Drive Up Cleaner

A few years back at the International Hardware Show we found a product that will take oil out of concrete. At least that’s what they said. All the cleaners up until then really didn’t do a very good job. So I told the show rep to send us a gallon and we would try it out. He also said that the cleaner would work on asphalt, and that it comes in 55 gallons drums for convenience store parking lots. I gave that gallon to Trudy to use in her garage. She had bought a house that was 20 years old and had existing oil stains in the garage and if the product would clean her stains, it would clean any oil stain. She used Drive Up in a small hand sprayer and sprayed the stain. She sprayed the stain every 15 minutes for a hour. Then the last time she sprayed the stain, Trudy gave it a quick scrub with a broom and rinsed with clear water. It worked!! And it worked great- we have had great success with Drive Up and you can too. The nice part about Drive Up is that is non- caustic and you don’t have to worry about damage to surrounding landscaping. It made Trudy’s garage smell like an orange grove. So you don’t have to worry about wearing a mask. Now while we are on the subject of cleaning, there is another product that we have had for a while that is called Rust Remover. It’s made by Goo Off. But why we like it is that it removes lime deposits, without scrubbing. No other product can say that. So if you have white stains on brick from the sprinkler, this is the product to use. Once all your stains are gone from the concrete, then clean all the surface with 30 Second Outdoor Cleaner. Now with the surface clean, protect it Drylock Wetlook. It will give you a surface that will resist staining and you be able to clean easier. You can do this in a weekend. You will have the cleanest garage floor in the neighborhood. And who wouldn’t want that?

Now to the email….

Question: I have bought an older home at a great price. The only thing wrong is the sliding glass door is really heavy and jumps when you try to open and close it. I don’t want to install a new door because the opening is not standard and besides being difficult to open and close it is just fine. So do you have any ideas on how to make this a better door?

Answer: I had the same thing happen to me at a lake house I bought. The door opening was bigger than any door opening I have ever seen. It jumped and dragged and made using the door a big ordeal. So we cleaned the track (it was real dirty) and sprayed a lubricant like no other. It’s called Tri Flow. It’s very different than other lubricants because it doesn’t attract dirt and dust. It’s the dirt and dust that will keep the track from rolling smoothly. Tri Flow is PTFE Teflon based and we like to call it liquid ball bearing. You can use it on mirror doors, sliding glass doors, drawer slides, hinges and anything else that is giving you problems. Now if the track is bent, you can install a new cap over the track. Just straighten out the old track with a pair of pliers and snap the new stainless steel track right on top.

Question: Johnnie a while back you talked on the radio about an alarm for detecting leaks. I am trying to remember what the name is so I can get one for my attic hot water heater. The same thing happened to me that happened to you. But I am not letting it happen again. A $5000 leak was a little expensive. I am putting these alarms on every sink and toilet upstairs.

Answer: Maybe we all have to learn that way. The name is called Leak Alert. And as soon as you have a small leak (they all start out that way) the Leak Alert will send out a alarm that you will hear downstairs. Then you can turn off the water to the sinks or toilets and fix it yourself. Or call a plumber if it’s you hot water heater.