Not In My Gutter

This is the time of the year when we are cleaning up the yard because the leaves have fallen. But sometimes we forget the gutters, and when they are full of leaves and dirt it can be a real mess. If you don't have gutter guards and you want to have a company install them, hang on to your wallet because it's a big ticket item. That happened to me a few years ago, needed a gutter guard in just a small area, and was shocked at the price for installation. That's when I found a item that I like to call “Not in My Gutter”. I know it's a silly name but let me tell you it's a great gutter guard and is easy to install yourself and talk about reasonable...well it is. This is one of those items that I like to start the year with because you can easily Do This Yourself. The NIMG (not in my gutter) comes in a 3 ft piece and one edge just slips under the shingle and the other snaps onto the gutter. The NIMG comes in a white or brown made of high quality rigid PVC and will last for years. The price is less than $3. I can't believe what some companies get for installing their own brand. Another money saving idea that you can do yourself. And 100 ft of gutter guards will cost you just under $100, for a long lasting great gutter guard.

Now to the email.....

Question: I have a stainless steel sink and at the bottom, by the drain the stainless steel is discolored. I don't want to buy a new sink. So is there a paint, or some product that can color this with? Also what is a good cleaner for stainless steel. I have yet to really find a good one. What do you recommend?

Answer: There is a product that will completely cover up that area on the sink. It's called a Sinktastic. And it's a drain cover and strainer all in one. It comes in a stainless steel look and will blend in with the sink. They also make it in white, and black. To clean the sink use a product called Sheila Shine. It works the best. It will clean off those water marks and polish up the sink.

Question: I have a gas log in my fire place that need cleaning and some cracks in the mortar between the bricks. Also the outside of the fireplace has some soot on the bricks. I have a hard time cleaning those bricks. What is a easy way to clean?

Answer: Meeco Red Devil makes a gas log cleaner that you just spray on the hot gas logs. The same product will clean the bricks on the inside of the fire box. Just spray on the bricks and use a stiff brush and rinse off. They also make a fire place mortar that comes in a caulking tube. Clean off the area and then fill the crack. To clean the outside of the fireplace...TSP and hot water is the best cleaner for brick and stone. Use gloves and mix up the TSP granules and scrub the brick or stone and then rinse and dry off.

Question: I can feel cold air coming around the front door ….what is the best product to seal it with? There is a larger gap at the top than at the bottom. I need something easy, not complicated.

Answer: Nothing is easier than the V strip from MD. All you need is a pair of scissors. The V strip comes with adhesive on one side so just measure what you need and cut to fit. It will flex up to ¼ of a inch and so if the door is 1/8 gap at the bottom and ¼ gap at the top the V strip will take care of it. It will last for up to million door openings and closings also works around windows.

Question: My padlock that we use on the fence and gate are real hard to turn ...what is the best product to use to lubricate them?

Answer: Tri Flow is a great lubricate that is so versatile and will not attract dirt and dust. It's like liquid ball bearings because it is teflon based. I use it on my garage door rollers and track. I first clean out the track, and then spray the track and rollers. That will make your garage door opener work so much easier, and make it last longer. Tri flow can also be used on sliding glass doors and mirror doors. Just remember clean the tracks firs, then spray the tracks.