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Fix-It Friday: How To Get Rid Of Nasty Showerhead Buildup

"Hi Norma, I have tried everything I can think of, but I cannot get rid of the white crud that cakes up on my showerheads. I hate how they look. Can you suggest anything I can use to remove the gunk that has built up on them?" - AJ, WYSK Reader NV: Hi AJ! I can absolutely relate to hating that white buildup on showerheads - that dreaded calcium and lime scale! Hate it! ... [Read More]


Fix-It Friday: Let There Be (Flattering) Light! How To Install A Dimmer Switch

My girlfriend Suzanne used to say, "There's no such thing as ugly people, only bad lighting." And I don’t know anyone who’s a fan of bad lighting. So if you'd like to be able to go from surgical room bright to get-you-in-the-mood sultry, all from the same fixture, let me shed some light on the world of dimmer switches. Installing A Dimmer Switch Changing a standard switch ... [Read More]


Fix-It Friday: Some Good Herb… How To Keep Fresh Herbs Fresh

How many times have you bought a fresh herb bunch, only to throw it out cause you didn’t use it quickly enough? A wilted slimy bag of green goop, tossed in the garbage - money wasted, and no sage for your favorite lemon-sage chicken dish you just prepped. I swore I’d never kill innocent aromatics again so I came up with a bunch of herbal fixes and a battle cry to forever ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: From Dull To Dynamic, Refinishing Flea Market Finds

"Hi Norma! I have furniture envy. My friends are great at repurposing and refinishing furniture they find at flea markets, but they live in the country so they have the space to do these kind of projects. Any tips for those of us living in metropolitan areas who don’t have an outdoor space to work in?" - Becky, WYSK reader ... [Read More]


Fix-It Friday: Toxic Dump… Get Rid Of These 3 Common Household Products

Under the kitchen sink or on a shelf in the garage can literally house a death arsenal. It's my opinion that using safe and eco-friendly methods should always be our first approach for fixing, cleaning, etc. There are occasions, however, after all green fixes have failed, going after a serious problem with bigger chemical guns may be necessary--like ridding a house of an out of control ... [Read More]

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

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: 10 Interesting Things You Should Know About Norma Vally… Our Toolbelt Diva

May 11, 2016 by

This Woman You Should Know is so many things... a seasoned veteran of home repair and improvement, the former host of Discovery Home Channel’s series "Toolbelt Diva" and a show on Sirius Satellite Radio by the same name, an acclaimed author, a proud aunt, a mom to rescue kitty Dexter, an accomplished cook, ... [Read More]


Fix-It Friday: 9 Ways To Be Energy Efficient… Italian Style

May 6, 2016 by

I just spent 2 weeks in Italy on a pilgrimage to Bari, my Father's hometown. What an incredible trip! While eating and drinking my way through the Italian region of Puglia, I couldn't help but notice how effortlessly the Italians conserved energy and water. So, in addition to 5 pounds of "panza," I've brought back with me these red, white and green tips to share ... [Read More]