Can you say HOT!! We have gone from
mild summer days of 90 degrees with occasional summer showers to 99
degree afternoons and no rain in sight. I talked to the sweetest
reader the other day and I was talking about missing the mild weather
and she said, “Trudy, I am glad it’s hot, if it were like
California everyone would want to move here and we wouldn’t have
this beautiful state to ourselves”. So see, it’s all attitude
right? But since it is hot, we are cranking down the AC a little
more and expecting it to keep us cool. So treat yours right by using
a good pleated filter. Look for a Merv 6-8 rated filter, they
should cost you around $6-7 and last for 90 days. If you can see
the coils on your AC and they are full of dust then clean them with a
K.O. Dirt Blaster ($20). We had an old Coke
machine in the front of the store that wouldn’t keep the sodas cold
and when the grill was removed the coils were so dirty you could
barely tell they were coils. We just sprayed on the
and the dust just melted away. After that cleaning the
machine chilled up and our sodas were cold. And that’s what
happens to your AC, it will chill easier with clean coils. If your
drain to the AC stops up from scum your drip pan will handle some of
the over flow, but not a lot. So buy yourself some protection with
ACTABS that just drop in to the pan. ACTABS eliminates
most blockages and will inhibit the growth of the mold and scum.
Hope this helps in keeping you cool this summer!
Now to the email…..
Question: I have a bird bath that I
broke while cleaning it. Is there anything I can use to patch it up
so that the birds can get a drink?
Answer: Use a product called PC11.
It’s a very strong epoxy that will hold even under water. It is
perfect for your birdbath. It will dry white. Retails for under
Question: I bought a home that is 2
stories and while you are downstairs you can hear squeaking from my
daughter walking around. It’s annoying. The flooring is carpet.
Is there anything that would be something I could do to fix the
Answer: There is a product that comes
with a tool called
Squeek No More. You attach the tool to
your drill and when you find the area that squeaks you use your drill
with the tool attached and drill the long screws down into the
flooring to re-attach the plywood to the floor joist. Now here is
the neat part…when you have drilled the screw down, you rock the
tool attachment and the screw breaks off down below the carpet so
that you never see it. The
Squeek No More comes with 20
screws and a tool to help you find the wood floor joist. This is
definitely a DIY project. The
Squeek No More works on carpet
and wood floors and retails for under $25.
Question: My daughter laid her hot
iron down on the dresser and it left a white mark on the dresser.
She feels terrible and says she will take care of it. She thinks she
will have to refinish the top of the dresser, but it’s only one
small area. Does she have to refinish the whole top of the dresser?
Answer: Use the White Ring Remover
and simply wipe away the damage on top of the dresser. White Ring
Remover comes in a resealable bag and can be used over and over
again. If you get heat marks on a table from a too hot plate, or a
sweaty glass that left a ring on a table top, use the White Ring
Remover. The mark is from moisture trapped between the layers of
varnish. Catch it now while it is still white because if you wait
too long – the stain will turn dark and then you will have to
refinish the dresser top.
White Ring Remover retails
for under $9.