Hardware Tip Of The Week: Auto Leak Diagnosis and Grilling Guru Secrets

By / Hardware Tips / Wednesday, 04 March 2015 05:00

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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

http://islandtacklehardware.com/

Drake brought in the world’s first oil-producing well in Titusville, Pa. Ever since, we’ve used his discovery for almost everything imaginable --notably in and for our automobiles. These days, we find traces of Drake’s discovery on the garage floor. Some are red, some green, while yet others are dark and greasy or clear and thin.
We know something’s leaking, but what is it that’s leaking and what does it mean?
Here’s how to use yesterday’s news for a do-it-yourself auto diagnosis. Before you pull into the garage, cover the floor with newspaper. The next morning, after you back out, check the spots. Dark greasy droplets indicate an oil leak.
Clear oily stains might be brake fluids. Red drips are probably transmission fluid, and greenish puddles are anti-freeze in the coolant. Check the overnight drips for volume and color.
Grilling: Think you know barbecue grilling? Got all the answers for tasty outdoor cooking? Maybe not! Today you'll learn grilling secrets of the gurus and a few new tricks we'll bet you'll use. First, do you keep a plant atomizer handy? Maybe you do (filled with water to douse flare-ups), but grilling gurus fill it with apple juice instead! It makes a "sweet" smoke and gives meats a rich and appealing mahogany color. Try it! Using one of those "pricey" basting brushes to apply barbecue sauce and other stuff? Grilling pros use a good paint brush instead; it works better, lasts longer, and costs less. Then there's the cast iron skillet. Think it's for cooking in? No way! Putting it on top of meats helps them cook faster and brown better (with nice "sear" marks to boot!) Finally, always turn meats with tongs instead of stabbing them with a fork (which lets all the tasty juices run out.) Of course, you knew all that, didn't you? Now go ahead and run out for some apple juice and an atomizer; we won't tell!

Bonus Tips:
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.
Carpet Stain Remover:
New carpeting looks warm and inviting for a week or so, then kids, company, dogs, TV dinners and things like red wine take their toll. New carpet certainly can brighten a home. It looks warm and inviting for a week or two, then kids, company, dogs, TV dinners and things like red wine take their toll. Soon your new carpet looks like a military drop zone.
Don’t fret, here are a few carpet-cleaning tips. For chewing gum, put ice cubes in a plastic bag and freeze the gum in the carpet. When it’s hard, scrape it with a butter knife. For greasy stuff like lipstick, blot up the excess, then use dry-cleaning fluid. For pet stains, blot any excess with paper towels, and then use a mixture of laundry detergent, ammonia and white vinegar. For shoe polish and ink stains, dab with paint thinner.
For fruit juice and soft drink spills, mix 1 teaspoon of both laundry detergent and white vinegar in 1 quart of warm water, and sponge well. For burns, trim off fibers, and, if needed, glue in some extras from the edges.
And, run into Island True Value Tackle & Hardware for your propane refill.

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