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How to Get Rid of Mealy Moths

Dear Home Ec 101, My fiance and I recently moved into our first home together, but it soon became apparent that we weren’t the only occupants. The previous owner apparently had a mealy-moth infestation, and she oh-so-thoghtfully left it for us. They’re everywhere. I kill at least 5-10 daily and each day it seems like…

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Home Energy Conservation

Dear Home Ec 101, Help! I just read your article on removing a broken lightbulb from the socket and thought perhaps you could answer this question. Our home was built in 2006, from a reputable builder and we are the 2nd owners. We have noticed that our electric bill is considerably higher than it should…

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Q-Tips for Touch Up Painting

Heather says: As many of you know I’ve been working with Q-Tips for the past few months to remind readers that Q-Tips are good for ever so much more than just your health and beauty needs. (For what it’s worth, I’ve found they are great for when my daughter destroys the tube of topcoat to the…

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Are Appliance Bulbs Safe for Ovens?

Dear Home-Ec 101, Does “appliance bulb” mean any appliance? My oven light bulb went out. The previous home owners did not leave the manual, and I’ve had no luck finding one on the internet. My Lowe’s sales clerk was “almost positive” that the bulbs that include “appliances” in the list of recommended uses would be…

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Light Bulb Socket Lubricant?

Dear Home-Ec 101, Why does Tim say “Do not attempt to lubricate either the socket or the bulb with any household products like WD-40, petroleum jelly, or mineral oil?” in the post How to Remove a Broken Light Bulb? I have done that before with no problems. Thanks, I like my sockets slick Heather says:…

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