Hardware Tip of the Week: Make Your Home Unappealing to Thieves before going on Vacation & Cleaning Fiberglass Tubs and Showers

By / Hardware Tips / Wednesday, 10 February 2016 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
www.islandtacklehardware.com

Security: Nothing ruins a great getaway like coming home to realize you’ve had unwelcome house guests. To help avoid being burglarized take the following pre-vacation steps:
1. Call the post office to stop mail and suspend newspaper delivery
2. Get a few timers to turn several lights, the TV or radio on and off during the day and night
3. If you have a second car, park it in the driveway 4. If you’ll be gone long, ask a neighbor to put some of their trash in your garbage cans
5. Ask a friend or neighbor to house sit by dropping by regularly and checking up on things and picking up junk mail and flyers that can accumulate.
Remember to describe this house sitter to your neighbors, so burglars can’t claim to be house sitting and house sitters don’t get arrested.
6. If you have a baby monitor, leave the monitor with a neighbor and the base unit turned on at your home. If the security or smoke
alarms go off, or if your neighbors hear something they shouldn’t, they can immediately call 911.
Cleaning: To whip up a special batch of our famous salt-and-turpentine cleaner, take 1-quarter cup turpentine and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of table salt. Big families, hard water and heavy traffic can leave tubs and showers a real mess. If they're fiberglass rather than porcelain, that means lots of rubbing and scrubbing that often does nothing at all.
Though you've tried, that grungy mess just won't budge.
So what do you do?
Use a jackhammer? Dynamite? To whip up a special batch of our famous salt-and-turpentine cleaner, take 1-quarter cup turpentine and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of table salt. Mix well and then scrub with a stiff nylon brush. It's powerful, so be sure you've got plenty of ventilation. Don't rinse it away when you're through.
Rather, use paper towels to clean up the mess and air-dry them out. Before you give them a toss, wash it with soap, then a coat of car wax.
Grilling Secrets: 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!
And that's the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle & Hardware.

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Carolina Beach North Carolina

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