May has been a whirl wind month for
me, 2 hardware shows in the span of 2 weeks makes for a excited,
“Happy Handy Man” although I am exhausted. I saw many great
items at both shows and I am calling to get them in the store as soon
as I can. One item is already here and though it’s not a “life
changing” item, it sure is helpful. How many times have you had a
roll of duct tape, packing tape, or blue painters tape and fought
continuously to keep an open edge so that you can use it? The end
always disappears into the tape or you fight so hard to tear it off
that it makes a job twice as hard as it should be. But now there is
an innovative tool called
Tadpole that will cut tape perfectly
and you will never lose the end of your tape again.
slips around the roll of tape with a stretch cord and has a cutting
edge that you pull against that gives you a perfect cut. It moves
along the tape just like a regular tape dispenser but you can take it
off of one roll of tape and easily move it to another. The
tape cutter comes in 1”, 1.5” and 2” so whether you are cutting
a slim painters tape or a wide packing tape the Tadpole tape cutter
will have the size to fit. I met the inventor of
the Las Vegas National Hardware Show and I was so impressed. He
Tadpole because he was painting an 8 pane door
and after a frustrating time he grabbed a knife and used the backside
to make perfect cuts for the windows in the door. And that’s how
Tadpole came to be. The Tadpole is American made,
and assembled by the Louisiana Association for the Blind. Talking
with the inventor he shared that his daughters helped with the
Tadpole, and if you look at the stretch cord it looks just
like a pony tail holder that every little girl has – I guess that
it was their input! The
Tadpole starts at $5.99.
Now to the email……
Question: I just painted our walls and
now our switch plates really stand out. Is there a paint that I can
use to paint over the existing plates and know that it will stick?
Answer: There are a couple of ways to
take care of this, one is to use a chalk paint additive and then you
can use the exact same paint and just add the chalk paint additive.
The additive will make the paint stick to the switch plate. There is
also a switch plate made that has a matte finish and you can paint
right over it and it will stick. Now you can go to a decorative
plate, there are so many options out there I used a dark grey metal
for my house and they really look beautiful.
Question: I am going to get a new
sink. I want a cast iron sink but I am concerned about chipping and
scratching, any suggestions?
Answer: I would always make sure that
when you are using the sink that you have mats to take care of the
bottom of the sink. When you clean, use the
Bring It On, or
Gel Gloss don’t use bleach because after a while it will
take the gloss off your new sink.
Question: I just had a new kitchen put
in with granite counter tops and marble black splash. Believe it or
not the installer did not seal either surface. I don’t want to use
this beautiful granite and marble until I make sure I don’t get
stains on it. So what do you suggest?
Answer: Use the Granite Gold Sealer.
It’s very easy to do. Just spray the surfaces with the
Granite Gold Sealer and buff dry. Let it cure for 24 hours before you
put anything on the surface. Then for daily cleaning use the
Granite Gold Daily Cleaner.
Question: I need to caulk some windows
outside and also some new lights that I had installed. What is a
good caulk to use outside around windows?
Answer: By far the best caulk to use
on your project is
Big Stretch, it comes in colors and it’s