Remove Candle Wax From Granite
- Scrape off as much as possible using a PLASTIC scraper.
- Then take a wad of paper towels, hold up to granite and iron.
- The iron will melt the wax and the paper towels will absorb it.
- Repeat until all the wax is melted off with clean paper towels.
- A slow process but you will get it all up.
- Once there is only a haze left ,buff with a soft rag to remove any remaining residue.
Clean Cultured MarbleMarble is one of the softest of building stones- it has a hardness of 2.8-3.0, that isnít much harder than a human fingernail. Therefore, marble is very easily scratched. Clean with a spray bottle of disinfectant cleaner and a soft wet cloth.
Repairing Brass Watering CanThe handle broke on my small brass watering can. What do I need to do?
Try soldering the handle using regular lead/tin solder. You'll need to thoroughly clean the area you're soldering; try using a fine grit sandpaper or steel wool. Next, use flux (probably something called "Tinner's Flux" which is used by sheetmetal workers), and apply according to directions.
Then comes the soldering part... The primary thing though with the whole procedure is making sure the two surfaces are clean, if they aren't, nothing will adhere.
Mirror InstallationBe sure to hang a mirror at least one sixteenth of an inch from the wall and well above the backsplash to assure it has some air circulation and to help keep water and cleaning solutions from damaging it.
Cleaning MirrorsInstead of using Windex, use an air freshner. It gets the mirror clean and leaves a pleasant smell in the bathroom to boot.
Thanks to Jerry Schulman.
Preventing Burns From Hot WaterA 24 inch head broom is great for outside work in the garage, patio, sidewalk, and driveway. Go for nylon bristles which are not affected by water and chemicals. The inner bristles can move heavy gravel and dried on soil. The outer bristles are finer and catch any small particles missed by the inner ones. Hang up your brooms to prevent then warping !
Stop Loosing Your Pencil!Always loosing your pencil on your workbench? Wrap the end of a pencil with a bit of Velcro, then attach a mating strip of Velcro to the side of your workbench. Now youíll be able to stick the pencil to your workbench where it will be close at hand!
TemplatesTemplates are used for jobs such as working out pattern ideas of fascias or cabinet bases, and working with moldings. Save some notepad backs and/or cardboard from dress shirts to use as easy templates. They are easily cut with a utility knife or just scissors.
Bicycle HooksDo your power tool chords get tangled during projects in the shop? Install a few large, vinyl-covered, screw-in bicycle hooks overhead into your ceiling joists. Just loop the toolís chord onto a hook and go to work without any mess.
Two Necessary ToolsYou only need two tools; WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesnít move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldnít, then use the duct tape!
Dry TapeReached for the masking, duct, or electrical tape to find it dried out again? Try storing tape in a covered metal coffee can. This should help remedy this problem.
GlueA common mistake many beginning woodworkers make is to apply too much glue to wood boards they are trying to join. Using less glue will actually give you a much stronger glued joint.
Mini ClampsNeed some small but strong clamps for small scale woodworking projects, (or perhaps making models)? Try some wooden clothespins using either end, whichever works for your particular project!
Save your old plastic caps (from spray paints, etc.) to use on small glue and paint projects! Just the right size for small brushes and an easy cleanup!
Bottle CapsBottle caps are great for mixing epoxy in, the epoxy canít spread out as you are mixing, making it easier to scoop up and apply. You also tend to only pour what you need!
Warm FeetSave your carpet remnants to use on the floor in front of your workbench. This helps keep your feet warm in the cooler months and also gives your feet a little extra padding. You can easily vacuum up the area after you have completed your task at hand.
Rent Vs. HireKeep a list in your workshop of rental tools and equipment at nearby tool-rental stores. The next time you are tempted to hire a professional, check your rental list. Doing the job yourself generally saves YOU money! Good luck!
Christmas Gifts From Your ShopTry being adventuresome these cool fall days and nights and try making some wooden Christmas tree ornaments. Simply trace objects on a 1/8in. piece of plywood. Then cut out shapes with a sabre saw, sand and stain or paint. This will save you some time from holiday shopping to do other family activities.
Hints To Save Your Money This Winter
- Try to minimize the number of times that you open your doors to the outside weather.
- When not using the chimney, remember to shut the flue.
- Insulate walls and attic areas properly. Batts of insulation added to your attic is an easy do-it yourself project.
- Lowering your thermostat by 1 degree F. will reduce your heating bill by 2%. Maintaining 68 degrees is an average daily temperature, with lower temperatures at nighttime. Also, lower the thermostat if you will not be home during the daytime hours.
- Use ceiling fans set at slow speed to push the warm air away from the ceiling and move it around your rooms. Everyone will feel the warmth and be more comfortable!
- Try to use the sun when out! Open windows on southern and eastern exposures throughout the daytime hours. Remember to close shades before sun sets to keep the heat in the house.
Cordless PhonesRemember when purchasing telephones for the home to buy at least one phone that plugs directly into a jack and requires no electricity. Many people buy only cordless phones, which are great for mobility around the house, but donít work at all when the power goes out!!! The cordless phone base stations need electricity to work. So be prepared for the next storm!
Old Phone ChordSave the coiled handset chord from your old phone. It works great for wrapping around the wires behind your computer or stereo system-keeping them organized and looking tidier.
Batteries ReplacedNow that heating season is upon us, itís a good idea to replace all smoke detector batteries. If its easier to remember pick a special day each year to replace your batteries, (e.g. Birthdays, special holiday, etc.).
Snow ShovelingWhen you must shovel by hand remember these few tips: Use a small rather than large shovel. Push snow aside to avoid lifting as much as possible. Start early before the snow gets icy. Work in stages and take frequent breaks.
Covering Outside ItemsIts that time of the year to cover the pool, trailer or boat. If the wind is blowing off the cover on you, try using empty plastic gallon jugs as anchors. Just fill the jugs with sand, stones, water or dirt and hang them on the tarp. Use as many as you need! These work great especially in areas where spikes cannot be used, like on concrete.
HypothermiaHypothermia is a life-threatening condition in which the body temperature drops below the normal 98.6 degrees F. from exposure to the cold. Indoor air temperature doesnít have to fall below freezing to cause hypothermia. Therefore, make sure at risk family members, (e.g. Elderly, and babies), wear several layers of loose clothing and have plenty of bed covers at night.
Clean Air In The HomeKeep indoor air fresh by regularly cleaning the filter in your range hood or exhaust fan. Give the filter a good soak with hot water and detergent solution. If the filter is beyond cleaning, inexpensive replacements can be found at your local hardware store.
LeadThough most of us have nothing to worry about, lead poisoning is still a problem in some older homes. Primarily the lead gets in the plumbing from pipe corrosion. The EPA has banned lead service lines to homes and lead solder that was used to hold the copper pipes together. To minimize your exposure, use cold water for cooking and drinking since hot water dissolves more lead. Running your water for a couple minutes will also flush the pipes. If you have 5ppb lead after letting your water run, please fix immediately for your health and your family!
Fall Or Spring: Body ChillsA lightweight down ,fleece or wool vest can ward off body chill on days that appear warm. If you are going to be outside a lot of the daylight hours, be advised to carry an extra jacket to wear when the sunís warmth fades!
- Mildew is a fungus that grows under damp conditions on just about any surface causing stains, discolorations and eventually rot.
- Clean mildew then try to remedy the conditions that caused it in the first place.
- Ventilate basements, or run dehumidifiers to dry the air, walls and furnishings.
- Let clothing get completely dry before hanging into closets.
- Keep bathroom shower/tub areas free of soap scum. The film retards drying of the area, thereby promoting the growth of mildew.
- Air out cabinets regularly, especially bathroom and under the kitchen sink ones.
Wood Handled UtensilsCheck your wooden handled utensils before throwing them in the dishwasher. Itís often better for the wood to not soak in the water for a long period of time. This will damage the wood.
Moving TipsDid you know that more homeowners move during the early summer months than any other time of the year? If you are planning a Do-It-Yourself move, reserve a rental truck or van early and avoid the big rush!
Jobs Most Often Done By Homeowners
- Hanging interior doors
- Interior painting
- Hanging cabinets
- Installing windows
- Hanging exterior doors
- Putting up siding
- Trim and soffit work
- Installing electrical fixtures
- Interior trim work
Hard Jobs- Rated By Homeowners
- Drywall taping
- Drywall hanging
- Trim and soffit work
- Heating rough-in
Easy Jobs-Rated By Homeowners
- Installing electrical fixtures
- Installing windows
ContractorsLooking to have a home project done by a contractor and donít know who to hire? Consult your friends, coworkers to get some names of competent workers. Or you could ask a building supply yard or building inspectorís office, they would know how various contractors do business. Also you should get some professional references from the contractor and go see some of his/her worksites before you decide.
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