I think I still have a smile plastered on my face from last week. Going to hardware shows does that to me. I went to the first Do It Best show in 18 months. I was thrilled! I saw all my old friends, met some new ones, and learned so much. I found a couple of new products that I am so excited to bring into the store. But I am not even mentioning what they are, because they are not on the shelves yet…. but one is produced right in your hometown of Houston! Got your attention?

But first I want to tell you a little story about a piece of furniture I have. Growing up I spent many summers at Lake McQueeney that is close to New Braunfels. We always had a place there, and I spent the whole summer skiing and teaching kids to ski. Well about every few years the lake would flood. Usually, our place would be above the flood line, and we wouldn’t have much damage. But one year we did, and it ruined all the furniture in the house. There was a desk that I loved and even though it had been halfway submerged in water and caked in lake mud, I asked Mom if I could have it. She agreed and I took it home.

Well, it stayed in my garage for quite a while, looking sad. When I decided to attack, I used a good cleaner – which at the time was Holloway House Cleaner for Fine Wood. Even after cleaning, it really didn’t look much better. It was clean but so dried out from the water exposure and mud. So, I started using Feed-N-Wax. Feed-N-Wax is a wonderful protectant that will restore the depth of color in stained wood. I would come home from work and work in a coat of Feed-N-Wax, and it would look ok, until the next day and it would look dry again. I showed it to my brother-in-law, and he suggested to keep using the Feed-N-Wax. So, I did. I must have put on 20 coats of Feed-N-Wax, and little by little, it started looking more like the sweet piece of furniture that I loved. That, my readers, was 20 years ago. I still have that piece and love it. It still gets a coat of Feed-N-Wax Wax if it starts looking dull and dry.

If you have a piece of furniture that you love, but it needs some TLC…. give it some love by using Feed-N-Wax. If you have lost color in a stained piece, use Restor-A-Finish first and then apply Feed-N-Wax. The same process can be used on a stained front door. Use Restor-A-Finish but then use Sun Shield. Sun Shield has a UV protectant and will shield your door from the damage a west setting sun.

If you can’t find these products locally…. call my store 210-341-1573 or go to our website, www.happyhandyman.com. I am all caught up on my email….so if you have a question email me at happyhandyman2@yahoo.com and I will get right back to you.

Now to the email….

Question: My cat brought a mouse into my house, and it has been living in my pantry for a couple of months. I have tried everything. Nothing has caught it! I know it spends the day in the pantry because one night I blocked the space under the door with a rolled up newspaper and the next morning it had shredded and pushed the paper out. I don't want it to go into another room or pay an exterminator for one mouse. Any suggestions?

Answer: Yes, I do….in fact I have two options. One is Shake Away Mouse Repellent and the other is Fresh Cab Botanical Rodent Repellent. Both are repellents that block the sensory receptors. In other words, mice can’t smell danger. Since you know you have a mouse, you need to put these around the house and not just the pantry. They are both child and pet safe. Place a packet every 125 feet in the house and the garage…. if it’s attached. Tell that kitty of yours to keep her toys outside! Ha!