I have had so many great questions this
past week. January has not been a slow month for all the homeowners
doing things around the house. I am always impressed by your
interest in doing things the right way and your patience when I have
to research a project. I had a reader email me and he had a leak
under the sink where the sink basket is. He just wanted a temporary
fix because they are planning a whole kitchen remodel later this
year. So replacing the sink basket was not an option. It is a
difficult area to seal because it is angled and sloped.
makes Lexol Sealant, and Through The Roof.
Through The Roof
works to stop leaks on the roof and Lexol is
a clear sealant that will completely seal up that area under the
sink. It comes in a caulking tube and in a small easy to use 5oz
squeeze tube. Like
Through The Roof, it has excellent
adhesion and will even stick to a wet surface. It’s completely
clear, and since it’s not a silicone, it doesn’t mildew. It’s
tact free in 30 minutes and cures firm in 2-4 days. You can paint it
with latex paints in 48 hours and oil based paints in 7 days. So if
you have a small leak, in an inconvenient area- try the
. The 5oz tube retails for under $7.
Now to the email…..
Question: I have not taken care of my
granite. Around the faucets, there is a white haze and build up of
what I guess is a hard water stain. I ordered the new
, but it hasn’t completely removed the stain. So
what do I do now?
Answer: Granite Gold has a
wonderful customer care department and after talking to Kylie, we
have the answers. First you are going to soak the area with the
Granite Gold Daily Cleaner for 5 minutes. Then using a new
single edge razor blade shave off the material with the flat edge of
the blade. Then you are going to use the polish. Buff dry.
Question: I have bats that hang from
the porch eaves during the summer. I have tried mothballs and
garlic. Garlic works best but loses its smell after a while. This
is a summer house in Leakey, and before we start out for there again
this year I would like to know what I can do to get rid of the bats
and the stuff that comes with them.
Answer: OK, I have never had this
question before. But bats won’t like
Bye Bye Birdie. It
comes in a caulking tube or a squeeze tube. Just squeeze it on the
areas where they roost. It’s a clear sticky substance that they
won’t like to get on their feet. They will find another place to
hang out. Hopefully far away from your place but close enough to eat
Question: I was going to change out
the solar batteries in my outside light and when I opened the lights
they were full of ants. They completely ruined the lights. And
ideas on ant control?
Answer: When you replace the lights
spray the area with
Shoo Fly Ant Roach and Spider. Don’t
spray the inside of the fixture, just the outside and the surrounding
Shoo Fly is the best insect killer that I know. You
can use it outside or inside the house. I like to spray every 60 –
90 days around the inside perimeter of the house. I spray the
doorways that go to outside and the windows. I don’t bother with
pest control anymore but only use
Shoo Fly. It’s an aerosol
that is safe around pets and small children after it’s dry.
dries in 20 minutes.
Question: A section of my roof has
black patches where it does not get direct sunlight. What can be
used to remove the unsightly spots?
Answer: There are 2 products that you
can choose from that will take care of the job,
Jomax or Wet and
Mix 1 pt of Jomax to 3 pts of Clorox and put in
a pump up sprayer, fill with water. Spray the roof and then rinse
with clear water. The other is
Wet and Forget. Just spray it
on and forget it.
Jomax is instant clean, and the Wet and
takes a while longer.