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Hardware Tip of the Week: Drilling into Ceramic Tile and Washing Machine Tune-Up

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Drilling: Planning to drill holes in ceramic tile to install a towel bar, shelf or paper holder? If so, you need to know how to drill straight and true, so you won't be slip-sliding away.
To do it right you need two things:
1. A special carbide tip drill bit -- the kind used for masonry. Regular drill bits can't penetrate the hard fire-glazed surface.
2. Something to keep the drill bit in place until it begins cutting through, rather than slipping around on the slick surface. The answer? -- a roll of masking tape.
Use two strips to make an X, place it over your mark and drill right through it. At first it'll grind as you cut through the glaze.
Then it will go more easily through the ceramic back and real easily through the softer wall behind it. Ease up toward the end to avoid pushing out the backside of the drywall or backerboard.
The cleaner the hole -- both through and inside -- the better your hollow-wall fasteners will grip and hold.
Washing Machine:
If your washing machine starts acting up filling slowly or maybe not at all here’s what to do before you call a repairman or decide to go shopping for a new one.
Probably over the years it’s filled slower and slower but you didn’t notice. Now that it’s stopped completely that you notice and you’re concerned.
First take a minute to check  things out. Is the water turned on?
Or did someone turn it off? If that’s okay, turn the water off and inspect both hoses running to the machine. Unscrew each one and check the small screen filters in the hose end fittings.
Often they slowly clog up until they will not let any water pass through.
Clean them, replace and reattach the hoses, turn on the water and you may be surprised to find that it now fills and works just fine.
Bonus Tip: Oooh, that smell: With all the cooking you’re doing this time of year, chances are pretty good that some of the odors may linger around the house. Here are a few simple ways to get rid of those annoying household smells.
• Place a pan of white vinegar on the stove and let it simmer for a while.
• Use lemon juice to remove fish, garlic and onion odors from utensils, pans, even hands.
• Odors from your garbage disposal can be eliminated by grinding up orange,
grapefruit or lemon peels while running hot water.
• And don’t forget about the odor-absorbing magic of baking soda.
For nasty spills and odors inside your fridge or freezer, wash it out using a sponge or cloth and a solution of 2 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart warm water.
And keep a box of baking soda in the fridge or freezer to soak up new odors.
Baking soda also helps keep kitchen drains odor free. And that’s the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle and Hardware.