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Easy way to find leak in beach ball

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Dear Reena,
I just purchased a brand new beach ball and it already has a hole in it. How can I locate the hole so that I can successfully patch it? Jessie

Dear Jessie,
Sometimes if you put your ear to the ball, you can locate the hole within seconds. Another solution is to fill a bucket or sink with water. Hold your beach ball under the water. Observe where the bubbles are coming from. Remove the ball from the water, dry it and circle the hole with a marker. Lay the ball flat and adhere a patch. If you do not have a proper beach ball patch, dab superglue around the hole, making sure the glue surrounds the hole. Stick tuck tape onto the area and press. Leave for 24 hours before inflating the ball.

Dear Reena,
My friend recently had her diamond ring cleaned, and it now sparkles as if it were brand new. Without taking my ring in to be cleaned, how can I make it shine? Celeste

Dear Celeste,
If you really want to make your ring sparkle, it is important to clean it regularly, especially if you wear it day after day. In a measuring cup, mix one part household ammonia to six parts warm water. Soak the ring for at least five minutes. Remove the ring and polish with a little dish soap and an old toothbrush. Rinse the ring with water and voila, the ring will shine once again.

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