Clogs are one of the most common homeowner problems. They are not only an annoyance, but can also lead to overflows and water damage. Keep your drains clog-free by implementing these easy preventative practices. Never flush sanitary napkins, baby wipes, or very thick toilet paper down the toilet. These can expand or get caught on corroding pipes and cause clogs. Instead, dispose of them in bio-degradable bags, such as the ones produced by Golden Group International. This not only prevents clogs but also is an eco-friendly way to dispose of soiled sanitary products. Do not use liquid cleaning supplies meant to clear clogs. These cleaners can damage pipes. Rather, try using a plumbing snake or plunger. Utilize strainers to catch hair in showers and tubs. Never put fat, grease, or cooking oils down the drain. These fats solidify in cold pipes and cause clogs. To dispose, put it in a Tupperware and leave it on your counter until it solidifies. Then dispose of it in a compost bin for garbage collection. Source: http://www.elocalplumbers..... continue reading.
On your next inside painting project, religiously follow these simple rules and I guarantee that you will save at least 2 hours. Here we go! 1. Slosh Your Brush Before painting, slosh your brush in whatever solvent you will be using at the end of the day to clean the brush (i.e., water for latex, mineral spirits for oil, etc.) It’ll be easier to clean when you’re done. 2. Wrap Brush or Roller If you don’t feel like cleaning your brush or roller at the end of the day and expect to get back to painting within a few days–wrap the brush or roller tightly in a plastic bag and put in the freezer. 3. Latex Gloves or Lotion, Your Pick Latex gloves are great for keeping your hands clean (especially if you’re using oil-based paint!). If you can’t stand latex gloves or are allergic, a thick application of hand lotion before painting will make cleaning a lot easier later on. 4. Wet Edge Always keep a wet edge as you paint, and work away from that wet edge. If you paint over a dry edge, you will get overlap marks. 5. Avoid Cheap Roller Covers and Brushes This one is important. Cheap roller covers leave fuzz on the wall. Cheap brushes leave streaky brush marks. Avoid those multi-packs of rollers, ten for a dollar. Pay the extra few cents and get better tools. It’ll be worth it. Honest it will. 6. Test for Loose Paint Will the existing painted... continue reading.