Fix-It Friday: The Electric Toothbrush… A Surprisingly Kickass Household Grime Fighter

November 20, 2015 by

This week I helped my Aunt Rose-Marie winterize her Through-the-Wall AC units. Before putting the covers on them, I needed to clean the filters and grills that were all gunky with postseason dust, grease (in the kitchen), and cat hair (it’s a three kitty household). ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday The 13th: 10 Clever Uses For Hydrogen Peroxide You’ll Feel Lucky To Know

November 13, 2015 by

With today's column falling on Friday the 13th, I was inspired to share a tale of misfortune that, thanks to a bubbly, oxidizing twist, has a killer happy "Fix-It" ending. Last weekend my nephew came home with a big fat blister on his foot that he had hiked on for hours resulting ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: Noisy, Leaky, Or Blocked Up Pipes? Norma Tackles Common Plumbing Problems

I always say it; noisy (rattles and roars or loud bangs and hard knocks), leaky, or blocked up (and clogged up) plumbing are consistently the most common household issues. Here are a couple of solutions for two of our WYSK readers who are struggling with the kind of troublesome plumbing problems many of us can relate to... ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: How To Repurpose Your Pumpkins After Halloween

Think about how many millions of pumpkins get tossed in the trash after Halloween each year. A wasteful act that’s not only a dis to ole Jack, but needlessly dumps massive tonnage into landfills. Why not do something purposeful with your post-Halloween pumpkin? For me the two best options are to eat it or compost it, so for this Fix-it Friday I give you two ways to ... [Read More]


Fix-It Friday: How To Turn An Average Apple Into An Aromatic Autumn Candle

"Apple of my eye…" "An apple a day…" "A bad apple…" The apple is notably the most sited fruit in expressions and idioms, but not the most eaten… that would be the banana (in the USA, anyway)… and the focus of this week’s Fix-it Friday! Apples are commercially grown in over half the States, which makes this fruit a locally grown gem! Apple pies, turnovers, tarts… ... [Read More]


Fix-It Friday: How To Use A Pizza Stone… A Delicious DIY Fix For National Pizza Month

"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore"... sung by beloved Dean Martin, I’d sooner say, "When a pizza pie hits your mouth, that’s amore!" For me, amore, love, isn’t quite strong enough a word to describe my feelings towards pizza. A better description would be adore, crave, an addiction - simply put, ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: 3 Ways To Protect Your Kitchen Cabinets From Steam And Heat Damage

Is there anything specific I can buy... such as a shield of some type to put on my kitchen cabinets above the stove to prevent steam damage? - WYSK Reader Robin NV: Thank you for this great question Robin! It’s a common issue that many will relate to. There are a few things you can do and these are my top 3 ways to protect ... [Read More]


Fix-It Friday: How To Save An Old Wood Piece And Make It Stunning With Stain

September 25, 2015 by

Last week I found an old wood-framed mirror in my garage I had totally forgotten about. Score! I knew the perfect place for it, but its honey colored wood finish wouldn’t work with the décor of my current home. The solution? Sand and stain. I envisioned a dark walnut…and with a trip to the hardware store and a little elbow grease I added a handsome piece to a lonely wall ... [Read More]