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    We used to have a thread very similar to this in the old place, and I have wanted to add information here. There were always such great tips from people there!

    I end up with too many of the plastic cartons with snap on lids that have cottage cheese, sour cream, etc. The printing on it may not bother anyone else, but in my teacher training, we were taught to clean off excess labels, stickers, etc. and to make containers more attractive. This may not be news to others, but I have found that nail polish remover will remove the writing on the outside of the carton. Then I can relabel the carton, if I choose to, with a Sharpie marker.

    If I was still teaching, I could see using these cleaned up cartons for holding all kinds of things, such as crayons, glue sticks, etc. I can also see using them for odds and ends of hardware pieces when working on projects.

    Sometimes I use the lids for these plastic cartons turned upside down as another barrier under plants in pots.

    I also use the cartons for starting some seeds.
     
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    Don't get in the middle of a dog fight. Now I just let my dogs kill each other. They stop when I walk away and go inside.
     
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    When my kids were younger...when they'd start backtalking over any chore I was "asking" for them to do, they would get another chore added. Any continued conflict or sass meant an additional chore. They soon learned to be quiet and do what was expected. I never liked how doing chores was seen at some ages as a problem. Remember when they were little, they'd always want to help and be "big."
     
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    Weedy this is a good idea.:thumbs::Thankyou:

    Patch ,lol. :D:cool:
     
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    Edit, memory of what happened returned!

    LOL! I remember something similar when I was teaching, but it was children for whom arguing was allowed at home and thought they could argue with me. I don't believe in giving sentences to write or anything similar, but I have a distinct memory of someone trying to argue with me, and I said, something like, "Oh, one more." Arguing continued and I said, "one more." After a few of those, the child got it and realized I wasn't to be argued with. I will have to think what the consequence was, if I can remember, but it was effective.

    Edit: I remember it well now. I really only had one student who gave me a run for my money on arguing. His father was a lawyer, a litigator, so he was a professional arguer.

    Early in teaching elementary children, I used this technique for misbehavior issues. I would speak to the child about his or her behavior, sometimes one on one in a quiet and private conversation, sometimes in group if that is where they started it and interrupted learning. I had had a group discussion about me speaking to them and not getting the response I needed in order to move forward with lessons and learning. Then when the misbehavior continued, I would not say another word to the child. I would just go write their name on the board. If the misbehavior continued, I would put hash marks behind their name after they realized I had written their name and continued the misbehavior.

    Litigator's son wanted to argue, I had reminded him that I was not going to argue, I meant what I said. He continued to argue, and I wrote his name on the board. Poor kid was so used to be able to challenge everything. He immediately shouted out, "Hey, why did you write MY name on the board?" Hashmark. "Hey!" Hashmark. He got it.

    I have had some pretty interesting and remarkable students over the years, and this guy was one. He was very advanced in math. I had students who needed lots of repetition, but he needed new lessons and advanced lessons everyday. I kept up with him, because I could and why torture his brilliance with mundane math work. In h.s., he completed ALL the undergrad work for math, being paid for by the local school district at a local college. When he graduated from h.s., he attended Harvard, where his father had gone to law school. He taught undergrad math, while studying graduate level math, and working on his undergraduate degree.
     
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    Just a reminder nail polish remover is just acetone with a smell added. Acetone is cheaper.
     
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    I like that. I probably have some acetone in with all my paint, but I also have nail polish remover.
     
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    Plasitc containers work great for surplus screws, nails, connectors, etc.

    What do you all do with pill bottles? I've used them for seed and other stuff. But have more than I need. I don't care about the labels.
     
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    They also work for holding wooden matches, coins, salt or seasonings in your lunch box or Bug out bags.

    I like to remove all labels whenever I can. It still goes back to my teacher training. Once in a while I see a label on someone's bucket or something and I want to remove it for them. I also have rubber cement thinner for removing any rubber cement residue that might remain. I used a lot of that in my teaching days.
     
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    Take a new lead-acid battery wash it with soapy water then rinse it with clear water and let it dry. Cover the terminals with tape and spray the battery with clear lacquer. This will extend the life of your batteries. The guy that taught me that trick says it doubles the life. I believe him to be right. I have been doing this with my car batteries for decades. When I get lazy I'm buying a new battery sooner.
     
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    Caribou, I have to go to my hardware store and look, but can't you buy clear lacquer from the spray paint section where paint is sold? I wonder what are some other good uses for spray lacquer?
     
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    Yes but you have to make sure it is not spray poly or spray varnish.
     
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    Wife's' great Nephew didn't know that "No" meant "No" until he ran into me!
     
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    Thanks for the tip. I have to buy 3 new batteries for our motor home (2 6v and 1 12v)and I'm going to do this.
     
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    My wife's nephew got the same lesson from me when he was around 5.
    His parents let him cuss worse than any sailor and that did not fly in my house.
    He still does not curse.
     
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    Yes, I buy a rattle can and I can do a few batteries.
     
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    :cool::D. Why argue when you can win smarter.
     
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    Car, does this work with T 105 too ?
     
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    Only those with a couple of kids have the luxury of arguing. Have 6 or 8 and to deal with and that goes out the window quick.
     
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    That can be tough on some of those poor children who have never learned how to handle hearing no. LOL! Many are used to throwing fits, laying on the floor, flailing, kicking, yelling and screaming, until they get what they want. Arguing is another technique that some refine early on. Whatever works!

    I was not allowed to argue as a child, or I would get smacked. I actually do believe that arguing is an art that needs to be practiced and developed. Remember the video with the woman who showed up at the scene where a car was being impounded in Connecticut? She sure went through a series of techniques to try to intimidate that cop to get her way.
     
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    I disagree as a mother of many.
    :Thankyou::LOL:
     
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    My wife has a way with kids, even in school when she was sub.
    We be walking though a Big box store or a parking lot & some guy or gal would come over & start talking to her like she was their flavor Aunt.
    We went in a shoe store & two giant guys came over & started hugging her saying they miss her now that school was out.
    Got my shoes at half price.
    Still do not know how she did it, seems a lot of kid are wanting a firm steady hand.
     
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    My buddy had a kid that would throw an absolute fit if he didn't get his way.
    Lay on the floor screaming and pounding his hands and feet.
    Did it at my house and he got a cup of water dumped on him.
    He stopped fast so my buddy started carrying water everywhere and used it when it was called for regardless of where they were.
    The best was when he hosed the kid in the Navy PX.
    Several people stood around an applauded.
    The kid stopped after about a week except when he was with his mom, my buddies ex wife.
    She didn't understand why.
     
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    Yes, it works on any lead/acid battery. I don't know how long it will add because of all the other issues such as how often and how deep you cycle your batteries but it will definitely help. The way it works is by reducing the battery drain that occurs across the surface of the battery. My buddy learned this in his Navy training and shared it with me. I was skeptical but I believed in him so I tried it the next time I bought a car battery. I still do it so I believe it is worth my time and the cost of a rattle can. What have you got to loose.
     
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    Patch I bet you have your limits though,:D. Your right that at times there is arguing.:)
     
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    This is not my tip, and maybe some you already know this.

     
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    Take labels off, start seeds in them, use for odds and ends.
    They are great for putting puppy treats in for puppy to chew on instead of my shoes.
    If they chew the lid off they get the treat.
    I sand each lid smooth before I give it to puppy.
     
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    Good idea Mo. The lids would be great to start seedlings in before transplant to a larger pot.
     
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    Thank you kind sir.
     
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    I'm going to try starting seeds in paper pulp egg carton trays.
    I think they should work.
    Best part is they are free.
     

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