Hardware Tip of the Week: Concrete Chips and Tingles & Put Mold on Hold

By / Hardware Tips / Tuesday, 09 April 2019 02:50

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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.
There’s a growing environmental problem caused by energy efficiency and moisture. It’s mold...both hidden and out in plain sight. It can show up in and on walls, ceilings and carpets and any porous material that can absorb moisture and hold it until mold spores begin to grow. So why are we hearing about this more than ever before? Because more homes today are sealed air tight and when small water leaks occur in a roof or somewhere in a home’s structure and they go undetected for a period of time, wet insulation and wallboard become breeding grounds. The answer (if you haven’t been told) is knowing how to put mold on hold.
Reduce interior moisture and humidity levels with good ventilation and a dehumidifier if needed. Catch and repair leaks early and know that condensation creates moisture problems too.
Watch for any signs of mold and act quickly to correct and prevent it. More than being unsightly it’s a health hazard too.
And that’s the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle and Hardware.
Bonus Tip: 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 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 this is the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle & Hardware.

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