Not in My Gutter
Not In my Gutter
This time of the year is when we are cleaning up the yard because the leaves have fallen. But sometimes you forget the gutters, and when they are full of leaves and dirt, it can be a real mess. If you don't have gutter guards and you want to have a company install them, be prepared and sitting down because it's a big ticket item. That happened to Mom a few years ago. She needed a gutter guard in just a small area and was shocked at the price for installation. That's when I reminded her of an item that we like to call Not in My Gutter. I know it's a silly name but let me tell you it's an excellent gutter guard and is easy to install yourself and talk about reasonable...well it is. This is one of those items that I like to start the year with because you can easily Do This Yourself. The NIMG (not in my gutter) comes in a 3 ft piece, and one edge just slips under the shingle and the other snaps onto the gutter. The NIMG comes in a white or brown made of high- quality rigid PVC and will last for years. I can’t believe what some companies get for installing guttering. This is a money saving idea that you can do yourself. And 100 ft of gutter guards will cost you less than a good steak dinner and will last for years.
With the New Year starting, I would love to help you with your projects around the house. Remember everything is easy, if you know how to do it, and you have the right product. Email me and lets talk…email@example.com or call the store in San Antonio – 210-341-1573.
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Question: I have a stainless steel sink, and at the bottom by the drain, the stainless steel is discolored. I don't want to buy a new sink. So is there paint, or some product that can refinish the sink? Also, what is a good cleaner for stainless steel? I have yet to really find a good one. What do you recommend?
Answer: There is a product that will completely cover up that area on the sink. It's called a Sinktastic. And it's a drain cover and strainer all in one. It comes in a stainless steel look and will blend in with the sink. To clean the sink use a product called Sheila Shine, or Howards Natural Stainless Steel Cleaner. It will clean off those watermarks and polish up the sink.
Question: I have a gas logs in my fireplace that need cleaning. I have some cracks in the mortar between the bricks. The outside of the fireplace has soot stains on the bricks. I have a hard time cleaning those bricks. What is an easy way to clean?
Answer: Meeco Red Devil makes a gas log cleaner that you just spray on the hot gas logs. Turn on the gas and let the logs heat up and then turn off the gas, and spray the logs. The same product will clean the bricks on the inside of the fire box. Spray the bricks and use a stiff brush to clean and then rinse off. They also make a fire place mortar that comes in a caulking tube. Clean off the area, wet it and then fill the crack. TSP (tri sodium phosphate) and hot water is the best cleaner for brick and stone. Using gloves mix up the TSP granules and water. Scrub the brick or stone and then rinse and let dry.
Question: I can feel cold air coming around the front door ….what is the best product to seal it with? There is a larger gap at the top than at the bottom. I need something easy, not complicated.
Answer: Nothing is simpler than the V strip from MD. The V strip comes with adhesive on one side so just measure what you need and cut with scissors to fit. It will flex up to ¼ of an inch and so if the door is 1/8 gap at the bottom and ¼ gap at the top the V strip will take care of it. It will last for up to million door openings and closings ...it also works around windows.