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(no subject) [Apr. 10th, 2009|01:54 pm]
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Hello! I'm pretty sure this is on topic enough to be allowed, but if unwanted, please by all means, remove. =]

I just started a community called [info]my_grocery_list, where people can share what they buy weekly, or in bulk, or whatever else. Swap money saving ideas, recipes, and all kinds of good stuff. I thought the people here might be interested!

Thank you, and this will be cross posted, so I'm sure someone of you will be less than happy with me. =[
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Plumbing issues [May. 29th, 2008|08:49 pm]
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I don't know anything about plumbing. I live on the third floor of a twenty-four story building. At 3am, I woke up because the toilet was making noise.

This happens sometimes if you press the handle too quickly: it'll just keep filling and filling and filling (because the flappy thing doesn't re-cover the out-hole). So the fact that it was making noise wasn't so unusual. However it was changing volume a lot, similar to what happens when the water has been turned off for a while and then turned back on again. Air in the pipes?

Anyway, I went to fix it, to stop the noise, and found that the new water coming into the toilet was brown. Eep! I went and used the other toilet (we have two) and it started filling with brown water too!

Both of them flushed just fine. They didn't clog or overflow. It's just that the water coming in was brown. As far as I could tell, the water from the tap was normal.

Throughout the day, they both got a bit clearer every time they were flushed. By afternoon, they were normal again. I called the caretaker in my building, and apparently no one else had complained about such a thing.

What could possibly cause this to happen both my toilets, and no other ones in my whole building? Should I worry about it happening again?

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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More cat pee questions [May. 22nd, 2008|12:49 am]
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Lately my kitten has been peeing on anything soft and fluffy. She's ruined two pillows, several blankets, a throw rug, and a butterfly chair. She doesn't seem to have trouble using her litter box otherwise. We haven't got her fixed yet -- do you think that will help? I can't for the life of me figure out why she's doing this, but I have to keep the bedroom doors closed out of fear she'll pee on our bed again.
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bridal registry [Feb. 26th, 2008|09:23 pm]
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Hello all I'm new! I am about to embark on my very first domestic adventure here soon. I'm getting married and going to be registering a couple places. My question is what is one thing that I should register for that isn't commonly thought of? I know the basics like dishes silverware etc. I'm looking for household items that are very handy or cute that I can't do without or make life easier. What was something you got for your house that you are very glad you have?

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glued on disaster! [Aug. 27th, 2007|03:32 pm]
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Several months ago I put this sticky tape on the end of my finished wood dresser. It is supposed to keep the cat from scratching the dresser. He had already put on some scratches, but it did help and now he's older and a little better. The problem? The tape will not come off my dresser. It is a sticky, gunky mess and the edge of my dresser looks like a hairy, scratched up, shiny disaster. Peeling does not work, only tiny bits of it will come off. I just tried a bunch of Goo Gone today and it took off some of the top layer, but I'm left with sticky gunk all over the dresser. I tried a scruffy, etc, nothing seems to work. Does anyone have any ideas? Thank you!
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(no subject) [Jul. 22nd, 2007|11:26 am]
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[mood |mellowmellow]

I have masses of photographs without envelopes. They got too old and damaged and had to be thrown out. I'm planning on sorting through them all at some stage and trying to organize them.

But I'd like to find an efficient, attractive way of doing so without using albums.

I'd like to have two categories for them, the good photos and the bad. So I'll need to double up on storage.

I'm also thinking about what the best way to organize the negatives would be.

Suggestions welcome.

PS: I'm always keen to make new friends, so feel free to add me if you wish.
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(no subject) [May. 14th, 2007|09:18 pm]
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New here, so hello to everyone. I'm res, and I'm from the UK :D

Issue driving me nuts. Blocked shower. Seems simple. Only trouble is, most of the drain bloackage products available seem to be for straightforward, basic drains. Mine is one of the ones with a little filter thing- the water goes through a little hole, which means that most product I put down there just works most of its chemical magic in a small area which is NOT my pipes. I suspect that its grease and little bits and pieces that comes with having used certain Lush products which, despite having stopped using what I suspect were the culprits, has accumulated to such a degree that its still creating a nice little pool around my feet. Does anyone know of a specific method to sort this out once and for all? Its driving me nuts and buying stuff that only works for a week or so is not kind on the wallet. Its not got to the stage yet where it blocks completely (it runs aways quite quickly if switched off) but I think its only a matter of time :(

And I've tried vinegar and baking soda. Many, many times :)
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Removing Oil Stains (Tattoo Goo) [Nov. 27th, 2006|07:42 pm]
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[mood |curiouscurious]

Hi. I'm new here. My name is Nikki, and I have been married almost 3 years. I live in North Carolina.

OK, now for my question.

My husband accidentally left a tin of Tattoo Goo in his pants pocket, and when the pants went through the dryer the goo melted and stained the pants! The stain has darkened the pants around the pocket and is very lightly greasy if you rub it with your fingers.
The ingredients in the goo are: olive oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, wheat germ oil, vitamin E, lavender oil, sunflower oil, rosemary extract, and a little bit of green coloring.

Does anyone know of a way to remove this stain? The pants are 100% cotton, washer/dryer/iron safe.
Any tips are appreciated!
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Vinegar [Nov. 19th, 2006|01:08 am]
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I've always known vinegar was good for many things but recently I was reading up about my sinus problem and discovered that my symptoms showed that I have a mold allergy and there for there is mold in the house.  I know where it probably is and have already cleaned up one of the areas.  I learned from my research that vinegar kills mold spores and supposedly stops their growth so I used straight vinegar to clean that area.

Also, vinegar kills dust mites, I don't know if I have dust mites in the house but I figure it can't hurt to spray vinegar around and add vinegar to my carpet machine when I clean my rugs.

What do you all do with your vinegar? 
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Turning on your furnace for the first time [Sep. 21st, 2006|09:11 am]
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Hello All! I caught a little tidbit on the news yesterday morning about winterizing your home. It said before turning on your furnace for the first time to change your filter (which I knew). But they also mentioned that, especially in older homes (like my apartment building) that mold can form on the coils of the furnace. It was suggested that for the first week of use you tape - something - over the vents to catch the mold spores, but still let the air through. That "something" was the part I didn't catch. It looked to me like maybe it was dryer sheets or something. Has anyone else ever heard of this or know what I'm talking about?
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