Hardware Tip of the Week: Extension Ladder Extension and Installing Shelving

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ISLAND TRUE VALUE TACKLE & HARDWARE
801 N. Lake Park Blvd.   Carolina Beach, NC  28428 Phone: (910) 458-3049  
Fax: (910) 458-0988
www.islandtacklehardware.com

Ladder Extension: If you’re constantly on a ladder for your job or around the house, you know that the higher up you go the more you need an extension ladder...for more than the obvious reason.
It’s also with the higher you climb, the bigger the problem it is going back and forth, or up and down.
Getting tools, paint or brushes (and anything else you might have forgotten) is quite a chore.
After a while, it can get to be a very wearing experience, but there’s a solution.
Create a dual-sided moveable hanger device by first cutting a 5/8 or 1-inch dowel rod about 5 feet wide.
Then put a notch or two in each end, slide it through the hollow ladder rung at the height you’re working and hang buckets of paint or tools right where you need them. When you move, take them with you.
Installing Shelves: Installing shelves?
Hanging a mirror? You’ll need more than drywall to hang them on. You need the solid backing of a “stud” the vertical 2x4’s behind finished walls. Here’s six ways to find them ranging from hi-tech to low-tech to no-tech and even “what the heck”.
• Most reliable is the hi-tech electronic stud finder that detects changes in density.
Pass it over a wall and lights and tones tell when you’ve found a  stud. Some signal pipes, cable and wires too.
• “Low-tech” magnetic finders locate screws and nails but they also find wiring, pipes and air ducts that may be nowhere near a stud.
• “No-tech” methods include tapping and listening or noting where switches and outlets are installed and eyeball techniques like holding a light close to a wall and looking for nail heads and seams.
• Finally, the “what-the-heck” method involves drilling a hole and either being lucky enough to hit a stud or (if not) inserting a coat hanger and fishing around inside for a stud.
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.
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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