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August 5, 2009
Repel flies with plastic bag, pennies & Water

We went with some out of town friends to Sweety Pies on Sunday for breakfast, and we sat in the enclosed patio section beside the house. We happened to notice a couple of zip lock baggies pinned to a post and a wall. The bags were half filled with water, each contained 4 pennies, and they were zipped shut. Naturally we were curious! Ms Sweety told us that these baggies kept the flies away! So naturally we were even more curious! We actually watched some flies come in the open window, stand around on the window sill, and then fly out again. And there were no flies in the eating area! This morning I checked this out on Goggle. Below are comments on this fly control idea. I'm now a believer! More comments not included here were about pet dogs and fly problems.

Zip-lock water bags
Sue says:
Many people swear that a zip-lock bag filled half-way with water and attached over entry-ways will repel flies. No one yet knows how or why it works, but there is speculation that it has something to do with the way the moving water refracts light. If you have tried this please use the comments form at the bottom of the page to share your results with the rest of us.

maggie Says:

June 7th, 2009 at 11:40 am

I swear by the plastic bag of water trick I have them on side porch ( our house entry) and all around the basement door. We saw these in Northeast Mo at an Amish grocery store & have used them since. They say it works because a fly sees a reflection & won't come around.

Just DJ Says:

May 16th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Regarding the science behind zip log bags of water? My research found that each of the millions of molecules of water presents its own prism effect and given that flies have a lot of eyes, to them it's like a zillion disco balls reflecting light, colors and movement in a dizzying manner. When you figure that flies are basically prey for many other bugs, animals, birds, etc., they simply won't take the risk of being around that much perceived action. I moved to a rural area ant thought these "hillbillies" were just yanking my city boy chain but I tried it, worked immediately! We went from hundreds of flies to seeing the occasional one, but he don't hang around long.
May o7, 2009
from Camping News

Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to pick the little "stringy things" off of it. That's how the primates do it. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic, and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a non stick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.

Squirrel Away!
To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.

Foggy Windshield?
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2" with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it "home," can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

May 30, 2008
I have a good tip for all campers, rv'ers and anyone who has a rig when backing into spaces
I have listened too many times in the last few days of the woman yelling at the husband when backing into a space.  I know it is hard to learn how to back in but with practice it can be done easily and the yelling should be constructive not mean Using a WALKIE TALKIE will let you and your partner only hear the instructions, also it is a very important safety feature as you will not have to stand where you might get injured.  So please get a device that  two can communicate with, it will ease the stress of backing in and the help those around you.!   Mike and I have used a WALKIE talkie for years, when we had the boats and with all rigs we have owned, they are not that expensive and it does save the voice.
August 2nd, 2007
 This tip was passed on to me by Rose Ann Evans


Barry Stephens just sent me some more tips on cleaning your tanks.  This site goes into detail on how one RV'er solved and came up with a great solution check it out.  http://cbruni.googlepages.com/home

July 24, 2007
This was submitted by another full timer Range Koyamatsu 

Full Timer RV'er  WD-40 Well, Who Knew...?

I had a neighbor who had bought a new pickup. I got up very early one
Sunday morning and saw that someone had spray painted red all around the
sides of this beige truck (for some unknown reason). I went over, woke him up, and
told him the bad news. He was very upset and was trying to figure out what
to do probably nothing until Monday morning, since nothing was open. Another
neighbor came out and told him to get his WD-40 and clean it off. It removed the
unwanted paint beautifully and did not harm his paint job that was on the
truck. I'm impressed! WD-40 who knew?

Water Displacement #40. The product began from a search for a rust
preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was
created in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Its
name comes from the project that was to find a "water displacement" compound.
They were successful with the fortieth formulation, thus WD-40. The Corvair
Company bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts.
Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40
that would hurt you. When you read the "shower door" part, try it. It's the first thing that
has ever cleaned that spotty shower door. If yours is plastic, it works just
as well as glass. It's a miracle! Then try it on your stove top... Voila! It's
now shinier than it's ever been. You'll be amazed.

Here are some of the uses:

1.Removes road tar and grime from cars.
2.Protects silver from tarnishing.
3.Removes road tar and grime from cars.
4.Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
5.Removes lipstick stains.
6.Loosens stubborn zippers.
7.Untangles jewelry chains.
8.Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
9.Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
10.Removes tomato stains from clothing.
11.Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
12.Keeps scissors working smoothly.
13.Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors
14.It re moves black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Use WD-40 for
those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
15.Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
16.Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
17.Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
18.Removes splattered grease on stove.
19.Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
20.Removes all traces of duct tape.
21.Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.

 WD-40 ATTRACTS FISH spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose. Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.

USE IT FOR FIRE ANT BITES. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.

 If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.
P. S. The basic ingredient is FISH OIL.

P. P. S. I keep a can of WD-40 in my kitchen cabinet over the stove. It is good for oven burns or any other type of burn. It takes the burned feeling away and heals with NO scarring.

July 22, 2007
Barry Stephens gave us this suggestion, don't throw out those toilet paper rolls or paper towel roll as they can be used to put your electric cords inside of the roll, so they store easily and they will not get wrapped up with other cords. Also you can label each cord as to what equipment it goes too.  (Wish we had thought of this simple trick when we moved into RV, as there are cords missing to some of our equipment).
June 21,2007
I read this in the Newmar Kountry Klub (submitted by Charlie Gaines) monthly newsletter. I have started to use the suggestion and do not know if it is helping or not but it sure doesn't hurt!

When driving at least 20 miles to your destination: Drain tanks.  Fill tanks about one third full with clean water. Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of "Blue" Dawn Dishwashing Detergent. When you reach your destination drain tanks. This will help clean sensors and lubricate dump valves. You may have to do this several times to really get the sensors clean. To keep them clean, flush 1/3 cup of "Blue" Dawn Detergent in your toilet each time after emptying the holding tank.

Bug Removal

Dampen a dryer sheet (Bounce) then wipe over the bugs; they come right off with little or no pressure.

Paper Towel

To prevent your paper towels and toilet paper from unrolling as you travel, press both ends of the roll to make it oval shaped.

March 15,2007
Tips for Using Baking Soda from Arm & Hammer

Baking soda is a must–have for your next camping trip! One box does so much. It's a dishwashing aid, pot scrubber, hand cleanser, deodorant, toothpaste, fire extinguisher, and good for tons of other uses.

For cooked–on foods, let them soak in the baking soda/detergent water first, then use dry baking soda on a clean damp sponge or cloth as a scratch less scouring powder.

Forget harsh soaps and gently scrub away ground–in dirt and neutralize odors on hands with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, or sprinkle baking soda onto liquid hand soap in your palm. Then rinse clean. Your skin will feel softer, too.

Dust baking soda under your arms as needed to feel fresh all day. Baking soda actually absorbs odors instead of just covering them up.

Baking soda can help in the initial handling of minor grease or electrical kitchen fires. That's because when baking soda is heated, it gives off carbon dioxide, which helps to smother the flames. For small cooking fires (frying pans, broilers, ovens, grills), turn off the gas or electricity if you can safely do so. Stand back and throw handfuls of baking soda at the base of the flame to help put out the fire — and call the fire department just to be safe.

Baking soda is a gentle non–fluoride dentifrice that helps keep teeth clean and white. Dip a damp toothbrush in some baking soda sprinkled into your palm. Brush as usual and rinse.

Get ready for your next barbecue by sprinkling dry baking soda on a damp brush, scrub the grill and rinse clean. For tough, greasy stains, scrub with a wire brush and a baking–soda paste (3 parts baking soda to 1 part warm water).

Car or RV smelling a bit musty? Odors settle into the upholstery and carpet, and are released into the air each time you sit down. Eliminate odors by sprinkling baking soda directly from a shaker on fabric car seats and carpets. Wait 15 minutes (or longer for strong odors) and vacuum up the odors with the baking soda. Be sure to check for color–fastness first.
January 7 2007
Mike bought me a new washer dryer ( I really think he wanted to give that job back to me) anyway, most of the parks are 30 amps and they suggest you only use 50amps and to make sure you are all hooked up.  I have been using my washer/dryer for several loads and have found that as long as you turn all of the electric off that can be used with LP then you have no problem, So I just go around and turn off the electric to the water heater, turn it to LP and then turn the refrigerator to LP also.  So far have used this for about 10 small loads, as I have to wash daily, so I can do small loads and not have to take them to the laundry (at least we are saving about $20 a week)
December 23 2006
Here is a quick tip for the gals, I got up at 5AM this morning because I was freezing, and I did not want to wake Mike, turned the furnace onto 80 and it still did not come on, forgot that we had a small ceramic heater on the floor up front,  anyway, could not figure out except maybe we were out of propane. Finally woke Mike up at 8AM and he checked the LPG it was fine, he then checked some other things and finally around 9AM checked the fuse, and low and behold, it was the fuse, something so simple that I could have fixed. Now I know what to check first and how to do it. I have relied on Mike to fix everything and I just take care of dinners, grocery, cleaning etc. but I now know I need to have a lesson in what and how to fix should something happen to him.

So once go to the next RV park, I am going to have Mike make sure I know how to do most everything...I know some of you know all of this already, but when talking to some ladies the other day they too do not know how to change a fuse, we need to wake up and start doing these things around the RV, Trailer etc.

December 21 2006
Do you have the Dish for your TV, if so have you ever had the problem when watching all of a sudden your set turns the channel and you are watching something else?  That happened to us twice in two different parks, turns out someone else had the same frequency we did and they and I were fighting each other on switching channels.  We called the Dish, and they said all we had to do was set our system to using a different number for changing the channels, and it worked so if you have this problem maybe you too  need to change it, just call Dish and they will assist you. here is what they told Mike to do

Let's see how good my memory is:

1. Hit the System Button on your Dish Unit

2. Hold down the Sat. Button on your remote until all of the buttons light up.

3. At the bottom of the screen you will see Remote Address. It will probably be on 1....All do is hit another number...Mine is set on 8,sooo if I am in the same park as you, don't go changing the channel that I am watching. Hee Hee.

4. Otherwise you can have a battle royal changing channels, while the other guy, whoever he may be, changes yours. And of course it will never be in the Commercials...only the show that you have been watching, and here comes the ending, oops,channel changed again...%$#@#$%%%

5. If you do have any problems, all you have to do is call dish network and they will walk ya through it.
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