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Hardware Tip of the Week: Grilling Guru Secrets and Finding A Leak

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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.
Leak: Are your water bills rising suspiciously even though you’re not using more water?
Here’s how to track down a leak that’s robbing you blind. First, start with the usual suspects.
You know who they are: dripping faucets, running toilets and your every day petty water thieves.
If that’s not it and you can’t find any tell-tale puddles or wet spots on floors or ceilings below (signaling a leaking pipe or connection) then it’s time to step-up your investigation (with some sneaky surveillance techniques).
To determine if there’s a leak in the line coming into your house turn off the water where it enters your home. Note the reading on the water meter and then go off to work, shopping or whatever.
Later, when you come home check it again. If the meter reading has changed you’ve found the leak.
If it hasn’t you’ve still got a mystery on your hands that may take a plumber to solve.
And that’s the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle and Hardware.