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How to grow crystals for a science fair or fun

Posted on September 28, 2014 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Follow these easy recipes to grow crystals for a science fair.

Growing crystals for a science fair project is much easier than it may sound. It can also be a fun project for beginners to experts. There are many types of crystal recipes available and the ingredients for most of the recipes are items that you may already have on hand. Some ingredients can be more difficult to work with than others...

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Why Mulching is Important in Gardening

Posted on September 21, 2014 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Mulch helps your garden retain moisture while reducing weed growth. It also can be used to add a decorative touch.

Proper mulching of your garden and flower beds will help your garden thrive and make it even more attractive in the process. Mulching is the use of a biodegradable material that is used on or around garden beds. Other materials that are not biodegradable can be used but your plants will not receive as much benefit.

Moisture benefits

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Tips for cleaning up flood damage

Posted on September 21, 2014 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Heavy rainstorms can quickly lead to flooded basements. The more quickly you can clean up the flooded area the less overall damage you will suffer. Cleaning and drying flooded areas promptly will reduce the chance of dangerous mold formation and reduce structural damage to wood.

Professional services:

Professional cleaning services are available but they can be costly. Your homeowners insurance may not cover the expense unless you have flood damage c...

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How to find great Jack o Lantern pumpkin patterns for Halloween

Posted on September 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

You finally managed to find a perfect pumpkin, the perfect size and shape, with no defects! Tired of three triangles and a curved mouth, with more triangles, you need something special in the way of a pattern to carve. Jack-o-lantern patterns are no longer difficult to come by. The first suggestion would be getting a special carving kit which should be available at almost any general merchandise or grocery store.

Most carving kits will come with a set of patterns in...

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Shading and Ventilating a Greenhouse

Posted on September 14, 2014 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

A greenhouse allows you to start your garden early and prolong the growing season. The right shading and ventilation will give you better results.


Having a greenhouse allows you to start your garden seedlings early in the season. Large greenhouses can also be used to prolong the life of potted plants, or even allow you to maintain plants all year. Your greenhouse may be a simple plastic-covered shelf or an elaborate heated walk-in model. No matter what type you use, your ...

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Caring for a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle in Cold Weather

Posted on September 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Electrical systems in hybrid cars require more care during cold weather. If you do not take precautions, you may find an extreme reduction in mileage.

Cold weather places a strain on all automobiles. Hybrid and electric cars require extra steps to operate properly in cold temperatures. An electric vehicle that normally averages a 35-mile range on a charge can see a reduction of over 50 percent if i...

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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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How to easily repair concrete steps

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Over time concrete steps can crack, crumble or even break away from their base causing sinking or shifting. Concrete steps do not necessarily need to be completely replaced, repair work can be done without a great deal of effort or cost.


For small cracks clean away any loose material and use a chisel to widen the crack if necessary. Lightly apply a coating of a concrete bonding adhesive following the manufacturers directions. Mix a vinyl rei...

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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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