We are back home in San Antonio after a
whirlwind trip to the Humble Home and Garden Show last weekend. I
met so many of our faithful readers at the show. You always amaze me
with your enthusiasm. I want to express my gratitude to all the
readers who shared their stories of Dad, how much he meant to you and
how he encouraged you. Knowing that the man, which meant the world
to us, touched you also is very comforting at this time. A big shout
of thanks goes out to Tiffany and Jennifer, who make this show
possible and so much fun. We are planning for next year already. It
would be wrong not to tell you that none of it would be possible to
do without all my family. All the people you saw at the booth are
related to me, love em to pieces. I had several readers ask me the
same question, and I promised that I would find an answer and put it
in the article. They wanted to know how to clean mildew off terrazzo
shower stalls, and tub surrounds. My first call was to Mike at
Granite Gold, and he made the answer simple and easy. Clean
the mold first with a solution of ½ bleach and ½ water (it’s safe
in that formula). Scrub with a safe sponge like the one from
, and let sit for 15 minutes then rinse with water. Dry the
walls and floor with a soft towel. For soap scum and lime on the
glass and faucets, you need to use a safe cleaner like the
Gold Shower Cleaner
and the Granite Gold Sponge. Spray
the glass shower doors and scrub with the sponge, rinse thoroughly,
dry with a soft towel. After the cleaning is done, use the
Gold Stone Sealer
and then the Granite Gold Polish.
Frequent sealing will just make your future jobs easier and the
polish will enhance the look of the terrazzo. Just DON’T POLISH
THE FLOORS. The polish would make the floor slippery. Hope this
helps all of you who asked the question.
Now to the email…..
Question: I am looking for a Frugal
Flush Flapper that will work on an older style tank. I have heard
that I can make this older toilet flush like a 1.6 gallon and save
water. But my toilet is 25 years old, and I don’t know if it will
Answer: The Frugal Flush Flapper will
work just fine on the toilet as long as your original flapper is one
with “ears”. To install the flapper, turn off the water to the
toilet at the wall. Flush the toilet to remove the water in the
tank. Lift the ears of the old flapper and remove. Check to see
that your Frugal Flush Flapper has the end cap turned to the smallest
hole. While the tank is empty, clean the seat in the tank from any
lime deposits that will keep the flapper from seating. The easiest
way is to wrap a tennis ball with sandpaper and twist in the opening.
Now install the new flapper, and adjust the end until you use the
least amount of water to flush the toilet.
Question: I am going to remove what’s
left of the varnish on my front door and then refinish the door. Can
I use the Soy Gel?
Answer: Sure you can. Soy Gel will
remove paint and varnish. It’s much easier to refinish the door if
it is off the hinges and lying on sawhorses. Apply the Soy Gel about
a ¼ of an inch thick with a foam brush. Check back in an hour and
see if the varnish is ready to be removed. Wipe off the Soy Gel
with a damp sponge, and that will stop the action of the stripper.
Then you are ready to refinish. Do yourself a favor and varnish all
sides of the door. Sides, top and bottom should be sealed to prevent
the door from absorbing moisture. Good project.
Question: I can’t remember the name
of the product that you said you can use to fix squeaky floors. I
have tried a couple of things, but the floors upstairs still make
Answer: The product and tool is called
Squeek No More. Hardware guys are so creative with the names of
their inventions. Call me at the store if you have any questions
about the product.