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Old July 15th, 2012, 12:55 PM   #51 (permalink)
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I think I'll retire to the desert, based on that knowledge.
they also say fla is lightening and bug capitol, thank god its not tornado alley too!!!!!

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However . . . one must learn what a common house spider looks like. I mean, if you do not know, you might be encouraging a dangerous pest. I say kill them all.
The other side of the same coin is that you had better know what can maim or kill you in general. Don't play in fire. Don't try to pet cats with white stripes on their backs. Don't try to hug a tornado. Don't expect other motorists to read your mind. So on and so forth.

"Kill them all" isn't a panacea. In fact, that kind of mentality tends to cause even more (and usually worse) problems in the long run.
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they also say fla is lightening and bug capitol, thank god its not tornado alley too!!!!!
I love lightning, which is why I considered Florida in the first place--it's the #1 lightning spot in the US. Northeastern New Mexico-southeastern Colorado is #2. NM/CO it is!
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"Kill them all" isn't a panacea. In fact, that kind of mentality tends to cause even more (and usually worse) problems in the long run.
No way, you kill 'em all. That is the only solution.
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However . . . one must learn what a common house spider looks like. I mean, if you do not know, you might be encouraging a dangerous pest. I say kill them all.
That is species profiling.
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During WWII the U.S. had weird ideas to fight the axis powers. One of them being dumping mosquitos in enemy territory that had yellow fever. They had a practice run on U.S. soil, guess which state? Georgia! Ofcourse, they weren't infected with anything. They dumped thousands of mosquitos over georgia to see what would happen.
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During WWII the U.S. had weird ideas to fight the axis powers. One of them being dumping mosquitos in enemy territory that had yellow fever. They had a practice run on U.S. soil, guess which state? Georgia! Ofcourse, they weren't infected with anything. They dumped thousands of mosquitos over georgia to see what would happen.
And the mosquitos developed accents, and learned to make dam good BBQ.....
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That is species profiling.
So what? I know it is. that is the point. One species is evil. If it bites you and you can suffer greatly, we mist just kill 'em all.
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we also have luv bugs here twice a year and if you don't put screen in front of your cars grill they will plug up radiator and car will overheat, yes that bad.
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Awesome thread, I love these helpful tips!
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When cooking in a pan or pot over an open fire, put a skim coat of dishsoap on the outside of the pad. When you are done cooking, the soot will wipe off with no scrubbing.
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  1. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.. I didn't know that!
  2. Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!
  3. Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.
  4. Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.
  5. To make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.
  6. Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic, and at the end of the recipe if you want a stronger taste of garlic.
  7. Reheat Pizza Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.
  8. Easy Deviled Eggs: Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.
  9. Expanding Frosting:When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.
  10. Reheating refrigerated bread: To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.
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How to Clean Oven Glass - it seriously is that easy



So here is what my oven glass looked like when we moved in.







And here is what it looks like now







Want to clean your oven? I promise its super easy.

Ingredients:
Water
Baking Soda


Add about a 1/4 cup of baking soda in a dish and mix just enough water to make a slightly runny paste.
Spread your mixture all over your glass (and the door if it needs it too. Mine did).







Wait 15-20 minutes (or if it is really, really bad like mine you can wait 30 minutes. Not sure if this is necessary but that's what I did.).
After 15, 20, or 30 minutes wipe off. If there are still spots left they should easily scrub off with a scour pad.
And Voila...


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If you ever need a new charger for your phone, just ask any hotel front desk that you lost your charger at your last visit. Many hotels have piles of phone chargers that guests left in their rooms over years and years and... years.
Thanks for that ahah... Have you tried this trick?
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  1. Newspaper weeds away: Plant your plants in the ground, work the nutrients in your soil. Then wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go, cover with mulch, and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.
  2. To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.
  3. Flexible vacuum: To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.
  4. Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip to eliminate static cling. It works; you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and ... Ta DA! ... Static is gone.
  5. Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.
  6. De-fog your windshield: Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!
  7. Re-opening envelopes: If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Voila! It unseals easily.
  8. Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.
  9. Goodbye Fruit Flies: To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2' with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup an d gone forever!
  10. Get Rid of Ants: Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home,' can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!
  11. Wash your dryer filter: Did you know that cleaning your lint trap with a dryer sheet can ruin it? Dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free, and smell good. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box? Apparently that stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! You can test it by running the lint trap under water. If the water goes through you are good. If not then you need to clean it. The best way to keep your dryer working for a long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months.
  12. Drop a small object on the carpet and can't find it. Place panty hose over the end of the vacuum hose and start vacuuming. The panty hose will trap anything to large to fit through the tiny hose and keep it from getting sucked into the vacuum.
  13. Wearing a skirt or dress on a windy day. Cut open a few sections on the bottom seam. slip in some heavy washers or flat weights (anything small heavy and flat will work) then sew the seam back up.
  14. Need to cut some corn off the cob. Use your bundt pan. Place the ear on the opening in the center of the pan, and as you slide the knife down the ear, all the kernels will collect in the main part of the pan
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  1. Newspaper weeds away: Plant your plants in the ground, work the nutrients in your soil. Then wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go, cover with mulch, and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.
  2. To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.
  3. Flexible vacuum: To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.
  4. Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip to eliminate static cling. It works; you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and ... Ta DA! ... Static is gone.
  5. Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.
  6. De-fog your windshield: Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!
  7. Re-opening envelopes: If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Voila! It unseals easily.
  8. Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.
  9. Goodbye Fruit Flies: To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2' with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup an d gone forever!
  10. Get Rid of Ants: Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home,' can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!
  11. Wash your dryer filter: Did you know that cleaning your lint trap with a dryer sheet can ruin it? Dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free, and smell good. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box? Apparently that stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! You can test it by running the lint trap under water. If the water goes through you are good. If not then you need to clean it. The best way to keep your dryer working for a long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months.
  12. Drop a small object on the carpet and can't find it. Place panty hose over the end of the vacuum hose and start vacuuming. The panty hose will trap anything to large to fit through the tiny hose and keep it from getting sucked into the vacuum.
  13. Wearing a skirt or dress on a windy day. Cut open a few sections on the bottom seam. slip in some heavy washers or flat weights (anything small heavy and flat will work) then sew the seam back up.
  14. Need to cut some corn off the cob. Use your bundt pan. Place the ear on the opening in the center of the pan, and as you slide the knife down the ear, all the kernels will collect in the main part of the pan

i will need to try: 2, 3, 4, 9,10

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  1. To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.
There is electrical wire made with capsaicin mixed in with the outer plastic to deter pests from gnawing on it.
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if your phone gets wet and you pulled battery in time or just try anyways, to fully dry it out seal it in a baggie with a bunch of uncooked rice for a couple of days. it will pull all moisture out like it does in a salt shaker.
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if your phone gets wet and you pulled battery in time or just try anyways, to fully dry it out seal it in a baggie with a bunch of uncooked rice for a couple of days. it will pull all moisture out like it does in a salt shaker.
Provided the rice doesn't mold from the moisture.
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Provided the rice doesn't mold from the moisture.
shouldn't mold in a couple of days and if not sure then change the rice after a day, no worrys now.
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shouldn't mold in a couple of days and if not sure then change the rice after a day, no worrys now.
It depends on your climate. Last I put rice in a bag as a desiccant it was a mass of mold in 24-36 hours and made things worse than just being wet.
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It depends on your climate. Last I put rice in a bag as a desiccant it was a mass of mold in 24-36 hours and made things worse than just being wet.
i hear you on that. just change every 12-24 hours and should be fine and here in fla we all use air cond. from april till oct anyhow, so climate is nice inside.
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if your phone gets wet and you pulled battery in time or just try anyways, to fully dry it out seal it in a baggie with a bunch of uncooked rice for a couple of days. it will pull all moisture out like it does in a salt shaker.
A few notes on that from a day sailor:

1. Disconnect ALL power sources (wires, internal and external batteries etc.) IMMEDIATELY upon discovering the electronic item is wet.

2. If the phone was dropped into salt water or water that's contaminated with potentially corrosive chemicals, mud or other debris, first wash the phone off with clean fresh water. Rinse with distilled water after shaking out as much residue as possible, and shake again. (For tube equipment, or fragile things, use discretion here.) Rinse and clean internal batteries in a similar manner.

3. After you've removed as much clean water by physical means (shaking, draining, towels etc.), use a desiccant and/or a warm oven to speed the evaporation of the remaining moisture. NOTE: USE HEAT AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Rice is a cheap home brew desiccant that works best when its been stored in a low humidity area prior to using it as a desiccant. Table sugar is also a commonly found desiccant, BTW. Silica gel desiccant can be purchased in larger packages from various sources, including some auto and marine supply stores, scientific supply stores, retail stores (Wal-Mart has some) and other sources. You might want to look for and buy a good commercial desiccant while you're using the rice trick.

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i know 2 who have done the rice trick and worked fine without all that other work, the rice is plain and simple and they have been using their phones now for over 6 month, so you can believe or not, what you hear ,or beleive what has been done to prove it. sorry you live in a bad climate area!! things don't work for everyone everywhere or in diff climates. and me, if going by water i have a case to put my phone in that allows me to use and take pics, hear, ect.... and floats so no worries for me. just sayin!!
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i know 2 who have done the rice trick and worked fine without all that other work, the rice is plain and simple and they have been using their phones now for over 6 month, so you can believe or not, what you hear ,or beleive what has been done to prove it. sorry you live in a bad climate area!! things don't work for everyone everywhere or in diff climates. and me, if going by water i have a case to put my phone in that allows me to use and take pics, hear, ect.... and floats so no worries for me. just sayin!!
I have seen the rice trick work twice. The trick is, as stated further up-thread, you have to start with dry rice and put it in a bag with dry air (like from your air-conditioned house).
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Have company on their way over and you forgot to put drinks in the fridge. Place your drinks in a large pot and cover with ice. Sprinkle 2 cups of salt on top of the ice and then fill the rest of the pot with water. Your drinks will be ice cold within 2 to 3 minutes.
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If you have already sealed an envelope and realized you forgot to put something in it, place the envelope in the freezer for a couple hours. It will pop right open so you don't have to get another envelope.
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with a set of torches and a welder, a coat hanger and duct tape (the 200mph one) you can make or fix anything!!!
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Im thinking about this.....and......I think you may be right.
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McGyver? is that you?
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could beeeeeee, ya never know!!!!!!!!
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If you have some eggs that are about to go bad, have your own chickens that produce more than your family could ever eat, or they are on sale so you buy way more than you need. Don't just let them go to waste. You can freeze them! You can mix them up and place 2-3 in a Ziploc bag. Lay them down flat in the freezer then stack them upright once they are frozen to save on space. You can also crack a dozen of them into a bowl, beat them (I was told not to freeze eggs unless they are mixed/beaten not sure why but I mix them anyways) then poor them into an ice cube tray. One cube is equal to one egg. Once they freeze. dump them into a large Ziploc bag or freezer safe container.
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After cooking fish boil a little vinegar in a pot and let it boil. The nasty fish smell will disappear almost instantly leaving your kitchen smelling clean again.
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For picture frames with two holes, hang them evenly and easily by placing a single strip of masking tape over the back covering the two holes. Mark each end of the tape where the holes are located for hanging the frame. Take the tape off and place it on your wall. Make sure it is level then hammer a nail in at each pen mark.
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You know those drip pans that you place under your flower pots to collect all the water that drains from the drains holes? Fill those up with water instead of watering the plant directly. This will allow the plant to soak up water through the roots when it is needed so you will never risk over watering. It also makes it a lot easier to tell when you need to water your plant again. Whenever the drip pan is low or empty just add more water.





Use a tackle box to organize and store all you medicine and first aid supplies.

Don't store medicine in you medicine cabinet!! Due to frequent water usage (i.e. showers, baths, hand washing) bathrooms often contain a lot of moisture in the air. This can greatly shorten the life of your medicines, causing them to go bad long before the expiration date listed on the bottle. Medicines last longer when kept in a dry, dark and slightly cool location such as the pantry or bedroom closet.
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Ever go to a gas station to fill your car up, but the pump doesn't lock so you can do other important things like wash windshield, check oil, get out of the rain? For most cars you can use your gas cap to prop the pump into a locked position while your car fills up. Just wedge it under the handle until it stays in the locked position when you let go.
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^thats a safety hazard
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Ever go to a gas station to fill your car up, but the pump doesn't lock so you can do other important things like wash windshield, check oil, get out of the rain? For most cars you can use your gas cap to prop the pump into a locked position while your car fills up. Just wedge it under the handle until it stays in the locked position when you let go.
The way the safety mechanism works, a gas cap may not pop out when your tank is full.
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Here in MA they will turn the pump off from inside if they catch you doing that. It is actually a fineable offense.
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I've tried this one before, and it has never worked sadly. I have tried them while I was at a national BPA Conference and there are 1000s of other students ranging from 9th grade to people in there 60s, and the elevators were always packed and always stopping on every floor. Some one had mentioned this while we were at the Hilton in Anaheim so we tried it, the first few times it seemed like it worked, but in after that using the same method it didn't. Then the next year in DC I tried it while I was in the Omni Shore being that I and my roommates were on the top floor.

I myself have never had any success with this
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I've tried this one before, and it has never worked sadly. I have tried them while I was at a national BPA Conference and there are 1000s of other students ranging from 9th grade to people in there 60s, and the elevators were always packed and always stopping on every floor. Some one had mentioned this while we were at the Hilton in Anaheim so we tried it, the first few times it seemed like it worked, but in after that using the same method it didn't. Then the next year in DC I tried it while I was in the Omni Shore being that I and my roommates were on the top floor.

I myself have never had any success with this
When I use to live in connecticut and go to new york city. that works about half the time and I think it's the procedure if you don't do it just right it won't work.
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I never had a problem with mine.

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Here in MA they will turn the pump off from inside if they catch you doing that. It is actually a fineable offense.
Wow, I didn't realize it's a safety hazard so I will change my ways.

Are all the pumps like that in MA or just the stations that disable the locking mechanism?
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I never had a problem with mine.



Wow, I didn't realize it's a safety hazard so I will change my ways.

Are all the pumps like that in MA or just the stations that disable the locking mechanism?
All self serve stations are required by law to remove the locking mechanism.
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All self serve stations are required by law to remove the locking mechanism.
Yeah, I don't use them after I had one pump not stop and gas gushed out for a couple seconds. I was more pissed about the money that just wasted, than the danger tho
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To peel a kiwi cut off the top and bottom, slip a spoon between the skin and the flesh. Twist the spoon around the the entire kiwi (keeping it between the skin and flesh the whole time). Then just pop the skin off.


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