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I take an old pair of hose (womens), buy some loose tobacco, cut the hose to about 1 foot, 30cm long making sure there are no holes in the toe or elsewhere, put a 1/4 cup or so of tobacco into the sock, tie a knot so the tobacco stays put. Then open the bonnet of the car, find the windshield wiper water tank, drop the end of the sock into the solution or plain water, make sure the upper end of the sock is securely fastened to something outside the tank so you won't loose the bag you created and you'll be amazed at how clean the windscreen will be next time you use the wipers after squirting the windshield as usual. An alternative would be to boil the sock in water like tea, but don't drink it! after 10 minutes of boiling, let it cool, squeeze the bag so all the "tobacco tea" goes into the pot. When cooled, pour it into your windscreen water tank. As you wash your windscreen with the wipers going the squirted liquid will clean the glass and make rain water sheet off rather than leave droplets. You can actually drive the car safely because you can see as if no rain was falling. If your wipers stop working all together and you can't see to drive, take a sock, as the one I described above, get it wet and wipe the windscreen with it. The rain will then sheet off the glass as if there was no rain at all. no drops can form. The tobacco breaks the surface tension. Want proof? Take a glass of water, fill it to the top just short of spilling over. You'll notice the water actually rises above the edge drop one grain of tobacco or black pepper and the glass will immediately spill the water out of the top of the glass. I keep such a bag in a plastic bag under my seat. You never know when you might need it. You can use it many times before needing change the tobacco. If you just want some cheap glass cleaner, mix a 50% solution of white vinegar and pour it in your window wiper water tank. It will keep your windscreen nice and clean; also streak free.

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I have a pair of brand new ecco shoes. Finally convinced my grade 12 daughter to pair the price and buy well made shoes. They are a purple leather lace up shoes. They make airy sounds with ever step. Help!!!


I've had this problem with my daughter's shoes, and her foot is very narrow. I cut down some generic-brand Dr. Scholl's-type insoles (available at grocery and drugstores) and that did the trick.
1. Get the appropriate sized insoles, and lay the right show on the right insole, and the left shoe on the left insole. Trace them with a pen.
2. Cut out the insole, cutting slightly inside the lines-- the inside of the shoe is smaller than the outside.
3. Work the insoles inside the shoe. Use your fingers to feel around the edges to see where you need to trim them to fit.
4. If it's too long, don't trim all the length off the toe, or all the length off the heel... you'll mess up where the arch curves.
Good luck! I hope it works for you.

Apr 30, 2011 | Ecco Glide Shoes

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How to select a good walking shoes? Coul dyou recommend me on a good pair?


People are always asking for shoe recommendations. I don't like to make specific shoe recommendations because everyone's foot is different and people have different walking styles. But there are a few basics for selecting walking shoes: 1.Look for a low, supportive heel that rounds (or bevels) in. A thick heel or one that flairs out will cause your foot to slap down rather than roll. 2. A walker's foot hits heel first and then rolls gradually from heel-to-toe. So, you will need a flexible sole and more bend in the toe than a runner. 3.Next, look for a shoe that is light weight and breathable. The last thing you want is the clunky heavy leather walking shoe.
4. The most important thing of course is a shoe that fits properly. Be sure your foot has enough room in the toe box. There should be a thumbnails width (or about a half inch) between your toes and the end of the shoe.5. Go shoe shopping at the end of the day or after your walk when your feet may be slightly swollen. 6. Do not shop when you are in a hurry. 7.Wear your shoes in the house for a few days to try them out.

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