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Do You Have a Screw Loose?

Things are starting to trickle in from the National Hardware Show and the Do It Best Show. It’s never fast enough for me. I’m about as patient as a kid waiting his turn in line at Baskin Robins, complaining loudly. But something small came in with big implications.

When customers ask me how to tighten up a stripped out wooden screw hole, I suggest a toothpick and glue to take up space, and put the screw back in. It works, but you have to wait for the glue to set. And I already confessed to you about how patient I am. Screw-It-Again is a way to fix stripped-out wood screw holes fast and easy. It’s a threaded anchor that will fit down into the stripped hole, and it’s scored to break off at the exact right depth. Each anchor is two inches long, so you can use several times. It fits as small as a #2 screw and up to #16 size screw. It’s notched at the top to fit a Phillips-head or a flat- head screwdriver.

Fix your stripped-out hole by taking out the existing screw. Gently screw in the Screw– It–Again anchor into the existing hole. When you can’t screw the anchor in any further, snap it off. Then re-insert your screw into the anchor and tighten. It will be as tight as it was when new. Repairing your kitchen cabinet hinge is so easy; you don’t have to remove the hinge, just screw in the new anchor. If you have a stripped screw in the kitchen cabinets, in a door frame, wooden furniture, anywhere a wood screw fits -- there is now an easy fix. I have to tell you, the rep for Screw– It–Again nearly knocked me down trying to get my attention to show me his product, but I am so glad he did. Check out their website …..www.screw-it-again.com.
Now to the email……
Question: We are already on water restrictions in our town. I refused just to let my grass go, so I will be hand watering. Do you have any suggestions on a good nozzle?

Answer: You know my favorite is Little Big Shot. It has a light weight brass nozzle that uses 40% less water but will give you just as much force as one of those jet nozzles. It never leaks because of the Perma Washer and fits any standard sized hose. Go from powerful spray to a pinpoint steam with just a twist of the Little Big Shot nozzle. You can find them almost anywhere, and they retail for under $12.00.

Question: Question: I cannot believe it, but I saw a little mouse in my garage. My scream probably broke the sound barrier. Now I refused to let him or her live in my garage, but I don’t want to use a glue trap or a normal snap trap, ugh. So do you have any idea what I can use to get rid of that pest?

Answer: If you do not want to use a traditional trap, use a repellant. Shakeaway Mouse Repellant comes in small packets that you can put in the garage. They are completely safe if you have small pets. My little Maltipoo, Max, just gave them a sniff and walked the other direction. I guess that is exactly what we want the mice to do also. You can also use Shakeaway Mouse Repellant inside, under cabinets and pantry. Put them in your RVs, outdoor sheds, greenhouse ….anywhere you see activity. They also make a Rat Repellant which is twice as strong and made to be used outside. The packets last for 90 days.

Question: I have mildew just around the caulking of my bathtub. It drives me crazy! I feel like a cleaning fool and then I walk into the bath, and that black stain is staring back at me. What you suggest that I use to clean.
Answer: Since you have a porcelain tub and a ceramic tile surround, you can clean with just a spray of Zep Mold and Mildew Stain Remover. Start with a dry surface, spray, let it work and then rinse. You might have to spray it twice. It has a strong smell, so open up a window.