Tis the season for Security
We just came back from a show in Indianapolis. It was a Do It Best Show and boy was it great! I found some good new products and I will be sharing them with you as we get them in. You know they are not rocket science kind of products ...they are just the kind of products that you can use everyday at the house. And that's just the kind of product that I look for. I think back about all the things that I have found, and really none of them are life changing. But they just make cleaning or maintenance so much easier. And if I talk about them, you know they work! Trudy or I test out all these items before we share them with you. One of those items is a window and door alarm. Unfortunately we are coming up on the season where there are more break- ins. This little window and door alarm is inexpensive and easy to install. If someone tries to lift the window or open the door a seal is broken and the alarm goes off. Just that alarm usually will discourage anyone. The nice part is that you can turn off the alarm when your at home, and the grand kids are around. You wouldn't want that alarm to go off just because they lifted the window or opened a door. These alarms work great whether you are at home or away, they are made by GE and cost less than $6. There is another door lock that I found about a year ago. It's called the Door Guardian. It was really made for child-proofing, but I have sold so many for people to feel safer when they are at home. And you don't need a key. So in case of emergency...you can be out in a hurry. It will give you 3 inches of solid security. Another way to protect yourself is with the Strikemaster Pro and the EZ Armor ...it's a security bar that attaches easily to the door frame that doesn't allow anyone to kick the door in. Put on the front door and you can be secure that frame around your door will not fail. You can put it on any exterior door. They are both under a $100. And you can install them yourself. Always be prepared, when it comes to security.
Now to the email.....
Question: I have a flat metal roof that meets a shingle roof. The area under the metal roof is getting leaks. I think the leak may be where the two roofs come together. This is a town house so the side of the roof where it meets the dividing wall is a possibility also. Have you ever heard of Hydro Stop? It is a product that you have to put a membrane down first and then apply the coating. What do you think is the best solution?
Answer: Hands down the best product to use on this is Through The Roof. It comes in a brush able formula and a caulking for certain areas. After looking at your pictures I think you should start with the caulking. Through the Roof is a clear roofing product and is guaranteed for 10 years. It will look better than the black tar that most roofers will try and use. This is a DIY product, just not a DIY project – hire someone to get on that roof!
Question: I read your article about Grip On to prevent slipping on marble inside the house. What I was wondering if you can use it outside around a pool to keep from slipping on the flagstone? Will the sun cause it not to work? I just would like to know my friends are safe when they come over.
Answer: Yes, Grip On can be used inside or outside. It really has saved a hip or two! It's easy to apply just put it on with a sponge and agitate it around, let it sit for a while, and then rinse. Now you have a non- slip finish. It's completely clear, so it won't change the color of your flagstone. Great question!
Question: A small water leak from the bathroom led to a major ceiling and drywall repair in half the garage. Somehow a small critter of some kind got in the ceiling and died. Needless to say the smell is awful. A pest control guy said that is going to smell bad for a while but it would go away. Well he was right on one thing, but it's in our closet and it is just about to kill us. Do you have any suggestions?
Answer: You pest control guy is right ….it will go away. But not without a stinky fight! Use another Air Sponge and turn it upside down on the lid...it will mask the odor so it won't be so bad.