Hardware Tip of the Week: Filter Tip: Pleated or Not? And Fixing Concrete Chips and Tingles

By / Hardware Tips / Tuesday, 21 August 2018 18:42

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801 N. Lake Park Blvd.   Carolina Beach, NC  28428 Phone: (910) 458-3049  Fax: (910) 458-0988
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With your furnace in constant use during the winter months, consider using high-efficiency pleated air filters that help your furnace pump cleaner air into your home.
It's the pleats that help you enjoy improved indoor air quality. You see, the pleated design increases the surface area from that of regular filters.
This increased area enables the filter to capture more lint, dust, pollen, mold and mildew--up to 95% of them from the air. (Ordinary filters let as much as 8 times more airborne particles to sneak through them.) And because the pleats have more area it takes three times longer for the filter to become saturated with dust and dirt.
So you only need to change them every 90 days instead of the recommended 30 days for standard filters (and how often do you really change them?). So make the change to pleats today!
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.
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 this is the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle & Hardware.

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