Hardware Tip of the Week: Become Unappealing to Thieves and Saving Face

By / Hardware Tips / Wednesday, 09 March 2016 00:00

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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.
Saving Face: If you’re removing wood trim or moldings around doors or floors, here’s a way you can still reuse it for later installation. The point is to keep the woodwork smooth and splinter-free for refinishing.
The secret lies in never hammering the old nails out through the face from the backside. If you try to remove them this way the sunken finish nail heads will splinter the trim face as they’re driven upward from behind.
To prevent this and to keep the face intact, lay the woodwork down and pull the nails out from behind.
In order to do this, hold the nail up close to the wood with a pair of pliers and then slowly roll it over to draw it out of the wood. If you need more leverage for longer nails put a small wood block under the pliers. When the time comes for you to replace the trim, re-use the existing holes. You will also need to counter-sink the nail heads, and fill them with wood putty, sand and paint.
Bonus Tips:
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.
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.)
And that’s the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle & Hardware.

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