A few weeks ago I helped a customer in the electrical aisle, or should I say he helped me. He asked for a plug to replace a damaged plug on a lamp he bought at a garage sale. He said that he wanted just something simple (don’t we all) that would not require a lot of electrical expertise. They do make easy- to- wire plugs. You just clip off the bad plug and then separate and strip the wires and then attach a new plug. It requires tools, a little knowledge, and a prayer. But Leviton has made an easier way!
Leviton Easy–to-Wire Plug is so simple. Open up the plug. You can use a flat head screwdriver but you don’t have too. Cut off the old plug to your lamp. Now examine the wire and feel for a ribbed side of the wire. Feed the wire under the assembly clip (rib side up) down the wiring channel to the cord stop. You might have to press down on the cord to make it lie down and seat into the channel. Then fold the new Easy to Wire Plug closed until the assembly clip snaps. That’s it! You just passed Wiring 101.
So when you have a lamp and the plug has been damaged you can “Do It Yourself” by using Leviton Easy-to-Wire Plug. The nice part about this plug is that it fits close to the wall so you can align your furniture flush to the wall. It retails for under $3.00.
Now to the email….
Question: I have a potentially very serious problem according to a contractor who came out and evaluated my situation. We have an upstairs drain that drips continuously from our AC onto our patio brick and it has caused rust to accumulate on the brick and wood trim around our window. The contractor told me that if I don’t get rid of the rust stain soon it will permanently etch into my brick. Can you suggest a product that can clean it up?
Answer: There are several products on the market that remove rust; however you can't use them with red brick. So use Acid Magic. It's a buffered muriatic acid and completely safe to use. Wet the brick, spray on the Acid Magic, let it work and give it a scrub with a plastic bristle brush and then rinse. After you get it all clean, apply a sealer called Natural Look by Drylok. That will protect it.
Question: We have a marble conference table at our office that is very old. It has rings from glasses and light stains from food. Well now it’s my job to get it clean and I don’t know what to use. Do you have any suggestions?
Answer: Granite Gold has a daily cleaner that will take care of the spots that you see. It’s an easy spray, wipe and buff dry. But what would be important would be to seal this table from any future staining. Apply the sealer and wipe. Then polish dry with a micro -fiber cloth. I would seal it several times and just do a small 3 x 3 space at a time.
Question: A few months ago you wrote about a product that would keep mildew away for 18 months. I was wondering if I can use it on a flagstone patio that turns green because it’s in the shade. If I clean it with 30 Second Outdoor Cleaner can I use the other product to keep it from turning green again?
Answer: You are halfway correct. Use 30 Seconds Outdoor Cleaner to clean off the flagstone and then let it dry. Then I would use a sealer to protect the flagstone and enhance the color. It will keep it from flaking and chalking. And if mildew forms again it should rinse off easily. Zep Clear Shell is the product that will keep mildew away for 18 months. However, you can only use it on vertical surfaces. If you put it on a surface that you would walk on, you would ruin the shell of protection. So don’t use it on the flagstone.