Hardware Tip of the Week: Grilling Guru Secrets and Ice Maker Problems

By / Hardware Tips / Tuesday, 18 December 2018 15:16

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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!
Icemaker Problems?: So you want a nice, cool drink but the icemaker’s on the blink. Here’s how to trouble shoot an icemaker that isn’t making cubes. Before you start seeing dollar signs for repairs check the obvious.
Is the wire arm in the up position? If so move it down to turn the icemaker back on and it’s “problem solved.” If the problem is small cubes check for a clogged water-supply line.
If freezer temperatures are set too high it causes problems too and icemakers don’t cycle properly.
Set 8 degrees or lower for crisp, clean cubes. If these simple quick fixes don’t do it, it may be time for replacement. Icemakers typically only last 6 to 10 years and oftentimes, buying a new one is as cost effective as a repair. If you do go shopping for a replacement, be sure to take along the make and model number of your refrigerator.

Bonus Tips:

Drywall Cutouts: Often when measuring it doesn’t matter how carefully it was done, you miss the mark fit-wise. This requires re-measuring and re-cutting until it does line-up and fit.
However, there’s an easier foolproof way, that you probably never even thought of using. Apply a little lipstick or crayon on the front edge of the electrical box or light switch you want to surround. Then put the panel in place and push. As it squeezes against the box or switch the color outline will transfer onto the panel.
Just remove it, turn it over and it’ll tell you exactly where to cut.

Vacation: 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.
And that’s the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle and Hardware.

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