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A Safer Transformer Oil?

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Transformers fall into the category of necessary evil. How else to describe something which makes it possible for us to power our homes yet sometimes explodes, leaks, catches fire, and spills toxic chemicals? This is not only the case for those transformers located overhead on a pole like mine, but also those pad-mounted and buried […]

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5 Things to Know Before You Build With Pallets

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I have more than a couple of friends who working warehousing and retail and shipping and all that and I’ve been quizzing them over using wood pallets. Here’s what you need to know: 1)  They aren’t always discards.  Many companies store the pallets outside before they are returned, recycled, etc.  If you take them, it […]

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Why Buy Organic Seeds?

Garden

One of the reasons I grow vegetables is to save money. SO–why should I plunk down the extra money to buy organic seeds instead of conventional seeds? I will be growing the plant itself organically, isn’t that all that really matters? There’s no way the tiny bit of agri-chem which is on that little seed […]

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Waste Not, Want Not: A Breakfast Tutorial

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If you’ve been following me this summer, you know that my kids lived on whop biscuits and nitrate-free hotdogs.  Apart from oatmeal, there wasn’t a whole grain to be found in my pantry.  But now that I’ve recovered from summer and returned to my natural state as homeschool mom and spontaneous short order cook, I […]

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Even Simpler DIY Stain Routine

Cleaning Products

Yesterday, I did a presentation on DIY cleaning at my local library.  I think I learned as much as they did.  Having to explain the stain routine and answer questions really helped me refine it.  The best contribution, though, was a lady who knew what old-timers used to use for enzyme cleaners before the fancy […]

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