Faucet Grip Ease
Last year I introduced a product that would allow an easier way to grip outdoor water faucets. I want to remind you about this product. Already in San Antonio, the weather is going to heat up into the high 90’s. I am seeing more people than last spring trying to get their lawn and gardens back in shape, because the unusual cold weather we experienced only six weeks ago. Previously, if you needed a new outdoor faucet you had the option of buying a faucet with a large lever type handle. These were easy quarter turn open and close. That lever handle was great for people with arthritic hands to turn the water on and off. But what if you don’t need to replace your faucet, but you do need a faucet handle that is easier to turn? Well, I have an answer for you and it’s simple!
Faucet Grip is a new and innovative product that is simple in design yet solves the gripping problem involving faucet handles. Outdoor faucets handles have latticework type handles that are small and round. These small handles are difficult to open and close. And maybe your handle has a broken piece and will cut you if you are not careful. I have seen people use a wrench to get a good grip on a faucet. Faucet Grip attaches quickly and easily to any latticework type hose faucet handle. It provides more than sufficient leverage so that you can tighten the faucet. But it also turns easily to open if your faucet has been closed for weeks or months. When the faucet is wet, it can be slippery, but the Faucet Grip is a textured ABS plastic and will give you gripping power. And there is plenty of room on the grip to use two hands to open and close the faucet.
Faucet Grip comes with two screws and two nuts. Here is a little tip, spread a cloth or paper beneath the faucet in case you drop one of the provided screws or nuts. I promise you they are impossible to find in the grass. Place the screws through the opposite points of the handle. Thread and tighten the nuts. You are ready for years of easy use and water savings.
Now to the email….
Question: Do you have a recommendation of a product to kill mosquitoes in our rain barrel and backyard porch? And then can I safely water herbs in my garden that I use to cook with daily?
Answer: Mosquito Dunks are an easy way to get rid of mosquito larvae. They are safe. You can use them in water troughs, bird baths, and as you want in a rain barrel. I suggest two for your barrel. The active ingredient in Mosquito Dunks is BTI. When a female mosquito lays eggs on the surface water, the larvae will start to eat the BTI. They die. Mosquito Dunks kill all species of mosquitoes. I like Summit Brand Mosquito Dunks because they are approved by Organic Gardeners.
Question: Hello Trudy, I have a stickler of a problem on a new build. My tilers have left a lot of grout on tile that has hardened, it’s been at least a month. How can I get it off? Any product you have had success with, please.
Answer: You know I get this question a lot, so you don’t have to feel like the Lone Ranger. Sakrete Concrete Dissolver is a safe, environmentally friendly liquid alternative to aggressive acid concrete removers. Concrete Dissolver can be used to remove dried on cement, concrete, mortar, or stucco from most surfaces. Multiple applications used in conjunction with mechanical means may be necessary for removing stubborn or thick built-up areas.
Question: I enjoy reading your column every week in the Houston Chronicle. Thanks for all of the very helpful information. I periodically have a sewer gas problem in my bathroom. The odor is very strong sometimes and it comes from the bathtub. I have an older house (built in 1953). What product could I possibly use to solve this problem. HELP I’M DESPERATE!!!
Answer: Most odor in the bath will come from a clogged vent pipe on the roof. Get someone (not you!) to take a garden hose and run some water down the pipe. If that doesn’t work, call me.