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How to Fabricate a Sheet Metal Duct

How to Fabricate a Sheet Metal Duct

Heating, venting and air conditioning (HVAC) ductwork systems are installed during construction to provide the necessary climate control for a structure. Sheet metal ducts are a common material used for these systems. While it is advisable to consult a heat and air professional for help with the sys......[Read More]
Mildew Removal From a Vinyl Seat

Mildew Removal From a Vinyl Seat

Mildew forms when moisture is present. Not only is mildew unsightly, it often emits a musty odor as well. Green or black mildew spots on a vinyl seat make the entire surface look unclean. If you find mildew on your vinyl boat seats, outdoor furniture seats or an indoor chair, remove it promptly befo......[Read More]
How to Remove Rust From a Microwave Oven

How to Remove Rust From a Microwave Oven

If you have noticed any signs of rust in your microwave oven, your first step should be to determine if the rust is a result of exposed metal becoming damp and eroding. If so, your microwave oven must be replaced since metal can spark and cause fires in a microwave. However, it is usually the case t......[Read More]
Eco-Friendly Commercial Cleaning Products

Eco-Friendly Commercial Cleaning Products

Clean your home with eco-friendly commercial cleaners.Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty ImagesEco-friendly commercial cleaning products are gaining popularity, as these items use none of the harmful chemicals that will damage the environment and potentially cause harm to your home and family..........[Read More]
How to Remove Stains From the Plastic on Ice Makers

How to Remove Stains From the Plastic on Ice Makers

Plastic ice makers can pick up stains from foods in the freezer. When liquefied homemade popsicles spill or another food comes in contact with plastic ice makers, the resulting food stain can be tricky to remove. Commercial products are available for cleaning plastic surfaces, but you can remove sta......[Read More]
Cleaning Tile Floor Grout Tips

Cleaning Tile Floor Grout Tips

No matter how clean the tile on your tile floor might be, if the grout lines are stained and dingy, the whole floor will look bad. Grout is a form of cement, which means that it is somewhat more absorbent than the tile itself. This is the problem when it comes to stains, which tend to.........[Read More]
What Tools Do You Need to Open Painted Shut Windows?

What Tools Do You Need to Open Painted Shut Windows?

You should always open a window just after a new coat of paint dries and before it has a chance to harden. Neglecting to do so can make the window impossible to open after a few months unless you take extraordinary measures. If the window remains painted shut for several years, breaking the seal is ......[Read More]
How to Remove Gum From Clohing

How to Remove Gum From Clohing

It's not a good feeling, looking down at a new pair of denim jeans and seeing a blob of sticky, minty gunk--someone else's used gum. Besides the obvious disgust you might feel in such a situation, there's another issue. How do you get it off? All chewing gum, from the xylitol-sweetened sugarless var......[Read More]
How to Remove Sticker Glue From Stainless

How to Remove Sticker Glue From Stainless

Stainless steel is a popular material found all over the home. Many people have stainless steel sinks, cookware and appliances. Occasionally, new stainless steel items come packaged with a label or sticker. These stickers can leave behind a mess that might seem nearly impossible to remove. The good ......[Read More]
How to Remove Permanent Marker From Vinyl in a Boat

How to Remove Permanent Marker From Vinyl in a Boat

Permanent marker stains can feel like a nightmare, especially on such an expensive investment like a boat. And with children who are active and creative, marker stains can almost be inevitable. But rest assured the permanent marker stain on the vinyl parts of your boat are easier to clean than you......[Read More]
How to Buy Mini Blinds

How to Buy Mini Blinds

Few window coverings simultaneously offer privacy, light control, glare and sun control and easy operation. Mini blinds do. Less effective in the winter because they do not insulate, mini blinds provide an affordable window treatment option for your home and office. You can buy them at home improvem......[Read More]
How to Make a Mold for a Birdbath

How to Make a Mold for a Birdbath

Birds are attracted to those yards which meet their basic needs, such as shelter, food and water. A birdbath is a way to address the water needs of birds. Not only can it be used for bathing, but it also provides a place for the birds to drink from. You could purchase a store-bought birdbath, but th......[Read More]
How to Clean a Papasan Cushion

How to Clean a Papasan Cushion

A papasan is a circular chair that sits atop a base typically made from a natural wood such as wicker. Cleaning the thick and rather large cushion that accompanies a papasan chair is challenging, but in most cases is doable at home. If you have a dirty papasan cushion, make it fresh and clean again.......[Read More]
How to Counteract a Mothball Smell

How to Counteract a Mothball Smell

While mothballs can be an effective deterrent for moths, helping to keep your clothing safe from insect damage, mothball odor can be unpleasant. According to the National Pesticide Information Center, mothballs contain active ingredients that vaporize into a gas to kill moths. These chemicals -- nap......[Read More]
How to Remove Cat Urine From Wooden Furniture

How to Remove Cat Urine From Wooden Furniture

Cat urine leaves a strong, unpleasant odor. This can be very upsetting if the cat has urinated on your wood furniture. Simply wiping up the urine does not eliminate the smell, because cat-urine odor is stubborn. Some commercial cleaners just mask the odor and not very effectively at that. A few othe......[Read More]
How to Clean Granite Elevator Floors

How to Clean Granite Elevator Floors

Granite is one of the hardest non-man-made materials used in construction. Many cleaners leave a streaky residue when cleaning granite. Heavy scrubbing can make the residue worse, resulting in the surface appearing unkempt and dirty. Granite cannot be cleaned with conventional cleaners. Many cleanin......[Read More]
Natural Products for Pool Maintenance

Natural Products for Pool Maintenance

The backyard pool is an excellent place for spring and summer fun for your entire family. Swim parties and family barbecues are always special and memorable events. Swimming pools require maintenance to maintain the proper pH balance, to filter out debris and to kill bacteria.Traditional pool main......[Read More]
How to Propagate Curcuma Domestica

How to Propagate Curcuma Domestica

Curcuma domestica — synonymous with Curcuma longa — is also known by the common names turmeric and Indian saffron. The plant is native to tropical Asia. In the United States, it grows best in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 11. Curcuma domestica prefers ric......[Read More]
How to Clean a Glossy Print Photo

How to Clean a Glossy Print Photo

Photographs printed on glossy paper are delicate. The glossy finish shows fingerprints and is easily scratched. Because of this, glossy photos require special cleaning products and proper techniques. You shouldn't clean glossy photos, especially old ones, with water, soap or other household cleaners......[Read More]
How to Get Felt Tip Pen Off of Leather

How to Get Felt Tip Pen Off of Leather

Leather is a natural material that comes from animal hides. Similar to other natural products, leather is porous and absorbent. When a felt tip pen stain ends up on your leather surface you must remove the stain from the surface as well as from the pores without causing the stain to spread further. ......[Read More]