Hardware Tip of the Week: Concrete Chips and Tingles and What’s the Right Setting on a Spreader?

By / Hardware Tips / Wednesday, 07 January 2015 05:00

When it’s time to start fertilizing again you have to determine the correct setting for your spreader (so you don’t end up with burnt grass later on). Look for your spreader’s listing under “Spreader Settings” in the Directions for Use on the back of the package of fertilizer. If your Scotts spreader’s setting is not listed on the bag, then you can determine which setting to use by conducting this simple test. This test is also helpful if you don’t have a spreader from Scotts.
• First, measure out enough of the fertilizer product to cover 1,000 square feet and put it in your spreader.
• Next, set your spreader on a low setting. (Usually one quarter of the way open is a good starting point.)
• Spread the material you put in the spreader over 1,000 square feet (a 50- by 20-foot area). Ideally the product will run out right when you get to the end of the 1,000 square foot are.
If you have a little left over, just increase the setting a small amount. If you do not have enough to cover the full 1,000 square feet, then you will have to reduce the setting a small amount.
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.
And this is the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle & Hardware.


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