DIY: The Ultimate Home & Garden Quiz

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Are you a true DIY-er? Are you as good as Taylor Swift is at making jam? Could you finish a cabinet like Daniel Day-Lewis? Are you a master carpenter like Harrison Ford? Or do you remodel your bathroom like Bon Jovi? Do you know their secrets to home and garden? 

Test your skills against theirs with this home and garden quiz! Only 2 out of 10 quiz-takers will pass this ultimate DIY test. Will you earn the ultimate bragging rights? 

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1. Spilled coffee on wood? Clean it up with...

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  1. Lemon juice
  2. White vinegar
If you spill coffee on wood, clean it off before the stain sets. Minor stains can be removed with distilled white vinegar. 
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2. To avoid splitting your wood when using a screwdriver...

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  1. Screw as fast as you can
  2. Make a pilot hole
  3. Use silver screws
  4. Wear rubber gloves
Using screws in wood is not always the easiest thing. There is a chance that it may split the wood. Pilot holes ensure that this will not happen.
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3. Can you clean Tommy's mess?

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  1. Yes, with vinegar and water
  2. No, it's a permanent art installation
Mix a solution of 50/50 vinegar and water. Then, use a sponge to scrub the spots. Rinse the walls with just water. You should have clean walls!
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4. Clean paw prints off your sofa with...

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  1. Baking powder
  2. Bleach
To remove odors and non-stubborn stains from your couch cushions: sprinkle a generous amount of baking powder on the parts you're cleaning. Wait 30 minutes. Vacuum it or scrub it gently out with water.
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5. Confirm whether or not your toilet is leaking with...

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  1. Food coloring
  2. A garden hose
  3. Orange juice
  4. A plumber
First, put a drop of food coloring into the tank. Wait a little bit. If your toilet is leaking, you should see food coloring in your toilet bowl.
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6. Use baking soda and vinegar to...

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  1. Unclog your drain
  2. Remove odors from your sink
If a plunger -- or snake -- doesn't work by itself, try pouring baking soda and vinegar down the drain. When all else fails, you can resort to a chemical clog remover.
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7. Got olive oil? Use it to...

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  1. Fix a squeaky door
  2. Polish your door knob
If you don't have olive oil, bar soap or petroleum jelly can also work. Apply to the top of the squeaky hinge and wipe away any that drips on the door or to the floor.
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8. Brown stains on your ceiling indicate...

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  1. You've got squirrels
  2. Your roof might be leaking
Water stains -- which often resemble brown puddles on the ceiling -- are classic signs of a leaky roof. Mold, moisture, and drips also point to a leaky roof.
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9. What is the #1 cause of houseplant death?

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  1. Overwatering
  2. Underwatering
Overwatering is the number one cause of houseplant death. How can you avoid it? Don't let your plant's saucer fill with water, make sure your plant's soil can drain and is dry before you water it again, and water the root of the plant.
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10. Shoot! How can you get this wine stain out?

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  1. With baking soda and water
  2. With a broom
Pour a small amount of cold water onto the stain. Make a baking soda paste with 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Rub the paste into your wine stain. Let it dry, and then vacuum it. Apply some dishwashing detergent to remove any leftover spots.
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11. Plant THESE in the late summer, for a fall harvest:

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  1. Carrots
  2. Beets
Fact: You can plant carrots in your garden every three weeks. Start in late July or early August for a plentiful fall harvest.  
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12. Too much heat may cause seeds...

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  1. Not to sprout
  2. To sprout too early
If your seeds aren't germinating, it may be because environmental conditions are not prime. It could also be because extreme temperatures have destroyed their germination potential. 
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13. Which of these plants will survive on your patio all year round?

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  1. Potted Blue Spruce
  2. Strawberries
  3. Roses
  4. Tulips
Yes, you can grow blue spruce in a container! Keep in mind: this plant should get at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. 
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14. Why are you experiencing frequent electrical surges?

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  1. An appliance is probably connected to your home grid
  2. You've been struck by lightning
While electrical surges can be caused by lightning strikes, frequent surges are often due to an electrical device that is connected to your home grid or wiring.
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15. Lower your electrical bill by...

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  1. Spending more time at home
  2. Unplugging appliances not in use
To reduce the cost of a high electrical bill, try the following: identify appliances that may be causing power surges, improve the efficiency in your hot water system, and unplug appliances not in use. 
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16. How can you help prevent weeds from sprouting?

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  1. Caterpillars
  2. Mulch in the spring
Mulching your garden in the spring will help prevent weeds from sprouting. 
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17. Which plant can help protect your gardens from rabbits?

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  1. Onions
  2. Lettuce
If you have a rabbit problem, you can either install a chicken-wire fence, or you can plant onions and marigolds around your garden to protect it. 
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18. How can you control garden slugs?

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  1. Food coloring
  2. A salt and water spray
Just mix salt and water in a spray bottle -- making sure to add a good amount of salt -- and spray infected areas of your garden at night. 
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19. If your light bulb keeps burning out...

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  1. The light bulb's glass may be too thin
  2. Check your fixture's wiring
If your light bulbs keep burning out, possible causes include: high voltage power supply, improperly connected bulbs, and loose wiring.
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20. Which of the following can you grow inside your home?

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  1. Celery
  2. Pumpkins
  3. Peppers
  4. Eggplant
To grow peppers indoors, find a sunny windowsill and make sure to use a deep container. Peppers need 10 hours of sunlight a day. 
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21. Encourage your flowers to bloom again by...

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  1. Spraying them with vinegar
  2. Using a humidifier
  3. Keeping them out of the sun
  4. Deadheading old petals
Why is deadheading important? It makes sure that the plant channels its energy to its flowers, instead of the seed heads that have formed where petals fall. 
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22. What do you need to clean a clogged downspout?

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  1. A hose and a ladder
  2. A rake and a bucket
Just climb a ladder and spray water with your garden hose down your downspout. That should take care of most of the dirt. 
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23. Plumbing emergency? What's the first thing you should do?

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  1. Turn off the water
  2. Turn off the electricity
When there is a plumbing issue, the first thing to do is turn off the water. All water flow can be stopped at the water shut-off valve, which varies in location from house to house. Knowing where that valve is can prevent a lot of damage, so if you don't know, find out!
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24. If your door is scraping, tighten the...

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  1. Door knob
  2. Door panels
  3. Floor boards
  4. Hinges
If your door is scraping against the floor as it opens, try tightening the hinges. If that doesn't work, run a knife along the door's bottom hinge, to remove any paint. 
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25. How can you prevent your bookshelves from falling down?

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  1. D hooks
  2. L hooks
Buy yourself a pair of L hooks and fasten your bookshelf to the wall! 
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26. What can you find in your breaker box?

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  1. An electrical panel
  2. Light switches
Your breaker box holds your electrical circuit breaker panel, which is the point from which the electrical circuits in your home are distributed. 
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27. Can you remove these stains from wood?

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  1. No, they are permanent
  2. Yes, with an iron
To remove water stains from your wooden table, make sure your iron is free of water, and then heat it to the lowest level. Protect the table with a cloth and press the warm iron over the cloth a couple of times. 
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28. Refrigerator not staying cool? First check...

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  1. The door seals
  2. The circuit breaker
If you have a problem with your refrigerator or freezer, first check to see if your doors are sealing properly. That's the most common culprit!  
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29. House plants spindly or not flowering?

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  1. Your lighting may be poor
  2. Stop watering them
House plants require proper lighting to achieve their full potential. Not sure how much? Just look it up online!
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30. If your plant's leaves are curling, that's a sign...

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  1. It's getting ready to spread seeds
  2. Of insects or disease
Curling or distorted leaves are signs of insects or disease. Fuzzy or white spots in particular indicate disease.  
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31. How can you get rid of old caulk before re-caulking your sink?

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  1. With a razor blade
  2. With boiling water
Run a razor blade along your old caulk line before re-caulking, that will get rid of any excess caulk. Remember to wait 72 hours after caulking to use your fixture. 
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32. Identify a sign that your house paint has gone bad...

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  1. It smells sour
  2. It has no smell
Sour or rancid smelling paint has likely gone bad. The smell is a sign that bacteria have grown inside of it. Don't apply it! The smell won't go away. 
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33. What household item can you use to clean your car headlights?

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  1. Toothpaste
  2. Ketchup
To clean and buff your headlights, apply a small amount of toothpaste to a sponge, wipe, and then rinse! 
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34. What do you need to remove a stripped screw?

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  1. A saw
  2. Pliers
Pliers are your best bet if the screw isn't flush with the object you're removing it from. If it is flush, a rubber band layered over the screw's head will likely give you the traction necessary.   
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35. What do you need to make your own plant fertilizer?

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  1. Coffee grounds
  2. Honey
Coffee grounds make great DIY fertilizers! Why? Coffee's nitrogen increases the soil's acidity. It's especially good for fertilizing roses, hydrangeas, and magnolias. 
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36. Get rid of ants with...

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  1. Dish soap
  2. Rice
Mix dish soap with mouthwash and hydrogen peroxide!  Spray it on infested areas, leave it for 15 minutes, and then wash it away. 
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37. Clean rusted tools with...

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  1. Apple juice
  2. Varnish
  3. Wood glue
  4. Vinegar
To remove rust from small items like knives and handtools, soak them in a bowl of vinegar. You'll need to let them sit overnight. Remove them, and rinse! 
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38. Which of these plants SHOULD NEVER be kept indoors?

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  1. Oleander
  2. Aloe Vera
Why shouldn't you keep oleander indoors? It's highly toxic, and can cause vomiting, and heart block. 
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39. Bowls of salt in a room will help with:

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  1. Condensation
  2. Insulation
Putting bowls of salt in a room will help if you have condensation problems, since it soaks up water in the air. 
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40. If you have low water pressure in the shower, try...

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  1. Cleaning your showerhead with vinegar
  2. Shaking the shower head a few times
If you suffer from low water pressure, try cleaning your shower head with vinegar! Limescale might have built up on your shower head, blocking the holes where the water comes out. 
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41. If your wall has a vertical crack...

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  1. Your drywall or plaster shrunk
  2. Your house might fall down
Vertical and horizontal cracks in drywall or plaster are probably signs of shrinkage. Be careful if a crack is jagged, or looks like stairs, that could be a sign of structural movement. 
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42. Which of these plants requires very little watering?

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  1. Sage
  2. Swamp sunflower
Sage is a perennial, drought-resistant herb, which grows best in the spring. Don't overwater it!
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43. Small spots of mold or mildew are signs of...

  1. A water leak
  2. Ants
If you find small spots of mold or mildew in a localized location, it's probably a water leak. If it's spread over a large area, your house may be too humid. 
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44. What food can you rub on a wood floor to cover up dings?

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  1. Schnitzel
  2. Walnut
  3. Ravioli
  4. Curry
It's true! You can rub a walnut on your wood floor to cover up small scratches. 
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45. Need to find nails or studs in your walls? Use a...

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  1. Paper clip
  2. Magnet
If you're planning on renovating your house and need to check for nails or studs in your walls, run a magnet along them.
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46. Knobs falling out of the dresser? Put them in place with...

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  1. Nail polish
  2. Floss
Nail polish will keep your dresser knobs in place. Either that or wood glue! Make sure to let them dry overnight. 
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47. DON'T put this plant in the sun!

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  1. Bellflower
  2. Zebra plant
  3. Dahlia
  4. Peony
The zebra plant -- which prefers low to medium light -- also goes by the names: peacock plant, cathedral windows, and rattlesnake plant. 
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48. If the edges of your leaves are shriveled and brown...

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  1. Your soil might be too wet
  2. Your soil might be too dry
Shriveled, brown leaves are generally a sign of dry soil. You could also have a problem with fertilizer burn. 
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49. What's Mary doing?

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  1. Hand-pollinating her plants
  2. Making homemade paint
Hand-pollinate your plants by spreading the pollen over the flower with a paintbrush, or by shaking them gently. 
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50. If your shower water doesn't warm up...

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  1. Call your municipality
  2. Clean the bathtub
  3. It must be winter
  4. You might have blown a fuse
If your water isn't heating up, you may be dealing with a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse. 
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