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Q: New Shower Curtain Odor Just wondering if you have any suggestions as to eliminating the odor often found on new, plastic shower curtains. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! --dawn hrobuchak Reply 8 Dec 2003 (Ref:0946)
A: Hang the the shower curtain outside on the washing line for a few days -- essie Reply
Q: Thermometer fix? is there any way to fix a thermometer after the mercury separates into one or more lines? -- chug Reply 1 Jan 2003 (Ref:0898)
Q: Re your problem with your thermometer I would like to fix mine...a candy thermometer...probably alcohol in it...i tried hot water....and putting it in the freezer....I probably have to bring it up to its maximum temperature (without bursting it)...Did you have any good suggestions? -- Dave Martin Montreal, Quebe -- Dave & Helene Reply 27 Dec 2004
A: Thermometer Fix I recently got an older Pepsi thermometer that had it's mercury like substance separated in several places. I removed the bulb and tube from it's housing and then placed it in a glass with warm tap water.
In the same glass I placed the probe of my digital thermometer so I could watch the temperature. I then placed some water in a pot on my stove and brought it to a boil. In small amounts I placed some of the water from the pot into the glass. I raised the temperature slowly and watched the mercury substance raise as did the digital reading.
I continued until the lowest solid area of the mercury substance in the main column reached the end of the tube and the digital thermometer read 143 degrees. The end of my tube had what appeared to be a small reservoir that appeared a little larger than the column itself. I highly suggest adding the hot water slowly, raising the temperature only a degree or two at the time, being very mindful of where the mercury substance is, and to stop adding hot water once the lowest solid area of the mercury substance in the main column reaches the top. -- "NodeWrangler 14 Mar 2004
Sounds as if protective glasses, gloves and other precautions should be taken. Please note that mercury is an extremely poisonous substance and great care should be taken while handling it. -- Ed.
Q: Household Ants remedy Non Posion. Can't get rid of household ants around cat food area.. Reply (Don Slease) (Ref:0483) I don't think you mean Posion, Poison perhaps? - Ed
A: Ants For ants, draw a line of boric acid (powder, its non-poisonous) or Ajax or Comet, (and I'm willing to bet on baby powder too) around wherever you want to keep the ants out of or away from. I believe that the ants suffocate in the powder. Could be that boric acid, etc. is poisonous to ants, however that's what you wash kittens eyes out with when they are first opening their eyes. Hope this helps. -- "Little-Dog" 28 Feb 2004 Comment
A: Household Ants-. Hi, I had this problem and actually signed a contract with a local chemical free company that would exterminate every 2 months. One day when I was asking about our ant problem and what to do if they came back, the tech gave away their secret…ORANGE CLEANER, any brand will do, it is like a nerve gas, at first they will keep going about their business, and then shaking, and finally croak. Its great because the odor and fumes are not offensive, and it works. Try to follow the “path” that they are taking and coat it. especially if you find the point of entry.
Also if they are a certain kind of ant, instant oatmeal works…when they eat, it expands and well you get the picture. Good Luck. Suzanne Q. Fuller -- . Oct 29 2006 Comment
Silly Putty !!! Enjoying your site, but not finding anything about silly putty.
I have a wonderful, soft, fuzzy blanket with lots of silly putty on one end. How can I best remove it? Anxiously awaiting your reply! -- Dianne Reply 28 Dec 2003 (Ref:0981)
A: We are not absolutely sure what will work but you could try applying ice or dry ice and breaking up the material ( the common solution for chewing gum) You would probably have to do it PDQ or the bits will soften and fall back in to the carpet. You could also experiment with cooking oil, white spirit or WD40 -- Fiona McIlroy Please let us know if it works
Answer#2: In regard to removing the silly putty from my carpet - I tried the ice cube - nothing happened. I have some GOO GONE , it says not to apply directly to carpet, so I placed some on a cloth & blotted the silly putty -- I worked! Took a little effort but can't tell where it was! Thanks for your help anyway -- J. Hammond
Answer#3: Silly Putty Put wd 40 on it let it sit for 10 minutes then using rubbing alcohol blot it until it is gone -- Jensue
Answer#4: Silly Putty. I had silly putty all over my sheets bedding, son's pj's. I used GOOF OFF, similar to GOO GONE. IT WORKED!!!!! -- Nyeatesdds 1/11/08
Answer#5: We are not absolutely sure what will work but you could try applying ice or dry ice and breaking up the material ( the common solution for chewing gum) You would probably have to do it PDQ or the bits will soften and fall back in to the carpet. You could also experiment with cooking oil, white spirit or WD40 -- Fiona McIlroy Please let us know if it works
Q: Heavy Metals in Medicines. I am a high school student doing a science experiment where I am testing 3 different herbal medicines for lead, mercury, and cadmium. I still need to find the 3 medicines that I will test. Do you know of any herbal medicines that contain, are under the suspicion of containing, any of these toxic heavy metals? Do you know where I could find them? Thank you. -- Carly Reply 17 Mar 2004 (Ref:0986)
A: Hi Carly The best place to find a listing would be with the FDA. You can call them direct or check out the website and request information.
Oyster shell tablets as sources of supplemental calcium. They have been found to be high in lead, mercury, cadmium and other toxic metals.
Some Fish Oil capsules contain high levels of mercury also Shark Cartilage which is used in many herbal supplements contains high levels of mercury.
Q: Grass Stain. I need help on grass stain. My son slid in the grass with his Kaki pants. I've washed 3 times in cold water, each time applying "Spray N Wash" before laundering. The green is almost gone, but seems to be replaced by a brownish color. What can I do? Sue Hoskin -- "Jay/Sue" Reply (Ref:0008)
A: Grass Stain: Try Cascade or similar dry dishwasher soap. When my sons played sports I learned this and it worked every time. I even use it on my bathtub. It seems to have lost is sparkle or that clear coating that makes it easy to clean. When I use Cascade it gets cleaner and in 1/2 the time. Also Lave hand soap work well too. On grout in the tub and clothing stains but rinse it out so it doesn't lighten clothing. Good luck! Chris -- 25 Mar 2004
A: Try "A Clear Choice". I bet you'll never buy spray and wash again. used as a laundry pre-treat, you spray it on, rub with fingertips, repeat if necessary, toss in wash and dance with joy when it's done. it even takes marker spots off of clothes. this will work with fresh stains or 'set in' ones and that's just one of it's many uses. if you can't find it in the supermarket on the cleaning supply aisle, you can look them up at www.aclearchoice.com . It is non-toxic, non-flammable, non-magnetic, odor free, and biodegradable. it is recommended for carpets, upholstery, auto carpeting, auto upholstery, pet stains, laundry pre-spotter and woodwork. with a 100% money back guarantee, what have you got to lose? -- Tara W. Reply
Q: Canvas Stains I have a canvas tote bag and there are yellowed stains on the bag. The bag is white, so is it safe to bleach it? Or does that turn it yellow? Should I just take it to a dry cleaner? -- "Karla" Reply (Ref:0725)
Answer ref 0725 Canvas Stains. I got yellow stains on my white canvas tennis shoes by trying to bleach them to remove dirt. I was able to remove the yellow bleach stains by soaking the shoes in a solution of 1/2 cup cream of tartar (I bought it from a store that sells bulk spices) and 1 quart of hot (almost boiling) water. The tip I read said to soak for 30 minutes, but it took 1-1/2 hours for my shoes. -- TD Pitts 10/07/2004
What is meant by address masking? -- Lee Dutton London Nov 8th 2004 (Ref:0997)
A: When the term is used in connection with IP addresses. Its use is similar to making holes in a piece of paper to reveal only that, which one wishes to see and to obscure the remainder. An IP address consists of four numbers, and it may be that only the last number is to be used in the current network. An example of an address mask of this type is as follows:
255, 255, 255,0
The above set of numbers, resembles an IP address but it is nothing more than an address mask for another number, which is an IP address. The following link is a really good explanation of IP numbers and the concept of masking.
Davio McDavitt Nov 11th 2004
Q: Hairspray. I clean for a Beauty Salon and there is a sticky residue on the Vinyl chairs the hair dresser uses to fix peoples hair. I've tried several cleaners and nothing works. Does anybody have any Ideas? Thanks. -- Kathi Conrad Reply (Ref:0628)
A: Sticky residue on chairs at hair salon You might not be able to remove this "residue" as it could be the actual plastic finish has decomposed and there is nothing left to clean. BUT here is something that might work if the vinly finish on the chair is still intact. Try using a product called "Goof-Off" available at Walmart or Home Depot or any hardware store. Use it GENTLY. -- Rob Glory Comment
Q: What is a GUID? and how can I stop spammers and spyware companies from sharing information about me -- Lorenzo O'Neil Reply 17th March 2005 (Ref:1074)
A: What is a GUID?. I came across this definition the other day: Many advertisers and marketers assign each person A global unique identifier to track, monitor and gather unique information on the user. When a person downloads and installs freeware or shareware programs that are Ad supported they are assigned a GUID and this information is then supplied to the Adware firm or firms that sponsor freeware/shareware developer financially. In many cases users are unaware that 3rd party software is also being installed or that any information will be gathered about them and possibly sold. -- anonymous1187 Comment 17th April 2005
Q: How to remove odor from old musty leather handbags I have old leather handbags in great condition, but they have this awful, musty, smell that irritates the sinuses/allergies. I can't use them until I remove the smell. How do I get rid of the odor, if at all possible? -- Reply 22 Nov 2002 (Ref:0863)
A: Musty Leather Leather Goods To remove mildew from leather goods, wipe them with a cloth moistened with dilute alcohol (one cup denatured or rubbing alcohol to one cup water). If mildew remains, wash with thick suds made from a mild soap or detergent, saddle soap, or a soap containing germicide or fungicide, then wipe with a damp cloth and dry in an airy place. Polish leather shoes and luggage with a good wax dressing.
Shoes contaminated with fungus growth on the inside often develop unpleasant odors. You can remove this kind of mildew with low-pressure sprays specially intended for freshening shoes; these sprays are available at shoe and department stores. Use these products as directed. http://www.fcs.uga.edu/pubs/current/C767.html -- "David T. Lichtor" Reply 6th May 2005
Q: Dying Bleach Stains How can you cover up the bleach "stains" on clothing? A friend has 2 sweaters, and a sweatshirt that have been damaged by bleach. They are small but noticeable spots. 2 are blue and the other is red. They are not solid colored items, so I need to know how to "spot" dye. Thank You. Reply (Donna Turner) (Ref:0450)
Answer Bleach Stains. I got yellow stains on my white canvas tennis shoes by trying to bleach them to remove dirt. I was able to remove the yellow bleach stains by soaking the shoes in a solution of 1/2 cup cream of tartar (I bought it from a store that sells bulk spices) and 1 quart of hot (almost boiling) water. The tip I read said to soak for 30 minutes, but it took 1-1/2 hours for my shoes. -- TD Pitts 10/07/2004
Note this will probably only work for white items with yellow stains caused by chlorine bleach. - Ed
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