There are so many types of door and window weather strips. But I want to talk to you about one that I think stands out above the rest. It's called MD V Flex Weatherstrip. It's different from all the rest because of the ease of installation and how well it insulates against cold and heat. Its unique because if you have a 1/16 gap at the top of the door, and a 3/8 gap at the bottom of the door, it can take care of both. It comes in a brown or a white. You get 17 ft to a roll, which is enough to cover 1 door or 2 average windows. Not only will it keep out heat and cold, but also keeps out dust and moisture. Windows and doors are where most of your energy dollars are spent so why not make sure that yours are energy efficient. Now having new windows that are vinyl clad, double pane, low E glass are really the best way to go. But not everyone is ready to replace every window in the house. But you can seal up leaky windows, and make them as air tight as you can. There is a clear vinyl window insulating kit called MD Shrink & Seal Window Kit. It will provide you with a dead air space from the glass of your window to the frame of your window opening of about 3 inches. And there is nothing as good as a dead air space for insulation. It's so easy to install. It comes with a double stick tape and a plastic film sheet. Clean the area, apply tape around the window, wait about 10 minutes and then place the film around the tape, pull tight. Then run a hair dryer over it and remove all the wrinkles. And that's it! Last but not least there is a Double Draft Stop by Frost King for the bottom of the door. It can be used over wood, carpet, or tile floors. And the only tool you need is a pair of scissors. All of these products are inexpensive and no tools needed but a pair of scissors. So if you are complaining about high utility bills this summer...you know what you need to do!
Now to the email.....
Question: First of all I want to tell you how much I enjoy your column in the Cypress Creek Mirror. In a previous column you mention a product to be used to freshen up kitchen cabinets. I was wondering if the same products can be used for a mahogany dining room table. When we bought the table in a antique store we seem to recall the dealer indicated that he used a car wax on the table. Now it has a sort of haze on the table in places where a warm dish was placed. Can you offer some advice?
Answer: OK, first things first lets take off all the old wax. The most inexpensive wax remover is paint thinner. Just open up the windows(outside on the patio is great) and use a real soft absorbent rag and start removing the wax. Keep turning the rag, so that you always have a clean side down. After you have all the wax off, clean the table with Fine Wood Cleaner. It will completely clean the wood and the fragrance of the cleaner is wonderful. Use a soft rag. Now you have a clean piece. Protect it with Feed and Wax. No buffing, just apply with a soft rag. It will bring out the patina of the wood. It's all you need to use.
Question: Johnnie I have stamped and colored concrete on my patio and walkways. After three years it is looking somewhat soiled. How do I clean and reseal it?
Answer: Clean it with 30 Second Outdoor Cleaner. Of course try it in a small area first. It's a great product for cleaning concrete, wood, outdoor pots, just about anything that gets dirty and mildew. And 30 Second Outdoor Cleaner really does what the name says. Spray it on, and rinse it off. It's just that easy. If you want a high gloss finish on the patio, use the Quikcrete Patio and Stone Sealer, High Gloss. Just roll it on for a beautiful tough high gloss finish.
There are so many uses for wine corks. But I like to use them for the pointed ends of knives and my barbeque forks. Saves a finger or two!