Tadpole Tape Cutter

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. Tadpole 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 Tadpole 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 Tadpole at the Las Vegas National Hardware Show and I was so impressed. He invented the 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 the 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 the 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 paintable.