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COPING WITH WET CARPETS

PAINT
REMOVING MILDEW FROM WOOD
WASHING PAINTED WALLS, WOODWORK
CARPET STAIN REMOVAL-GENERAL INFO
CLEANING PAINTED FINISHES
UPHOLSTERY-STAIN REMOVAL, GEN INFO
VINYL UPHOLSTERY - CLEANING
TERRAZZO FLOORS--STAIN REMOVAL
PAINT OR VARNISH ON FLOORS
CLEANING WOOD WINDOW FRAMES
WOOD FURNITURE-PAINT STAINS
PAINTED METAL OUTDOOR FURNITURE
REMOVING OIL PAINT ON CARPET, UPHOLST
REMOVING LATEX PAINT ON CARPET, UPHOL
EXTERIOR FINISHES FOR WOOD
PAINT PROBLEMS
HOMEMADE CLEANERS 1991
HOMEMADE CLEANERS
CLEANING KITCHEN CABINETS
KITCHEN CABINETS - SPECIAL CLEANING

PANELING
DRYING WALLS AFTER A FLOOD
CLEANING PANELED WALLS, WOODWORK
CLEANING HARDBOARD PANELS

PANS
CLEANING DISHES, PANS AFTER A FLOOD
CARING FOR TEFLON
CLEANING TEFLON
REPAIRING TEFLON
CARING FOR SILVERSTONE
CLEANING SILVERSTONE
ALUMINUM UTENSILS-CARE
ALUMINUM UTENSILS-CLEANING
COPPER UTENSILS-CARE AND CLEANING
STAINLESS STEEL UTENSILS-CARE AND CLE
CAST IRON UTENSILS-CARE AND CLEANING
TIN UTENSILS-CARE AND CLEANING
GLASS UTENSILS-CARE AND CLEANING
GLASS CERAMIC UTENSILS-CARE AND CLEAN
CARE OF PLASTIC MICROWAVE COOKWARE
ALUMINUM UTENSILS - SPECIAL CLEANING
SEASONING CAST IRON UTENSILS
HOMEMADE CLEANERS 1991

PAPERS
CARE OF BOOKS, PAPERS AFTER A FLOOD
REMOVING MILDEW FROM PAPER AND BOOKS

PARCHMENT SHADE
CLEANING LAMP SHADES

PATIO FURNITURE
OUTDOOR FURNITURE CARE
ALUMINUM OUTDOOR FURNITURE CARE
PAINTED METAL OUTDOOR FURNITURE CARE
PLASTIC OUTDOOR FURNITURE CLEANING
SUN UMBRELLAS - CARE AND CLEANING
OUTDOOR CUSHIONS - CARE AND CLEANING
OUTDOOR CANVAS FURNITURE - CARE AND C
WICKER OUTDOOR FURNITURE - CARE AND C
OUTDOOR WOOD FURNITURE - CARE AND CLE

PEELING
PAINT PROBLEMS

PENCIL
WALLPAPER-REMOVING SPOTS AND STAINS

PEST
HOMEMADE CLEANERS
HANDLING CHEMICALS
READING A PESTICIDE LABEL
PARTS PER MILLION
PESTICIDE PROTECTION
USING INSECTICIDES
PESTICIDE STORAGE, CONTAINER DISPOSAL
HOUSEHOLD INSECTICIDES,SELECTION,USE
WHY TEST YOUR WATER?
HOW TO TAKE A WATER SAMPLE

PET URINE
HOMEMADE CLEANERS 1991

PEWTER
PEWTER CHARACTERISTICS
CARING FOR PEWTER
CLEANING PEWTER
TARNISHED PEWTER
HOMEMADE CLEANERS

PIANO
PIANO CARE AND CLEANING

PICTURE HANGING
FASTENERS FOR PLASTER WALL

PILE
CLEANING SPECIAL FABRICS-PILES
COMPOSTING

PILLOWS
CLEANING FLOOD-SOILED BEDDING
PILLOWS-CARE
RENOVATING OLD FEATHER PILLOWS
POLYESTER, FEATHER PILLOWS-LAUNDERING
FOAM PILLOWS-LAUNDERING

PINE
REMOVING EVERGREEN PITCH

PIPES
WINTERIZING VACATION HOMES
THAWING FROZEN PIPES
INSULATING PIPES
REPAIRING LEAKING PIPES
SPACE CONDITIONING SYSTEMS
REPAIRING LEAKING FAUCETS
CHOOSING THE RIGHT FURNACE

PITCH
REMOVING STICKY ITEMS
REMOVING EVERGREEN PITCH

PLANT
LANDSCAPING FOR ENERGY CONSERVATION - BENEFITS AND IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS

PLANT TEST
TESTING FOR CONTAMINANTS

PLASTER
DRYING WALLS AFTER A FLOOD
FASTENERS FOR PLASTER WALL
REPAIRING PLASTER WALLS-LARGE CRACKS
REPAIRING PLASTER WALLS-HOLE IN WALL
REPAIRING PLASTER WALLS-SMALL CRACKS
WALL REPAIR AND FASTENERS

PLASTIC
ENERGY TIPS - SELECTION AND COMPARISON OF WEATHERSTRIPPING MATERIALS

PLASTIC FILM
REMOVING PLASTIC FILM-SMALL APPLIANCE
IRON-CARE AND CLEANING

PLASTIC LAMINATE
CARE OF PLASTIC LAMINATE COUNTERTOPS
CLEANING PLASTIC LAMINATE COUNTERTOPS
PURPLE PRICE MARKS ON COUNTERTOPS
REMOVING STAINS ON PLASTIC LAMINATE

PLASTIC SHADE
CLEANING LAMP SHADES

PLASTICS
PLASTIC CHARACTERISTICS
CARING FOR PLASTIC
FIBERGLASS
MELAMINE
NYLON
POLYESTER PLASTIC
POLYPROPYLENE PLASTIC
POLYURETHANE PLASTIC
POLY VINYL CHLORIDE PLASTIC
VINYL PLASTIC
CLEANING KITCHEN CABINETS
PLASTIC DINNERWARE-CARE, CLEANING
CARE OF PLASTIC MICROWAVE COOKWARE
PLASTIC FURNITURE CARE AND CLEANING
VINYL UPHOLSTERY - CLEANING
PLASTIC OUTDOOR FURNITURE CLEANING
REMOVING STICKY ITEMS FROM PLASTIC
REMOVING MELTED PLASTIC
KITCHEN CABINETS - SPECIAL CLEANING

PLATED STEEL
CHARACTERISTICS - PLATED STEEL

PLUGS
REPAIRING LAMP PLUGS
REPAIRING SMALL APPLIANCE PLUGS

PLUMBING
WINTERIZING VACATION HOMES
PLUMBING REPAIR TOOLS
FIX SLOW EMPTYING BATHROOM LAVATORY
FIX MAIN DRAIN PLUGGED WITH ROOTS
FIX STOPPED UP TOILET
SINK, TUB DRAINS-CARE, MAINTENANCE
THAWING FROZEN PIPES
INSULATING PIPES
REPAIRING LEAKING PIPES
FIXING PLUGGED SINK/LAVATORY DRAINS
HOMEMADE CLEANERS 1991
PLUMBING SYSTEMS
FLUSH TANK PROBLEMS
REPAIRING LEAKING FAUCETS

PLYWOOD
WOOD FINISHING
WOOD FLOORS AND FINISHING

POISON IVY
POISON IVY CONTROL

POLISH
CARPET STAIN REMOVAL-GENERAL INFO
UPHOLSTERY-STAIN REMOVAL, GEN INFO
REMOVING SILICONE POLISH
REMOVING FURNITURE POL ON CARPET, UPH
REMOVING SHOE POLISH ON CARPET, UPHOL
HOMEMADE CLEANERS

POLYISOCYANURATE
HOME INSULATION: LOWER YOUR ENERGY COSTS AND PROVIDE CREATURE COMFORT

POLY VINYL CHLORIDE PLASTIC
POLY VINYL CHLORIDE PLASTIC

POLYESTER
POLYESTER, FEATHER PILLOWS-LAUNDERING
POLYESTER PLASTIC

POLYPROPYLENE PLASTIC
POLYPROPYLENE PLASTIC

POLYSTYRENE
CHOOSING THE RIGHT FURNACE

POLYURETHANE
POLYURETHANE FINISH CARE AND CLEANING
POLYURETHANE PLASTIC

POMACE FLIES
CONTROLLING FRUIT AND DRAIN FLIES

POP
CARPET STAIN REMOVAL-GENERAL INFO
UPHOLSTERY-STAIN REMOVAL, GEN INFO
TERRAZZO FLOORS--STAIN REMOVAL
REMOVING STAINS ON PLASTIC LAMINATE
MARBLE-STAIN REMOVAL
REMOVING COLA DRINKS ON CARPET, UPHOL
REMOVING SOFT DRINKS ON CARPET, UPHOL

PORCELAIN
HOMEMADE CLEANERS
CLEANING WALLS, SURFACES AFTER A FIRE
PORCELAIN ENAMEL CHARACTERISTICS
CARING FOR PORCELAIN ENAMEL
CLEANING PORCELAIN ENAMEL
REPAIRING PORCELAIN ENAMEL
PORCELAIN ENAMEL SINK, TUBS-CLEANING
KITCHEN SINKS-CARE AND CLEANING

PORCH FURNITURE
OUTDOOR FURNITURE CARE
ALUMINUM OUTDOOR FURNITURE CARE
PAINTED METAL OUTDOOR FURNITURE CARE
PLASTIC OUTDOOR FURNITURE CLEANING
SUN UMBRELLAS - CARE AND CLEANING
OUTDOOR CUSHIONS - CARE AND CLEANING
OUTDOOR CANVAS FURNITURE - CARE AND C
WICKER OUTDOOR FURNITURE - CARE AND C
OUTDOOR WOOD FURNITURE - CARE AND CLE

PORTABLE HEATERS
KEROSENE HEATERS

POTS
CLEANING DISHES, PANS AFTER A FLOOD
CARING FOR TEFLON
CLEANING TEFLON
REPAIRING TEFLON
CARING FOR SILVERSTONE
CLEANING SILVERSTONE
ALUMINUM UTENSILS-CARE
ALUMINUM UTENSILS-CLEANING
COPPER UTENSILS-CARE AND CLEANING
STAINLESS STEEL UTENSILS-CARE AND CLE
CAST IRON UTENSILS-CARE AND CLEANING
TIN UTENSILS-CARE AND CLEANING
GLASS UTENSILS-CARE AND CLEANING
GLASS CERAMIC UTENSILS-CARE AND CLEAN
CARE OF PLASTIC MICROWAVE COOKWARE
ALUMINUM UTENSILS - SPECIAL CLEANING
SEASONING CAST IRON UTENSILS
HOMEMADE CLEANERS 1991

POTTERY
POTTERY, EARTHENWARE TRAITS
EARTHENWARE, POTTERY-CARE AND CLEANIN

POWDER POST BEETLE
POWDER POST BEETLES

POWER OUTAGES
BROWNOUTS
BLACKOUTS

PRESERVATIVES
EXTERIOR FINISHES FOR WOOD
WOOD FINISHING

PRETESTING
PRETESTING CARPET CLEANING PRODUCTS

PRICE TAGS
REMOVING STICKY ITEMS
REMOVING PRESSURE SENSITIVE STICKERS
REMOVING STICKY ITEMS FROM PLASTIC
REMOVING STICKY ITEMS FROM GLASS, MET
PURPLE PRICE MARKS ON COUNTERTOPS

PRODUCT LIFE CYCLE
RISK MANAGEMENT

PROFESSIONAL CLEANING
CARPET CLEANING-PROFESSIONAL CLEANING

PROTECTION
PARTS PER MILLION
PESTICIDE PROTECTION

PUBIC LICE
HUMAN LICE

PUBIC LOUSE
HUMAN LICE

PUMICE
ABRASIVE CLEANERS

PUTTY
TYPES OF CAULKING

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