin case and BEFORE threading the upper path
*made sure the stitch width-length-type-feed dogs are set correctly
*made a visual inspection to the bobbin area inside the machine for lint, thread fluff (**Do. Not. Clean. With. Canned. Air. Ever.**)

And everything is the way it should be, the next step is to take this machine to a qualified repair tech - it sounds as though your bobbin gear has failed.

You don't mention the age or model of machine but I'm assuming it's a vintage machine (older than 10 years out of factory) and what you're describing is almost always what happens when the bobbin gear fails. If I'm wrong that it's a vintage machine, your warranty should cover the cost of the repair/part replacement.

When you contact the repair tech to get an estimate on the parts replacement, be sure to ask two things - the additional cost of giving your machine a complete servicing (cleaning, oiling, and check over for developing problems AND if he/she will be sure to tell you if the replacement part is salvage (unreliable because no tech can know for sure how many sewing hours are on that part and what conditions that part sewed under before you!) or newly-milled (preferable because this would be a new part).

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RE: Donating Craft Supplies

By DinahA 03/24/2015

You might consider donating your "stash" to a senior center, boy's and girl's clubs, homeless shelter, etc., in your area.

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RE: Does My Cat Have a Tapeworm?

By DinahA 03/24/2015

Your cat can have any of a number of worm parasites, including tapeworm, and worms can make a cat's abdominal area larger or "pot bellied". Please take your cat to your vet to identify the problem and provide treatment. Note that there are "worm treatments" you can buy at pet stores, however, if you do not know the specific type of worm, you cannot provide the correct treatment. The site below from Cornell University provides more information. Please do not wait to take your cat to your vet to help him or her feel much better.

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/FHC/health_resources/Parasite.cfm

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RE: Repairing an Electrical Outlet

By bsseaba 03/24/2015

It may be that these devices are fed from an AFCI or GFCI receptacle which is tripped.

It may be that the breaker did not reset.

It may be that the breaker is bad.

It may be that the wiring is incorrect. Black is supposed to be hot white neutral and bare or green a non current carrying ground, but not everyone wires that way. Is the black wire hot? Is there continuity between neutral (white) and ground (bare or green)?

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RE: Caring for a Dog with Parvo

By jenniferleon2052 03/24/2015

Yes I brought the pravoaid at a feed store here in Tucson. Lost one dog because I was too busy. For not keeping him hydrated. So now I'll see if this medication works n Pedialyte. Pls under the skin shots of water.

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RE: Remedy for a Dog With Itchy Ears

By DinahA 03/24/2015

From your description, your dog may have ear mites and needs veterinary treatment. Please take your dog to your vet now so the vet can diagnose the problem and provide prescription treatment to kill the bugs. The site from ASPCA below provides more information.

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/ear-mites

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RE: Electrical Circuit Problem

By bsseaba 03/24/2015

It also may be that the neutral and ground are bonded in the family room and that the ground circuit, which connects the two receptacles does not go back to the panel. A further assumption must be made that the Neutral wire opened to the family room circuit. This means no neutral would be available in the family room. If whatever is plugged in the kitchen allows a ground path back to the panel for the ground pin in the kitchen, it would also allow a ground path for the receptacle in the family room and the neutral would then use that path.

This is dangerous because the case of whatever 3 wire device plugged in the kitchen becomes a current carrying conductor and touching it could cause shock or electrocution!

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RE: Electrical Circuit Problem

By bsseaba 03/24/2015

This is an interesting case. It sounds as though the receptacles are on the same circuit. It also sounds like they may be in series instead of parallel. If this were the case, neither would work unless something were plugged in both and even then both would be at a reduced voltage.

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RE: What Breeds Are My Puppies?

By Marfette 03/24/2015

I don't know what breed, but they are really cute. However, I respectfully ask you to consider having your female dog spayed. There are way too many unwanted dogs in this country.

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RE: Spinach Ramen Nooddles

By mekmoney45 03/24/2015

Can frozen spinach be used or does it have to be fresh?

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RE: Washer Not Filling Properly

By LGAdvocacy 03/24/2015

Tom, do you know if the water pressure is still the same because that can also affect the way your water fills up. If you're in an apartment building, you can ask the superintendent and if you own your own house, check the water meter or your water bills. You may even want to check with the water company. May not necessarily be the problem, but still worth checking.^IV

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RE: Growing Bitter Sweet from a Cutting

By MartyD 03/24/2015

Eons ago I used to go to davesgarden.com for excellent planting advice. I haven't been there in a long time so I don't know if it is still available. I hope so because they provided me with lots of good advice. You can get good regional info there so if you move from one state to another they can help you. We left Tn and moved to Tx and stayed for 30 years so I had forgotten how to get plants to grow in Tn. I got some good info off that site.

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RE: Threading Singer Bobbin

By MartyD 03/24/2015

Great advice! At last I can comfortably keep my mouth shut! Good job!

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RE: Re-dyeing Hair

By MartyD 03/24/2015

Can you not touch it up with more purple? Since I am a person who prefers traditional hair coloring I would dye it all as close to the natural color as possible and leave it alone till it all grows out.

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RE: Hibiscus Dropped Leaves After Spraying for Aphids

By MartyD 03/24/2015

At least 50 years ago a brother in law told me that I could determine whether a plant was still alive by scratching it on the main "trunk". If it's still green the plant is still alive. I'm sure your hibiscus is still alive. I certainly hope so! I love those things!

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RE: Replacement Pads for Swiffer WetJet

By MartyD 03/24/2015

I'm sure you can get them at stores where swiffers are sold. I ordered mine online at the swiffer website.

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RE: Rights of Power of Attorney

By cybergrannie 03/24/2015

You certainly need legal advice as there are too many variables to be addressed.
You do not mention who the house goes to (will) but a nursing home will take the house no matter who is the "owner".

Your mother appears to need extra care right now and a live-in person may work but may be difficult to find - and keep - if you expect them to take care of the house (and the brother?).

As pointed out by another responder - be sure to check out several nursing homes before making any final decisions as many homes do not accept public (Medicaid) funds and a VERY large number do not accept patients with dementia/Alzheimers. This is usually a special type of facility so just ask what happens to my mother if she needs this type of specialized care.

The nursing home may place a "lien" on the home but may allow your brother to continue living in the home until it is sold to take care of the expenses incurred in your mother's care. However, they will probably not put out any money for maintenance/utilities etc.

All homes of this type are very expensive - usually running (in my area) 100 - 300 (and up) dollars a day plus any special items/medications/doctor visits etc.

At home care is also expensive but your decision should be based on what type of care your mother needs now and in the future.

I have had to make this type of decision and it is very difficult so maybe it would be good if you have someone to discuss this with that can assist you in finding the right solution.

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RE: Will My Chihuahua's Ears Stand Up?

By DinahA 03/24/2015

Quite simply, not all chihuahua ears "stand up". Whether or not, or even how, is specifically related to genetics and is explained in the article below.

http://www.petchidog.com/chihuahua-ears

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RE: Painting Wallpaper Stained With Nicotine

By DinahA 03/24/2015

I tried searching online for suggestions re "how to paint over nicotine stained wallpaper" and received many suggestions, including taking down all the wallpaper first. The site below specifically addresses the wallpaper and what to do before you even get to the point of painting it.

http://www.mybuilder.com/questions/ ... ting-over-nicotine-stained-wallpaper

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RE: What Breed Is My Dog?

By lulumackinnon 03/23/2015

My puppy has simular coloring but with less black. She likes playing and walking with other dogs, she tips over her bowl, likes following you, sits and walks sideways, ears go back when she is excited, and is a fast eater. We know the mother is Icelandic sheepdog but i dont know much else. I am curious to know if you have found anything else about your dogs breed? Does she have simular habits?

RE: What Breed Is My Dog?

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RE: What Breed Is My Dog?

By lulumackinnon 03/23/2015

She kind of looks like German Shepard.

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RE: Painting Wallpaper Stained With Nicotine

By lindaleo162 03/23/2015

Try using Kilz2 mixed with your paint. It should get rid of the smell and the stain. Hope this helps.

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