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Removing polyurethane spots from a painted wall...
Friday, November 30, 2012 | By hoptownracer1

Made a wonderful discovery today.  While searching the internet to find out how to remove orange polyurethane spots from my kitchen wall, I came across a post about removing polyurethane from a tub.  I wondered if their tip for the tub would work on a wall, and it my case, it did!  First of all, my walls are painted in semi-gloss paint, so that might make a difference on whether or not it will work.  They advised to use a razor scraper to gently scrape the polyurethane off the tub, so I tried it on my wall.  It worked!!!  I have been looking at those awful spots for probably a year, and finally decided to try to remove them again.  I tried Mr. Clean sponge, scrubbing cleansers. Goo Gone, finger polish remover, and a slew of stuff, so I was delighted this worked.   I was gentle and scraped with the edge of the blade.  Hope this helps someone else!  :)

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What you can do with food?
Thursday, January 06, 2011 | By gogalyboo

So this craigslist find (Extensol desk), project of mine is coming along…

Pulled out my Elmer wood filler and my putty knife, filled the gouges, and where the veneer was coming up glued it down. Sanded the whole top, legs and 4 leafs of the desk.

Pulled out my handy dandy bottle of ketchup from the fridge and soaked 2 of the 5 drawer pulls to see what was under 50 plus years of dirt..

Wow I think its brass..

Homemade polish


·         2 tablespoons flour

·         2 tablespoons salt

·         1 tablespoon water or Vinegar


1.         Mix together into a thick paste, adding liquid  as needed.

2.         Spread the polish on the object in a thin layer and let it dry.

3.         Once the polish has dried take a very soft cloth like a piece of felt or chamois cloth and rub the item you are polishing to make a nice clean shine. The soft cloth should be dry when you rub off the polish..

4.        Rinse and rub again to burnish.

Ø  Once the brass or copper item has been rubbed it should look clean and fresh but if it still is dull you can apply the polish once again and let it dry and rub it off.

Ø  Brass and copper benefit from a good polishing once or twice a year.


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Tuesday, February 03, 2009 | By Monique63

I have tried many, many ways to get rid of unwanted sticky labels and I've finally found the answer! You guessed it right...MAYONNAISE!

I used to advocate using a little turpentine but it is much harder work.

Put a smearing of mayonnaise over the label (the lighter version mayo works just as well) and leave for 10-20 minutes. Then using either a fingernail or use an old credit or plastic store card- scrape the label off. It's so easy.

For any stubborn residue use that little bit of turps to get the remainder off but this is needed only for quite thick stickers.

A-Mayonnaising! - a cheap and effective solution!

Monique :)


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Restoring a steamer trunk
Sunday, December 14, 2008 | By sourkats

I just recently purchased an old flat top steamer trunk.  The person I purchased from had painted the outside red.  And most of the paint was chipping off.  So I removed that no problem.  However, the inside is lined with really thick smelly cardboard.  Does anyone have any tips on removing the cardboard lining?  I have tried using the putty knife and the spray bottle.  With not much success.  I spent an hour scrapping down just one side (a small side at that).  It's as if the cardboard has bonded with the wood.  Please help!

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Paint a Leather Sofa
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 | By dstansbe13

I ordered a woodie doll for my nephew, off of ebay. The toys were used, but I got a good deal for them. So I was cleaning it off with this strong chemical, and stupid me not thinking, sat on the leather couch cleaning the woodie doll. I accidently dropped the chemical thing, and it made a spot on the leather. I tried to wipe it off with a leather cleaner, but it only made it worse. Is there such thing as some leather touch-up paint that I can fix the spot with? The cleaner took off the color of the leather, and now it is an ugly blank spot in the middle of dark leather.

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080212-2124-01 b@s problems
Friday, July 04, 2008 | By pubefair

my tiller inst working when i pull it, it doesnt fire but when i put gass in the carb it back fires and catch the carb on fire

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Riding mower wiring
Sunday, April 13, 2008 | By farmer5

I have a 11 year old craftsman lawn tractor.  Ran and started perfect one day, next day I turned the key just to turn on the elecctrical and flicked the light switch on to see if the lights worked.  When I flicked the lights the electrical system went totally.  No electrical works.  It is not the fuse nor is it the battery.  I wanted to buy the wire harness but they stoped making it.  I callled Craftsman and they are very reluctant to help.  What do I do?

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Florecent lighting questions
Saturday, December 22, 2007 | By Pasco Handyman

I was wondering if you can turn a 3 bulb light that once ran off of 2 277 ballests into a 3 bulb that runs off of 1 120?

I have a ballest that will do it i just dont know how to run the wires from the ballest to the lights.

does each pole on the bulb need to be connected to a wire or will one wire do? another questions is i have 1 blue and 1 yellow wire from the left side the blue is on the bottom but a white wire connects it to the top and the yellow stands alone in the center.  2 blues 1 red and 1 orange from the right. the blues are on the top and bottom and the orange and red are attached to the center. not to sure how to convert it but i think its doable. any help would be nice :) thanks

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Sleeper Sofa
Thursday, July 26, 2007 | By Irishh7

Hi!  I have a full sleeper sofa that is @ 18 months old.  I had to have the sleeper part replaced once since it was found to be defective.  Since having the second sleeper installed, it squeaks everytime you sit on it.  I had someone come out and look at it, and he made a few adjustments to the wood frame underneath, but that hasn't helped.  I must add that I have a queen sleeper that is the same make and have not had any problem with it even though I have had it longer.

Any suggestions on how to help with the squeaking?



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