How to get good dry cleaning

Garment labels tell you whether your clothing must be dry cleaned; most woolens, silks, acetates, and many rayons require it. A garment made of washable fabric may need dry cleaning to hold its shape or if it’s lined with another fabric. A professional dry cleaning may remove stubborn spots or stains from washable garments.

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How to replace a drawstring sweatpants

A simple replacement for the drawstring in a child’s garment is a shoelace. It should be the length of the waist or hood of the garment plus sufficient extra to tie. Slip the tip into the opening and push it around to the other side. At each end, make a knot larger than the opening to prevent the shoelace from slipping out.

For an adult garment, you can make a drawstring of cord, fabric tubing, braid, a leather strip, or ribbon, all of which can be purchased by the yard. Attach a safety pin to one end and push it through the casing. Remove the pin; tie a knot at each end.

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How to drill clean holes in wood, metal and other materials

Equipped with the proper bits, a 3/8 inch portable power drill can make holes in wood, metal, masonry, ceramic, plastic-even glass-and do many other jobs as well. For heavy duty work, such as drilling through steel beams, look for a 1/2-inch drill with a shoulder brace. (The size refers to the opening of the chuck and also reflects the power and weight of the unit.) Drills with variable speed and reverse drive are costlier than those without, but are well worth the money.

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