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1001 Solutions to Everyday Problems: The Practical Problem Solver

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More than two million Yankee Magazine readers love "Plain Talk" columnist Earl Proulx for his wit, experience, and smart solutions to any problem. With his 1,001 fun, clever, easy, and inexpensive ideas, no one need ever be at a loss when confronting life's everyday vexations.

If there's a problem in the house or on the road, the solution's on these pages?1,001 solutions, to be exact. Has the plaster cracked and the pipes frozen? Is the coffeemaker clogged with mineral deposits?...

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Overview

More than two million Yankee Magazine readers love "Plain Talk" columnist Earl Proulx for his wit, experience, and smart solutions to any problem. With his 1,001 fun, clever, easy, and inexpensive ideas, no one need ever be at a loss when confronting life's everyday vexations.

If there's a problem in the house or on the road, the solution's on these pages—1,001 solutions, to be exact. Has the plaster cracked and the pipes frozen? Is the coffeemaker clogged with mineral deposits? Are pesky woodpeckers ruining the garden and bugs overrunning the plants? Is the tent zipper sticking-right when you're in the middle of nowhere? Just open these pages and end the hassle, quickly, easily, and without spending a bundle. There's a fount of wisdom here, including the nine items anyone needs to survive a blizzard, six ingenious substitutes for wrapping paper, eight great cleaning agents that are probably already in the kitchen cupboard, five superb odor eaters, six ways to make a tiny room seems larger, and hundreds more-even a complete time line for moving. This is one volume everyone should have on hand.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578661459
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Inside the House 5
Household Organization 7
The Kitchen
Bedrooms
Closets
Laundry
Living Rooms and Family Rooms
For Children
The Home Office
Incoming Mail
Garages and Attics
The Rest of Your Life
Clutter Cutters 24
What to Toss
New Homes for Castoffs
Hazardous Materials
Yard Sales
Cleaning 36
All-Purpose Cleaners
Sponges
Crystal and Glass
Pots and Pans
Silver
Copper and Brass
Gold Jewelry
Ovens
Sinks and Drains
Bathrooms
Floors
Carpeting
Wooden Furniture
Walls
Windows
Clothing and Fabric
Leather and Suede
Odors 51
Food and Cooking Odors
Refrigerators
Microwave Ovens
Drains and Garbage Disposals
Closed Spaces
Upholstered Furniture
Clothing
Other Odors
Home Decorating 60
Planning and Arranging
Carpeting
Problem Rooms
Furniture
Windows and Walls
Collections
Outside the House 71
Animal Pests 73
Bats
Bees
Birds
Blackflies
Cutworms
Deer
Moles
Mosquitoes
Raccoons
Skunks
Slugs
Spiders
Squash Bugs
Squirrels
Termites
Ticks
Woodchucks
Yard and Garden 87
Lawns
Fruits and Vegetables
Herb Gardens
Flower Gardens
Garden Tools
Trees and Shrubs
Fences
Everyday Living 105
Cooking 107
Fruits and Vegetables
Dairy Products
Meat, Fish, and Poultry
Rice and Potatoes
Other Foods
Baking Tricks
Emergency Rescues
Meal Stretchers
Leftovers
Eating Dilemmas
Feeding a Sick Person
Gifts of Food
Buying Wisely 123
Groceries
Medicines
Clothing
Sports and Hobby Equipment
Books and Magazines
Personal Services
Appliances and Furniture
Shopping Strategies
Factory Outlets
Buying Secondhand
Yard Sales
The Home Workshop 144
Organization
Space Savers
Fatigue
Protecting and Maintaining Tools
Everyday Frustrations
Household Repairs 156
Walls
Doors
Windows
Floors
Ceilings
Plumbing and Heating
Roofs
Decks
Cars and Other Vehicles 170
Fuel Efficiency
Locks and Keys
Windshields and Wipers
The Exterior
Tires and Wheels
Overheating
Heaters and Air Conditioners
Tough Starts
Parking
At Your Leisure 181
Recreation and Hobbies 183
Hiking and Camping
Boating
Bicycles
Skiing
Home Exercise
Other Recreation Equipment
Indoor Gardening
Knitting and Crocheting
Sewing
Embroidery
Pets 203
Pets in General
Dogs
Cats
Fish
Travel 217
Day Trips and Weekend Travel
What and How to Pack
Financial Considerations
Health and Comfort on the Road
Safety and Security
Emergency Repairs
Family Travel
Traveling with Pets
Travel Disorientation
Receiving and Sending Mail
Business Travel
Seasonal Problems 241
Spring and Summer 243
Mud Season
Spring Weather
Summer Heat and Humidity
Vacation Options
Summer Camps
Fall and Winter 254
Preparing for Winter
Closing the Summer Camp
Inside the Winter Home
Heating with Wood
Health and Safety
Driving
The Stages of Life 271
The Family 273
Young Children
Education
Kids and Computers
The Family Unit
Communication
Money and Work
On the Move 284
Shopping for a Home
Home Inspections
Selling a House
Packing Up
Moving
Unpacking and Getting Settled
Getting Older 300
Loneliness and Isolation
The Grandchildren
Business and Finance
Forgetfulness
Fatigue
Arthritis
Hearing Loss
Limited Mobility
Other Physical Challenges
Social Issues 315
Gift Giving 317
Shower and Bridal Gifts
Housewarming Gifts
For New Parents and Babies
For Family and Loved Ones
For Students
By and for Kids
For Teacher
For Your Mail Carrier
For Someone in the Hospital or Nursing Home
For Just About Anyone
Gift Wrapping
Entertaining 332
Dinner Parties
Weddings, Showers, and Engagement Parties
Outdoor Parties
Kids' Parties
Houseguests
Sticky Social Situations 348
Friends and Acquaintances
Social Engagements
Volunteering
Conversational Issues
Parties
Weddings
Giving and Receiving Gifts
The Holidays
Helping Those in Mourning
Pet Peeves 363
Telephone Issues
Friends and Acquaintances
Driving
Travel
Shopping
At the Office
At Home
Personal Business
Index 373
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