Hardware Tip of the Week: Filter Tip: Pleated or Not? And Fixing Concrete Chips and Tingles

By / Hardware Tips / الأربعاء, 24 شباط/فبراير 2016 00:00

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801 N. Lake Park Blvd.   Carolina Beach, NC  28428 Phone: (910) 458-3049  
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With your furnace in constant use during the winter months, consider using high-efficiency pleated air filters that help your furnace pump cleaner air into your home.
It's the pleats that help you enjoy improved indoor air quality. You see, the pleated design increases the surface area from that of regular filters.
This increased area enables the filter to capture more lint, dust, pollen, mold and mildew--up to 95% of them from the air. (Ordinary filters let as much as 8 times more airborne particles to sneak through them.) And because the pleats have more area it takes three times longer for the filter to become saturated with dust and dirt. So you only need to change them every 90 days instead of the recommended 30 days for standard filters (and how often do you really change them?). So make the change to pleats today!
Bonus Tip: Concrete Chips and Tingles:
Sooner or later in the course of home repairs you're going to use a hammer and chisel on concrete.
Once you use these tools one of the first things you'll discover, even if you wear heavy gloves is a persistent "tingle". This feeling usually sets in your hands and arms after about twenty or so good hard whacks.
To reduce this effect, caused by excessive shock, punch a hole through a child's sponge-rubber ball and push the chisel through it. Then when you're ready to pound away, hold the ball with the other hand and the sponge rubber will absorb the shock.
Before you start hammering also push the tip of the chisel through a square of window screen. When you start chipping away at the concrete, chips and chunks won't fly all over making a mess and possibly hitting you in the face. Just to be on the safe side always wear safety goggles and heavy gloves and then say bye-bye to tingles and chips.
Bonus Tip:
Cooking Smell: With all the cooking you’re doing this time of year, chances are pretty good that some of the odors may linger around the house. Here are a few simple ways to get rid of those annoying household smells.
• Place a pan of white vinegar on the stove and let it simmer for a while.
• Use lemon juice to remove fish, garlic and onion odors from utensils, pans, even hands.
• Odors from your garbage disposal can be eliminated by grinding up orange, grapefruit or lemon peels while running hot water.
• And don’t forget about the odor-absorbing magic of baking soda. For nasty spills and odors inside your fridge or freezer, wash it out using a sponge or cloth and a solution of 2 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart warm water.
And keep a box of baking soda in the fridge or freezer to soak up new odors. Baking soda also helps keep kitchen drains odor free.
About once a week, toss a handful of baking soda down the drain and let the warm water run.
Clean Grease Stains:
Do your driveway and garage floor look like an ad for grease?
If so, it’s time for one of the True Value formulas for cleaning greasy stuff.
First, grab some cat litter and spread it around on the grease. Then grind it in real good, walking and twisting around on it. Sweep it up, and open a cola beverage. Spread the drink around on the floor. Wet the grease stains thoroughly. Work it in with a stiff broom, but don’t let it dry. Once the cola quits fizzing, rinse it with water, then whiten up the remaining gray stain with a solution of 1 cup of liquid chlorine bleach and 1 cup of powdered laundry detergent in 1 gallon of very hot water.
And this is the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle & Hardware.

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