I have been worried about my readers in
Houston and all the rain you have had. I hope you are all safe and
we will all reap the benefits of this rain with full reservoirs and
green lawns. I want to write about a product that I had almost
forgotten about, until I was going over the Lawn and Garden aisle
with my salesman. We came across
The Back Saver Grip and I
was reminded about how convenient this product is.
The Back Saver
is a handle that you attach to any long handled tool like a
rake, shovel, broom that allows you to stand up taller to do raking,
shoveling and sweeping. No more leaning over straining your back,
and tiring out but allows your legs to do the bulk of the work.
Back Saver Grip
can be switched from one tool to the other with
just a quick twist of a wing nut.
Now to the email…..
Question: We just bought a home that
had dog owners. All the upstairs is saturated with dog smells and
urine- it’s just awful. We have pulled up the carpet but are
wondering what else we can do to prevent the smell from coming
through the new carpet we lay down.
Answer: Use the Bio Zapp to mop
down the sub floor.
Bio Zapp comes in a gallon and you need
to mop the floor several times letting it dry between mopping. Then
get a 1 pound
Air Sponge and place it in the return air vent
and turn on the AC to “Fan Only” and let the clean air smell go
all over the upstairs and down stairs also. Then I would put a ½
Air Sponge pound in each room upstairs. That smell has
permeated everything so let the
Air Sponge gather that entire
bad odor and bring it down to the floor where you are mopping. It
might take a little bit but those 2 products will remove the odor.
Question: We have a deck that we used
a product that said it was a stain but after rolling it on the deck
it really looked like paint. Well now the stain (paint) is chipping
in areas where weather is beating down on it and splintering and
cracking. We want to know what to do to fix this, the products to
use and since our funds are limited we are going to do it ourselves.
Do we completely need to remove the old product and start over?
Answer: Stains are in several
finishes. There is a transparent that is the lightest of color and
then it goes to the new solid finishes that resemble paint. If your
deck is new, then the transparent stain will let the grain of the new
wood show through. But if you have splintering and dark staining of
a old deck then the easiest is the solid color stains. I used
on my deck and it made an old deck look like a new
composite wood deck and I was very happy with it and the time it took
me to finish the project. If you have chipping on the deck, that
will have to be sanded so that we are working with a deck stain that
is not all going to lift. When you sand in the chipping areas, if
the sanding causes the adjacent areas to chip also….you might have
to sand the whole deck. Or you could put on a stripper and let the
stripper do the work. I think that the areas that were not exposed
to the weather are probably going to be fine and will not need
sanding, but you need to evaluate that. After sanding then clean the
deck with a deck cleaner like
30 Second Out Door Cleaner, or
Cabot has one also. Then put down the Cabot Deck Correct.
I rolled mine on, and used a brush to cut in around the house.
Rolling on the Cabot is easy and I did not see any advantage to
brushing it on all over. It took me about 3 hours total, and I did
it over a weekend. Send a 8 x 10 Self Addressed envelope and I will
send you a color sheet for the Cabot. Call me if you have any other
questions….this is a great project!