Hardware Tip of the Week: Concrete Chips and Tingles and Put Mold on Hold

By / Hardware Tips / الأربعاء, 08 تشرين1/أكتوير 2014 04:00

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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.
There’s a growing environmental problem caused by energy efficiency and moisture. It’s mold...both hidden and out in plain sight.
It can show up in and on walls, ceilings and carpets and any porous material that can absorb moisture and hold it until mold spores begin to grow.
So why are we hearing about this more than ever before? Because more homes today are sealed air tight and when small water leaks occur in a roof or somewhere in a home’s structure and they go undetected for a period of time, wet insulation and wallboard become breeding grounds.
The answer (if you haven’t been told) is knowing how to put mold on hold.
Reduce interior moisture and humidity levels with good ventilation and a dehumidifier if needed. Catch and repair leaks early and know that condensation creates moisture problems too.
Watch for any signs of mold and act quickly to correct and prevent it. More than being unsightly it’s a health hazard too.
Bonus Tips:
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.
And that’s the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle and Hardware.

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