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  • Kill Household Ants - Super Cheaply

    Borax may be called "washing powder", a laundry additive. Oldest brand in the USA is Borateem. Boric acid is available in drugstores (chemist in the UK?). It has a great nuber of uses, including mixing weak solutions as an eye wash. It is alsp available on Amazon. Here are the search results for boric acid on Amazon's UK site:https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/258-05...Hope that helps!

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  • PattyP17 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses Ziploc Bags3 months ago
    Unusual Uses Ziploc Bags

    Walmart sell two or three sizes of very small ziploc bags in the craft section.

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  • PattyP17 commented on knopfling's instructable How to Sew Shoelaces3 months ago
    How to Sew Shoelaces

    Very cool! I love it. I always have soem scraps left from pretty fabric that I want to make yet more stuff with, but there isn't enough left for anything large. This is a great option!

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  • PattyP17 commented on wilgubeast's instructable 9 Unusual Uses for Toothpaste3 months ago
    9 Unusual Uses for Toothpaste

    Good one!

    Personally, I think it all depends on the situation. I only used it to fill the teeniest of holes, like from a push pin. Too bad we didn't have Command strips back in the day. The little push pin repairs stay in, even when painted after fully dry, 'cuz I've done that in my own house. Anything bigger, I use joint compound, spackle, or other "regular" patching supplies. It may matter which toothpaste you use too. Too wet and it would flop out before dry, too dry and it won't adhere to the sheetrock/plaster. I used white Colgate because it was free at the dentist with each visit and was not my regular brand.

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  • PattyP17 commented on wilgubeast's instructable Thirty Unusual Uses for Aluminum Foil4 months ago
    Thirty Unusual Uses for Aluminum Foil

    Great instructable. LOL at "disemvowelled"!Oh, and when removing silver tarnish in a hot bath with an immersed sheet of aluminum foil, cream of tartar works better than baking soda and salt.

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  • PattyP17 commented on Paige Russell's instructable 10 Unusual Uses for Baking Soda5 months ago
    10 Unusual Uses for Baking Soda

    Made into a very thick paste with water (just barely wet enough to conform to your skin and put on insect stings (wasps, bees, etc.). It will draw out poison/irritants/venom. Be sure if a bee sting that the stinger is removed first by scraping arm with a credit card to pull it out. It will dry and crack and want to fall off, but instead you can add a few drops of water as it dries out. Too much water and it will become liquid and roll off your skin. Not recommended for snake bites, just insects.

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  • PattyP17 commented on Brooklyntonia's instructable Fabric As Removable Wallpaper5 months ago
    Fabric As Removable Wallpaper

    I Scotchguarded a pair of wooden wedge shoes that I put new fabric tops on many years ago, and to my dismay the Scotchguard turned the fabric very yellow after a few months. But that was decades ago and the formulation has likely changed. You might consider contacting customer servcie for the manufacturer via email and ask.

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  • PattyP17 commented on Brooklyntonia's instructable Fabric As Removable Wallpaper5 months ago
    Fabric As Removable Wallpaper

    Brooklyntonia, different paints can vary a great deal in performance. Flat paint is the least durable and can even be scrubbed off the wall when trying to remove stains or dirt, so it is only recommended for dry areas of little wear, especially ceilings. People do use it though to hide bad or messy repairs in drywall, since those can be harder to see on a flat rather than glossy wall. It is a good base for wall paper because it is absorbent - that is if you want the wallpaper there permanently. The glossier the paint, in general, the more durable the paint itself will be, but the less absorbency, which in most cases, is a good thing. If you read instructions for hanging wallpaper, it is always recommends to de-gloss shiny paint before proceeding, whether by sanding or using the appropri...

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    Brooklyntonia, different paints can vary a great deal in performance. Flat paint is the least durable and can even be scrubbed off the wall when trying to remove stains or dirt, so it is only recommended for dry areas of little wear, especially ceilings. People do use it though to hide bad or messy repairs in drywall, since those can be harder to see on a flat rather than glossy wall. It is a good base for wall paper because it is absorbent - that is if you want the wallpaper there permanently. The glossier the paint, in general, the more durable the paint itself will be, but the less absorbency, which in most cases, is a good thing. If you read instructions for hanging wallpaper, it is always recommends to de-gloss shiny paint before proceeding, whether by sanding or using the appropriate primer. Typical wallpaper, whether pre-pasted or vinyl, sticks less well to paint the shinier the paint it is. The shininess is a slick barrier to penetration. The difference between flat and high gloss could be compared to newsprint vs. plastic, but that's a bit extreme I admit. Looked under a microscope, flat would look looser, hilly and bumpy, possibly a bit fuzzy, and gloss would have most the molecules aligned flat against each other, proving no "tooth", meaning no rough surface on a microscopic level for things to latch onto.The other important factor with paint is the quality. Quality, which usually is reflected on the price you have to pay, makes a huge difference in how well any paint will cover with the minimum number of coats and truly hide what was underneath and how long the pigment will actually last. Whaaaat? Yes, cheap paints can have the surface "chalk" away. Cheap paint literally can turn quietly to dust and leave the wall over time. Also, never use indoor paint outside. It will chalk terribly.My house before this one has a very cheap paint job inside in several areas. In bright light, you could see every path of the roller, especially where they put dark forest green on a white wall.The fact that you plan to remove the fabric in a few years or so means that your shiny paint will make it quite easy, so no problem. The shiny paint is probably durable enough (and your paint work looks great), that your could gently wash down the walls after fabric removal and not have to paint again for some time.I have remodeled and upgraded three homes, my hub and I doing most the work ourselves, over the last 26 years. Before that, I was a renter with frustrated aspirations to DIY already!

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  • PattyP17 commented on Brooklyntonia's instructable Fabric As Removable Wallpaper5 months ago
    Fabric As Removable Wallpaper

    If the paneling is way old, the face layer is wood veneer, which can be painted and this project would work well. The veneer would need cleaning to remove dust and oil. If it looks like Formica or shiny paper or some sort of plastic coating, you'd have to try a test spot, like behind a large piece of furniture and use a spray primer lightly, adding several coats until pure white. That would help form a barrier to keep the laminated paneling from separating.After primer is dry, you could paint, allow to dry, then apply starch and fabric. One thing that needs to be stressed is that each layer of primer and paint must have time to cure per manufacturer's directions before moving on to next step.

    I love this 'able! I have fabric I love that just doesn't quite lend itself to apparel and it would work well for this. My color tastes are quite different than yours, but if we all loved the same thing, there would be a terrible shortage of it, right?I think one of the keys to being able to remove it later is the pre-paint, but especially with a semi-gloss, perhaps satin, paint. With flat or eggshell, the starch may penetrate deeply enough into the paint to cause damage at removal. I did notice it appears you used a semi-gloss.

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  • PattyP17 commented on midiansangel's instructable Revamped Cast Iron Sink5 months ago
    Revamped Cast Iron Sink

    Beautiful! Perhaps you should re-name the instructable "Revamped Cast Iron Fountain", because it is already a garden fountain or a public drinking fountain (not a "sink"), usually mounted on a brick or stone wall. Some European cities still use theses as public drinking fountains. Here's a Google link to a number of types of cast iron fountains, whether in a garden or in public for drinking:https://www.google.com/search?q=rome+public+drinking+fountain&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi0heeElqjUAhVKPiYKHZd6A9IQ_AUICigB&biw=1600&bih=894#tbm=isch&q=cast+iron+drinking+fountain

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  • PattyP17 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable 11 Unusual Uses for Coffee5 months ago
    11 Unusual Uses for Coffee

    Also, you can click on "explore" at the top of the page and then click on "recent". That will give you only the newest stuff. I'd rather read the "popular" ones most of the time.

    That means that this instructable is timeless and still is relevant. New people are discovering this data all over again and again. New comments probably bring it back to the top of the heap of popular subjects. You don't want to know anything anyone shared with anyone else on how to do something that's over a few weeks old?If you want extremely new posts only, take a moment to read the date posted in the upper left under "About This Instructable".

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  • PattyP17 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable 11 Unusual Uses for Coffee6 months ago
    11 Unusual Uses for Coffee

    Bleach is a necessary chemical in most people's lives. It's what is used in the water supply of most towns and cities to keep all of us from getting Cholera, Typhoid and any other number of waterborne diseases. Just because it CAN be very dangerous doesn't mean no one should use it, like knives, or fire. Any dangerous chemical or device should be handled with care.

    Food grade Pure vanilla EXTRACT, like used to be in the grocery store. If your store doesn't have the real extract, a health food store will, or order online.

    Clean and disinfect the cooler first, then close it up with a small rage soaked in REAL vanilla extract (there are fakes these days) for a few days to a week. I don't know why it works, but it will actually remove the odor. Yes, you will smell vanilla at first, but after the rag is removed, in a few days, all the odors are gone.

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  • Camouflaging a Dated Off-center Bathroom Lighting Fixture

    Great solution to a problem that most people would have figured they had to spend a lot more on.

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  • PattyP17 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for Vaseline6 months ago
    Unusual Uses for Vaseline

    I would advise switching to silicone grease. O-rings are also a petroleum product and there could be a possible failure of certain o-rings exposed to vaseline, depending on composition. I worked in the water treatment industry.

    Ha! that made me laughy. When I was a jeweler in training, I learned to rub opals and other soft stones like jade on my nose before returning to the customer to make them shine after gentle cleaning. The first time I saw a co-worker do that, I freaked.

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  • PattyP17 commented on Darthorso's instructable Plastic Bottle Mosquito Trap6 months ago
    Plastic Bottle Mosquito Trap

    LOL! Thumbs up.

    Actually, from my experience, sodas that had been opened even slightly go flat very quickly.

    Yes, probably. I use honey with yeast instead of sugar to make bread, so I think so.

    Not very workable as you would have to be able to collect concentrated carbon dioxide to funnel it outside. Sounds like you would have to build a carbon dioxide concentrating machine. The whole point is to build something simple, cheap and quick that works with little expense or effort.

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  • PattyP17 commented on In The Kitchen With Matt's instructable Perfect French Fries6 months ago
    Perfect French Fries

    Sounds great! Gonna try it. Thanks!

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  • PattyP17 commented on Jakes workshop's instructable Make a Human Table6 months ago
    Make a Human Table

    Ditto!

    Of course. Trying to balance at all is a risky proposition. Using people of different hreights or weights complicates the matter. also, both people have to sit or stand at the same time, and the table is going to fall over the moment they stand up, unless the stay bent and hold it. Argh! Death trap! ;-)

    ...and mixed with alcohol could provide quite a few laughs - and some injuries!

    Thanks for the grins. Totally useless, yet people will insist on building it. Add wide circular "legs" the length of the thing (on the outside) and make a death trap see-saw! I think you ought to get people to comment to add insane additives, like a giant air bubble level on/in the table top so the people seated can work to keep it level. That combined with the see-saw thing would be even funnier. 3/4 length anti-tip leg pegs on the four corners would make it safer and easier to get into, but then you probably thought of that.

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  • Cleaning Your Oven Without Poisonous, Earth Destroying Chemicals

    Many oven models, for over 40 years, have had a cleaning cycle. Basically, you engage locks so no one can open and pick the length of cycle for how dirty the oven is, two, four, or six hours. The idea is that the oven comes on at 500 degrees or more and the burnt-on stuff is supposed to be burned to ash. It uses a lot of electricity, and in my experience only ends up damaging the metal insides over time. Overall, putting a mat in the bottom and cleaning like you illustrate are the best ways overall.

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  • PattyP17 commented on Meglymoo87's instructable Anti-Theft Your Sandwiches7 months ago
    Anti-Theft Your Sandwiches

    Maybe add a printed small tag that says "penicillin experiment"!

    Ah! Very finely grated hard white cheese like Parmesan would truly add to the realism. If they opened to smell, one whiff would tell them the sandwich had definitely "died". Great idea!

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  • How to Photoshop Someone Out of an Image

    Oops, age and memory lapses! I think Corel Draw did not have photo editing capability then. I did not have/use/learn photo editing until 2001 as I was a fine artist (watercolor, acrylic painting, ceramics, more). I turned to digital after an accident in which I was laid up for a extended period. I've bought two versions of PS over the last 15 years, and though newer versions would be nice to have, I'm fine with what I've got, especially now that I just entertain myself with it in my retirement.

    No need to apologize. I think you are right. If I remember, rightly or wrongly, that PS and/or Corel software were the #1 software programs used way back in the day by pros when graphics software (other than default MS Paint) was 1st written. I saw a couple people with what I was pretty sure copies that were pirated straight from the disks, but PS seemed to win out eventually over Corel in user numbers. Yep, I can understand how the popularity led to demand for it in business. And what's a business to do when a desired employee is only proficient in that one program?Yeah, I stopped using Word a few years after paying for Office the first time. Later when I found out I had to buy yet another new FULL version, I started using Open Office. No regrets.

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  • How to Photoshop Someone Out of an Image

    I know, right? LOL.

    I'd heard that PhotoShop was the most pirated software in the world, so they decided to rent it for better security I suppose. Sorry, no experience with GIMP. There are plenty of free tutorials for any graphic software online. Google search.

    Cloning gradients like sea and sky does not work well at all. It's usually very obvious. Photoshop is the most graphic popular software and used by more businesses and hobbiests worldwide than any other program. Selecting many times does not work well for a particular individual as they must learn how to define and adjust the edges settings before selecting. If it's inaccurate, it can take trial after trial. There can be as many as five different ways to get the same desired result in PS. Cutting has always been the most common method taught, especially for novices. Anyone who is not a novice does not need this tutorial. A person new to PS can be taught to cut a clean edge in less time that other methods to isolate parts of an image. In his choices, the person who posted this tutorial p...

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    Cloning gradients like sea and sky does not work well at all. It's usually very obvious. Photoshop is the most graphic popular software and used by more businesses and hobbiests worldwide than any other program. Selecting many times does not work well for a particular individual as they must learn how to define and adjust the edges settings before selecting. If it's inaccurate, it can take trial after trial. There can be as many as five different ways to get the same desired result in PS. Cutting has always been the most common method taught, especially for novices. Anyone who is not a novice does not need this tutorial. A person new to PS can be taught to cut a clean edge in less time that other methods to isolate parts of an image. In his choices, the person who posted this tutorial picked the most common denominator. I taught PS to beginners in an online group for over five years. That does not make me any sort of expert, just that I have experience teaching it to rankd beginners to intermediate ones. Opinions of what to do and how to do it are just that - a matter of opinion. There are no rules, only results. The "best way" is only that which works best for that individual and their skill set. :-D

    Cloning gradients like sea and sky does not work well at all. It's usually very obvious. Photoshop is the most graphic popular software and used by more businesses and hobbiests worldwide than any other program. Selecting many times does not work well for a particular individual as they must learn how to define and adjust the edges settings before selecting. If it's inaccurate, it can take trial after trail. There can be as many as five different was to get the same desired result in PS. Cutting has always been the most common method taught, especially for novices. Anyone who is not a novice does not need this tutorial. A person new to PS can be taught to cut a clean edge in less time that other methods to isolate parts of an image. In his choices, the person who posted this tutorial pi...

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    Cloning gradients like sea and sky does not work well at all. It's usually very obvious. Photoshop is the most graphic popular software and used by more businesses and hobbiests worldwide than any other program. Selecting many times does not work well for a particular individual as they must learn how to define and adjust the edges settings before selecting. If it's inaccurate, it can take trial after trail. There can be as many as five different was to get the same desired result in PS. Cutting has always been the most common method taught, especially for novices. Anyone who is not a novice does not need this tutorial. A person new to PS can be taught to cut a clean edge in less time that other methods to isolate parts of an image. In his choices, the person who posted this tutorial picked the most common denominator. I taught PS to beginners in an online group for over five years. Opinions of what to do and how to do it are just that - a matter of opinion and what one is used to or likes best. There are no rules, only results. The "best way" is only what works best for that individual and their skill set. :-D

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  • "With U Smart Sole" DIY GPS Embedded Smart Shoe sole #MITBetterWorld

    Seniors with dementia routinely cast off jackets hats and other items when they wander. They seldom remove their shoes.

    Brilliant idea! I think that a model needs to be developed that does not raise the heel so much. Unsteady seniors that can walk away from home are too likely to fall even in their own home wearing a shoes with raised heel. I am one of them. I can only wear flats, nothing higher than your normal athletic shoe. I love the fact that one can position their feet to alert others without a potential attacker realizing it.

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  • How to Make a Grilled Cheese Sandwich With an Iron

    Not ridiculous! This method has been used by apartment dwellers without a stove for decades.

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  • PattyP17 commented on JP'sW's instructable Make a Cool Light from a Whiskey Bottle12 months ago
    Make a Cool Light from a Whiskey Bottle

    I understand that incandescent lights get too hot. Why not 110V LED light sets? No battery pack to futz with and no batteries to change. Tes, the hole would have to be bigger. You can get some fairly short sets or plug-in LEDs at Christmas time. I know they are probably larger and brighter than the "rice grain" sized battery fairy lights. I would plan to cut a larger hole on the bottle bottom and coat the inside of the bottle with with glass paint or some other semi-clear paint or alcohol ink to obscure the lights a bit better. One could even coat the lower 3/4 of the bottle with amber alcohol ink, and make the bottle look like it still had liquor in it! Hmm...

    BTW, I meant to say great project and hop you win. This is one of the few I would actually make and that got me thinking...

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  • PattyP17 commented on SajeewaJ's instructable King Aragorn's Coronation Crown12 months ago
    King Aragorn's Coronation Crown

    Gorgeous! I think I would not make this from paper though. Too easy to destroy by accident and hours of work then lost. If I did make it, I would either use sheet metal like copper or nickel silver and use silver solder to attach all pieces. Heavy wire of the same metal to make the parts you did in heavy string. Foam construction might be another option if one does not have good soldering skills.Good luck in the contest!

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  • PattyP17 commented on He Se 's instructable Pesto Bread1 year ago
    Pesto Bread

    I think I'll try this as a sweet bread with a prune filling, or maybe like a cinnamon roll. I can't eat most green spices, but it looks very yummy!

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  • PattyP17 commented on balsuryana's instructable Chessy Chocolate Banana1 year ago
    Chessy Chocolate Banana

    Sounds interesting. What kind of cheese do you like for this? Also, you may wabnt to edit the title. You wrote "CHESSY" instead of "CHEESY". Good luck.

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  • Live Off the Land : Survive With Edible Weeds

    To the best of my knowledge, all nightshade leaves are poisonous.

    Very cool. I wish I could ID even more plants than I can. There are so many plants that look alike. I know that eating wild is a lost art used ages ago by everyday medieval peasants to survive. There are over 200 edible wild plants in Europe, but few know them today. Unfortunately, some are mimics are deadly. Acorns are edible, but taste awful unless prepared just right. the only mushroom I trust to ID is a Morel because it doesn't look like any other.

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  • Easy Thick Fluffy Pancakes

    This instructable was very helpful for those of us who want fluffy pancakes that are not soggy in the middle. Buckwheat and other whole grains, though they may be healthier are much heavier flours and don't lend themselves easily to "light" baked goods or griddle cakes. I don't always use syrup or jelly so adding sweetness to the batter is essential, but I add pure liquid Splenda, which is altered sugar. Butter burns at the high temp some of us like to cook our pancakes at so I use coconut oil, but I also have spray olive oil and other natural oil sprays for various temperatures. On top of all that, this is not something the readers will eat every day. It's a once or twice per month at most for our household. I found your remarks rude and judgmental to Matt who took the time t...

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    This instructable was very helpful for those of us who want fluffy pancakes that are not soggy in the middle. Buckwheat and other whole grains, though they may be healthier are much heavier flours and don't lend themselves easily to "light" baked goods or griddle cakes. I don't always use syrup or jelly so adding sweetness to the batter is essential, but I add pure liquid Splenda, which is altered sugar. Butter burns at the high temp some of us like to cook our pancakes at so I use coconut oil, but I also have spray olive oil and other natural oil sprays for various temperatures. On top of all that, this is not something the readers will eat every day. It's a once or twice per month at most for our household. I found your remarks rude and judgmental to Matt who took the time to be helpful, and also to those reading here. If you want people to make pancakes more healthy than posted above, please just suggest what you would substitute (as I did) without trying to make anyone wrong, or go write your own instructable. Or if you don't agree with a person's instructable, please just walk away rather than make anyone wrong.

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  • PattyP17 commented on Luca Gerda's instructable Eerie glowing jars!1 year ago
    Eerie glowing jars!

    @Egyptsy - where do you get your glow in the dark powders? Do they glow really well?

    I might be hard to get that kind of accuracy with a craft paint. Depends on your technique.

    That just inspired me. An empty plastic soda bottle or grated cheese container is lightweight and would turn easily if mounted well.

    Cool instructable! I like the picture with your hands around the jar. I was think one could even cut hands from black paper and put over the outside of the jar to look like one is holding the universe.

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  • Cleaning your oven without poisonous, earth destroying chemicals

    Wow. The link to the oven liner still works, two years later. I need one too. This kind works better for me than one not impregnated with fiberglass. Though it is harder to get stain-free, it is easy to clean. I prefer it overt the cheaper plain black silicone ones. I prderted one of these on Aamazon and they sent the cheap black flimsy ones. I compalined top aamazon and got my $ back.

    Well, as long as it is not heated above 500 degrees. Some people have ruined their ovens by someone in the household starting the cleaning cycle. I did a lot of research about 1.5 years ago on this and there are some types of newer ovens one cannot use silicone mats in, even if you aren't going to muse the cleaning cycle. Best to read owner's manual.

    The problem with turning your oveen on that high for a long time is that it shortens the life oif the oven, whether using the regular highest setting or the cleaning cycle.

    Thanks! I'm going to do that!

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  • PattyP17 commented on SpecificLove's instructable 8 Life Hacks With Steel Wool1 year ago
    8 Life Hacks With Steel Wool

    LOL! Yeah. But I once had a cat that I had to teach to NOT get in the shower with me. He loved water. The time he jumped in and got dandruff shampoo all over his feet was the final straw. I grapsed him gently but firmly round the chest and held his feet under the spray to wash all his paws off and never a struggle. He seemed to enjoy it. One strange but very smart cat.

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  • PattyP17 commented on MiiBooth's instructable Make your own charcoal at home (Video)1 year ago
    Make your own charcoal at home (Video)

    I definitely forgot about that use. I just don't don't know if I'm ready to scrape the ammonium nitrate off poo yet.

    Ah! Great idea. Now if my husband hasn't sold the camp stove, I'm in business.

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  • How to Remove a Stuck Nut (without stripping threading)

    Bust a nut sounds like you are cracking pecans or walnuts? Would make a good rapper name?

    Don't get me started on canola oil, sigh! Biggest lie in the health food industry. The name is shortened from "Canada oil". It comes from a plant named "rapeseed". The seeds boiled in water and drunk as a tea aborts unwanted babies, according the back woods herbalists of the past. The plant grows profusely and wild all over Canada, and someone figured out a way to create a lie about how healthy it was so it could be harvested and sold for big money. Before I even knew where it came from, I'd gag each time I ate anything containing it and couldn't figure out why. I think it probably makes great engine oil. Not so much for the body. But I digress form the main topic.

    If you are getting the nut off a gasoline powered engine, I don't know that a torch is in order. Think beyond the simple example he gives, to illustrate use on more complex situations.

    @ UncleEd - exactly!

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  • How to Make a Shirred Fabric Summer Dress

    She means to "backstitch". Start sewing forward a few stitches (as far as a half inch), and then put the machine in reverse to go back to the starting point at the edge of the fabric, then sew forward in the normal manner. The backward stitches go through the thread of the earlier stitches, locking them to the fabric so they cant be easily pulled out during wearing the garment or washing it. This does not work well with super thin fabrics as they will tear sometimes. It's done a bit slower than normal sewing to make sure you have full control of what's happening.

    Make sure you are using a long stitch length. Also do not stretch the elastic when you wind it on the bobbin. If you still have trouble, try searching with Google for shirring fabric on your brand and model. Some are finicky, but most work easily. You owner's manual may even tell you how to do it on your machine. You can find your manual online if you need to.

    How Much Fabric to GetThe original poster is not answering questions. Though many were asked long ago, I am answering because it is a popular instructable and I have over 40 years of sewing experience.It all depends on how wide the fabric is and how big you are. If you want to use woven cotton fabric, and have a bust under 40", just buy the length of fabric that you want to dress to be in length, plus some extra for the straps. If you are plus and your bust is larger than the 45" width cotton fabric comes in, then you would need to buy twice the length you want the dress. BUT you don't want to use both full widths across of 45" or it will be way too big and bulky. Unless you have an 80" or so bust.Let's say you are a big beautiful woman and your bust is 55" and ...

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    How Much Fabric to GetThe original poster is not answering questions. Though many were asked long ago, I am answering because it is a popular instructable and I have over 40 years of sewing experience.It all depends on how wide the fabric is and how big you are. If you want to use woven cotton fabric, and have a bust under 40", just buy the length of fabric that you want to dress to be in length, plus some extra for the straps. If you are plus and your bust is larger than the 45" width cotton fabric comes in, then you would need to buy twice the length you want the dress. BUT you don't want to use both full widths across of 45" or it will be way too big and bulky. Unless you have an 80" or so bust.Let's say you are a big beautiful woman and your bust is 55" and you want the dress to be 45" long. (I am 5' 4" and that is ankle length for me) A nice cotton fabric that's 44" or 45" wide will not fit around your bust (nor mine), so you must have TWO lengths of fabric, one for the front, one for the back of 45" wide fabric. to make a dress that will fit around your girls.Oh, I hear you thinking. Why can't I run the fabric sideways? It's best to not try and fudge and run the long length of the fabric around you sideways. Garments should be made up and down the long length of the fabric, the way it comes off the bolt unless the Zombie Apocalypse happens. The manner in which fabric is woven makes it hang all wrong when it is hung sideways on a body. It won't look good or right.So 45" length for the front, 45" length for the back, plus 4" for the four hems - a 1/2" one at the top and at the bottom (a double fold of 1/2" at the top and bottom of each of the two pieces means an inch gets used up at top and bottom of the front and of the back). (4 x 1" = 4"). Did that make sense? A half inch seam means that your fold over 1/2" of the raw fabric edge neatly, iron and fold 1/2" over again, iron flat, then sew it down. That's happening in four places.You won't be using the full width of each 45" piece across your body so we'll have plenty left over for whatever kind of straps you want to make. Fabric is sold by the yard, but can also cut in one long length with an additional increment of a partial yard if needed. We needed 94" of fabric. Fabric is almost never cut exactly straight across at some stores, so adding a little might not be a bad idea.94" is 14" less than 3 yards, so I would just go ahead and buy 3 yards. So any plus person with a bust over 40" or so wanting a 45" long dress needs 3 yards. Any person with a bust under 40" needs to buy whatever length of fabric they want the dress to be, plus maybe 4 inches more to have plenty for straps of whatever style you want. You CAN fudge most straps and cut them sideways on the fabric instead of lengthways if you are trying to be as economical as possible

    How Much Fabric to GetThe original poster is not answering questions. Though many were asked long ago, I am answering because it is a popular instructable and I have over 40 years of sewing experience.It all depends on how wide the fabric is and how big you are. If you want to use woven cotton fabric, and have a bust under 40", just buy the length of fabric that you want to dress to be in length, plus some extra for the straps. If you are plus and your bust is larger than the 45" width cotton fabric comes in, then you would need to buy twice the length you want the dress. BUT you don't want to use both full widths across of 45" or it will be way too big and bulky. Unless you have an 80" or so bust. Let's say you are a big beautiful woman and your bust is 55" an...

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    How Much Fabric to GetThe original poster is not answering questions. Though many were asked long ago, I am answering because it is a popular instructable and I have over 40 years of sewing experience.It all depends on how wide the fabric is and how big you are. If you want to use woven cotton fabric, and have a bust under 40", just buy the length of fabric that you want to dress to be in length, plus some extra for the straps. If you are plus and your bust is larger than the 45" width cotton fabric comes in, then you would need to buy twice the length you want the dress. BUT you don't want to use both full widths across of 45" or it will be way too big and bulky. Unless you have an 80" or so bust. Let's say you are a big beautiful woman and your bust is 55" and you want the dress to be 45" long. (I am 5' 4" and that is ankle length for me) A nice cotton fabric that's 44" or 45" wide will not fit around your bust (nor mine), so you must have TWO lengths of fabric, one for the front, one for the back of 45" wide fabric. to make a dress that will fit around your girls.Oh, I hear you thinking. Why can't I run the fabric sideways? It's best to not try and fudge and run the long length of the fabric around you sideways. Garments should be made up and down the long length of the fabric, the way it comes off the bolt unless the Zombie Apocalypse happens. The manner in which fabric is woven makes it hang all wrong when it is hung sideways on a body. It won't look good or right. So 45" length for the front, 45" length for the back, plus 4" for the four hems - a 1/2" one at the top and at the bottom (a double fold of 1/2" at the top and bottom of each of the two pieces means an inch gets used up at top and bottom of the front and of the back). (4 x 1" = 4"). Did that make sense? A half inch seam means that your fold over 1/2" of the raw fabric edge neatly, iron and fold 1/2" over again, iron flat, then sew it down. That's happening in four places.You won't be using the full width of each 45" piece across your body so we'll have plenty left over for whatever kind of straps you want to make. Fabric is sold by the yard, but can also cut in one long length with an additional increment of a partial yard if needed. We needed 94" of fabric. Fabric is almost never cut exactly straight across at some stores, so adding a little might not be a bad idea. 94" is 14" less than 3 yards, so I would just go ahead and buy 3 yards. So any plus person with a bust over 40" or so wanting a 45" long dress needs 3 yards. Any person with a bust under 40" needs to buy whatever length of fabric they want the dress to be.

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