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Saving Money on Packed LunchesPacking your own lunch can save a lot of money over buying lunch. However, if you aren't careful even a packed lunch can be expensive. This is a page about saving money on packed lunches.

 

A girl holding up a car wash sign at a school fundraiser.

School Fundraiser IdeasThis page contains school fundraiser ideas. There are many fun, inexpensive ways to raise money for school activities and projects.

 

Packed Lunch

Packed Lunch Tips and TricksThis page is about packed lunch tips and tricks. The same sandwich can get boring. Being creative with packed lunches can help provide good nutrition and enjoyment.

 

Photo of a green back and full of back to school supplies.

Green Tips for Back to SchoolFall is time to plan you back to school purchases. Use these green tips for back to school to make sure your kids are environmentally friendly with their school supplies.

 

Girl Eating Breakfast Before School

Eating Breakfast Before SchoolThis is a page about eating breakfast before school. Studies have shown that students perform better in school if they eat breakfast. Busy schedules sometimes make this a difficult task.

 

Mother and Father Helping Child with First Steps

Preserving Childhood MemoriesThis is a page about preserving childhood memories. Children grow up too fast.

 

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Family going to the park.

Summer Activities for KidsThis is a page about summer activities for kids. It can be a big job keeping kids busy during the summer break from school.

 

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Geocaching Tips and TricksThis page contains geocaching tips and tricks. Geocaching is a game that gets you out on an adventure and is fun for the whole family.

 

A child blowing bubbles

Keeping Kids Entertained During Summer BreakThis is a page about keeping kids entertained during summer break. Summer is coming and the kids will be looking for things to keep them busy.

 

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People playing on the beach at sunset.

Saving Money on Summer FunThis is a page to saving money on summer fun. Kids and adults alike need to amuse themselves during the long summer days. There are many local concerts, fairs and events, beaches, camping, vacations, and more.

 

A woman reading books in the summer.

Starting a Summer Book Club and Book SwapKeep your kids entertained and reading over the summer by organizing a book club and book swap. Consider one for yourself as well. This is a page about starting a summer book club and book swap.

 

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Gardening Tips and Advice

How to Hand Pollinate Passionfruit

How to Hand Pollinate PassionfruitIf you have passiflora (passion flowers) growing in your garden and wish for fruit, you may have to take some extra steps. Hand pollinating the flowers is easy and can increase the your passionfruit harvest.

 

Open Bag Garden Items Are 50% Off - slightly damaged bags of mulch

Open Bag Garden Items Are 50% OffOften nurseries and big box garden centers will sell open bags of garden soil, mulch, etc. at a discount. It can be as much as 50% off. So if the open bag is not marked, check with a sales associate. There is generally not a lot of product missing; it is another good way to save on gardening supplies.

 

The completed circle plant trellis.

Circle Plant TrellisDo you have plants that need a trellis? You can make 4 circle trellises for just ~ 25 cents each, versus paying over $10 for one. Here's a quick, easy & inexpensive tutorial on how to make a circle trellis (for my Hoya plant).

 

Crafty Pea Trellis - finished trellis

DIY Crafty Pea TrellisThis trellis features reusable components and jute or cotton twine. You can recycle the twine with the spent vines at the end of the season. You may have some of the necessary supplies to build the framework in your garden shed or garage. Let us share this pea trellis plan with you.

 

New Plantings and Garden Flowers - pink flowering mountain laurel

New Plantings and Garden FlowersLast year my grandson and I cut down several forsythia shrubs along the northern edge of the side yard. The stumps still need to dealt with. This year I have focused on planting two lilac bushes further into the yard to ultimately help reestablish a green border between my yard and my neighbor's. There will also be a native mock orange placed along this same line, soon.

 

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Ecological Ways to Drive Moles Out of the GardenAlthough moles don't eat plants, they can damage the roots of plants and lead to their decay by digging numerous canals in the ground. There are many natural ways you can drive moles out of your garden. These are some of them.

 

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The completed dinosaur counting puzzle.

Dinosaur Counting PuzzleTeach toddlers to count 1 to 10 with a simple interactive puzzle. Make them participate in this craft and let them enjoy the game. It will develop analytic skills on putting the parts in exact place and learn basic counting as well.

 

The completed coffee lampshade.

Coffee LampshadeCoffee is one of the world's favorite drinks. The amount of coffee waste is very high. I want to show you how to make the environmentally friendly, very light and strong enough lampshade from recycled coffee grounds. This method is very easy and can be used to make many other things.

 

Adding a faucet and handle and decorations to the birdhouse.

Upcycled Water Faucet DecorI saw this birdhouse made with an old water faucet. Since I had some old plumbing supplies that belonged to my grandpa, I came up with this craft decor using a water faucet and a handle. The "birdhouse" was something I found at a thrift store.

 

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The completed denim dove.

Origami Dove Brooch from Old JeansOrigami is the art of paper folding. I made this brooch by folding denim from old jeans instead of paper. I used the origami scheme for folding a dove.

 

The frame with a photo inside.

Portable Crochet Photo FrameThis crochet frame not only looks original but is lightweight so you can carry it with you. It can be hung on a wall or placed on a table. It can also be a great DIY birthday present. Instead of a photo, you can insert a picture and use it as a double sided card.

 

Using the scales as sequins.

Sequins from Fish ScalesIf you need sequins to decorate something not big, but do not want to spend money, then make sequins yourself from fish scales. You can also dye these sequins any color.

 

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Someone laying down roofing tar paper.

Removing Roof Tar from Skin with Olive OilRoof tar and other sticky substances can be gently removed from skin by using regular olive oil from the kitchen. Learn how to do it in this short video.

 

A clock being repaired with a new movement and hands.

How to Replace a Clock MovementIf you have a favorite clock that has stopped working, it's relatively simple to purchase a new movement as a replacement. Learn the technique with help from this step by step video.

 

A fluffy Japanese style pancake in a snowflake shape with syrup.

Japanese Style Puff PancakesThese fluffy pancakes are a delicious alternative to traditional pancakes. Learn how to make them in this short video.

 

A man applying hand sanitizer to his bare hands.

Make Your Own Hand SanitizerLearn the step by step process of making your own hand sanitizer in this short video. This recipe makes a strong enough sanitizer to kill of the coronavirus. This is based off of the World Health Organizations' recommendations. This recipe uses rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and glycerine.

 

A small jar of butterscotch pudding.

Butterscotch PuddingCreamy butterscotch pudding is easy to make at home with ingredients you probably already have on hand. Learn how to make it in this short video.

 

A tray of peanut butter cookies.

Flourless Peanut Butter CookiesThese easy peanut butter cookies are entirely gluten-free. Learn how to make them in this short video.

 

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The plastic seal in the lid of a cookie jar.

Finding a Replacement Plastic Seal?I'm looking for the plastic seal for a 1984 Secret Recipe Cookie Jar lid.

 

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Can I Get a Perm On Colour Treated Hair?I have very straight, limp, lifeless hair, which I keep short in a bob. I would like to grow it longer and would like to get a 'demi wave' (if they're still called that) but I also want to keep colouring my hair (I do that every 2-3 months). Is this possible? I used to do it when I was younger. I'm just fed up with spending hours with rollers in my hair only for the curl to last about an hour.

 

An old Mickey Mouse clock.

Value of Old Mickey Mouse Lamp?I have this old Mickey Mouse Lamp that I was just wondering what its worth. I cant seem to find it anywhere when I google search and there's no names or anything on it. I've had it for so many years, since childhood, that I'm not even sure who got it for me or when.

 

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Heating Pad Error Code?My CVS heating pad has a code EE on it. How do I fix it?

 

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Chicken Salad for 20 People?How much chicken salad do I need to feed 20 people?

 

The book "Fairy Tales" by Hans Anderson.

Information About Hans Anderson Book?Hi, I wonder if anyone could give me some information on this book. Can't find any date but incorporated within it are adverts which look like perhaps from the 1950's. Any info would be great - thanks in advance

 

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Some dying bottlebrush bushes.

What Is Killing These Bottlebrush Bushes?We have had these bottlebrush bushes in our backyard for about ten years. This past year they look like they are slowly dying. They have been watered the same way for the past ten years through our water sprinkling system. A week ago my husband put fertilizer on them but it hasn't done too much. I was thinking maybe we need to prune the dead away but I don't know if that would help. Any suggestions what is wrong with this bush?

 

A bug on a white surface.

Getting Rid of Household Bugs?Hey, can someone please help! I have posted these bugs once before but can't seem to get rid of. This one was in my bathroom on the floor, they are literally all over! Please help!

 

A collection of old baby dolls.

Value of Dolls?Should I throw these away or keep?

 

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Looking for My Biological Dad?I am looking for my biological father. I've tried Family Tree now, searched Facebook/social media and I'm waiting on 23 and Me results. Does anyone have any other ideas? After 39 years, I was told 3 weeks ago my dad was not biologically my dad and that I have an older half brother.

 

A shrub with reddish leaves.

What Is This Shrub?Can anyone identify this shrub? It has oval shaped maroon/burgundy colored leaves and is about 4 feet tall. It is currently planted in a partly shady spot in very wet, clay soil. This may be why it is sparse and not full. I would like to move it to a full sun location in soil with no clay. I need some advice. Thank you in advance for all replies.

 

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Information On "For Ever Sewing Machine?"Hello, I bought this machine, but I dont know anything about it.

 

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A repair man fixing a leaky roof.

Finding Home Repair Help for Low Income FamiliesThere are times when household repairs just can not wait until you have the money to complete the project. This page is about finding home repair help for low income families.

 

Roof with damaged shingles.

Roof Repair for Low Income Homeowners?Low income homeowners often can not afford the cost of roof repairs. Searching for agencies or organizations that might help with the costs may be their only solution. This is a page about roof repair for low income homeowners.

 

Man sitting on couch looking through phone book in flooded room with water up past his ankles

Finding Plumbing Repair Assistance for...This is a page about finding plumbing repair assistance for low income homeowners. Having working plumbing is a necessity. However, some families can not afford the cost of hiring a tradesperson to make the necessary repairs.

 

Close up of a roof being installed

Finding Roof Repair Assistance for Seniors?Many senior citizens are living on fixed incomes that often are insufficient to meet the maintenance needs of their homes. This is a page about finding roof repair assistance for seniors.

 

Man repairing plumbing under sink

Finding Plumbing Repair Help for Low Income Homeowners?This is a page about finding plumbing repair help for low income homeowners. Plumbing repairs may be too expensive for many low income homeowners. However they are quite necessary for health and even safety. Finding a source of assistance to reduce the costs can help.

 

A man performing roof repairs.

Getting Financial Assistance for Roof...When your roof is starting to fail it is important to get it fixed as soon as possible. This page is about getting financial assistance for roof repairs.

 

Pattern for a Vintage 1950s Glass Windchime?I would like to have a pattern for the small glass windchimes that came from Japan in the 1945-1960s. I remember them costing 25 cents to $1.25. Here is a picture of one my daughter bought for me. I want just one tier. Anyone know where to find one? Or the pattern?

 

A bunch of ants on a white background.

Identifying Small Black BugsHaving unidentified insects infesting your home can be annoying. It helps to know what kind they are when determining the best way to be rid of them. This is a page about identifying small black bugs.

 

A photo fo a carrot growing in a vegetable garden.

Keeping Animals Out of Your GardenThis is a page about keeping animals out of your garden. Whether it is your neighbor's pet or some form of wildlife, keeping animals out of the garden can be difficult.

 

A man cutting down a tree.

Selling Trees on Your Land for LumberIf you own acres or even a larger residential lot you may have trees that you would like to have removed and be able to sell for the lumber. This is a page about selling trees on your land for lumber.

 

Itching from a bug bite.

Identifying Little Black Biting Bugs?Identifying biting bugs is the first step in trying to eliminate them from your home or to repel them when outdoors. This is a page about identifying little black biting bugs.

 

Tiny black bugs next to a penny for scale.

Tiny Black Bugs in the KitchenThe key to getting rid of tiny black bugs on kitchen floor is first identifying what they are. Check out what has worked for others in this page.

 

Silver Bracelets

How Much is .925 Silver Worth?Sterling silver is a silver alloy containing 92.5% silver and 7.5% of another metal, usually copper. Sterling silver is commonly used for making fine jewelry. This is a page about how much is .925 silver worth?.

 

Small black bugs smaller than the tip of a match.

Getting Rid of Tiny Biting Black BugsMany types of bugs are small and black, if they are biting bugs they can be annoying and a health hazard. This is a page about getting rid of tiny biting black bugs.

 

A vet giving a cat a vaccination.

ASPCA Pet Vaccination Truck ScheduleIn some places like New York City, the ASPCA has mobile vaccination trucks that service neighborhoods on a set schedule. This page has links and information about the ASPCA's mobile vaccination truck schedules.

 

Dental tools in open mouth

Getting Dental Work w/o InsuranceFor the many people without dental insurance, there are sometimes affordable ways to get the needed work done. This is a page about getting dental work done without insurance.

 

A painting a wood table using a roller.

Painting Over Varnish Without SandingIt is often recommend that you sand any surface thoroughly prior to painting it. Painting over varnish without sanding is not a best practice but it can be done.

 

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Pattern for Fitted Queen Sheets?Making your own bed sheets allows you to choose your fabric and perhaps get a better fit. This is a page about pattern for fitted queen sheets.

 

Bug Bites

Getting Rid of Invisible Biting BugsWhen you are having trouble identifying what insect is biting you, they can be difficult to get rid of. This is a page about getting rid of invisible biting bugs.

 

Two wood dressers.

Organizations That Help Low Income Families Get Free Furniture?Buying furniture is an expensive undertaking. Families struggling on low incomes often are unable to buy or replace their furniture without some type of assistance. This is a page about organizations that assist low income families get free furniture.

 

Insect Repellant

Repelling Gnats OutsideThis is a page about repelling gnats outside. Flying gnats outdoors are annoying and can spoil your relaxation in the yard or garden.

 

Moldy loaf of bread.

Preventing Mold on BreadIt isn't any fun to be making a sandwich and discover that your bread is moldy. There are a number of ways to prevent your bread from molding. This is a page about preventing mold on bread.

 

Brown leather reclining sofa.

Slipcovers for Reclining CouchesFinding slipcovers for your reclining couch may be difficult. This is a page about slipcovers for reclining couches.

 

How to Fix Damaged Surfaces of Wood Furniture - small chest of drawers with bottle of oil soap, furniture pen, and rag on top

How to Fix Damaged Surfaces of Wood FurnitureWood furniture can get damaged in a number of ways. This is a page about how to fix damaged surfaces of wood furniture.

 

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Buying Second Hand AppliancesThis is a page about buying second hand appliances. One way to save money on expensive home appliances is to shop for second hand ones in good repair.

 

A backpack full of school supplies.

Finding Help Getting School Clothing and...This is a guide about finding help getting school clothing and supplies. Getting your kids the clothing and supplies they need each year before school starts can be expensive. For the family on a very tight budget it can be overwhelming.

 

Butterfly Eggs

Identifying Insect Eggs?Identifying insect eggs, whether in your home or garden, can help you decide whether they are harmful or beneficial. This is a page about identifying insect eggs.

 

A man applying hand sanitizer to his bare hands.

Make Your Own Hand SanitizerThis is our official recommended recipe to make your own hand sanitizer at home. This recipe follows WHO guidelines for maximum cleaning power.

 

Ladder leaning against a gutter

Leaning a Ladder Against a Roof...This is a page about leaning a ladder against a roof without crushing gutters. When you need to make repairs or clean gutters, your ladder needs to lean on the house often against the gutters.

 

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Free Computer Training for Senior Citizens?New technology can sometimes make an older person feel left behind. However, there are opportunities for getting free training to help you keep up with the latest computer hardware and software. This page offers some suggestions for finding free computer training for senior citizens.

 

Glider chair with ottoman.

Finding Glider Chair Replacement CushionsMany glider chairs have fabric upholstered cushions that may need to be replaced long before the chair itself. This is a page about finding glider chair replacement cushions.

 

Black mold on a bathroom ceiling.

How Do I Remove Black Mold on the Ceiling?This is a page about removing black mold on the ceiling. Black mold can be difficult to get rid of anywhere in the home, but the ceiling can be one of the most challenging.

 

Sofa bed with a metal frame.

Sofa Bed Frame ReplacementSometimes the frame for your sofa bed becomes damaged beyond repair. Finding a new replacement frame can be a challenge. This is a page about sofa bed frame replacement.

 

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Pet Urine Smell After Using a Carpet...This page is about pet urine smell after using a carpet cleaning machine. Removing dog or cat pee odors from carpets can be a challenge.

 

Man Looking at His Keys Locked In the Car

Using AAA When Keys Are Locked In the Car?When your keys are locked in the car, AAA will call a locksmith to help you retrieve them. Hopefully there will be no damage to your automatic window. This is a page about using AAA when keys are locked in the car.

 

Green, unripe figs, growing on a fig tree.

Figs Are Not Ripening?Are your figs are not ripening? Check out this page to find tips and tricks on how to get your figs to ripen.

 

Blue Cross Blue Shield vs. Medicare

Blue Cross Blue Shield vs. MedicareThis is a page about getting additional health insurance coverage. If you need medical coverage the choice between Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicare can be a tough one.

 

Crepe Myrtle branch with blossoms

Starting a Crape Myrtle from a CuttingCrape myrtles can successfully be started from both hard and soft wood cuttings. This is a page about starting a crape myrtle from a cutting.

 

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Shot Glass Party Favor Sayings?I was wondering if anyone had ideas for a saying I could type up to put in my favors. We purchased shot glasses for favors, so I'd like to use the word "shot" in the saying somehow?

 

Inside of Empty new home.

Rates for Cleaning New Construction HomesThis is a page about rates for cleaning new construction homes. Cleaning businesses often focus on specific types of cleaning jobs, such as private homes, businesses, or new construction.

 

Someone itching their skin from bug bites.

Getting Rid of Tiny White Biting Bugs?If you have small white biting bugs in your home, it would be best to exterminate them as soon as possible. This is a page about getting rid of tiny white biting bugs.

 

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Health Sciences Institute Reviews?This is a page about Health Sciences Institute reviews. Health Sciences Institute is a members only website that focuses on modern underground medicine.

 

A pair of eyeglasses on an open laptop.

Removing Anti-Reflective Coating from Glasses?When the reflective coating on your eye glasses is damaged you may need to remove it. This is a page about removing anti-reflective coating from glasses.

 

Woman holding a box for a garage sale

Posting Your Garage Sale on CraigslistPosting your garage sale on Craigslist is easy. Knowing the right things to say will get people coming your way. This is a page about posting your garage sale on Craigslist.

 

Old television set.

Getting Rid of Old TVsThis is a page about getting rid of old TVs. TVs contain materials that are harmful to the environment and need to be disposed of properly. It can be difficult and expensive to get rid of them.

 

Bee on Hummingbird Feeder

Keeping Bees Out of a Hummingbird FeederBees and hummingbirds are often found in the same places in your garden. However, if you are putting out food for the hummingbirds it can attract an unwanted amount of bees. This is a page about keeping bees out of your hummingbird feeder.

 

Veterinarian taking a blood sample from a cat.

Finding a Veterinarian That Accepts PaymentsIt is very stressful to have a pet in need of veterinary treatment and not have the cash for the visit. Finding a practice that will accept payments can be difficult. This is a page about finding a veterinarian that accepts payments.

 

Craftsman Riding Mower

Craftsman Riding Mower Won't StartIt is very frustrating to roll out your mower to cut the lawn only to find that it won't start. This is a page about Craftsman riding mower won't start.

 

Buy now pay later button on a computer keyboard.

Buy Now, Pay Later WebsitesBuy now, pay later websites offer an alternative to shopping using a credit or debit card. This is a page about buy now, pay later websites.

 

Removing Wax Buildup on Floors

Removing Wax Buildup on Floors?Shiny waxed floors look great, but over time the wax can build up and result in a dull, dingy appearance. This is a page about removing wax buildup on floors.

 

Shower Power Cleaner

Buying Shower Power Cleaner?This is a page about buying Shower Power cleaner. Shower Power cleaner is a popular cleaner for removing soap scum in your shower. Find where to buy Shower Power near you.

 

Finding a Lost Relative, Genealogy Study

Finding a Lost RelativeWhether you are trying to locate a relative you have never met or attempting to reconnect with some one you have lost track of, finding a lost relative can be a daunting task. This is a page to finding a lost relative.

 

An upset mom burying her face in her hands.

Collecting Back Child Support if Parent is Deceased?This is a page about collecting back child support if parent is deceased. When the obligated parent dies, there may still be ways that the parent with the child(ren) can collect some child support.

 

Woman with holding her mouth in pain.

Remedies for Pain from Wearing DenturesGetting your mouth accustomed to false teeth can be uncomfortable. This page is about remedies for pain from wearing dentures.

 

A woman holding a blue fly swatter.

Tiny Flying Insects in Your House?There is nothing more frustrating than having tiny flying insects in your house. Identifying what type of insect they are will help you get rid of them. This page contains tips for getting rid of tiny flying bugs in your house.

 

A birthday cake with the number 11 on it.

11th Birthday Party Ideas for GirlsTween birthday parties can be difficult to plan, they are getting too old for children's parties and are still not ready to move up to teen party activities. This is a page about 11th birthday party ideas for girls.

 

Pop Tabs

Selling Pop TabsThis is a page about selling pop tabs. Aluminum pop tabs may have some monetary value if you find a crafter or recycling center that will buy them.

 

Finding Free Furniture

Finding Free FurnitureIf you need to furnish your home or apartment inexpensively, it doesn't get any better than finding free furniture. This is a page about finding free furniture.

 

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How Much Does House Cleaning Cost?Whether you are looking for a cleaner or starting your own business, determining the average cleaning rates is a main consideration. This is a page about how much does house cleaning cost.

 

Mold from Growing on House Siding

Keeping Mold from Growing on House Siding?Humid climates and natural disasters can lead to mold growth on the siding of your home. This is a page about keeping mold from growing on house siding.

 

Man Cutting Up Pine Tree

Selling Mature Pine Trees?If you have large pines trees that need to be removed, it may be possible to sell the timber if you have enough of them or a desirable variety of tree. Selling mature pine trees from your property can help clear some land and make some money.

 

Furious girl with a fly swatter.

Getting Rid of GnatsThis is a page about getting rid of gnats. Seeing spots zipping past your eyes? It could be the dreaded gnat. These tiny insects multiply rapidly and can become very annoying.

 

Well water running a in a sink.

Removing Rust from Well Water?Well water can contain rust. Not only does rust in your water make the water reddish, unappetizing, and possibly bad tasting it can also stain laundry and other items. This is a page about removing rust from well water.

 

Man fixing Circuit Breaker

Not Getting Power But Circuit Breaker Was Not TrippedElectrical problems can be difficult to diagnose, especially when it isn't a simple case of resetting the breaker. This is a page to troubleshoot the issue of not getting power but the circuit breaker was not tripped.

 

washing machine

Maytag Washer Error CodesYour washer has stopped working and is flashing a code on the display. This is a page about Maytag washer error codes.

 

Mold on Walls

How to Clean Mold on Painted Walls and CeilingBathrooms and other humid areas can begin to grow mold on the walls and ceilings. This is a page about removing mold from painted walls and ceiling.

 

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