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RE: Cleaning Vinyl Siding

By cyrel 01/30/2015

70% water, 30% white vinegar makes a great all-purpose cleanser that removes light mold and mildew stains.

For a stronger solution, mix together one-third cup powdered laundry detergent, two-thirds cup powdered household cleaner, one quart liquid laundry bleach and one gallon of water.

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RE: Nail Polish Remover Stain On Dresser

By hannahbanana1233 01/30/2015

2 days ago i was painting my nails and the nailpolish remover tipped over , by what I thought i decided to wipe it and i used to have this dark brown finish but now I have this spot on there about medium sized and im hiding this right now from my dad by adding cloth ontop !! I need some ideas of what to do !! Help !!

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RE: Full O' Veggies Homemade Pizza

By Pixiedust7 01/29/2015

Whoa! 3 CUPS baking powder??? That can't be right!

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RE: Pitbull Won't Eat After Move

By stephanie.miller.39948 01/29/2015

I hope that you are having success with your dog and eating. I do hope that you went to the vet about it. It is possible that it is all just the stress of moving and general upheaval. It is also possible that your pooch has a health problem. My poodle/shi tzu recently stopped eathing, has been acting depressed, lethargic and also presented with a fever. We took her to the vet, had blood work done and she has a tick born blood problem called Ehrlichiosis. It basically attacks the blood cells, destroying them, causing there to be less of all kinds of bloodcells. She is on an antibiotic, had IV medication, etc. She is still only eating what we physically put in her mouth, but hopefully she will come around. If it doesn't work, she will need a blood transfusion...

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RE: Get The Lead Out: Less Lead In Your Drinking Water

By likekinds 01/29/2015

"I know it may sound like wastefulness to run your water for several minutes each morning, but if your kids are drinking it or you are making coffee or juice from it, it really makes a difference in taste and lead content."

It does sound like wastefulness and there is a reason. It is! Once the water lines have been flushed, why not fill ten empty gallon jugs. At least, you shouldn't have to flush your lines, every day. Another benefit; letting the water sit in jugs for a while will allow time for the chlorine to dissipate. Your coffee should taste even better without chlorine.

If filling the jugs is too much trouble, a re evaluation is in order. There are still people on this ship who have to walk long distances every day just to have a drink of water.

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RE: 12th Birthday Party Ideas

By 1531659 01/29/2015

Trust me i know what a 12 year old girl wants take her on a trip like for example when i was turning ten all i wanted was to go to the beach i always talked about it so look deep and listen to the kids and they will give the answer to you they might be trying to hint you you just don't realize it!!..

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RE: Can You Cross Breed a Dachshund with a Pit Bull?

By heather.ward.777 01/29/2015

I have one an let me say, she is the best. She is so funny, sweet, playful, loving, an will protect her family. She thinks she is as big as a horse. I love mine. Would love to have another. Her daddy was wennie, an momma was full pit. People love her an we love her so much more.

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RE: Using Old Tea Cups and Saucers at a Tea Party

By Abigail A. 01/29/2015

Float tea candles in a cluster of mismatched cups filled with water. Use cups with no saucers as bud vases.

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RE: Refreezing Dee Meat Hot Dogs

By Abigail A. 01/29/2015

I never, personally, refreeze meat of any kind.

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RE: Look For Credit Cards with No Fees

By Abigail A. 01/29/2015

This is sound advice. The interest rate doesn't matter as long as you always pay in full monthly.

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RE: Removing a Marker Stain on a Backpack

By carley2002 01/29/2015

That is literally what happened to me today and it was an orange highlighter and a blue back pack weird huh

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RE: Using Old Tea Cups and Saucers at a Tea Party

By thriftmeg 01/29/2015

If you put the cup on the bottom turned upside down and put the saucer on top, it makes a nice candle stand or cupcake stand. Put several cups and saucers in the center of the table and fill with real or artificial flowers for the table decor

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RE: Catchy Name for Childcare Business

By creynoso316 01/29/2015

D & D Daycare
DD's Daycare

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RE: Child Support and SSI

By hopeful 01/29/2015

This isn't a good answer to your question, but an observation. Does the father agree to paying additional child support to start with? Most dads are tapped to the limit with child support and you can't squeeze one more cent out of them.

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RE: Dyeing Hair Back to Natural Color

By hopeful 01/29/2015

If the blonde hair is porous it will not come out well at all if you put a tint (dye) to match the roots. When I worked as a hairdresser, (now retired) we would use a "filler" to fill the open scales on the hair shaft before we used the tint to color it back. Anyway you look at it, there will be a lot of damage to the blonde hair.

I suggest you at least talk to a hairdresser before you do anything. This can be really a really tricky prodeedure, and in our shop there was only 2 of us out of 10 that knew how to do it, and even then it was scary.

On the other hand, if the blonde hair hasn't been damaged, it could be a pretty easy fix. Most bleached out hair is very damaged though.

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RE: Hair Falling Out After Perm

By hopeful 01/29/2015

There is nothing you can do but wait for it to grow back. Apparently it broke either because you wound it to tight, or the rubber band broke it because your hair was either thin, weak, or already damaged from hair products such as some artificial color, or lots of sun damage.

So, what I am trying to say is that your hair is breaking and the loss isn't coming from the hair follicle. All you can do is wait for it to grow out, and don't put anything on your hair with chemicals. Conditioner and shampoo won't hurt your hair though.

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RE: Bathroom Paint Color Advice

By Poor But Proud 01/29/2015

If you can, find a softer shade. Small dark bathrooms feel claustrophobic.

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RE: Remedy for Red Itchy Bumps

By frugalsunnie 01/29/2015

Witch hazel or rubbing alcohol (be careful to only dab these two only on the bumps and avoid eyes, nose, lips), Benadryl or Calamine lotion (read and follow the directions). A paste made from meat tenderiser and a few drops of water should also relieve the itch.

And then you need to figure out where the bumps came from - could be an allergy, 'no-see-um' bugs, or a reaction to a new soap or cosmetic.

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RE: Painting Walls Red

By eileen.sohn 01/29/2015

Before painting a red wall, you should always use a grey primer. You can ask for it at your local hardware store. They can add the grey to the existing white primer. It makes a world of difference.

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RE: Cleaning Burnt Dishes

By cyrel 01/29/2015

Start by adding one cup of hot water and one cup of vinegar to the pot, then I let it come to a rolling boil. Once the vinegar and water mixture was boiling, I added 3 tablespoons of baking soda. It started fizzing a ton, which from past experience has meant it was doing its job and loosening up all of the burnt on bits of chili. Once the fizzing stopped, I poured the icky leftovers out and added a little hot water and dish liquid to my pot and gave it a gentle scrub. Then I rinsed it with hot water and dried it with a clean towel.

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RE: Bamboo (Tabby)

By mermaidsmail2014 01/29/2015

Thank you :) Had typo he stops to pant then takes off again lol. He's a happy boy, has 2 sisters and mom that dote on him.

Editor's Note: Typo fixed.

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RE: 2005 Nissan Altima Transmission Problems

By rex.strickland2015 01/29/2015

Hello John! This problem usually occurs after a certain age of car. Internal seals get brittle after a time lag and causes internal fluid leakage of unavailability for transmission. Thus transmission become unable to build enough fluid pressure to operate until adequate head is not generated. Its not a big issue you need to rebuild your car transmission by any reliable mechanic. Even if situation of replacement arise you can buy it from any used transmission dealer like http://www.buyusedengine.com/used_transmission.php because they perform equal as new hence no need to waste money on new one. This problem is common in cold days, so don't get annoyed.

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RE: What Kind of Puppy?

By PIKKA 01/29/2015

I have owned several border collies and it sure looks like one to me.

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RE: Dyeing Hair Back to Natural Color

By PIKKA 01/29/2015

Use the same color combination you have already used, but instead of putting it on your head/hair, get a fine comb and a cheap paintbrush or toothbrush and put small amounts on the comb, but not in big globes.

Just "comb" it on the comb, and then through the roots. Just do it overall, but hardly any. Wait 5 minutes, do it again, sort of where you haven't hit so far. Wait 5 minutes and once more where you haven't hit.

When you feel you've streaked what's going to show, rinse it out as directed. Don't leave it on the full 20 minutes, maybe just 15. It will look pretty natural. Each time do less and less and trim on the bottom about 1/2 inch every month or six weeks.

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RE: Complementary Colors for Bath

By PIKKA 01/29/2015

Think of copper as it ages, that lovely soft green should go nicely with it. And a warm, creamy white perhaps for accent pieces.

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RE: Refreezing Dee Meat Hot Dogs

By PIKKA 01/29/2015

No. Only refreeze meat which still has ice crystals in it.

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RE: Removing Odors from a Plastic Container

By PIKKA 01/29/2015

Just let them air out a while, couple of days or weeks.

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RE: Hair Falling Out After Perm

By PIKKA 01/29/2015

Stop using so much stuff on your hair. Conditioner alone will make your hair fall out. I used to do all the stuff you are doing and my hair had one problem after another. I went through a period of unemployment and left my hair alone, and gradually it returned to it's natural color, it's natural shine and it turned out I had a naturalslight wave. That was 1994.

I am now 70. Yes my hair is thinner but it's shiny, slightly longer than shoulder length and I like it more than I ever did during those tinkering years. I wash it every other time with a warm water rinse of water and a tablespoon of baking soda, followed by rinsing. I use inexpensive shampoos alternately with NO conditioner. If I want a curl or wave, I twist and pin it in a bun while barely damp, and let it loose after a couple of hours.

I do not wash my hair very often, maybe every 10 days. Just brushing it does it. I use a soft brush, a Fuller Brush.

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RE: It Costs Nothing To Smile

By joanfry 01/28/2015

I smile too, but here in France it is greeted with shock. But a more recent tactic is to ask questions about the language, and take the time to listen to answers. This works brilliantly in shops, cafes parks etc. I do not try it on the street - just a smile then. It does work, eventually. People passing by now recogonize me and sometimes smile first. I wave from my car like the Queen, and they wave back. I might be making a difference, on smile at a time.

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RE: Cleaning Ryka Shoes

By linex_4 01/28/2015

I have a pair of ryka canvas shoes that I occasionally machine wash on the delicate cycle in cold water. They came out very clean and held their shape well.

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RE: Kitten Biting

By paige_penn 01/28/2015

Thanks I will try this. Update will come soon (hopefully).

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RE: 17th Birthday Party Ideas

By louel53 01/28/2015

I like the idea of mock cocktails. That is kind of nifty. Do NOT feel that alcohol is necessary, since all of you are clearly underage. There are many very nice sparkling fruit juices that are interesting. That is what I serve when I invite over adult friends who do not drink actual wine or spirits. I would also have a variety of sodas available. There is absolutely nothing wrong with serving that. My eldest son, who, on his grad had the choice of a safe grad (with alcohol) or a chem free (dry) grad party, chose the chem free one, because he said the chem free parties were way more fun (and much cheaper, besides).

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RE: Gift Ideas for Wife's 50th Birthday

By louel53 01/28/2015

How about the three of you cook her a very special meal, and make it very posh like going to a special restaurant. I was going to suggest going to a fancy restaurant, but if money is tight, the three of you cooking for her, setting a table with the fancy dishes, having candlelight and wine (maybe sparkling fruit juice so all can join in?) might be better. Perhaps you kids could make a big "happy 50th birthday" banner for their mom.

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RE: 11th Birthday Ideas

By louel53 01/28/2015

Why don't you just ask her what she would like to do? Since she is into everything, just about anything should do. You could all take a trip to the zoo, to an amusement park, to see a movie, to see a play that would appeal to both children (Where the Wild Things Are was a recent production here), go tobogganing, go to a wave pool, spend an overnight at a hotel with waterslides, go to a Science center, go to a natural history museum.

There are many, many things that you can do as a family. The tough part will be to find something that the three year old will enjoy and that will be special for you daughter. If she has no desire to invite friends over, don't make an issue of it.

As far as presents go, do the same; ask her what she wants. Perhaps she would like some sort of experience for a present like a ski lesson, going to a climbing wall, getting a mani-pedi, going to a special craft class. Or perhaps she would like to do something like make a donation to an animal shelter, and spend an afternoon there playing with the animals.

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RE: Soot Removal

By sydni.weed 01/28/2015

Try magic eraser! It was the only thing that worked for me. But I also used it on the wood, smooth mantle. So I'm not sure for walls or ceilings.

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RE: Overhead Ceiling Fan Light Not Working Properly

By louel53 01/28/2015

I agree with the previous poster. I think you should call in an electrician to check it out.

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RE: Gift Ideas for Daughter's 15th Birthday

By brooklinborder 01/28/2015

If she is very creative I suggest getting her a Polaroid!

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RE: Extended Apple Juice By Making Peach Apple Juice

By craftqueen1 01/28/2015

Dinah, thank you for your concern, however apple juice is not used in our house as a sole means of nutrition. It is simply used as an occasional treat for a well balanced diet which includes vitamin supplements as well.

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RE: Does She Look Pitbull?

By Abigail A. 01/28/2015

She is a Boxer/Yellow lab puppy. As a runt, she may not get as big as a regular sized boxer. I'd say you'll have a medium sized dog.

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RE: What Kind of Puppy?

By Abigail A. 01/28/2015

This could easily be a full blooded Border Collie. Other than that, you can get a doggie DNA kit, but they are expensive.

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RE: Kitten Biting

By Abigail A. 01/28/2015

First, don't play with her using your hands. Use a wand toy or stuffed toy. If she bites you, have something handy to redirect her to. Next, when she bites, use a high-pitched shrieking noise, like "Eeee!" This is how cats tell each other, "You've hurt me!" She will learn this way.

Don't pull your hand or foot away, just stay still and make the noise. Pulling away makes them think you are playing keep-away, and that makes them even more excited for this "fun game."

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RE: Thrift Shops Before Retail

By dawnfaoro 01/28/2015

I couldn't agree with you more! I find most of my husband's dress shirts there! Usually they have taken them to the cleaners before selling them at the thrift store!

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RE: Treating a Puppy for Worms

By Abigail A. 01/28/2015

Yes, dewormer can and should be administered. They are given to shelter rescue dogs that are sick and not eating all the time.

However, if your dog has heartworms, dewormer won't kill them. Heartworm prevention is inexpensive and easy, but heartworm once contracted can damage the heart and has to be treated, expensively, by a vet. Have your dog checked for heartworm. It's a blood test.

It would have been really valuable to bring in the vomit sample so the vet would know exactly which worms to treat, but that didn't happen.They may have to do blood tests to find out. Does your puppy have all its shots? If it doesn't, set up an appointment to start the vaccinations as well.

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RE: Curtain Colours

By Abigail A. 01/28/2015

I would do red curtains, large gold or silver vases with dried arranged flowers and seed pods, and black and white photo prints in plain, thin black frames on the walls.

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RE: USPS Delivered Package to Wrong Address

By Abigail A. 01/28/2015

If the package was from Amazon, you can probably get a replacement for free if you open an online chat with their customer service. If a different vendor, maybe not, but it probably won't hurt to explain to them what happened. They may be able to do something. It may partly depend on how long you've been a customer.

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RE: Social Security Survivor Benefits

By Abigail A. 01/28/2015

I'm pretty sure you can get survivor's benefits for your child. Go to the Social Security office. They'll make you fill out forms. Get them in on time (even if you're not sure about all the answers) and you'll get an interview with someone who can help you.

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RE: Almond Joy Cake

By dawnfaoro 01/28/2015

I can't wait to make this for one of our gatherings! Thanks a bunch!

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RE: Fridge Keeps Running and Freezing Food

By Abigail A. 01/28/2015

That doesn't sound good! Before you call the repair guy, google your fridge's brand name and see if they have an online troubleshooting forum.

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RE: Treating a Puppy for Worms

By DinahA 01/28/2015

Puppies are very susceptable to worms so veterinarians recommend deworming puppies at 2, 4, 6, 8 weeks, again at 16 & 18 weeks, then every 6 months for adults.

You have not provided your puppy's age and prior deworming history. What has your veterinarian recommended for deworming? Do you know what type of worms your puppy vomited? There are several types, some live in the intestines and another lives in the heart. Accordingly, there are different medications used for the particular worm. For example the hookworm lives in the intestines by "hooking" into the walls of the intestines. This worm may require not only deworming medication but also blood transfusions as the hookworm takes blood from the intestine wall.

If you have not taken your puppy to your vet for deworming, please do so now because your puppy needs the correct medical care for his deworming. If you give your puppy the incorrect medication, it will not solve your puppy's worm problem and the worms will continue to grow and cause much more difficult medical problems.

I recommend this website from WebMD for further information about your puppy and worms:
http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/deworming-dogs-puppies

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RE: Social Security Survivor Benefits

By DinahA 01/28/2015

You must contact the Social Security Administration office for answers to your questions.

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RE: Value and Age of Murphy Armoire

By DinahA 01/28/2015

A online search produced many cedar wardrobes and a few Murphy wardrobes, one offered for $300. You can search on EBay and other retail sites for more price information. You can also contact an auction house for possible value at auction.

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RE: Can You Cross Breed a Dachshund with a Pit Bull?

By brittany.eads.94 01/28/2015

TomB, I mean you no disrespect,but Dox-Bulls are indeed accepted by the American Canine Hubrid Club. I really want one of these dogs. I think my dog would love to have a buddy to play with. I currently have a pitbull beagle mix, and he is amazing.

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RE: Sewing Machine Constantly Runs When Plugged In

By cdenny 01/28/2015

Many of the old sewing machines had a two part wiring system. The cord that plugs into the wall leads to a powerblock that has 2 outlets, then the outgoing cord goes to the foot pedal that controls the amount of electricity that goes to the machine. This may be transparent to the user, because in the case of the knee controller, it's underneath a cover where it can't be seen.

The machine motor plugs into the outlet connected to the foot pedal wires and the other outlet is direct current for the light. If the machine is wired directly to the wall, there won't be any speed control. It will run full throttle. So if you have a controller block and plug the motor into the light outlet instead of the motor outlet, you will only get one speed without control. Then if you plugged the light into the motor outlet, the light would be controlled by the pedal.

You can't run a motor directly from the wall outlet. There has to be some sort of controller between the motor and the wall. Either a foot pedal, knee control, or even something like you use on a model train.

The first answer was correct. If you can't clearly see what the issue is, you should take it immediately to the nearest sewing machine repair shop. You can get a severe shock and or burns by plugging it into direct current. They will know what to do at the repair shop. The old machines are all wired very similarly. If the gear is there and you're just doing it wrong, they can set you straight very quickly and for little to no cost. Good luck and I hope this helps clear it up a little.

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RE: Storage Box Keeps Produce Fresher Longer

By craftqueen1 01/28/2015

I think this is a very good idea, thumbs up!

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RE: Add Sun-Dried Tomatoes to Frozen Pizza

By craftqueen1 01/28/2015

Sun dried tomatoes are fantastic on pizza, I totally agree!

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RE: Add Fresh Scent to Toilet Paper

By craftqueen1 01/28/2015

Cute idea, I bet this would smell very nice, thumbs up.:)

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RE: Spot (Holstein)

By craftqueen1 01/28/2015

My husband grew up in a house that looked JUST like this one. Thumbs up on a great picture!

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RE: Pocket Hand Warmers

By craftqueen1 01/28/2015

I think my kids would love these! Thumbs up on a great project.:)

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RE: My Screen Saver (Domestic Long Hair)

By heather dianne 01/28/2015

What a stunner. That was one lucky day for you when mum turned up at your door.

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RE: Removing Pearls Glued Onto Wedding Gown

By profile.php?id=100002537377696 01/28/2015

I used to be the seamstress in a fancy bridal shop. We put the wedding gown on an ironing board as if to iron it. Then we put very damp, clean cloths on top of the decorated sections and waited patiently for the glue to soften them. (Believe it or not, most of these decorations are attached with something like Elmer's glue which is water soluble.)

Eventually you can remove the decorations, then clean the cloth area of the gown carefully with a damp, clean cloth. Let it dry completely before handling the gown for alterations of any kind. If you plan to re-attach any decorations, use water soluble glue delicately, then wait for it to completely dry and turn completely clear.

I personally was appalled to discover that wedding gowns had washable glue on them to hold on the decorations, but it was certainly easier for alterations to be able to undo the decorations to make alterations, then reapply with similar glue. Imagine if all the pearls, beads and lace had been had sewn! It would have taken forever!

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RE: Tin Can Robot

By kathy.michaels1 01/28/2015

Could I get to directions to make a taller say 5-6 foot tin man?

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RE: Eligibility for Social Security Survivor Benefits

By cybergrannie 01/28/2015

You should read and reread both previous responders answers as they are full of good information and advice.

Are you still living at home with your mother?
Where is the child's father in this picture?
Why is he not paying support?
What type of social services are you receiving for yourself and the child?
The benefits your mother receives is for your living expenses (not the child's) and it is suppose to be for you to attend school. All of this money will soon end and should have ended sooner than now.

Help with transportation and free child care is available for those really seeking work - you may have to "stay with mom" or get a job or make the father pay child support or even all three.

None of these will be an easy road - but you chose this path on your own many months ago.

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RE: Property Management and a POA

By cybergrannie 01/28/2015

I do not believe anyone here can really help you with this as legal representation is what you need. A simple notarized letter granting your father-in-law as "overseer" of property does not give him very much legal control - not like a POA would.

Is your name on any of the property?
If not - why?
It seems for sure that your father-in-law wants more control than just "looking" after the property so it would be wise for you to try to protect what may be yours(?) and your husbands property.

You probably will not qualify for free legal services but you should try to find an attorney who is familiar with this type of situation.

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RE: Bathroom Sink Will Not Drain

By Poor But Proud 01/28/2015

It might be that a root has crimped or broken the drain line outside the wall. If you know someone with a power washer, a very quick spritz of that kind of pressure might help, but ultimately it might be time for some professional help. Good luck.

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RE: Slogan or Motto for Daycare

By thriftmeg 01/28/2015

Barrels of Fun

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RE: Keeping Cats Out of the Yard

By Poor But Proud 01/28/2015

Louise is right. Dry some lemon peel and sprinkle it in your flower beds or the perimeter of your lawn. It makes a nice smell and it does keep them away. Good luck!

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RE: Treating a Dog's Red Itchy Ears

By frugalsunnie 01/28/2015

All of the other posters are right - your vet isn't trying and needs replacing!

I raised AKC Boxers 40+years in the US before my permanent relocation to the UK. Without seeing the dog in person or a photo of the affected ears, it sounds to me as though the dog is suffering an allergy or a yeast-like fungal infection. A fungal infection isn't easy to diagnose - different fungi can have different symptoms and not many have a visible discharge or odour.

The home remedy recommended below may work, another thing to try is a very light and carefully sponged on apple cider vinegar wash - dampen the sponge and be prepared for the possibility of an unhappy reaction if the wash irritates any tiny open wounds.

But the very best solution is to find another vet ASAP - if an allergy there are excellent treatments, if a fungal infection left untreated your Boxer could go on to develop more serious problems.

I hope you'll update once a cure or treatment has been found.

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RE: Can You Cross Breed a Dachshund with a Pit Bull?

By hevellegirl454 01/28/2015

I have two dox bull mix I guess they are now called. We made the mistake of adopting 2 males from the same litter and introduced them into our house with a pit rott mix and English bull dog. Although things are good for the most part they are trying to establish dominance and the two brothers have become very aggressive toward each other and once and awhile the two big dogs!

We have had some pretty brutal fights and have been told one brother needs to go in order for the dogs to settle down. They are both very affectionate dogs with lots of energy the problem is they want to solely have all the attention on them. One needs to go to a home with no other animals so that he can get the attention he needs. Please if anyone is interested emaile me at chevellegirl454 AT yahoo.com we have a baby on the way and can't afford a dog fight to break out around a new born! They are just under 9 months old, neutered and up to date on all shots.

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RE: 17th Birthday Party Ideas

By Poor But Proud 01/28/2015

When you say most of your friends are drinkers, that indicates they drink alcohol. I am sure you didn't mean that. But it did give me a thought that might be fun. There are a bunch of "virgin" drink recipes out there. Here is a link to some of them.

http://www.tablespoon.com/posts/20- ... 272ee0f8-dd9b-45e1-b3da-d3a63074198c

If your parents okay it, it might be fun to have a "mock cocktail" party. This is not to promote how cool it is to drink, before anyone gives me a lecture. But it might be a way to taste what is out there in a fun, safe way.
PBP

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RE: Gift Ideas for Wife's 50th Birthday

By Poor But Proud 01/28/2015

Dinah: That is a great idea. Another is making a photo collage of them with her on a specific sized poster board piece so that it can be enclosed in a frame. Most second hand frames are in pristine condition and you can place them all together on a wall. She sounds like a lucky lady and you and your boys are lucky, too.

If you do either suggestion, please post it here. We love to see what people do with our suggestions!
PBP

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RE: What Is My Dog Mixed With?

By frugalsunnie 01/28/2015

I've been there-gone through that and like Abigail says, she IS a GS in the eyes of your potential landlord. You very likely are not going to get that apartment because no matter how senior your dog, complexes with 'dangerous dog' rules will NOT bend.

I raised AKC Boxers in the US. After a divorce and selling of the family home I tried for months to find a place in AL and NW GA that would take me and my last Boxer - a then 11 year old neutered male with impeccable papers and police testaments to his outstanding social manners. I finally ended up buying a small trailer on a private lot to have a home for the two of us because I couldn't get ANY landlord able to waive the rules.

Most complexes are corporate owned and operated - they WILL NOT bend those rules so as to keep their liability insurance premiums as low as possible.

My adult children and their families still live in the US and they tell me nothing has changed since I left the US for the UK in 2010 - in fact, dangerous dog legislation has only increased in the last five years.

Sorry, wish I could have said something more cheery but the plain fact is you're not going to find any complex willing to bend or break the rules regarding 'dangerous dogs'. Best of luck - you'll have a worrying time but eventually you will find a home for you and your dog, hang in there!

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RE: Repairing the Velcro Closures on a Dog Coat

By frugalsunnie 01/28/2015

Jean is spot-on - you need to SEW that velcro:) You'll need to buy an inexpensive leather or upholstery needle set - they come in sets of three to five, usually a curved needle in a couple of sizes and then two or three more 'heavy duty' needles with wicked looking points!

The sets cost less than $5USD and can be found in just about every store in the USA - grocery, drugstore, big box, sewing centre, and hardware. I've even seen them on racks at convenience stores on visits to family (I live in the UK but spent over 50 years in the US).

If you're not in the US, try your country's Amazon site, use the search term 'upholstery heavy-duty sewing needle to bring up dozens of choices.

You'll want to use a heavy duty sewing thread, too - also available in the same places as the needle set. Look for something that matches or is about the same size and thickness as the other stitching on the item you're trying to fix.

Finally - use a knot on the thread, but make sure the knot (doubled for strength) is on the outside to avoid painful rubbing on your dog's skin.

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RE: Does She Look Pitbull?

By frugalsunnie 01/28/2015

Sorry, hit post too soon - check with your vet re breed, if I'm right she's mainly Boxer (if not all Boxer, she really doesn't look like anything else to me!), as the runt expect her to weigh just at or slightly under 45lbs and around 20-25" tall at the most.

If she does have some yellow Lab in her, you'll need to watch for her to become stout (er, plump) once she's around three or four. The added weight won't be good for her as she really does have the Boxer bone structure and as such should have a leaner appearance to prevent potential bone health issues in later life.

Your vet will guide you as will books from the library and online.

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RE: Does She Look Pitbull?

By frugalsunnie 01/28/2015

To my 40+years US experience with AKC Boxers and breed rescue, I'd say your dog is not 'pit bull' or American Staffordshire Terrier (the breed my cousin raises:) - what I'm looking at in the darling photo you've posted is an unregistered full blooded fawn Boxer puppy - she MIGHT be mixed with yellow lab as that coat is a little lighter than the usual full fawn colouration on Boxers.

But no 'pit bull' there.

As the runt, she may have other breed specific health problems but she looks like a very healthy puppy. Be sure the vet checks her over for any problems that can be dealt with by age 6 months (spaying is especially important for 'runt' Boxer females to prevent health problems in maturity).

Although on the small side, which is normal with female Boxer 'runts' - she'll always be small but should have a fairly long and healthy life (around 7-13 years) as long as you are careful to have her spayed, and are aware that although she will sexually mature by around 8 months old, the rest of her (including her brain) won't fully mature until around aged three years - so expect puppy behaviours like chewing and whining until then.

Boxers are wonderful family dogs but do require owner understanding of the breed - online resources, your vet, and your local library will provide you with loads of excellent information; your local leisure services may offer obedience-behaviour training classes geared towards helping you and her towards a long and happy life together.

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RE: What Breed is My Dog?

By frugalsunnie 01/28/2015

She's darling - but there is no Boxer in her that my 40+years experience in AKC Boxer and breed rescue can see.

With that adorable face, coat, and your mention of the small feet, have you considered she might be mixed with Pomeranian? If one parent is GS/Alsatian and the other Pommie, the resulting pups would look something like your dog - try an image search using the two breeds and the word 'mix' or 'cross'.

What does your vet say? He/she will have a much more informed opinion after seeing her in person.

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RE: What Breed Is My Dog?

By frugalsunnie 01/28/2015

What an absolutely adorable little miss! She looks like a Lab-American Staffordshire Terrier mix to me, and again, she's utterly gorgeous:)

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RE: What Breed Is My Dog?

By frugalsunnie 01/28/2015

I raised AKC Boxers in the US over 40 years and also did breed rescue that included rescue of Boxer+? dogs and puppies - your completely gorgeous dog looks like a mix of Boxer and one of the hound breeds.

Do an image search using the term 'Boxer and hound mix dogs' to narrow down the hound breed yours is mixed with - might be Weimaraner (not really a hound, it's a gun or sporting breed), too, from looking at the muzzle and snout. So try a search using those words as well to get a look at the different gun and sporting breeds mixed with Boxer.

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RE: Use Non-Slip Mat When Trimming Pet's Nails

By janus7 01/28/2015

Interesting idea. I have always held my dogs in my lap to trim their nails. It seems to reassure them. I don't think they would like standing on a flat surface while their nails are trimmed.

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RE: 11th Birthday Ideas

By mayajbkc 01/28/2015

I would recommend going to her favorite restaurant then go get ice cream some place. At the restaurant ask the waiter/waitresses to come sing to her.

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RE: Uses for Bacon Grease

By anndell 01/28/2015

I grew up in England, I remember my Mother using bacon grease for so many different foods she cooked. We did not eat a lot of fried foods, she used the bacon grease when she baked chicken, nothing tastier than left over vegs fried in bacon grease. When I moved to America, I noticed my mother in law, put raw bacon in in with her green beans and cook for a while. I cannot believe that we could afford bacon when I was young. Now it is almost a luxury.

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RE: How To Create A Monthly Budget For Food

By zimexlady 01/28/2015

Being single, I buy myself a grocery store gift card, $150 at a time, and make it stretch for a month. Budget? Indeed!

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RE: Uses for Bacon Grease

By zimexlady 01/28/2015

Best of theses foodie comments on bacon: add bacon grease to hot spinach with salt and pepper. Yummy!

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RE: Repairing the Velcro Closures on a Dog Coat

By Jean & Maggie 01/28/2015

Sounds like you're trying to just stick adhesive-backed velcro over the old. You need to SEW new regular velcro on. Good luck!

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RE: Uses for Bacon Grease

By likekinds 01/28/2015

I like to season my Black Eye peas with bacon grease and a tiny (match head) amount of rubbed sage.

A word of caution about pouring hot grease into a glass jar. Hot grease can break a glass jar, causing a huge mess and the risk of burns. Always 'temper' the jar by pouring the first couple tablespoons in, very, very slowly.

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RE: Overhead Ceiling Fan Light Not Working Properly

By bsseaba 01/28/2015

It is always a concern for fire when electrical systems behave strangely and the safest thing to do is hire an electrician to correct the issue.

I have recently worked on a ceiling fan light that was a high end model. It experienced the same problem you described. The fan had a power regulator in the housing for the lighting circuit. In this model of fan, the regulator was not needed. It only served to lengthen the life of the lamps and to bring the light from off to on slowly (1 to 3 seconds) instead of instantly. The power regulator was removed and the fixture works fine.

You can discuss with your electrician whether this type of fix would work with your type of ceiling fan.

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RE: Gift Ideas for Wife's 50th Birthday

By DinahA 01/28/2015

Your sons can consider giving their mother a jar or box of messages on folded paper. Each message will say one or both of them will do a specific chore without question, give their mother time to herself by setting up their own time to play games etc. (together with you?), help her with a specific task such as preparing a meal, there are so many possibilities!

I believe she would be surprized and very happy with this gift!

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RE: SSI and Child Support

By cybergrannie 01/28/2015

You say you are "filing" for child support?
Are you legally separated from your husband?
Are you using an attorney to "file" for child support?
You say you receive child support for the 2nd child?
Why child support for only one child?
Does this child have a different father?

Social Security office can help you with answers but they will want to know everything about the amount of money you will/might receive before they can really answer your questions. Sometimes child support does not change the amount one receives on SSI but it may affect the amount of support a father has to pay.

A lot of things may also depend on the ages of the children. Generally you will be able to continue receiving all of the extra government assistance you now receive - fair or not?

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RE: Clean and Green Bathrooms

By Abigail A. 01/28/2015

I have to disagree with Louise.

Many household cleaning products contain: Alkylphenols, which are endocrine disruptors. Perfluorooactanoic Acid (PFOA), which is associated with increased incidence of breast cancer. Triclosan, which can affect the bodys hormone systems especially thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolism. Use of triclosan may also contribute to bacterial resistance. Perchloroethylene or PERC: Perc is a neurotoxin.

Other ingredients with high toxicity include chlorine bleach and ammonia, which produce fumes that are highly irritating to eyes, nose, throat and lungs, and should not be used by people with asthma or lung or heart problems. These two chemicals pose an added threat in that they can react with each other or other chemicals to form lung-damaging gases.

As far as baking soda and vinegar combined, that is correct, however, is the action of them reacting to each other that can sometimes unblock drains, not the end product of mixing them which will be a harmless salt.

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RE: Cause of Tiny Holes in T-shirts

By susanmajp 01/28/2015

My son and his wife had this problem too. They figured out that they were washing tops with a few that had zippers (which they had left open - unzipped - when washed). Once rectified, the problem ceased.

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RE: Is My Dog Full Blooded Red Nose?

By Gloria Z 01/28/2015

I don't know much about Pit Bulls but I use to be a pure bred dog breeder so consider this: a lot of breeds are born with one color then around the age of 6 months+ they "blow their puppy coat" (completely shed it). When the adult coat comes in it will be another color which will be it's true color.

I bred fawn Great Danes they're born a black/dark brown color and then when their adult coat comes in there's this beautiful fawn color. Good Luck I hope you get the color you're looking for.

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RE: What Breed Is Our Dog?

By Gloria Z 01/28/2015

Boxer.

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RE: Is He a Pit?

By Gloria Z 01/28/2015

Looks like a sweet Black Labrador to me.

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RE: What Kind of Dog Is Harley?

By Gloria Z 01/28/2015

My heart dropped when I saw your dogs picture! I had a Collie/Chow mixed dog & he looked just like yours. The Chow half is rather tough to deal with but if you demonstrate that you're the Alpha dog you will have one of the best animals you could find.

Always let your dog have a "safe spot" to run to when you get mad at him. If your dog starts snarling & bares it's teeth at you (Chow side of him) scold him & send him to his safe spot. Remember he's part Collie which is a herding dog and you need to address that part as well. Play games that simulate a form of "herding". I use to chase mine around the dinning room table - he loved that.

I miss my Toby dog he acted more like a husband than my real one did. He was very smart. Rest in peace Toby.

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RE: What Breed Is My Dog?

By Gloria Z 01/28/2015

If you really want to know go to your vet and get one of those Gene kits that will analyze your dogs genes. They are a little expensive.

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RE: Curtain Color Advice

By mulberry204 01/28/2015

I would like a bright blue, turquoise. A pattern would work well too. Also some pillows in that color or pattern would help to add some color. Your room already sounds so pretty. Good luck.

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RE: Uses for Bacon Grease

By louel53 01/28/2015

In Germany, when I was there, they served bacon grease as a spread for bread, sometimes, instead of butter, or sometimes added it to noodles, instead of butter. I found it a bit overwhelming in flavor, actually, but I assume they liked it!

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RE: 2nd Birthday Party Ideas

By louel53 01/28/2015

A two year old doesn't have any idea at all about parties. Any theme or colour scheme you choose, you do to please yourself, because you like it, want to do it, or think it is fun, and want pictures of your child with the fancy cake.

If your child has playmates or cousins who are older (4 to 8, say), they will appreciate a "theme". If you are inviting grandma, grandpa, aunties & uncles, and no kids, I am not sure that anyone would really appreciate a theme, other than for the photo op.

Birthday parties are not a competition, and two year olds don't need a bunch of other two year olds as guests; they are happier with aunties and grandmas, in my experience.

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RE: Lightening Skin

By louel53 01/28/2015

I also suggest a doctor. Skin will darken in the sun, of course, from a tan, and lighten if you stay out of the sun. Any other colour is reason to see a doctor. Of course, in the 19th century, women "whitened" their complexions by taking arsenic, which made them anemic, hence pale. Of course, it also slowly poisoned them, and some did die. Not something that I'd recommend.

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RE: Bedroom Paint and Accessory Color Advice

By louel53 01/28/2015

My neighbour has new bedding, etc. all in a dark rose and grey satin. It is quite attractive. If you don't want a frilly look, go for solid blocks of colour, or geometric patterns, or a cotton blend rather than shiny satin and flowers.

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RE: Bathroom Sink Will Not Drain

By louel53 01/28/2015

I would also try the little hook to see if there is hair stopping up the drain. If that doesn't work, I think it is time to call a plumber.

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