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I know everything! Pfttt.

Um … no I don’t know how to restore a fibreglass sailboat.

This was the answer I gave to a woman I encountered in my front garden the other day.  She was strolling by and I was swatting flies away from my underarms while crouched in a bunch of poisonous milkweed, waiting to take a picture of a butterfly egg for an  upcoming post on How To Raise Monarch Butterflies.

We got to chatting and she asked me why I was crouched within noxious weeds, taking a picture of a butterfly egg.  Because clearly this isn’t something a normal person does.  Looking back on the conversation, I see she may have been frightened by my obviously lunatic-like behaviour . She was probably gauging me to see if I was merely eccentric or had  recently been released from the local facility in town some of the elders still refer to as the Looney Bin.

I explained I had a website that revolved around how to do stuff.  It is appropriately named “The Art of Doing Stuff” I said.  She asked me if I knew how to do everything.  Now let me state, the correct answer to that question is obviously, NO.

Which is why I said YES.  Why yes, strange lady who I’ll never see again, I know how to do EVERYTHING!  I’m GREAT!  You should probably clone me for future generations.  Hey wait!  Hold on … let me just build a time machine out of this camera around my neck and a few strands of toe knuckle hair. That way I can help PAST generations with all of my knowledge too!

Hell, I was never gonna see this woman again.  I didn’t give a care.

Assured of my sanity, at this point the woman’s face lit up (obviously relieved to find out I wasn’t going to start speaking in tongue or  pee on her foot) and she asked me “Do you know how to restore a fibreglass sailboat??!”.  Um … no I don’t know how to restore a fibreglass sailboat.

And just like that I felt like a complete failure and fraud.  My first public question about what I know, and I didn’t know a thing.  I cleverly diverted her attention away from my lack of knowledge by contorting my face in pain when a miniature bee stung my underarm.  Remember the picture of that old man who could swallow his face?  I looked something like that.

So you guessed it … I now can’t get the thought of restoring a fibreglass sailboat out of my head.  Even though I don’t own a fibreglass sailboat and quite frankly don’t really like sailboats unless they’re being captained by Simon LeBon in a Duran Duran video circa 1982.  And come to think of it, that was really a yacht.

Regardless, once I get in my head that I want to figure something out there’s very little the sensible side of me can do about it.  This blog has turned into quite a great outlet for that sort of thing.

In my short life so far (cause I’m realllyyyy young) I have spent an absurd amount of time figuring stuff out and The Art of Doing Stuff is my way of sharing everything I’ve figured out with you.

I’ve dissected and figured out the exact formula for making an Ikea hot dog, I’ve taught myself how to lay flagstone and build planter beds, I read the instructions and installed my own central vac, I’ve mastered butchering, baking and candlestick making.  All courtesy of my extreme curiosity and slight crazy-in-the-headness.

I’ve created hanging lanterns from Dollar store stuff, and upholstered a chair in a pinch with a blanket.  Neither of these things were the result of careful thought and planning –  each was a lightbulb over the head moment.

Of course many things go tragically wrong.  MANY.  This is usually due to me being stupid or the other people being stupid.  It often involves the Internet.   As I’ve mentioned numerous times …. the INTERNET IS A BIG FAT LIAR!

The Internet is responsible for some of my biggest failures.  I’m talking to you Maple Syrup massacre. 4 months later my microwave STILL produces popcorn that smells like burnt maple syrup.  The Internet told me steak would dissolve in Coke.  It didn’t.  The Internet told me WD-40 would remove lipstick stains.  It didn’t.

And who can forget the Frozen Yogourt Tampon?  Um,  no one.  Sorry ’bout that.

I need your help!

So now … I’d like to hand the reins over to you my friends.  I want you to use the comment section of this post to give me all of the questions you want answered.  The most inventive, interesting and seemingly impossible to answer questions you can think of!   You know the “Ask Karen” section in the upper right hand corner?  I want you to post all the questions you’d normally send in there in this comment section.

Fun questions, weird questions, things we should probably all know, but don’t questions.  Use what’s already on the site as inspiration if you need it.

As I say in my Ask Karen section … if I don’t know, I’ll figure it out!  God help me and my crazy-in-the-head … I’ll figure it out.

If you’ve read the blog, but never left a comment before, now’s your chance to be a star and help me out.

But before you even ask, … No,  I don’t know how to restore a fibreglass sailboat.  But I’ll figure it out.


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69 Responses to Ask Karen!
I know everything! Pfttt.

  1. jeanenne says:

    Ok, I’ve got one (speaking of poisonous milkweed): how do I get rid of the poison oak that keeps appearing in my yard? Preferably without killing everything else in my garden because of course it’s not growing out there all alone… it’s popping up from under established shrubs and bushes.

    Thanks!

    • Karen says:

      What are ya askin’ me for?
      HAH! Oh lord, I crack myself up. Kay, um .. I don’t know. But I’ll figure it out. I just had to reply immediately ’cause of my funny joke there. :)

  2. Helen says:

    Hi Karen,

    This isnt really a wacky question but I’m going to be reno-ing my master bedroom ensuite and I’d like to install a medicine cabinet. You know – the kind where its recessed into the wall?

    Tell me truthfully, can I do this? (I do know how to use some power tools) or should I hire a contractor?

    thanks!

    • Eivind says:

      What kind of walls are in the bedroom ? If it’s wooden-walls, you can not only do it, but it’s indeed a simple job, done in half an hour without any tool fancier than a drill, a saw or a screwdriver.

      If it’s brick-walls, or concrete or something, things get more complicated real fast.

  3. jeanenne says:

    Yeah, that was a good one! Harhar.

    I could probably figure it out myself, but hey, you offered!

    • Karen says:

      Having done absolutely no research and never having had Poison Oak, common sense would tell me to carefully spray it with Round Up, or pull it out making sure to get all the roots like you would a weed. While wearing gloves, long sleeves, long pants, boots and maybe even mittens. And a balaclava. But that’s just off the top of my head.

    • Langela says:

      My mother cuts it off close to the ground and then paints the round-up full-strength onto the exposed part. That way you don’t have any over-spray and you get direct contact. Be careful! The oils can “live” on even after it is dead for years, including in the roots.

  4. I want to get a couple of chooks so I want to know how I can build (and by I…I mean Mr Bake & Bloom) can build a semi attractive fox proof chicken coop + run for under $200. They cost at least $500 to purchase..it’s ridiculous.

    • Dawn says:

      I have had chickens for years and my hubby has always been very inventive in building coops, roosts, and all other chicken needs. His best advice was to check out the Backyardchickens.com website. They have great forums and a whole section on coops alone. Good luck! Having chickens is VERY addictive.

  5. Maddy says:

    Hi Karen,

    How can I drill a draining hole in antique porcelain/china tea cups (and possibly teapots)? I’m planting succulents and cactus in them but of course they are filling up with water when it rains and i have to run out and empty them. I’d also like to glue the cups to the saucers for they’re stuck together and weather proof. And if anyone steals my idea and starts a website selling cute little plants in teacups. I will find you.

    Ta! :D

    • Pam'a says:

      This is actually pretty easy if you have 1) an electric drill, 2) a drillbit made for ceramics/tile (it has a little spade on the end– the hardware store), and 3) masking tape. Oh! And protective goggles! (I always wear goggles. Even when I water the yard…)

      *Put your item on a flat surface, bottom side up, and low enough so you can drill straight down into it.
      *Put a square of masking tape where you want the hole. The tape helps keep the bit from “skating” across the surface. (It’s best not to attempt too big a hole. Believe me, the water will find the small one just fine.)
      *Hold your drill straight up and down. Start slowly. Don’t bear down– let the drill do the work… and drill baby drill! (Sorry. Had to.)

      p.s. Please practice on a tacky old mug before you try it on your favorite Limoges teacup.

      p.p.s. Hey! I see your evil plot now, Karen… I totally got sucked into doing your work for you! That’s another thing you know how to do now! Dang!

      • Karen says:

        Hah! Not trying to get everyone else to do my work, but you’re right … it seems to be working out quite well. And you’re right. Maddy just needs a drill, a ceramic bit and a co-operative piece of china. I would like to add that there are certain antique china cups that this won’t work with. Bone China for example is particularly strong (hence the name) and is not easily drilled, even with the proper drill bit. So, if make sure to avoid Bone China cups. – karen

  6. Liz says:

    How can i train myself to be tidy?

    How can i train my husband to be tidy?

    How can i train the cats to be tidy? (Oh wait you did that one…)

    Get rich quick?

    The meaning of life?

  7. susan says:

    here’s something that haunts my daily life, twice over now (meaning periods of no haunting): the dishwasher stops sucking all the water down through the pipes and instead starts spurting it out the pop-up thingie on the sink (air something something?) and then we stop using the stupid dishwasher and now I’m at the breaking point. hire a plumber? seems to be beyond my scope of useful actions. hellllllllllllp! (cuz dammit I wanna fix it myself)
    xo

  8. Lea says:

    Hi Karen,

    We’re thinking of painting our pine wood floors white and I was wondering if we need to treat the knots with anything to keep them from bleeding through the paint?

    Thanks!

  9. Carol says:

    Hi Karen,
    Ok this is off the top of my head cause I’m running out the door for a photo shoot but i have to stop at the flower shop first, to buy some orchids which brings to mind this question…..how do you cultivate (is that the word?) a potted orchid?? I buy them all the time, they flower for months then die, I stick a fake stem in the pot and hope the dead orchid will rebloom,,,,,,,,but it NEVER does. I guess I could google this but you know, the internet is full of lies. : )

    Carol

  10. April says:

    Dear Karen,

    What is the meaning of life?

    Thanks,
    April

    P.S. I like your blog.

  11. Michele says:

    I buy sparkling water by the case from a local lebanese grocery. It comes in these cute little green 8oz (maybe 10) bottles. I’ve been saving them because they are so pretty, but I’m not sure what to do with them. I was thinking they would make great party/patio lights, but I don’t know where to begin making them (what would be the best and cheapest light strings, and how to attach them). A how-to on making the lights, or any other ideas of what to do with the bottles would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks!

    • Karen says:

      Michele – That’s a fantastic question! I have no idea how I’m going to answer it yet, but great question! :) – karen

    • sera says:

      You could cut off the bottle top and make them into little juice glasses. I’ve seen this done with baby San Pellegrino bottles and they are super cute. And for patio lights, I’d imagine you could just wire the bottle to the light on the light string.

      • Pam'a says:

        Just today I saw something you might like to do with those bottles. Some gal [somewhere on the internet!] had taken a bunch of slender bamboo stakes, stuck them in a moundy plant so they radiated outward, and put random-sized bottles on the ends (hers were cobalt). Gorgeous when the sun hits, and you certainly can’t beat the easy factor.

  12. Melissa says:

    This is an old but as far as I am aware of unsolved problem-how do you teach a male of any age how to change the toilet paper roll?

    • Pete says:

      I have the same problem with the *female* in my house. I don’t think it’s a gender thing… it’s a laziness thing.

  13. kasia says:

    Hi Karen, I REALLY want to make a worm compost bin, small enough to fit under my kitchen sink, that is wood and has a tray to remove the finished stuff (someone I recently met said it was easy to make one this size in wood with a tray), but I can’t find internet instructions except for big ones, plastic ones, and none with a tray.

    What d’ya think??

    -Kasia

    • Pam'a says:

      I think I can figure this one out. Wood + dirt + worms + gooey, rotting food = Smelly epic fail, with eventual rotted-out wood container. There’s a reason those bins are made from non-permeable material. :)

  14. Dina says:

    Karen,

    We’ve got g*d awful carpets in our place. I know there is hardwood underneath them, but I’m not sure of the condition its in. So I would love to know how to 1) remove carpets and 2) refinish hardwood (or more likely just paint it for the time being).

    Thanks,
    D

  15. Gary says:

    Will there ever be a boy born who can swim faster than a shark?

  16. Susan says:

    A year or so ago I began saving the green caps off the Tide laundry detergent jugs. They do not recycle but I thought, “There must be some creative way to “upcycle” these things…”. Now, because I swear, the neighbors sneak their dirty clothes into my laundry room I have a very large collection of these green caps. Any suggestions?

  17. The General says:

    Short time reader, first time caller:

    I’ve been wanting to come up with a cute recipe box, possibly homemade, that could eventually be a keepsake for the children I may never have/want. I’m a designer, so coming up with the cards wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but the box that holds them has me a little overwhelmed. I saw this one yesterday on Design*Sponge that is pretty great but it is also crazy expensive:

    http://www.designspongeonline.com/2010/06/rifle-paper-co-recipe-boxes.html

    I’ve never worked with wood, so my confidence level with that is at zero. But my confidence level for making jam was at zero until I used your technique this weekend and now it’s at LEAST 60%. I also have no woodworking tools, so maybe there are existing materials out there that can be assembled somewhat easily?

    Your blog is great. It’s my new must-read.

    • Pam'a says:

      If you want the thing to last, maybe you could forego the actual *construction* part and purchase a less expensive wooden recipe box. Then you could customize it, i.e., carve, paint or otherwise embellish it, use a woodburner, beat it with a chain… Oh, the options boggle the mind.

    • Pax says:

      I second the already made box or you could take a swing at making your own box if you have a saw and hammer. The dovetailing, save that for another decade or even better, another life, trust me. Mid-century small boxes were all the rage, every tourist trap in North America sold them, so old ones made of cedar are very easy to find and the old finish will easily scrape or sand off leaving you with lovely wood canvas for your talents.

  18. Langela says:

    How do you prevent maple tree saplings from growing?

    Any ideas on how to prevent bird seed/feed from growing under the feeder? I’d love to feed the birds around here, but I don’t need something else growing in my flower beds.

    How do you make a leaf-cast concrete birdbath? Then how do you make a base for it?

    • Pam'a says:

      If they’re small and in your yard, they eventually give up if you mow them down a few times. Otherwise, as far as I know, they can only be stopped by yanking them out by the roots (while cackling madly).

      I’ve read that you can stick birdseed in the oven, and that kills its ability to sprout. (I’m sure Almighty Google can hone in on the time and temp for you.)

      I’ve always been intrigued with that leaf-cast birdbath idea, and have two clippings about how to do it… But that’s probably cheating.

  19. Kate says:

    How in the name of everything holy can I surreptitiously (the surreptitiously part is very important) kill a VERY large Ailanthus tree in my neighbor’s yard. Said neighbor is an out-of-town landlord and the roots of this obnoxious weed tree, commonly known as Tree of Heaven — Tree of Heaven my ass — have colonized my and my neighbors’ yards with an impenetrable network of fine rootlets. I lie awake at night plotting arborcide. I dream of axes and flayed bark. This monstrous thing is sucking the life out of my garden and I’m an AVID GARDENER. Okay, pardon me, I need to take a deep breath here. Whew. All right.

    The ailanthus was the tree that grew in Brooklyn (an obnoxious book too) and it loves conditions that would kill anything else. It’s hardier than a cockroach. It would doubtless thrive in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust. It needs to die.

    It is my life’s mission.

    Help me, Karen.

    You asked!

  20. Ree says:

    The answer to restoring a fiberglass sailboat is…. NOT!

    Nope, step away from that losing project and instead, invest your time and money into buying a sailboat that does NOT need to be restored.

    Trust me on this.

    Restoring a wooden, classic sailboat is an iffy win/lose proposition, but a fiberglass sailboat?

    Think about it… you wouldn’t have been given, or have gotten such a great deal on it, if the previous owner had thought it was a worthwhile investment.

    So, don’t worry your brain for another second.

    Restoring a fiberglass sailboat is a NoThankYouVeryMuch project.

  21. Philippa says:

    Where do fruit flies come from?? They always just appear as if they have been hiding inside the fruit.

  22. Karen,

    Can hell really freeze over?

    ‘Cause it may take you that long to answer all these questions…

    Oona

  23. Jill says:

    How do you build a wine bottle wall? There’s a really nice picture of one at:
    http://www.mojaverockranch.net/gallery/pages/P1010476.html
    I’ve got lots of bottles and adding daily to the collection.
    Jill

  24. How do you PERMANENTLY get rid of wisteria (FOREVER!). If you can answer that, I will be forever in your debt.

  25. Anj says:

    I was so excited when I read this. “How to restore a fiberglass sailboat” The things that raced through my head!
    1, Something I know how to do that Karen doesn’t!!! 2, Oh Man, something I never want to think about doing again!!!
    3, Too bad that we deserted our sailboat in storage for the last 6 years and now I am afraid to even look at how badly all those months of work I put in have deteriorated. :(
    4, Hey maybe Karen wants to find out for herself exactly how to restore a sailboat!! :)
    If you have a couple of free weeks I have a lovely 24′ Shark named PussyCat who could really benefit from some fiberglass restoration.

  26. coralie says:

    Okay, here’s one that should be solvable, but I just can’t get the final polish on it.

    I’m moving into a small (800 sq ft) apartment for four years with two kids while my husband does his Master’s degree. The upside of the apartment is an 800 sq. ft. unfinished basement which essentially doubles the size of the living space.

    I’ve already designed a family closet for one corner, but I want to make three small bedrooms down there.

    The caveats: I am not allowed to build any permanent structure. My husband is a student, so I need to do it for free, with material I have on hand, or can scavenge from the free listings on Craig’s list. We have to live in it for four years, so I would prefer it not look like a refugee camp.

    • Helen says:

      OK, I’m thinking curtains of some kind.

      The first thought I had were to use those plastic rings used to hold six pack of cans? Can you imagine getting a whole bunch of those and glueing/taping them together, so that they make a curtain that is pretty lightweight and can probably be hung from a few hooks from the ceiling?

      Then if you wanted to, you could weave stuff through the rings themselves – I’m thinking lightweight stuff: saran wrap, plastic bags, even colored paper?

      • Pam'a says:

        Wow. I guess the first thing would be to get the space laid out on graph paper. I guess that would just be a big square or rectangle in this case.

        Then, what rooms do you want to carve out besides 3 bedrooms? A kitchen, maybe? (In my opinion, they’re more trouble than they’re worth. Maybe you could conveniently “forget” to put that in. Heh.) What about a bathroom? Gathering space? Study area for your student? Private Mom & Dad space? (Can you put your bedroom away from the others?) That sort of stuff.

        In addition to trolling on Craig’s list, don’t hesitate to put your own want ads in there, and if you’re affiliated with a church, same thing. Spread the word! See if your town has a Habitat for Humanity outlet store, where people donate things that you can get on the cheap. Sometimes they’re brand new!

        The no-wall deal is a challenge, but you could probably get real creative with curtains, and maybe even some modular screen-type things. There are some GREAT blogs and books out there on small-space decorating, like Apartment Therapy, etc. And Ikea. Definitely look to Ikea for some inspiration. And good luck!

    • Langela says:

      What about using bi-fold closet doors as screens? They could be painted different colors on the different sides to match up with each child’s “room”. The kind with louvers could be done really cute. They could then be attached to each other with hinges. Posters or pictures could be hung on them to personalize them. You could stabilize them by attaching a 1×4 or 2×4 to the wall with a couple of screws (easily removable when you leave) and attach the “wall” to it.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Ex killed my irrigation which really gets me. He actually pulled parts up and cut them. I want to fix it myself. Can’t be too difficult the idiot put it together I certainly can fix it but need guidance? any ideas??

  28. Kathleen says:

    This is a much more dollar store decorating question:
    I want to jazz up some boring white cotton/linen drapes with some hand painted rugby stripes. I want the lines to look soft and water colored. Any idea what kind of paint to use? I fear that actual water colors will bleed like crazy on impact or when I go in with a steamer. Thanks!

  29. Kate says:

    Karen, how do I build a microwave? (Can I use ailanthus root in any part of it??)

    So I can make cake in a cup.

  30. Meg says:

    I live in a rented apartment, with an old bathroom that needs updating. Since I do not want to move out for that to happen, I have been waging a mildew war in my bathroom. Whenever I spray Tilex Mold and Mildew remover in my bathtub/surrounding shower tiles, it makes these orange stains in my tub, which I then attack with other noxious cleaners. How can I a)get the mildew out and b) what the eff ARE those orangey stains?

  31. Lisa says:

    Susan – Make sure the plug in your garbage disposal where the dishwasher drain connects is removed. If it is, you may have a clog in the drainage line you should be able to snake. Good luck.

    Anon – You can re-link the cut parts with pieces from the hardware store.

  32. Zina says:

    I’d like posts on what you can do on a deck to give it “walls” and a “ceiling” when you’re renting, and it’s on the second floor over the roof of the building beneath and you can’t block sunlight for the other people in the courtyard…

    Oh, and maybe some ideas for non-woodworking types on making a bed that’s not hard to move or too expensive to be willing to just get rid of when you move two years later?

  33. Rebecca says:

    Okay, so I want to make a ’60s inspired dress for my daughter. But they’re all so short, which looks cute but I don’t want my 3 year old to look skanky. What did they wear under those things? I can find tons of vintage ’60s patterns for dresses, but nothing for underneath. I can’t imagine they wore regular panties. Bloomers maybe?

    • Karen says:

      Bloomers is exactly right. Sometimes they were big enough to go over diapers with ruffles across the bum. Or you could put a cute pair of shorts in a coordinating colour

      • Pax says:

        Whoops, sorry, yes, the ones for children did have ruffly little bloomers quite like the ruffly little nylon covered plastic pants they had for diapers. Check eBay or some of the other places for other vintage patterns as I’ve seen lots of them about or do a search for vintage children’s clothing, there should be photos that will fill in any blanks for you.

    • Pax says:

      Crap, am I the only old person here? OK, sulk, whatever, but most of micro mini’s that I bought did come with what would be more or less ‘panties’. The one with the red and white polka dot halter top and white bottom had matching read and white polka dot panties. They only showed if you moved so it wasn’t THAT big a deal ;o) I’m horrified to confess I actually wore that to work with white platforms, no, not as a hooker, but as an executive secretary. Classy!

      • Karen says:

        Hah! With a capital K. My sister has platforms she saved from that time and now has them on display in her 70′s themed basement. I love em. ~ karen

  34. Rebecca says:

    I’m new to your blog and just reading all the old stuff, thinking how funny you are and how I just love to find a new-to-me blog that I love. Then I did some googling and figured out who you are!!! I don’t watch tv these days (sounds like I’m some self-righteous intellectual, right? Really I just waste way too much time online) so I didn’t know about the recent stuff, but I remember the little cfmt clips you did back in the good ole 90s and I loved them! What a great surprise! I have a girlfriend who seriously loved you back then, like, almost creepily. Don’t know if I should pass along that you have a hilarious blog or not. I wouldn’t want to be responsible for you being stalked!

  35. JiLLy says:

    Bloglove, right here. Thank you for your tips, humor, and for sharing your artful Stuff (and yourself) with us. I am SO doing Cake in a Cup tonight!

    So here’s my question (a/k/a potential project): how can I cheaply finagle a decent looking black-out curtain for my bedroom window? I’ll settle for brown-out, even. I recently installed blinds, but they’re not as good at blocking out my street lamp as the packaging indicated they would be. Now I have a nightly bedroom glow, and not the good kind! I’m too cheap (and, I’ll admit, indignant) to de-install and get a new set of blinds, and my town would just replace the lamp if an “accident” were to knock it out. I do have sheers hung with cafe clips on a rod over the window, but they’re just to look pretty (and they do!). Perhaps there’s some kind of dollar store/hardware/flea market find I can hang behind the sheers?

    Total non-sequitur kitchen tip: if you put a bottle of framboise lambic (super yummy Belgian raspberry beer) in your freezer for a quick cool down, you actually have to remember to take it out. If you wait, say, a day to retrieve it, you get a Chem 101 experiment in action: First, the cap pops off through the foil. Then the cork pops out. And then you open your freezer door to find its walls and your veggie bags and ice cubes and everything else sprayed with sticky, red-red-red goo. And then, to top it off, what’s leftover in the bottle, once it thaws, is no longer fizzy. Or tasty…. :)

    • Pam'a says:

      I had this exact problem with bamboo blinds in the room my grandbaby uses when he’s here, and no time to go buy a solution. I took a bed sheet, folded it to size, and used bulldog clips to affix it to the back of the blind so it doesn’t show (much). Works great, costs nothing, is easy, fast, and looks… not awful.

      • JiLLy says:

        Thanks Pam’a! I will definitely try that, and now I have something to do with those old “just in case” sheets that have been waiting to be repurposed!

        • Pam'a says:

          Happy to help! I forgot to mention not to put the toddler bed close enough that he can pull the thing down trying to look out the window… heh. Live and learn.

  36. Dana says:

    Hi Karen:

    I want to know how best to clean out a dryer. I read that simply cleaning lint trap was not sufficient and to get it pro cleaned once a year ( for fire hazard). Is it simply vaccuming the area where the lint goes? Any ideas?

    • Alisha says:

      Baking soda :) Lint traps become a fire hazard not only because of the lint but because dryer sheets have a residue on them that coats the trap. You know, that waxy feeling that dryer sheets have. That coating allows heat to build up in the trap and combined with any lint in there, voila, fire hazard. However, soaking your lint trap in the sink with warm water and baking soda then using a soft nail brush to clean it, works well.

  37. Amanda says:

    Ohhh k, here goes: I need to build a green house that will stand up to Kansas winds and winters. It needs to be about the size of a back yard storage shed or bigger.
    Also, I need to build a run-in shelter for 2 horses and fence my property for them(about 2 acres). All 3 have to be STUPID cheap, ’cause I’m broke.
    :D

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