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Joining carpet pieces

I'm looking for ideas on how carpet pieces might be joined together into a whole (e.g. rugs made from carpet samples). The gaffer tape solution which is posted all over the web in tutorials isn't strong, only lasts a few months and doesn't work well with small carpet pieces.  I've successfully sewn carpet piece in the past with fishing line (so the stitches are strong and invisible) however this technique only works well with larger pieces due to the time it takes and amount of work.  Has anyone here tried any other techniques and been successful with both large and small carpet pieces?  My other idea was to use wood glue to glue the pieces to a hessian sheet.  I haven't tested this but the hessian base on most carpet pieces should merge well with the hessian sheet. thoughts or ideas appreciated.

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DIY Car Carpet?

Hey, I have a 2000 Toyota Echo with holes in the carpet I've done a fair amount of searching, but I can't find an aftermarket manufacturer that sells pre-molded carpets for this car. Has anyone experience in replacing their car carpet with a custom carpet? How do you compensate for the lack of molding? Thanks, kd.

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illuminated prayer carpet?

hi everybody i have a project to build a prototype so i need help if somebody could help me i could pay for this help cause i wanna produce it so my need is a illuminated prayer carpet based on  electroluminescent phosphor printing technology. the objectif it s to build a carpet who illuminated when its the right direction could somebody help please thanks

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Sub vs Carpet

So i have these, and I just thought, that since the sub's driver (is that the right term?) is on the bottom, facing the ground, and I have carpet...does the carpet impair the sub? ...Since carpet absorbs sound...Just a thought. Should I put it on top of a piece of plexi glass or something?

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Remove Juice Stain, Carpet

Something Red. Still fresh.  I have damp towels on it now. I have a shop vac. Ive read about mixing peroxide with soap. What soap, specifically? Other tips?

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I have a very small budget and area rugs are proving to be expensive any ideas on where to get one or how to make one?

I have a dining room and living room that have brown carpet, im looking to cover them up with two area rugs,

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How to I trim a store-bought rug to create a unique shape?

I would like to buy a regular rectangular area rug and round off one of the corners (can't buy this shape). Is there a good way to do this?

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How can I easily patch a hole in a carpet? Answered

I accidentally melted a hole in my carpet when a lamp fell over. The carpet store said they could fix it for a huge pile of money. I don't know how they were planning on fixing it. If I knew the "right" way of doing it, I could probably do it myself. Any ideas?

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What's the best way to clean an entire olefin area rug?

I have an 8 by 5 olefin area rug that needs a thorough cleaning.  It has gotten a fare bit of grime in it but i don't think any stains would be permanent.  The finished product need not be perfect.  The solution need be simple enough to warrant the hassle!

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Springling salt on carpet for fleas?

I have a 2yr old toddler and am wondering if it is safe for him to play after i sprinkle the salt on the carpets? I was thinking about doing it after he goes to bed but if you have to leave it for a couple days then i guess it wouldn't matter when i put it down.

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Ok, certainly someone can tell me what THIS bug is? Answered

 I was wiring up some stuff behind my door, and found yet ANOTHER bug. Now I know I asked before and no one could really tell me what it was, but this is a completely different bug than the first one, and yet I have no idea what it is. I have one REALLY clear picture here, surely someone can tell me?!?

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Can I dye a Chinese wool area rug?

I have about a 5x8 Wool area rug that is light seafoam green & I would like to dye it in shades of reds. Is this possible....too big a jog....or just plain 'won't work? Anyone given it a try??

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how to clean up oil from a carpet? ? Answered

I recently was cleaning up my room and i spilled a container of mineral oil on my carpet, is there a way to get it up without replacing the carpet? 

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How to get candle wax out of the carpet?

I knocked a burning candle off a side board and the wax has made a mess of our new carpet.

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how to repair cigarette burns in carpet?

I burnt my carpet and need instruction as to how to repair it.

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What can I use to slide sat down on carpet

.I want to row with resistance bands on carpet. I rather not use carpet slides or glides

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How do I get this mold out of my carpet? Answered

I was cleaning out my room when I lifted up an old shirt and saw an exploded old dryed up juice box. I finished cleaning and saw the stain was yellow and kind of green and it has dark spots on it (guessing mold). My dad wants to sell the house and get a new one because we are running low on money at the moment so I couldn't tell him and get a carpet cleaner guy in here. Anyway I looked online and it said to spray vinegar diluted in water so I did that but I don't think anything happened, so is there any home remedy or easy way I can clean this? Thanks. 

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Can indooor-outdoor carpet be used as underlay for wood or engineered flooring?

Can I successfully lay flooring —wood or "floating" floor— over already-installed indoor-outdoor carpet? The carpet has virtually no- pile, and I thought it would be a good insulator in lieu of underlay.  If this is a terrible idea...please don't mince words...I can take it! (I'm just working on "no-budget-reno" and the carpet looks as good or better than any underlay I've seen— plus it's already installed! : ) Thanks for any advice anyone may have.

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FUNCTIONAL MAGIC CARPET COSTUME BUILD-need ideas on how to make carpet sway!!

Hi everyone, It's my first time posting to this forum, so I hope I'm posting in the right section. Please go easy on me: ) I'm looking to make a genie costume similar to ModMischief's awesome construction. That is her costume pictured below. I have not made the carpet section yet, so it can be altered to fit any plans for what I am trying to accomplish. https://www.instructables.com/id/Genie-on-a-Flying-Carpet/ I would like the flying carpet to be a little different though. I am trying to create a simple mechanism that will give the carpet some movement. I want it to mimic the up/down wave motion as if the carpet is actually flying mid air. Can anyone suggest something that would get me going in the right direction for ideas? I will have a 2nd person with me that could assist me once the costume is on, if there is some kind of crank mechanism that would work. Any ideas are appreciated!

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What's a good wall color for a room with dark green carpet?

Currently the walls and ceilings are white, and the carpet as stated is dark green. It feels very cold in that room. It is northeast facing. Photo is of shoes on the carpet in this room.

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How to get old carpet glue off cerramic tile without causing harsh vapors?

How to get old carpet glue off cerramic tile without causing harsh vapors? 

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Scanimation help

I am a carpet manufacturer based out of Agra (India) and I have been quite captivated by the magic of scanimation. I have now been thinking of making a series of carpets in scanimated designs and using a coffee table with black printed stripes in lieu of bar mask. (This idea is not mine, please see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ua7HOX32PGA … I have no intention of copying it , but taking inspiration from him I wish to take this to a whole new level) I want to know, if this is possible in only black/white or can we use more colors as well. For example, maybe I can have 5-6 turtles with their legs in black , the background white and the turtle’s body in color. Will then I get the effect of movement ? Could someone help me in preparing some designs ? 

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Is there a reason drummers set up their kits on a space rug? Answered

It's simply that. I always see drum kits set up on a small rug that they take with them. Why?

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Extra clean water tank for carpet shampooer

I would like to know how to put an extra water tank on this Hoover Powerdash Pet carpet shampooer. The one it's got is too small and has to be emptied constantly. Is there a way to do this without damaging the machine?

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how do you kill fleas in my carpet?

I have a dog and hes bring fleas into the house

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How do I make this leather belt floor mat?

Below is a link to an example of an expensive floor mat made from recycled leather belts. I want to know is how do you think they are attached? Is there another mat underneath that they are glued to? What type of backing is involved? What type of adhesive would be durable enough for this type of application? What is the best way to cut the leather to make a precise edge? Should the leather be treated to make it last longer? There must be an inexpensive solution. Please help me out. Thanks.http://www.ecosalon.com/from_fashion_accessory_to_floor_mat/

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How may I make a widemouth carpet-bag style bag?

I'm not really sure of what they are called, but I would make to make a bag much like this one here. Just basically the opening clasp style. Any ideas? 

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How may I make a widemouth carpet-bag style bag? Answered

I'm not really sure of what they are called, but I would make to make a bag much like this one here. Just basically the opening clasp style. Any ideas? 

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How do you make your own shag carpet?

More importanly, why did the 70's kick ass? Tips on technique, styles, and materials? I have about 3-4 skiens of camoflauge yarn, I dont know if that will help?

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The risks of DIY carpet cleaning and how save a buck or two....

I am writing this partly because of bed experiences with rental angents/landlords and as a general help.Here in Australia as well as other parts of the world it is common pratise that a real estate agent goes through your rented home multiple times a year to check if you keep it clean and undamaged.In most cases these visits go without any hickup until you move out.At this point agents often try to make your life a misery.Some expect you get the house back to the state it was 10 years ago when you moved - an impossible task.Carpet cleaning is usually done with a rented machine.This mean you pay a deposit for the machine and "rent" is made by the highly overpriced cleaning fluid you have to use with the machine.But more and more people see that a $100 machine from the discounter is a "money saver".So lets start with the main differences between a rented, commercial grade machine and those you find at the discounter to buy.The later comes quite small and in plastic, the commercial one is usually all metal and has huge water and waste tank.And lets be honest here, if a good vacuum cleaner sets you back more than twice what your new floor cleaning machine costs.....For me the real difference is in the sucktion.If you start with 10 liters in a commercail machine then you should expect to get over 8 liters back in the waste tank.The added waste often makes it seem much more though ;)The cheap discounter vesion however often struggles to get half of the water back out of your carpet that it drained into it!This is not only due to the weaker vacuum created but also due to the general design and lack of sealing the area that is sucked up.But during a hot summer week this makes no vital difference as it dries off anyway, or does it?Dryness and contamination....If you wash your clothes than you let them fully dry before you wear them.With a freshly cleaned carpet we often don't have that luxury and if the weather won't play nice you might end with a moist carpet for weeks.A proper wash of the carpet would require that water is actually flowing through the fabric.This is achieved by designing water outlets and sucktion areas to be in close proximity.However, most carpets these days are thin and flimsy, the underlay brings the comfort and often the required insulation from the cold floor.Fun fact: Most quality carpets in the EU come with a rubber or foam like backing which prevents that little spills go through and also leave the carpet basically dry after a cleaning.If the amount of water your machine collects does not get very close to what you filled into the tank then you end with a quite wet carpet and underlay.Cold from underneath and with basically no airflow through it.And if you ever removed an old carpet that was cleaned every few years you do know why you wear a protective suit, gloves and a filter mask on your face....It is simply impossible with a handheld machine to prevent water and contaminants from getting into the foam underlay of US and AU style carpet assemblies.Once fully dry there is little chance for anything to grow, but every time you clean the carpet you add the water required...I had it in two rentals that when I cleaned the carpets with a really good machine that stains from within the underlay came back up into the carpet.A job planned for a day then turned into three days of using heater fans and living in a sauna while washing carpets :(The same is true if you end up with fresh dirt or such on the carpet while it is still moist underneat - it gets worked ino the carpet and becomes even harder to clean.Is a commercial cleaning the better option?Sadly I have to say this highly depends on your agent/landlord and how much time and money you have.In some areas agents simply ignore the law and demand from you that the carpet looks at least as good as when you moved in.And if old stains you did not know about come from the filthy underlay a rented machine can come close to the cost of getting a commercail team in to do the job once you vacated.Either way you get an invoice for the service and a statement about the condition of the carpets before and after the cleaning.These guys come with a big van and before it fires up with water only the vacuum is used.Imagine a monster sized vacuum cleaner head on steroids that connects to an industrial sized evacuation fan in the van.It literally lifts your carpet from the underlay and leaves nothing loose behind.The actual cleaning and sanitation works the same way only with the big difference that the water is sprayed with pressure through the carpet and into the underlay.Final round is done dry and with vacuum only, means the carpets are dry enough to walk on them without getting wet feet.A complete dry state is usually reached within 2 days during the summer unlike rented machines that keep the humidity in your house up and high for about 2 weeks until back to normal.Main benefit of a commercail cleaning is that you won't get any issues with your agent/landlord unless you damaged the carpets or made them impossible to clean - ever dropped an ink jet printer refill kit? ;)If I do it myself with a reasonably good machine or a rented one : Do I have options for the cleaning solution used?Trust me, I had to figure that one out quickly when I moved into my first rental down here.4 bedrooms, entire house with carpet except for the kitchen and wet areas.They appeared reasonably clean at a first look but when I used a UV flashlight at night the story was shocking....In what must have a room for a baby the carpet looked like a psychedlic art impression under the UV light.The living room was not much better.As a result the rented machine ran out of cleaning fluid quickly.Bought 2 bottles that were supposed to be suffient for the house size but if you need several rounds per room.I "finnished" the former baby room and was one bottle down already.Called it a day and in the dark the UV light showed a slithly fades art impression but nowhere clean :(The shop had a heavy duty cleaning solution but I did not consider it with a price twice as high.Instead I wondered what would make my carpet different from my clothes in my washing machine....So I got a canister of Oxy-cleaner - sometimes called nappy soaking powder, or similar.Just make sure you get one that does not foam up too much.I used a bucket to dissolve a good amount of the powder before filling it into the machine - at about 40°C.What ended in the waste tank when using this cheap alternative looked digusting to say the least!With that encouragement I decided to make a new bucket with some added washing powder, just a tablespoon worth or just over.Washing powder for front loader does not foam up much, unlike the stuff for top loader, so choose wisely.That was, all counted, the forth cleaning round for the former baby room but after this the UV light showed a clean carpet that also had nice spring fresh smell thanks to the washing powder.Using the same appraoch of lots of oxy cleaner and a bit of washing machine powder in semi hot water made cleaning the rest of the house a breeze!When going slow with the machine it was like mowing the lawn, it left a clean path behind.Not all carpets might tolerate oxy cleaners though, especially if they are quite colorful, so do a spot check first if you never used the stuff to clean up a little spill of red wine before.And please keep some of the commercial cleaning fluid at hand to give the machine a quick wash through with it, otherwise the shop might ask you if you used non approved cleaning stuff with it ;)Tips for adjustable cleaning machines....Some of the rented machines come with several possible adjustments you can make.In the most basic form you can adjust the amount water used and how strong the machine sucks.Keep the sucktion as high as possible unless you actually want to pre soak the carpet.The amount of water should be adjusted to the type of carpet not to how dirty it is!You want just enough water to soak the carpet without going into the underlay too much.A clear sign of using too much water is if you waste tank is only half full when the water tank is empty.A few of the really good machines let you adjust the distance between the water outlet and sucktion area.In most cases there pre-set to what, from experience is the most commonly type of carpet in the area.Your might be different though...A greater distance means more time for the cleaning solution to do its job.This works especially well for thicker carpets with amount of water turned down to below 50%.For thin carpets a short distance is better as the water does not have to go deep into the fabric.Here you can even increase the water flow for very dirty areas without risking to soak the underlay too much.In either case you should check the machine before taking it home and if adjustable have the options explained to you in the store.Anything for really bad areas?The entrance area is often subject to whatever our shoes collected outside, especially if you have kids or playful dogs.A bit of oil from the road, some sticky residue of something, dust, small gravel and sand....Vacuum out what comes out first, then use a suitable, not too stiff brush if your vacuum cleaner does not have a rotating brush in the head.Use a spray bottle and prepare a solution of warm water with a bit of washing machine powder and a shot glass worth of methylated spirit.Slightly wet the soiled area with the spray bottle without saturating it.Use the brush to agitate the carpet fibres - preferably directional and with even strokes.If they are not wet in the deeper areas spray a bit more.Again: you don't want to soak it you want to wet it.Give it about 20 minutes on a warm day a bit longer if the insede temps are below 25°C.Check with your hand if the area is still wet, the alcohol should speed up the evaporation here.Before it dries up repeat the process and check with a paper towel if it picks up the stains already.If so then run over the area with cleaning machine.Best results are achieved if you manage to get the fibres wet all the way down with the brush and won't let the area fully dry off again after the spraying.How can I speed up the drying time?The only way to speed things up is heat and airflow.If outside humidty is quite high then you will struggle.Even in the summer times the humidity levels over night can get well into or even over the 80% region.Opening doors and windows then to get the carpet dry won't really help you.Best time to clean your carpets is actually at night because by the time you are done the sun is out and the humity levels much lower.On a good day below 30%.This is true even for the winter times.Put a few fans up and make sure the temperatures are well above the 20°C mark.If in doubt you have to turn the heater on.Once the humidity inside is sky high you open up all windows and doors to have an exchange of air.A few minutes suffice here unless there is wind at all.If it is a hot summer day you can of course just let it all open until the sun goes down again.During colder times pay special attention to cold areas, like your toilet, bathroom or in general areas that won't warm up properly.Even if the room was not cleaned the moisture can accumulate here and cause mold and mildew.If in doubt make sure the ENTIRE house is warm enough until your carpets are fully dry again.A humidity sensor or gauge certainly helps, two are better so you can check inside and outside at the same time.

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My Art work....Indian Rangoli.. color Carpet

Hi rangoli is indian folk art.. and it is used for decorative purpose, it is made by hand and rangoli is driven at all festivals and events and weddings in india,,, I love to draw it... Here by i posting some rangoli phots  hope you like it.. Waiting for your artistic reply.. Suhas

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Roomba and Central Vac

I really don't like cleaning my house but I don't want to live in a garbage house.  I'd like to have a floor cleaning system.  For carpeted areas, I envision the that the system would use a Roomba and dock to a central vac system so that I wouldn't have to empty the Roomba.  For the non-carpeted areas, I'd like to use a Scooba that connects to water and sewer.  What are your thoughts?

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smoke smell removal from oriental wool rugs...house fire.

How to remove smoke damage smell from oriental carpets. small house fire left residue, ash and smell throughout house. now I am on clean up, but can not find place that will clean theses type carpets with in 100 miles, (I live in the country), sure I can send to some rug company that does just rugs, but these are pure wool and expensive, do not want to take that chance. sorry, not knocking rug cleaner industries, they have done the deep clean steam on the wall to wall carpets, came out fine, but steam is not used on these rugs. well, any suggestions...thanks.

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multi purpose cleaner formulated?

Hello my friends i need some formulation and combination of :carpet remover,multi purppose cleaner,lcd cleaner and new cleaners formulation.thnk

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how do you get rid of fleas?

I have a bad flea infestation. I need to get rid of the fleas from my carpets and dogs. Fleas and their eggs.

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Using quickrete to sound proof walls?

After reading online I thought about an easy cheap alternative to lessen the noise in my garage studio room from escaping to the outside world.  After the new construction the smaller space seems to echo much more than before, thus the need for more soundproofing/deadening.  I though about building forms with plywood backing and filling them with readymix quickrete with wire mesh on top.  After fastening the frames onto the brakets I have that will be firmly fastened to the wall in staggered pattern drywall and carpet padding will be applied on top of the plywood side of the form that would be facing toward the middle of the room thus creating a second relatively thick layer of sound deadening with roughly 1 1/2 inched of dead air space trapped between the outer and inner layer walls.  Has anyone ever tried this?   Thoughts, comments, suggestions welcome.  To clarify:  From outside to inside I would have:  Siding - Standard Wrap and OSB - Stud- Moisture Barrier- Insulation - 5/8 Drywall - 1 1/2 inches of dead air space - Wire mesh side of concrete forms 1 in thick - concrete- plywood backing side of form - carpet padding - drywall - carpet   Thanks.  John

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how can i solve the marking problem with my beloved cat?&what's the way 2get rid of the urine odor n my carpets?plz

My cat marks on my carpets and it smells bad & i have to spend more time cleaning, yet the problem remains with him marking , need to find a way to make him stop marking , i love my cat the most and i am willing to do any thing to solve this problem but i am not willing to risk him by surgery. i also need to know if i can use any home made cleaning materials to solve the odor problem .

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How can I secure a fire safe in an apartment?

I have a small fire-rated safe that I would like to bolt down in my upstairs apartment.  I can't drill holes through the sides of it and put screws into the wall studs.  There's a single heavy bolt hole in the safe's bottom.  Does anyone have any (real) suggestions on how I might secure it to the floor?  Is there likely to be space between my floor and the ceiling below me that I can slip a brace into? EDIT: I lifted up the edge of the carpet, and it looks like the floor under the carpet padding is concrete.

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RV remodeling..

I need to replace a ceiling and wall in an rv.  I do not want to use same material that is in  it.  I need it to be inexpensive.  Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.  Also, any idea for the flooring?  I am in a beach area so no carpet.  I want it to be unique.

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Is galvanized steel dangerous to be making rings with?

I am making chainmail in my room and my dad thinks we'll get zinc dust in our carpet and possibly get sick from me bending the wire.

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Random Question

 Can you guys take a quick look at the instructions for my Intervention, M4, and F2000 and tell me which you like best?  They each have a different background, and I want to know which you guys prefer.  The Intervention is on hardwood, the M4 is on carpet, and the F2000 is on a rug.   Thanks

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Green cleaning products

Found a few easy recipes for making green cleaning products... Anyone have more suggestions? "Americans spend millions of dollars a year on cleaning supplies. This spring, make your own cleaning agents with these recipes from EarthShare and EarthWays, two nonprofit environmental organizations. The recipes are friendly to the environment and to your bank account." Air fresheners: Simmer a small amount of cinnamon, orange peel, and cloves on the stove to give off a pleasant fragrance in your home. Glass cleaner: Mix 2 tablespoons of borax or washing soda with three cups of water for sparkling windows and mirrors. Carpet freshener: Sprinkle dry cornstarch or baking soda on your carpet and vacuum. Furniture polish: Combine 1/2 cup lemon juice to 1 cup vegetable oil, olive oil, or mayonnaise. Apply to rag. Source: ManageMyHome

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Does anyone know where I can get cardboard tube that is 6"-8" diameter?

I've tried carpet stores, but they're only about 4", so not big enough.  It's for something like this http://www.inewidea.com/2010/03/01/22865.html#more-22865

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Help..."Raising the Floor"

Ok so i want to raise the ground level in my room by about 4 feet. so making a box that can hold proubly 200+ pounds and has carpet attached to it just like the floor. also it needs a way to rerout a air vent. feel free to ask questions about anything and thanks for any help

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Steam Cleaner

Dont you just love them ! My dad bought me a high Sleeper bed and as it was smaller than ,y past ikea bed Used the matress that came with it which was second hand . My whole bedroom is now infested with bed bugs thank god i have a industrial carpet cleaner and a steam cleaner

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Help..."raising the floor"

Ok so i want to raise the ground level in my room by about 4 feet. so making a box that can hold proubly 200+ pounds and has carpet attached to it just like the floor. also it needs a way to rerout a air vent. feel free to ask questions about anything and thanks for any help

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Backward Typing!

I just published a topic on cleaning juice stains from carpet. (home section) When I first started writing the topic, my 1st sentence came out ".der gnihtemoS" At first, I said 'what the??!!"  but then I realized that it was PRECISELY backwards of what I had written. "Something red." After deleting the glitch sentence, it went normally. Curious.

Topic by Toga_Dan