An old-fashioned mousetrap baited with peanut butter is an inexpensive strategy to kill mice without resorting to chemical poisoning. Similar home-remedy suggestions include placing instant mashed potato flakes or shallow containers of a carbonated drink like Coke near where mice droppings are found.
As of 2014, mass produced victrolas in average condition are commonly valued at under $300. In mint condition, the average victrola can triple in value.
The price of a cuckoo clock varies depending on the style, maker and age of the clock as well as other factors. Old and rare clocks can be worth several thousand dollars, but most cuckoo clocks will not fetch this much money at auction.
The most reliable way to tell if a vase is antique is to get an appraisal on it. A qualified appraiser is trained to look for signs that other people miss and will give the best estimate of its age and fair market value. A written appraisal from a professional appraiser is required to insure an antique for its fair market value, and it is the only way to tell the difference between an authentic item and a professionally made replica or forgery. If an appraisal cannot be obtained or is not wanted, thoroughly research the specific item to learn specific signs of its age and condition.
According to XYZ Collectibles, there are many old National Geographic magazines that are worth money. For example, as of 2014, the January 1902 issue of National Geographic is valued at $816.50.
Antique furniture appraisal is the valuation done of old furniture. Appraisers value the antique furniture and give the owner an estimated price of the antique furniture.
As of 2014, the value of an antique tea cup varies anywhere from $20 to $600, with well-preserved and rare examples fetching the highest prices. The value of an antique or vintage tea cup depends on the brand and age of the item.
According to About.com, if your air conditioner keeps blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers, it is because the appliance is trying to draw more current than the fuse or breaker will allow. This can result from a window-mounted air conditioner being plugged into a circuit that is insufficient for its needs, or it could indicate that the air conditioner needs servicing.
The amount of watts of electricity that a refrigerator uses varies depending on size, age and whether or not the refrigerator is a standard or Energy Star model.
A microwave is easily hung in just a few steps. The most common way to hang a microwave is over the range. This describes the appliance when it is installed above the stove to act as a range hood providing light and a ventilation system.
The fastest way to boil water is to fill a pot with hot tap water, cover the pot and place it on the stove on the highest heat setting. Pure water boils faster than water with salt or other impurities.
Conventional off-the-shelf bubble bath should not be used in a jetted tub. The jets cause the water to be continuously in motion, and the bubble bath will foam too much and overflow, causing a huge mess.
According to Love to Know Cleaning, if a scorch mark on an iron is still fresh, unplug the iron and try to remove bits of the burned fabric from it using tweezers or chopsticks. Both fresh scorch marks and old scorch marks can be removed using salt, vinegar, laundry detergent, dish soap, hydrogen peroxide or metal polish.
Buffing wood floors successfully involves using the proper equipment, removing old wax before buffing, blending scratch patterns and avoiding swirls. Proper preparation of the floors and buffing with the grain of the wood are also vital to successful buffing.
Cleaning phrases include "spic and span," "clean as a whistle, "spruce up" and "clean enough to eat off the floor." The origins of some of these terms date back hundreds of years, and their usages have evolved since that time.
Vinyl straps on patio furnishings can be cleaned using a soft cloth and warm, soapy water. Very dirty, mildewed or stained patio furnishings can be cleaned with ammonia and warm water. Most outdoor furnishings can be cleaned in under an hour.
Stains are usually one of two varieties, oil-based or water-based. Oil-based stains come from substances such as oil or grease. Other liquids, such as fruit juice and coffee, create water-based stains.
Apply lemon juice or vinegar to taps for limescale removal, mixing with baking soda and making a paste if the limescale is persistent. Paper towels, rags, lemon juice, white distilled vinegar, a plastic bag, a rubber band, a toothbrush and an all-purpose cleaner are needed. Depending on the amount of limescale, removal can take from 5 minutes to one hour.
According to Better Homes and Gardens, the best way to clean wooden cabinets is by wiping them down with an oil-soap wood cleaner at least once a week. While kitchen cabinets come in a variety of finishes, general purpose wood cleaner is typically safe to use on most wooden cabinets. Always test a small area of the wood before applying any cleaner.
Boys' rooms can be a variety of colors ranging from the traditional blue to neutrals such as beige or gray to brighter colors such as orange, yellow or red. One way to make a room unique is by combining bright and neutral colors, according to HGTV.
The average cost of carpet with padding and professional installation is $30 to $40 per square yard. Carpet ranges in price from a few dollars per square yard to $100 per square yard, depending upon the quality of carpet selected.
According to Do It Yourself, there is no standard height for hanging a shower curtain rod. The hanging height depends on factors that include the length of the shower curtain, the height of the tub and the owner's preferences.
According to Home Depot, the best carpet for a high traffic area is a material that features "short and dense loops." Additionally, synthetic fibers such as nylon or polypropylene resist stains and dirt the best.
To create a Victorian look for a bedroom, use ornate accessories, luxurious fabrics and furniture with a lot of detailing. The Victorian design is all about luxury and lavish elegance. A bedroom is easy to transform with the right pieces, such as large headboards, velvet drapes and gold or silver accents.
According to research carried out at the University of New Jersey, digital bathroom scales are quite accurate down to .95 pounds. This does not reflect the accuracy of mechanical scales, which often vary slightly. Usually inaccuracies occur because of human error, rather than a problem with the scales.