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Mercury cleanup is not simple or easy. Though you can pick up the biggest droplets with a pipette (medicine dropper), do not use a vacuum cleaner, because it spreads the highly toxic mercury vapor throughout a room, or even a building. The New York Department of Health has an online guide. In particular, after removing all droplets you can find, then rub ...


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Long hair has this nasty habit of tangling up and causing blockages, but not enough of a blockage to completely stop the water flowing through it. It sounds like you've got this type of clog further down, I had a similar situation where the drain was clogging up no matter how much hair I removed from the plug hole. Most shower drains come with a mechanism to ...


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There are multiple steps that help in this case: Next time, comb your hair before taking a shower. That is especially helpful for people with long hair. This will cause your loose hair to be in the brush instead of the drain and thus reduce clogging. When the clogging starts, stop adding water ASAP and then try to remove everything from the drain that you ...


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There is no white dye that you can add to your wood-pulp slurry to whiten it. Any and all dyes will only make it appear darker. Bleach is used to whiten paper the same way it is used to whiten your clothes when you wash your laundry. There are a number of different bleaches made from hydrates and per-chlorates. None of them are "environmentally friendly" ...


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This is a tough one. Typically you would need a "control solution" with a known pH in the narrow range of your test strips, but it is surprisingly difficult to come up with a reliable solution in a home setting without buying a specific calibration solution from a lab supply like Fisher Scientific. (rejecting that solution) Distilled water is only pH 7 the ...


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To unclog the drain from hairs use ZIP-IT Just insert it into the drain, wiggle it little bit and pull it out with all the nasty stuff, repeat until clean. To prevent the drain from clogging again put a drain strainer in the drain.


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I did some reading on this. Wikipedia says the following which I checked elsewhere: 2-Butoxyethanol usually decomposes in the presence of air within a few days by reacting with oxygen radicals.[12] It has not been identified as a major environmental contaminant, nor is it known to bio-accumulate.[13] 2-Butoxyethanol biodegrades in soils and water, with a ...


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Wash the items again, with your normal soap, plus half a cup of baking soda. It would help to use the soaking cycle on the washing machine too, and lemon juice and vinegar can't hurt. If it's not enough, run another cycle with baking soda. I use baking soda on teenagers' sweaty socks and undershirts and jiu-jitsu uniforms, and they come out smelling ...


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To collect bulk amounts a thin sheet of paper can be used. Lay the paper on the surface, then use another piece of paper to coax the blob of mercury onto the paper. Once the blob is in the center of the paper, make a thick ring of glue around it and put a second sheet of paper on top and let it dry. The mercury will be trapped. Take the envelope to the ...


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You got some REALLY BAD ADVICE. You cannot remove the acetone. You have melted the plastic on the back of the screen. Acetone is a solvent for plastic. If the area is very lightly affected, you may be able to hide the damage by using CAR BODY PASTE WAX as you would on a fine car finish. Car paste wax in a LIGHT application will fill the microscopically ...


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The fastest, most expedient, and environmentally friendly way to defoliate a tree of any size is to remove the leaf-bearing limbs and branches physically with a saw. Trimming is a good idea to avoid damage that could occur due to pieces flying from the trunk as it hits the ground when felled ultimately. A denuded trunk can be felled with fewer complications ...


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For a temporary, over-the-weekend solution, try using depilatory -- women's hair remover cream or gel, or men's beard powder. These preparations contain very mild hydroxides, akin to lye but much weaker (safe for multi-minute skin contact) -- but in a matter of an hour or so, will dissolve enough hair to weaken the clog and allow one of the other solutions (...


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If the resin has completely set, you may need to break the cap or bottle to get out the remainder. However, it may just be extremely viscous, so you could try slow, steady force with a rubber band wound around the cap to get a better grip (squeezing with pliers will just break the container). Gently heating the top in hot water may also reduce the viscosity,...


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Punch a hole in it and either use the last of the product or pour the remainder into a new container. Or use the longest channel locks you can find and rip that sucker off.


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If you have a grease built up on a window, the easiest thing to do is put some dish soap on a cloth and wipe it down. Dish soap is perfect for cutting through dirt and grime. Once you have the tough stuff removed, you'll need to use the Windex and lots of paper towels or, better yet, shop towels. I far prefer shop towels for cleaning my windshield on the ...


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The best for me is the rubber plunger, but when I don't have it I use a long piece of thick wire to clean the drain as much as I can. After that I pour very hot water to dissolve any soap or other material which make the hair stick to each other. Usually the electric water boiler (like the one on the picture) is the easiest to boil water and carry it to the ...


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If you have a shop-vacuum you can use it to clear drains in a pinch. You'll usually need to fashion a adapter/attachment to get the gauge of the vacuum hose to fit inside the drain. To make an adapter find a plastic bottle with a top that fits inside the drain (I find Gatorade bottles work well because they have a wider mouth). Cut the bottle in half and ...


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Use Sodium Bicarbonate, or baking power. make a thick paste, by adding a small quantity tape water Cake it onto the gunk. Leave it for an hour or so Come back and scrub it off -- maybe using salt as a abrasive. It works on the exact same principles the oven cleaner does, but it is much weaker. I used it for quiet a while til I realized oven cleaner does ...


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Depends on what you mean by 'defoliate' if you just want the leave off and it is not an evergreen, wait until fall. The leaves will come off naturally. If the tree is green year round, take off a circle of bark about 30cm or 1 foot high, this will kill the tree and the leaves will fall off. If time is important don't worry about taking the leaves off ...


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Use a green plastic scouring pad. These are very effective. You can rub very hard without the fear of scratching or discoloring the surface. Use plastic tools, push hard repeatedly, and attempt to chip away. Spray degreaser on the area, let it soak, then try again later.


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I always find a lot of gunk shifts much easier once it is warm or hot. So start to heat the top and then try cleaning it (taking care not to burn yourself).


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Depending on the degree of dirt/film, using a Clay Bar may be the solution.


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It depends on the type of ink. Some inks are soluble in alcohols, e.g. ethanol or isopropanol (use at least 70% or stronger to try to remove the ink). Some inks are soluble in non-polar solvents, such as vegetable oil or paint thinner (flammable). Some inks can be removed with aromatic solvents, such as xylene and toluene, but though one can purchase ...


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I have always just moistened the tip by licking it just a little and the making small circles on a piece of paper to get it rolling again.


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Do you know someone else with a pool? Even a well-maintained aquarium will do in a pinch. Test their water and see if your results match whatever they come up with their equipment. Your local aquarium shop may be able to help; they have test kits on hand to do water testing for their customers. That way you are not buying a lot of unnecessary chemicals or ...


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My concerns about damage due to the vinegar were well founded. I used my dehumidifier as a sacrificial guinea pig. When I emptied out the water bin, I sloshed in about half an inch of vinegar. I noticed that the condensed water leaking into the bin had a blue tinge. See the right side of: I did not expect that it was due to corrosion of the metal in the ...


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I have had good results when using talcum powder on sticky rubber and plastic surfaces. This is not a solution that takes away the problem but it may work just enough to make your walky talky usable. Apply a light dusting and rub it out till you have covered the whole of the sticky area. Instead of talcum (which often comes with strong perfume or as baby ...


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this sticky rubber is in fact a pulverised material on the surface of your walkie-talkie. With time it tends to melt. You can use alcohol to remove it completly from the surface. Here is an quick youtube search on how to do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO8AcON4p08


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Great question. I think you're right in that the water from all of these sources should contain little-or-no scale chemicals - but I'd be reluctant to use it for this purpose, purely because of the risk of bacteria/viruses that could be present and would get breathed directly into your wife's lungs. A couple of better sources come to mind: 1) A standard ...


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Assuming the type of pen is ballpoint or similar. Most inks (not all) are soluble in alcohol. Isopropal Alcohol (Rubbing Alcohol) or Ethanol (Drinking type or Hand Sanitizer) will work. A good quantity rubbed into the stain followed by blotting with a paper towel then wash your trousers as you would normally.


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