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Problem Solvers Think safety when using extension cords Think safety when using extension cords
Extension cords can be a trip hazard. That's why so many people try to cover them up with a throw rug or small piece of carpet.

John Drengenberg, a safety expert at UL, says that's something you should never do.
Problem Solvers Rapid Ramen Cooker: Does  it work? Rapid Ramen Cooker: Does it work? (Video)
At some point in our lives, just about all of us have encountered a bowl of ramen noodles. For a lot of people, ramen is a staple, because it costs as little as 20 cents per serving and is extremely easy to cook.
Problem Solvers Don't get sacked by fake NFL gear Don't get sacked by fake NFL gear (Video)
Whether it's the jersey of one of your favorite Seahawks or some other official NFL gear- make sure you're dealing with a legit seller. Online imposters claim to sell you the real thing at a good price, but you'll only get cheap, flimsy knock-offs that quickly fall apart. Most are made illegally in China. And if you're tricked into buying a fake- you're stuck. With no recourse.
Problem Solvers Water line insurance: Read the fine print Water line insurance: Read the fine print (Video)
When you buy a house, you're responsible for all repairs to the water and sewer lines on the property. If there's a leak or a sewer line back-up, you pay the bill for everything between your house and the street. unless you have special insurance. but one KOMO viewer who 'purchased' the insurance got a big shock when she tried to file a claim.
Problem Solvers Some foods don't mix with certain prescription drugs Some foods don't mix with certain prescription drugs
As we get older, we often take more drugs. It's not uncommon for someone in their mid to late 60's to be on more than a dozen prescription medications.

That's why it's so important to watch what you eat. Certain foods can interact with these drugs and cause serious problems.
Problem Solvers Why does my cat scratch the furniture? Why does my cat scratch the furniture?
Cats have claws and they like to use them. This can create real problems in the home.

So why do cats scratch furniture?

Kate Benjamin, co-author of the book Catification: Designing a Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You), says it's instinct.
Problem Solvers How to handle all that holiday food How to handle all that holiday food
Let's be honest, we all tend to eat too much this time of year, and nothing I can say will change that. So, rather than do without, how about promising yourself not to overdo it this year?
Problem Solvers Recall Roulette: Gambling with product safety Recall Roulette: Gambling with product safety (Video)
Nearly every day, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issues a recall alert about products that could cause property damage, serious injury and even death. Yet, a joint Problem Solver investigation with ABC News finds most recall warnings never reach consumers.
Problem Solvers Consumer group lists '10 worst toys' for kids Consumer group lists '10 worst toys' for kids (Photo Gallery)
A bow that shoots illuminated arrows its manufacturer says can fly up to 145 feet, and the "Catapencil" — a pencil with a miniature slingshot-style launcher at its erasure end — are among an annual list of unsafe toys released Wednesday.
Problem Solvers The gluten-free marketing bandwagon The gluten-free marketing bandwagon
Grocery stores and supermarkets are filled with products that proudly promote that they are Gluten Free. That's a big deal for some people – and nothing more than marketing hype for many others.
Problem Solvers The smart way to borrow for college The smart way to borrow for college
Most families need to borrow some money to put their kids through college. The key is to borrow as little as you can and to find the loans with the best terms.
Problem Solvers Catch Caddy: Does it work? Catch Caddy: Does it work? (Video)
Promoters of the Catch Caddy tout an ultra-flexible, one-size-fits-all design that fits between the front seats and console of most cars. It resembles a large, open, plastic envelope-style clutch bag without the flap.
Problem Solvers Think Halloween safety for your pets Think Halloween safety for your pets
Halloween is right around the corner. It's a fun holiday, but often stressful for the family pets. That's why so many dogs and cats run away from home on Halloween.
Problem Solvers My Fun Fish Tank: Does it work? My Fun Fish Tank: Does it work? (Video)
My Fun Fish tank is billed as "The kid-friendly aquarium that cleans itself like magic!" Adding clean water to the tank automatically siphons water up through a plastic tube that extends from the bottom of the tank out a spout near the top. Dirt collected on the bottom is removed as the fresh water pours in. As the commercial puts it- "The tank is always crystal clear!"
Problem Solvers How to talk to your auto mechanic How to talk to your auto mechanic
Even the best auto mechanic isn't clairvoyant. So when you drop off you vehicle, it's important to give the shop as much information as possible about the problem.

Mark Salem, an ASE Certified Master Technician, explains the right way and the wrong way to do it.
Problem Solvers FTC seeks public comment on telemarketing loophole FTC seeks public comment on telemarketing loophole (Video)
Thanks to a legal loophole in the telemarketing rules, some marketers are using a backdoor approach to get you on the phone and deceive you. They're getting your attention with advertising on TV and radio, placing ads in the newspaper, and inviting you to call or click when you're online.