HAPPY HANDYMAN: Before you replace an item, try to repair it first
77彩票网appSometimes it’s easier to fix, and repair than to replace at your house. Yesterday a customer came to me with a vent filter from a microwave unit that he had for many years. His microwave still worked great but the filter was greasy and grimy and he said he just wanted to replace it. I understand, they are delicate mesh and you really can’t scrub them. But the vent size he needed could only be found online and he didn’t want to do that. So I made a suggestion, I want you to clean it.
Holy Cow Concentrated Cleaner is a heavy-duty degreaser. You can use it full strength on oven racks, athletic shoes, sinks, tubs, and vent-hood filters. The easiest way to clean your filter is to lay it in a shallow cookie sheet and spray Holy Cow Concentrate over it until it completely covers your filter. Let it soak for a few hours. Then remove it from the cleaner and rinse. If you need to let it soak again to remove any residual grease, use a fresh shower of Holy Cow Concentrate and let it soak a few hours more.
I know I keep saying Holy Cow Concentrate, that’s because there are three formulas of Holy Cow. The concentrate is green, the window cleaner is blue and the all-purpose is pink. If you like cleaners that are non-chlorine based you will like all three cleaners. The concentrate is my favorite because you can clean everything. You can dilute it and use it on floors, kitchens and baths.
I want to take the time and say “Thank You for a great 2019.” So many of you call, ask questions and generally say how much you like that I continued the article. I do it for many reasons, but the main reason is to encourage you and give you confidence to tackle a small project. And a confident person is a force to be reckoned with. And that’s what I like to see! Here’s to an exciting 2020. (glasses clinking!)
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Question: Can you tell us how and what product to use to remove a drop of latex wall paint and overspray from a varnished wood surface? The paint is very dry and hard now and cannot be scraped off with a fingernail, etc. Thank you for your help and suggestions. We always read and enjoy your column in The Woodlands Villager. We have found many helpful tips and have used a lot of your suggestions!
Answer: I would try Tub O Towels ... I used it in the store on the vinyl flooring. There was an old, old spray paint stain ... it took a bit ... but it did remove it. Once you use the towel to remove the paint, you can use it on so many other projects. It will clean just about everything. If you can’t find Tub O Towels, there is another product that will take care of latex paint. It’s called Lift-Off. It’s a spray that will break the molecular bond from the paint and the varnish.
Question: I read your article last week about rust stain remover on concrete surfaces and that triggered a question in mind. I have a couple of areas on my house where I have paint on the bricks. Do you have anything you would recommend for removing paint from bricks?
Answer:77彩票网app Use Blue Bear Soy Gel. It’s a safe remover that will work every time. Blue Bear Soy Gel was a safe alternative before that was ever popular. It has no smell, and won’t harm any landscaping that you have around the paint stain.
Question: 77彩票网appI enjoyed your recent column on mice repellent. Do you know of any product that keeps lizards out of attics and garages? Pepper spray doesn't work.
Answer: I would use Clobber or VS102 … I am leaning toward VS102 because it’s an oil-based product. Just spray the perimeter of the garage and around any areas of the attic that you can get to.
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