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Hardware Tip of the Week: Saving Face; Protect The Wood and Bathroom Design Tips

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ISLAND TRUE VALUE TACKLE & HARDWARE
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Protect Wood:
When you’re ready to hammer and nail in the trim, you’ll want to protect where the nails go into the wood. Here’s how you can put a shield in place. When nailing decorative molding or any type of milled woodwork or painted trim, don’t let a mis-guided hammer blow ruin the surface. Instead, protect it with a simple homemade shield. To protect decorative trim from wayward hammer strikes, cut a piece of pegboard a few inches square. Then start the nail in with a few light taps. Slip one of the holes in the peg board shield over the nail head and hammer away with gusto. You can do this without fear of damage should your aim waver a tad. Once you’ve driven a nail as far in as possible, lift off the shield and finish the job with a nailset.
Bathroom Design:
While room design is mostly a matter of taste, there are some basic rules to keep in mind.
Today, you'll learn some bathroom design tips and some how-to-avoid-trouble planning tricks.
For example, don't overwhelm your space by
cramming too much into a small bath (like a big lavish whirlpool tub in a tiny 5 by 7 space).
Doing so takes away from the room and is a waste. Also consider safety. Tile is slippery when wet; so add anti-slip coatings, nonskid area rugs and handrails in places water and condensation tend to collect.
Also consider who'll be using the room; are they tall or short? This determines the height of everything, from counters to towel bars. Sight lines are important, too; when the door is open, would you rather see the toilet or a beautiful vanity?
Don't underestimate the importance of lighting -- both for functional tasks and pure glamour.
Bonus Tip: Cleaning: To whip up a special batch of our famous salt-and-turpentine cleaner, take 1-quarter cup turpentine and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of table salt. Big families, hard water and heavy traffic can leave tubs and showers a real mess. If they're fiberglass rather than porcelain, that means lots of rubbing and scrubbing that often does nothing at all.Though you've tried, that grungy mess just won't budge.
So what do you do? Use a jackhammer? Dynamite? To whip up a special batch of our famous salt-and-turpentine cleaner, take 1-quarter cup turpentine and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of table salt. Mix well and then scrub with a stiff nylon brush. It's powerful, so be sure you've got plenty of ventilation. Don't rinse it away when you're through. Rather, use paper towels to clean up the mess and air-dry them out. Before you give them a toss, wash it with soap, then a coat of car wax.
And that’s the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle and Hardware.