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Dear Reena,
Is it possible to repair a trampoline? Our family trampoline has a rip in the canvas-like material about 10 centimetres long. Thanks. Lori

Dear Lori,
This is the season where trampolines go up and so do many children as they jump to their heart’s content. If you happen to have the manufacturer’s information, contact them. They may offer you a warranty and possibly repair the mat for you. If warranties are not an option, purchase a trampoline repair kit at your local sporting goods store. The kit comes with a patch, strong thread and instructions on use. Happy bouncing!

Dear Reena,
I am hoping that you will be able to help me with my problem. We have removed from our living room the coffee table that was sort of in the middle of the room. It has now left four big indentations in the carpet, which you can see quite well. I was hoping that you may have some suggestions for me as to how to get rid of them. Thank you for your help and time. Diana
Dear Diana,
You can use a damp cloth and a hot iron or hair dryer to remove carpet dents (be careful not to scorch the carpet). Place the damp cloth over the dents and place the iron on for a few seconds. Keep the cloth damp. Then take a soft hair brush and brush over it to bring up any remaining spots. This may take several minutes. Or just place a few ice cubes in each of the indentations — when the ice melts use a pet fur brush to pull up carpet, the indentation should be gone. Or use a garment steamer or steam iron to soften the indented area (be careful not to get the carpet soaking wet), and gently rake the pile with fingers or a brush to fluff them up again. This takes care of the pile only. Indentations in the padding beneath the carpet will just take some time after the pressure source is removed to become less flat.

Dear Reena,
I just installed a new patio door and I am trying to remove the sticker from the glass, I can’t find any solutions. Thanks.  Eman,

Dear Eman,
All you need to do is spray WD-40 onto the glass. Wait 10 minutes and scrape with a plastic putty knife. Wash window as usual.

Dear Reena,
I have a problem with removing a very unpleasant odour from expensive athletic pants. My daughter borrowed my pants and while wearing them had the stomach flu and soiled the pants. I have soaked them in detergent and washed them twice in cold water. The odour remains, I am afraid to use hot water and do not know what else to do. Please help! Mavis

Dear Mavis,
Check the care label instructions, unless the label indicates that you must use cold water you should be safe soaking the pants in hot water. In any case, soak your pants in a bottle of Sprite, leave for two hours. Rewash with detergent. The smell will be gone.

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• Make your own Flower Preservative: Combine 2 tablespoons vinegar with 2 tablespoons white sugar. Add to 1 quart water. The sugar acts as a food and the vinegar inhibits the growth of organisms. Or add 1 tablespoons 7UP to vase water. (Taken from Household Solutions 1 with Substitutions)

• Change vase water every day and clean vase well before adding flowers.

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• Add a copper penny (made before 1968) to the water vase, acting as a natural fungicide. Submitted by Lindsay

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