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Great Grips

Being independent is a wonderful thing! And I have a new product that I just got in from the National Hardware Show that I went to in May that helps with that. But first I want to tell you the story behind the product. The product is called Great Grips and is a door knob cover that will let you open the door either with your elbow or the touch of your finger. The product was invented by a loving granddaughter that wanted to fulfill her grandmother’s Essie’s wishes of staying in her home. Her grandmother was 90, and though her mind was as sharp as ever she felt her independence slipping. A family member suggested that maybe Essie would do better in a more accommodating place but Essie did not want to leave the home that she raised her family in. In steps in the granddaughter that was committed to fulfilling Essie’s wishes and she created items that would help her grandmother with her mobility issues. These products restored Essie’s independence, and helped her granddaughter create a company called Stander whose products restore independence to many families. That’s why I was interested in Great Grips door knob cover that slips over most door knobs. The key hole is easily assessable, is ADA compliant and has removable glow in the dark inserts. It will grip the door knob and allow you to open the door with a touch of a finger, or your elbow. Do you ever have your hands full coming in the back door and have to set everything down just to open the door? The Great Grips door knob cover allows you to open the door with just pressure from your elbow. If twisting a door knob is difficult because of arthritis then the Great Grips will be of a help to you. Great Grips come 2 in a package and just one more thing, if your door bangs into the wall when opening the cushion from the Great Grip will keep the knob from damaging the wall. To see all the products that Stander has, go to www.stander.com.

Now to the email…..

Question: I am having condensation build up on the inside of the glass on my windows that is dripping down on my window frame. Can I do anything without having to call a contractor?

Answer: Absolutely! MD makes a window insulating kit that installs easily on the inside of the window. The kit comes with a window film that you attach to the window frame with double stick tape that is included in the kit. Stretch it as tightly as you can leaving a dead air space between the glass and the frame, if you have any wrinkles in the film tighten the film up by heating it up with a hair dryer. The film is clear and will be virtually invisible to your eye. Any hardware store should have the product.

Question: I hope you can help me solve a problem I am having with a white residue on one set of my sink faucets. I have tried everything I know of to remove it including vinegar. What should I do and then what do I seal it with?

Answer: The picture looks like hard water deposits. To remove the bulk of the residue use a straight edged razor blade, running it smoothly across the granite. After that then clean the rest of the stain off with Granite Gold Shower Cleaner and the Granite Gold Sponge. Just spray and let it sit for a few and use the sponge to clean. After cleaning seal the granite with Granite Gold Sealer. Just spray the sealer and buff dry with a soft towel.

Question: I am staining a new fence around my yard and I was wondering if the new Cabot Gold you wrote about would be a good product to use.

Answer: No, the Cabot Gold is for horizontal surfaces like a deck, or outside wood furniture. For your fence use the Cabot Semi Solid, or Australian Timber Oil . The Australian Timber Oil comes in several colors, and you can have the Cabot Semi Solid tinted just about any color that you want. We are lucky in Texas we can still use an oil based product that is great for outdoors.