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Hardware Tip Of The Week: Auto Leak Diagnosis and Grilling Guru Secrets

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Drake brought in the world’s first oil-producing well in Titusville, Pa. Ever since, we’ve used his discovery for almost everything imaginable --notably in and for our automobiles. These days, we find traces of Drake’s discovery on the garage floor. Some are red, some green, while yet others are dark and greasy or clear and thin.
We know something’s leaking, but what is it that’s leaking and what does it mean?
Here’s how to use yesterday’s news for a do-it-yourself auto diagnosis. Before you pull into the garage, cover the floor with newspaper. The next morning, after you back out, check the spots. Dark greasy droplets indicate an oil leak.
Clear oily stains might be brake fluids. Red drips are probably transmission fluid, and greenish puddles are anti-freeze in the coolant. Check the overnight drips for volume and color.
Grilling: Think you know barbecue grilling? Got all the answers for tasty outdoor cooking? Maybe not! Today you'll learn grilling secrets of the gurus and a few new tricks we'll bet you'll use. First, do you keep a plant atomizer handy? Maybe you do (filled with water to douse flare-ups), but grilling gurus fill it with apple juice instead!
It makes a "sweet" smoke and gives meats a rich and appealing mahogany color. Try it! Using one of those "pricey" basting brushes to apply barbecue sauce and other stuff? Grilling pros use a good paint brush instead; it works better, lasts longer, and costs less.
Then there's the cast iron skillet. Think it's for cooking in? No way! Putting it on top of meats helps them cook faster and brown better (with nice "sear" marks to boot!) Finally, always turn meats with tongs instead of stabbing them with a fork (which lets all the tasty juices run out.)
Of course, you knew all that, didn't you? Now go ahead and run out for some apple juice and an atomizer; we won't tell!
And, run into Island True Value Tackle & Hardware for your propane refill.