Keepin it Cool

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 product called 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 K.O. Dirt Blaster 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 $15.

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 squeaking?

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.