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How to Safely Disconnect a Gas Stove

Posted on September 14, 2014 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Disconnecting a gas stove is not difficult, but steps should be taken to prevent any gas leaks.


Gas stoves are not difficult to disconnect, but you do need to keep a few safety issues in mind. If you are the least bit uncomfortable with the process, have a knowledgeable person help you with the procedure. Do not try to move the stove before you know exactly how far the flexible gas connection line will reach. If the line is old, it can break.

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The importance of pH in soil

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Garden soil can be alkaline or acidic. This pH level is part of what determines how well your plants thrive.


The pH level in your garden soil can greatly affect the growth and quality of your plants. All plants, trees, shrubs, flowers and fruits or vegetables obtain their nutrients from the soil and need specific combinations of nutrients in order to do so. Nutrients like Potassium and Nitrogen help plants grow, produce flowers or fruit and fight diseases.

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Quick and Easy DIY Sports Costumes for Halloween

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

DIY Halloween costumes can be created easily for almost any sport. The great thing about these 2012 costume ideas is that the items needed may already be in your closet. Have some fun with your imagination and see what you can create.

Halloween is just as much fun for adults as it is for children. Dressing up as your favorite athlete or creating a sports-related costume is not difficult. The majority of these DIY ideas for Halloween work for both ad...

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How to determine if a substance is an acid or a base

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The pH level of a substance is what determines whether the substance is an acid or base, or if it is considered neutral. pH levels are important in many areas of everyday living. Knowing the pH level in a swimming pool will help to prevent chlorine burn and algae growth. pH levels are important in gardening, as some plants require higher or lower pH levels than others. Pine trees are one good example of an acid loving plant. Your health can also be affected by your body's pH level and the lev...

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How to make a red cabbage pH indicator

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Making a red cabbage pH indicator can be an easy, yet fun, chemistry project, or a useful tool for anyone needing a general pH test result. While you will not get an exact pH reading the way you would from a digital pH tester, you will be able to get an idea of the pH level of the substance you are testing. You can make a liquid indicator or a paper test strip.

How to make a red cabbage indicator:

To make a liquid indicator, you only need red cabba...

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Eco-friendly cleaning - what are you cleaning with?

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Eco-friendly cleaning

Guest post by Grace Bailey

When you consider your impact on the environment, you may not be thinking about it in the fullest sense. Many people consider their travel and consumption as part of their impact on the environment, but few would think that the way in which they cleaned had much to do with it all! In many ways, it is pretty essential that you are able to recognize and correct all of the ways in which you have an impact...

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Easy clay dough recipes

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

You can make your own modeling clay or clay dough at home with common household ingredients. Work can be air dried for permanent art work. Add various food coloring to batches to created colored dough.


Shape your dough by hand or press into molds. These recipes are great for making miniatures and doll house furniture. Paint and decorate your artwork when fully dry. You can also use a clear waterproof coating to protect your art.

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DIY Pinatas and Paper Mache

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Paper mache and pinatas are an easy DIY craft project.

Piñatas are easy to make and fun for all ages. The designs can be as intricate as you like. The more layers of paste strips you apply, the stronger the paper mache form will be. For a young children’s party, use only a few layers or the piñata will be to strong to break.

Paper mache is a very low cost idea, but keep in mind that it can get quite messy. All you need is an easy to make pa...

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How to can at home

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Methods for home canning

Canning processes vary depending on the food item that you wish to can. Canning with a pressure cooker for meats and non-acidic foods is different than hot pack or boiling water bath canning procedures. Hot pack and boiling methods are the simplest methods and do not have the safety issues of working with a pressure cooker.

First things first

For hot pack or boiling water canning gather all yo...

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How does an outdoor furnace work

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

How an outdoor furnace works

Outdoor furnaces are also known as wood stoves or boilers. They can burn wood, corn or coal, or many other combustable materials. Their basic operation is simple, the furnace works by burning the fuel to heat air, or water, that is sent to the homes interior heating system. The piping for the heated water is installed underground and should be insulated to retain the heat being sent to the home. Piping for heated air is usually set above ground....

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