- Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush, and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action will help loosen the grime.
- Attract Fish. Fish dig on bubbles. Fill a tube jig with a piece of Alka-Seltzer and cast off.
- Clean hard-to-reach areas of deep vessels, such as a flower vase. Fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.
- Polish jewelry. Dissolve two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and...
"Drains are hidden heroes in your home. If you’re lucky, you can go for years without thinking about them, but when dirty sink water suddenly won’t go away or a toilet won’t flush, they can be a major frustration. A plugged drain certainly demands attention, but fixing it is probably something you can do yourself. You’ll get faster results than calling a pro, and you’ll save money, too."
Unclog sinks, tubs, toiilets and more with these tips from...
Digital Photography School suggests taking tons of photos to increase your chances of getting that perfect shot. Try these ten tiips to add a bit of diversity as you fill up your memory card.
1. Shoot your subject at different focal lengths
2. Shoot your subject from different angles
3. Shoot using different formats
4. Avoid the Group Shot Blink
5. Use continuous exposure modes
6. Move your Subject around
7. Try Exposure Bracketing -
The always useful Organic Gardening magazine offers some tips to keep backyard birds visible and present at your home during the cold months.
Here's 12 quick home repairs: "15 Minute Fixes that won't put a dent in your weekend."
- Repair marked lineoleum floors
- Revive parched cutting boards
- Unjamming sliding windows
- Plumping up deflated cushions
- Cleaning decanters
- Organizing and storing cords
- Fixing unfurled wallpaper
- Tightening caning
- Washing chandeliers
- Removing stubborn decals
- Removing stuck light bulbs
- Whitening bathtub stains.
Even with a collection of power tools in the garage, it stills pays to be able to use the ultimate mechanical tool combo: the hammer and the nail. Here's five tips from Popular Mechanics for success every time: straight nails, and nice, safe thumbs.
1. Roughen the hammer’s striking face with sandpaper. 2.Blunt the nail's sharp tip with your hammer. 5. Let your hammer rest on...
3. Strike the edge of the nail's head.
4. Drive nails at different angles.
1. Roughen the hammer’s striking face with sandpaper.
2.Blunt the nail's sharp tip with your hammer.
5. Let your hammer rest on...
Photo masters PopPhoto offers twelve essential photographic rules to keep in your head, which can "get you out of a jam and help you get good shots when nothing else will."
1. Sunny 16
2. Moony 11, 8, and 5.6
3. Camera Shake
4. Anatomical Gray
5. Depth of Field
6. Largest Digital Print
8. Quick Flash-fill
9. Flash range
10. Megapixel Multiplier
11. Action Stopping
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According to Wikipedia:
"The raw material for petroleum jelly was discovered in 1859 in Titusville, Pennsylvania where it was stuck to some of the first oil rigs in the U.S. The workers disliked the paraffin like material because it caused the rigs to seize up, but they used it on cuts and burns because it hastened healing. Robert Chesebrough, a young chemist whose previous work of distilling fuel from the oil of sperm whales had been rendered...
"Your Construction Connection" tool site Toolbarn.com has assembled a list of suggestions of (moderately) simple DIY tips to make your house a little more environmentally friendly. Some of them are pretty obvious, and a couple are repeats, but there's a few gems worth pursuing.
- Install solar panels
- Use compact flourescent bulbs
- Roof improvements
- Use motion detector lighting
- Don't waste water
- Use a low-flow shower head
- Aluminum storm door
Though stereotypes abound, I (a man) love to read the paperwork and manuals that come with a new purchase. I'll sit down and read the whole thing before I even mess with my new gear, somewhat for safety and know-how, but mostly to prolong the excitement.
And I keep all the manuals. There's boxes in my basement, and it takes way too long to sort through all the nonsense just to reference a quick setting. So, though they're not rocketscience...
Crafty Chica Kathy Cano-Murillo has assembled some insider tips, shortcuts, and secrets for craft projects.
- Use a crayon to pick up small items (like jewels or crystals) for gluing. (See photo)
- Use a heat gun to give Velveteen paint a suede-like texture.
- Use an empty squeeze bottle to blow away excess glitter.
- Drain a glod glue gun in an old mug.
- Cure resin pieces on wax paper.
- Clean 'crafted' hands with baby wipes.
20. List it. Instead of listing everything you THINK you need, first plan your meals for the week and then buy the ingredients you’ll ACTUALLY need to make them. By doing so, experts say you just might save up to 41% on your grocery bill.
19. Eat first. This tried and true hint bears repeating, as going to the grocery story hungry is the primary reason we buy on impulse.
18. Skip the processed food. Not only are they not good for you, they cost...
The cost of a home-security system can be intimidating, or even preventative. Even everyday folks deserve a safe home, so take a peek at this article from the Smarthomesecurity blog.
1. Trim your garden.
2. Lock up your tools.
3. Make it look like you're home often, even if you're not.
4. Replace outdoor lights.
5. Don't advertise big purchases.
6. Better hide your emergency house keys.
7. Lock your door!
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Blogger Edith Yeung offers sound advice for cleaning not only your storage closet, but your mental/emotional 'closet' as well.
Throw it away when:
You don’t feel good about it.
You don’t like it.
You don’t feel comfortable wearing it.
You don’t remember you had it.
You have not worn it even once in the past 12 months.
It doesn’t fit you anymore.
The only reason you keep because it is expensive.
Change the "throw it away"...
First, read this post from my good friend, BadBadIvy.
A group sale is better then selling alone. More stuff draws more traffic.
Do not bad-mouth your items
Be willing to bargain, but be less flexible at the start.
This year, author J.D., fresh from a neighborhood garage sale weekend, offers 10...
Like it or not, most painting projects require more than one coat of paint. Whether it takes place over one or more days, we’re still faced with cleaning our brushes between coats. To make this task less taxing, turn to your freezer.
As anybody who has cleaned latex paint from a paintbrush knows, the majority of the paint comes out in the first five or ten seconds. It’s the next ten to fifteen minutes that are devoted to getting the brush squeaky...