Hardware Tip of the Week: Make Your Home Unappealing to Thieves before vacation and Play it SAFE when working on wiring

By / Hardware Tips / Tuesday, 18 February 2020 00:19

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Vacation: 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.
Wiring: Probably the most mysterious and scariest home projects involve electrical work.
Those people not familiar with electricity might expect lightning to come shooting out of sockets and switches when you want to work on them.
That won’t happen... unless, of course, you start working around the wiring when the power is still flowing.
Play it safe and get an inexpensive circuit alert voltage tester that lets you know if it’s okay to go to work. Just place the tester on the wiring (or device) and if it lights up the wire is live.
This lets you know if you’ve turned off the wrong circuit breaker or fuse, or if there’s a problem with the breaker. Fix it before you do anything else.

Additional Tip: Bathroom Design:
While room design is mostly a matter of taste, there are some basic rules to keep in mind. Today, you'll learn some bathroom design tips and some how-to-avoid-trouble planning tricks.
For example, don't overwhelm your space by cramming too much into a small bath (like a big lavish whirl pool tub in a tiny 5 by 7 space).
Doing so takes away from the room and is a waste. Also consider safety. Tile is slippery when wet; so add anti-slip coatings, nonskid area rugs and handrails in places water and condensation tend to collect.
Also consider who'll be using the room; are they tall or short?
This determines the height of everything, from counters to towel bars.
Sight lines are important, too; when the door is open, would you rather see the toilet or a beautiful vanity?
Don't underestimate the importance of lighting -- both for functional tasks and pure glamour.

Bonus Tips: Protect Wood:
When you’re ready to hammer and nail in the trim, you’ll want to protect where the nails go into the wood. Here’s how you can put a shield in place.
When nailing decorative molding or any type of milled woodwork or painted trim, don’t let a mis-guided hammer blow ruin the surface. Instead,
protect it with a simple homemade shield. To protect decorative trim from wayward hammer strikes, cut a piece of pegboard a few inches square.
Then start the nail in with a few light taps. Slip one of the holes in the peg board shield over the nail head and hammer away with gusto.
You can do this without fear of damage should your aim waver a tad. Once you’ve driven a nail as far in as possible, lift off the shield and finish the job with a nailset.
Cooking Smell: With all the cooking you’re doing this time of year, chances are pretty good that some of the odors may linger around the house.
Here are a few simple ways to get rid of those annoying household smells.
• Place a pan of white vinegar on the stove and let it simmer for a while.
• Use lemon juice to remove fish, garlic and onion odors from utensils, pans, even hands.
• Odors from your garbage disposal can be eliminated by grinding up orange, grapefruit or lemon peels while running hot water.
• And don’t forget about the odor-absorbing magic of baking soda.
For nasty spills and odors inside your fridge or freezer, wash it out using a sponge or cloth and a solution of 2 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart warm water. And keep a box of baking soda in the fridge or freezer to soak up new odors.
Baking soda also helps keep kitchen drains odor free. About once a week, toss a handful of baking soda down the drain and let the warm water run.
And that’s the Tip of the week from Island Tackle & Hardware.

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