Per­ma­nent marker can be scrib­bled out

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - REENA NER­BAS

QUES­TION: I en­joyed your pre­sen­ta­tion at a Lunch and Learn ses­sion in our of­fice but since then I have a new chal­lenge in my home. My teenager wrote on my brand new white board with per­ma­nent marker. Is the board garbage, or is there a way to re­move the marker? Thomas, Win­nipeg

AN­SWER: You will be amazed at how easy it is to re­move per­ma­nent marker from a white board with this handy lit­tle se­cret! Us­ing a dry-erase marker, scrib­ble over ev­ery per­ma­nent mark on the board. Wipe. All of the per­ma­nent marker and your frus­tra­tion will quickly dis­ap­pear. QUES­TION: In a re­cent ar­ti­cle you sug­gested plac­ing milk car­tons be­tween tomato plants with holes around the sides and pour­ing wa­ter into them to slowly wa­ter the plants. I tried this and the wa­ter leaked out. When you say place car­tons be­tween plants do you mean dig them into the earth? Jim, Win­nipeg

AN­SWER: When wa­ter­ing tomato plants, there are many ef­fec­tive tech­niques that work, from just spray­ing with a gar­den hose to us­ing a soaker hose or plac­ing in­di­vid­ual milk jugs by each plant. If you are us­ing the wa­ter hose, it’s time con­sum­ing and may cause dis­ease prob­lems by splashing soil onto the leaves. Soaker hoses are much more ef­fi­cient giv­ing less evap­o­ra­tion and more even dis­tri­bu­tion of wa­ter. A sim­ple way to wa­ter is to cut 3 X’s in the bot­tom of the milk jugs and bury them a few inches in the soil near plants or be­tween two plants. Fill the jugs with wa­ter and they will soak slowly into the soil right where needed. It’s im­por­tant to pro­vide an even sup­ply of mois­ture to the plant so once you start wa­ter­ing, con­tinue on a rou­tine sched­ule. QUES­TION: While mak­ing cooked pud­ding I put two pots to­gether be­cause I didn’t have a dou­ble boiler. Af­ter cook­ing the pud­ding I was un­able to sep­a­rate the two pots. I have tried heat­ing both pots, soak­ing both pots in cool and warm wa­ter and drib­bling oil be­tween the pots. Noth­ing has worked. Any sug­ges­tions? Lor­rie, Swan River

AN­SWER: Im­merse the out­side pot in HOT wa­ter then pour very COLD wa­ter in­side the in­ner pot. Cold con­tracts and heat ex­pands so hope­fully there will be enough room to break the vac­uum seal. QUES­TION: I en­joy read­ing your col­umn in the and now I need your help. There are wa­ter stains in front of my fire­place man­tle. I have tried many prod­ucts but can­not erase them. Also what cheap so­lu­tion can I use to clean my stain­less steel ap­pli­ances? Inka, Win­nipeg

AN­SWER: With­out know­ing what your man­tle is made of, it is hard to of­fer a so­lu­tion. As­sum­ing the man­tle is brick, you will need to pur­chase an acid-based brick cleaner from a hard­ware store or ma­sonry dealer. Fol­low the la­bel di­rec­tions. To pre­vent fu­ture wa­ter­marks, con­sider seal­ing the area.

In­stead of pur­chas­ing ex­pen­sive stain­less steel clean­ers, make your own. Into a squeeze bot­tle com­bine 50/50 baby oil and rub­bing al­co­hol. Pour onto a soft cloth and wipe onto stain­less steel then wipe off with a soft, dry cloth. So sim­ple and easy to make. Be sure to test the so­lu­tion on a small in­con­spic­u­ous area first.

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