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Heather says Does anyone remember the movie The Money Pit? I now watch this with a knowing chuckle. Many of you know that I moved into what I refer to as the “fixer-upper” back in October. As there are some truly awful people out on the interwebz I was not very open about the exact…

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There’s A[n Unwelcome] Party In My Plants

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have a dilemma in that I looked up the tiny flies that are strolling around my plant soil. I found that they are called fungus flies and live on the decaying soil matter. I’ve sprayed the soil with Home Defense both bug spray and soapy water (nope), put a dish of…

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Garage Refrigerator / Freezers, Winter, and Your Food

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have a refrigerator in my garage and for the last few weeks I have noticed the freezer isn’t as cold as it should be. Should I be worried? More importantly, is the food safe? The vegetables seem a little soft. Sincerely, It’s Frickin’ Freezin’ , Mr. Bigglesworth Heather says Garage refrigerators…

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Identifying Small Bugs Attracted to Lights

Dear Home-Ec 101, I noticed tiny, tiny insects on my sheer curtains about 3 weeks ago. Then I noticed one or two on my white tissue box holder. I decided to take the lamp shade off to see better and saw ALL these teeny tiny insects sitting under and even on the CFL bulb. I…

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How Do You Do Everything That Needs to Be Done?

Hi Heather, I don’t recall when I subscribed to your site, but I do recall having found your site at a time when all my children would eat for breakfast was pancakes and I knew there had to be a way to freeze them. Lifesaver! Thank you! But, anyhow, to the point. I know you…

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What Are These Tiny Bugs in My Puzzle Box?

Dear Home Ec 101, I was putting a puzzle together with one of my kids the other day and noticed, while looking for a corner piece, some tiny little bugs moving around. I didn’t freak out, I just want to know what they are and if there is a way I can get rid of…

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Why Won’t My Gas Grill Get Hot?

Dear Home-Ec 101, The other night I decided to grill burgers, but I couldn’t get my gas grill to get hot. It was extremely frustrating and I ended up cooking my burgers under the broiler (with a lot of spite and bitterness, I might add). There was plenty of liquid propane, I just couldn’t get…

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Hurricane Season 2014

Heather says: The official start to Hurricane Season was yesterday, June 1, 2014. Last year I had so much happen that I feel very lucky not to have to had any hurricanes even pose a threat. This year, I’m taking stock and getting ready, not because I expect a hurricane but because emergency preparedness is an…

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More on Mildew – The Basement Is Damp

Dear Home Ec 101, When I am in the basement, my allergies kick in, immediately, with all the typical allergy symptoms! It may be associated with dampness in an 1880’s basement. We keep it very clean, and no moisture seems to be present, except on a wall or two in which the paint is affected.…

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The Hard Water Headache

Dear Home-Ec 101, I was visiting my MIL recently and she told me that they have hard water, so she had to put a lot of extra soap in the washer because otherwise she didn’t get any bubbles and it wouldn’t clean the laundry. This confuses me because I always thought you weren’t supposed to…

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Nest Generation 2 Thermostat Review – Not Sponsored

Heather says After becoming very frustrated with my so called programmable thermostat the first chilly morning of the year, I said to heck with this and bought a Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd Generation T200577. This has been a purchase I was procrastinating after the expense of my move this summer, but I finally reached the…

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How to Care for Acrylic Flooring

Heather says: Not too long ago on Facebook, I got a question about acrylic flooring that had become cloudy. First I want to note that acrylic is a broad chemical term that simply means made of polymers or resins. So acrylic flooring can come in many forms, but in general people either mean linoleum,  laminate,…

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