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Don’t eat the flowers

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Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias are not poisonous to humans. There is no record of anyone dying from eating a poinsettia. Let me also point out that they’re not edible. If you eat one leaf, you’re probably OK. If you eat more of the plant, you’ll probably lose your...

Look the other way

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There is a device on the market that the slime balls of the world know about but unfortunately most of the good people don’t. It’s called the Reverse Peephole Viewer. Originally developed for law enforcement as a way to see in homes and hotel rooms to assess any danger,...

Smelly shoes?

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There are several tips out there about how to remove the smell from your shoes, but I swear this one is the best. The Peet Dryer is a product that lets you hang your shoes over two tall air dryers. They pull the moisture out of your shoes and...

BUSTED! Reset elevator buttons

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There is a tip out there that says if someone presses all of the elevator buttons, you can avoid stopping on each floor by pressing each button again twice. The only problem with this tip is that it only works on new Otis elevators with light-up push buttons —...

Why I love WD-40: Metal cleaner

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I saw a tip that said you can restore an old license plate with WD-40. So, I tried it out. The result? Well, I think “restore” is a bit much, but it did make it shine and the metal won’t rust anymore.  

Under pressure

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Have you ever checked the water pressure in your house? If not, go to your nearby hardware store and buy a water pressure gauge. They usually cost less than $20. If your pressure is over 80 PSI, you’ve got a problem and need to call a plumber. Pressures above...

Clean those running shoes

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This summer has been amazingly rainy in my area. My wife and I like to run, which means many of the places we like to go are covered in mud. My wife came up with a great way to clean her shoes up though, and now they look brand...

Unclog that pipe

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If you use the bathroom, you need to know this tip – which I hope includes all of you. When your toilet gets clogged, the first thing you should do is try to plunge it. If that doesn’t work, a lot of people will go ahead and call the...

Don’t change that channel

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What two things should be cleaned in your house to prevent colds, but rarely are? Remote controls and phones. Also, make sure that you clean your hands after pumping gas and using an ATM.

Roof inspector?

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If you are in the market for a good home inspector, there are a few questions to ask to find out if you have chosen a good one. What is the acid test question on whether a home inspector is decent? Find out if they will actually climb up...

Nothing says “I love you” like duct tape

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I love duct tape almost as much as my Valentine, just kidding honey. This Valentine’s Day, why not give the gift of organization to your sweetie in your in your garage, basement, kitchen pantry, etc.? I really like peg boards for organization — but over the years I’ve had people tell...

Don’t walk away

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If you travel quite a bit like me, you go through your fair share of airport security screenings. Remember to put your most valuable items, like a laptop computer, on the security conveyor belt first. Always put your shoes on the conveyor belt last. It’s common for people to...