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Hints From Heloise: Misdialers add to their rudeness

DEAR HELOISE: I am tired of people calling me by mistake and then asking who they are talking to. I try to ask, “Who are you trying to reach?” and they keep asking me, “What number is this? Who is this?”

Please ask your readers that if they misdialed or are not sure, they should ask for such and such business or so and so person by name. I live alone and am NOT going to give them my name. I hate being rude.

No Name, via email

DEAR NO NAME: I’m with you. I’ve had people call one of my phone numbers and say, after I politely said three times that there is no one here by that name, “Oh, well, lady, you don’t have to be rude about it.” Really!

DEAR HELOISE: I was reading one of your books, titled “Heloise Conquers Stinks and Stains,” and found a hint that made me chuckle.

The title, “To Prevent Oil Stains on Your Garage Floor,” gave these hints, in this order:

$$$$ – Buy a new car

$$$ – Have the leak repaired at your local garage

$$ – Treat the floor with a masonry sealer that will be effective for years

$ – Place a drip tray under the car

Funny and cute. If you can fix the leak yourself, it’s cheaper than all of the hints.

C.L., Fort Worth, Texas

DEAR HELOISE: I need to remove spray glue from my couch’s arms without damaging the material or fading out any color. What’s the best way to remove spray glue?

Bill R., via email

DEAR BILL: A few years ago? What type of project? Let’s give it a try. Wet a clean cloth with hot, soapy water and put it on top of and underneath the spot where the glue is sprayed. Repeat every 15 minutes. Keep the cloth hot (put in microwave for 10-15 seconds to heat). The hot cloth might soften the glue.

Try this, too: Put aluminum foil on both sides of the fabric, and press with a warm iron (not hot) for 30 seconds or so. Try to slowly pull the fabric apart.

Send a money-saving hint to Heloise P.O. Box 795000 San Antonio, TX 78279-5000.