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Home-spun hints

The website www.hintsandthings.com dispenses advice on just about every household matter you could imagine, from florists' tips to interior design, expert advice for Aga owners, safety information and how to keep important household records. Run by a dedicated enthusiast (as opposed to a corporate interest), this is an endearing and helpful site.


 Hints and Things (17/05/04)
A site crammed full of genuinely useful tips and advice, put together by self-proclaimed 'plump, old, grey wrinkly' June Jackson with the aim of 'sharing all those little pearls of wisdom that used to be passed from generation to generation'. You'll find tips on topics as diverse as basic piano repair, finding missing contact lenses, vehicle maintenance and selling yourself in a job interview. June is clearly a genius who knows everything, and I wish she lived round the corner from me, so I could pop round for a spot of advice and a nice cup of (perfectly brewed) tea!



I want to tell Hintsandthings readers what a great service June is providing.

On 17th August I sent June an email asking her if she could help me find the answer to a question I had regarding my central heating boiler. 

I had a new central heating system put in last year. The boiler is a Valliant THERMOcompact, pretty standard kind I think. My problem was that in order to get the water to heat up they installed a pump which makes a harrowing noise every time I turned on the  hot water tap in the sink either in the kitchen or the bathroom. The noise it was making was horrible and I had to do something about it. 

June replied to me within a few hours asking me some relevant questions such as the name of the manufacturer of the pump and when I told her she then pointed me in the direction of their website. 

I called Stuart Turner Limited and after I told the very helpful technical man which pump the contractors had fitted he immediately told me that it this pump was five times too powerful for my needs and I should see about fitting a less powerful one. I asked him if he could recommended a plumber, which he did. The plumber kindly agreed to purchase the pump and fit it on Tuesday 6th September 2005 at 9am.  

Well I'm glad to say the plumber came and fitted the pump with a minimum of fuss. It is amazingly quiet. All you can hear now when you turn on the hot water taps is the water running. 

Success and all thanks to June's website and kind help.


Lawrence Biren

Internet Web Guide Magazine (October) -

June Jackson describes herself as a "plump, old, grey wrinkly living in the south of England." It may be more or less true, but a complete description would have to include webmaster. Her web location, Hints and Things, is a collection of hints and tips on a variety of subjects such as explanations of basic cooking, knitting, sewing, gardening terms, advice on cutting costs, games, brain teasers, daily quotes and a lot more useful information. Above all, June Jackson is a cool old lady!

Waitrose - Site of the Day

Hints and Things
This is the labour of love of June Jackson, a woman from the south of England who has created a great site which she uses to share all those little pearls of wisdom that were previously passed on by word of mouth. The tips are arranged in easy-to-follow sections, so you can find the help you need quickly and easily. You can also share your favourite tips with a friend, and sign up for a free monthly e-zine that will be delivered to your inbox each month.

As you know, we have  already been chosen as one of the "sites of the week"  on the Daily Telegraph website and featured in that paper and also included in Yahoo's "What's New". 


Head straight for the Utility Room on this engaging site which specialises in folk remedies, common sense and an occasional touch of the surreal.

Typical tip: Keep your shower cubicle sparkling by waxing it with car wax after you've washed it. Just don't use Turtle Wax, because it's green.

What we liked:

June Jackson's site offers the kind of advice you might have got from your grandma, involving glycerine and peroxide as well as lateral thinking. It also reminds us of that great 10-minute TV show Trade Secrets.

 'If you clean the outside of windows vertically and the inside horizontally,' says one hint, 'you will be able to tell which side any smears are on.'

There are lots of tips from site visitors, plus an A-Z of quick, simple solutions. See our interview with June to find out more about how and why she set up the site.

What we didn't like: The webmistress admits that not all tips have been tested. If you've burnt a saucepan, for example, you should 'put in some baking soda and Avon SkinSoft while still hot. Emma Phillips assures me this works!' Hmm.

But is Emma Phillips a local stain-removal guru, or just some madwoman with a house full of mutilated kitchenware? And what does she moisturise with? We should be told.


Keeping your home clean & tidy can be a full time job, this site could help to reduce your workload...





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