When customers come in the store and
tell me they want replace their old toilet I always ask, “Why”?
I mean if it’s blue or green and they are remodeling then that
makes sense. If your toilet is the right color and just not flushing
efficiently then there are several things you can do. Under the rim
of the toilet are little holes and if they are partially closed from
hard water deposits that’s why you have to flush several times to
get enough water pressure to clear the bowl. Using
in the overflow pipe once a month to keep your toilet cleaned out
will really make a difference in the flush. Put a cup in the
overflow pipe at night (don’t flush the toilet) and let the
work its way down through the rim and into the bowl. The
next morning is a great time to use a brush or the
to clean the bowl. Delete Germ cleans down below the water
line also, so the next time you go on vacation put your
in the overflow pipe and let it work while you are gone. If
it’s the flapper that is causing you to flush several times, then
replace your old flapper with a
Frugal Flush Flapper. It’s
a flapper that is adjustable so that your flapper doesn’t set down
too soon and not let enough water go through or stays open too long
and wastes water. Your flapper should drop at just the time when the
bowl has cleared, not sooner or later. There is a cap at the bottom
of the flapper that you turn that will open up little holes in the
flapper and you will adjust it until you locate the largest hole (the
least amount of water used) to flush the toilet. So just because
your toilet is older is no reason to get rid of it, just tune it up a
bit and it will be flushing like a champ!
Now to the email…..
Question: A friend has smoked all his
life and the smoke has penetrated the leather upholstery in his car.
He has quit smoking and I want to know if there is a way to
neutralize or remove the smell of smoke from the leather in the care
or should he just trade it in?
Answer: Whoa….we can take care of
that smoke smell just use a
Air Sponge under the seat of the
car and give it a couple of hours to start working. Then use the
on the carpet on the floor board and the headliner, it’s a
clear liquid that does the same thing for fabric that
will do for the air. Congrats to your friend for a great
Question: I am painting a dresser and
I sanded it and now I want to prime it. My Dad always told me I
could use a oil based paint to prime if I were going to use a oil
based paint as my final coat. I have read some articles online but
none really address this exact situation. Can you tell me if it will
be alright to use a enamel paint for a base coat? I will be covering
with high gloss oil based paint.
Answer: Your Dad said you can use oil
based enamel for a primer because oil based paint will take a tooth
into the wood just like oil based primer. And that’s what you
want! But I am guessing that the oil based paint will have a gloss,
and you will have to sand that gloss lightly before applying your
final coats. Remember you can paint latex over oil or oil over latex
you just cannot paint over a shiny surface. Great question!
Question: I have a new fiberglass
bubble tub that I just love. But I am so nervous about how to keep
it clean. I know I can’t use anything abrasive, so what do you
think would be the best thing to use to keep it looking beautiful?
Answer: Use the Bring It On.
It will clean without being too abrasive for your tub.