Monday, January 20, 2014

Remove Ugly Wood Scratches

From Decorating Time here's a great tip to make old wood furniture look much better without the hassle of refinishing.

You can naturally repair wood scratches by mixing 3/4 cup of canola oil with a 1/4 cup vinegar. Rub the mixture onto the wood. Do not wipe off, the wood will absorb it.

Thanks to Decorating Time for their tip of the day.

Friday, January 17, 2014

When was the last time you cleaned your dryer vent?

Cleaning your dryer and dryer vent is not only a good thing to do to prevent fires, but is also a way to cut down on drying time and increase the dryer’s efficiency.

Besides hiring a professional to do the job, you can do-it-yourself with a vacuum or leaf blower and there are kits you can buy to help you do the job.

The ProClean Dryer Lint Removal Kit is one such product available that includes a 10’ dryer duct brush, 36” trap brush, and vacuum hose attachment for doing the job. One cautionary note from some, who have used this kit, is to only turn the brush in a clockwise motion or you might unscrew the brush and get it lodged in the dryer hose. This kit is available at Home Depot for under $30.00.

The Gardus LintEater kit (which Mitch demonstrates below)is bit more expensive, but contains a few extras including 12’ of flexible rods to go a bit further than the ProClean package and is available on-line at selling for around $65.00. There are cheaper Gardus LintEater kits, but clean a much short length of hose, so be sure to order the kit that is best for your hook up.

If you don’t want to spend $30 to $65 on a kit, here’s a tip that came to me from Brian Shaw at Lighthouse Inspecitions which he got from Hank The Handyman.

1. Disconnect the hose/pipe at both ends.

2. Cut a piece of string or twine to approximately three times the length of the hose.

3. Tie a rag or dryer sheet to the middle of the string.

4. Place the rag at one end of the vent hose, then while holding one end of the piece of string, use a vacuum if necessary to suck the rest of the string to the other end of the vent hose.

5. Now simply use the two ends of the string to pull the rag back and forth through the vent hose to dislodge the lint inside until no more comes out the end.

6. Pull all the string and the rag out of the vent hose, reattach the hose securely, test the system, then sit back and relax with another job well done behind you.

By the way, you might want to wear a face mask because no matter which do-it-yourself method you choose, it could be a dirty job.