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Hardware Tip of the Week: House Pressure Wash and Rain Gutter Tune Up

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Pressure Wash: Does your house need repainting?
Maybe a pressure wash will do instead. Whether such a wash will clean things up suitably or is used just
as a first step in surface preparation for painting, you must be careful to avoid damage.
If it can etch concrete, it surely can blast wood or vinyl. Spray nozzle tips are sized in degrees, with zero being most powerful.
So, start from the highest number and work down -- being careful to spray downward, especially on siding and flashing. This avoids lifting and driving water underneath (not to mention possibly blasting things off).
Make sure all windows and doors are closed tight. Rent your pressure washer from Island True Value Tackle & Hardware today.
Gutters: It’s a good day for fixing-up your rain gutters (with quick-fix tips from the Carey Brothers). Gutters leak? Sag? All clogged up? Runneth over like the proverbial “cup”?
To find sagging low spots pour water in the high end and gently bend metal brackets up with pliers where water accumulates. Then patch leaky joints with silicone caulk or gutter sealant.
To fix a leaky steel gutter apply a liberal coat of roofing cement, add a layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil followed by more cement, more foil and a third coat of roofing cement. When clearing gutters don’t mess up siding by dumping debris overboard.
Tie a long rope onto a bucket instead and lower it to the ground where a helper can dump it or you can climb down safely using both hands.
Patch up the gutters and raindrops won’t be falling on your head anymore.
Bonus Tip: 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.
And that’s the Tip of the week from Island Tackle & Hardware.