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Hardware Tip of the Week: The Hummingbirds are Coming and Auto Leak Diagnosis

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In the spring, hummingbirds return to their summer homes hungry from their long migration. To attract them to your home, plant red flowers that bloom early, such as red penstemon to serve as a beacon of refuge.
Also, supplement their diet with a feeder (found at your local True Value store) filled with homemade nectar:
1. Boil four parts water to one part sugar and let cool.
2. Fill a hummingbird feeder and hang at least 15 feet away from any window (to keep the birds from hitting the glass).
3. Also, attach the bee guard that comes with the feeder to prevent the bees from stealing the nectar and stinging the birds.
The last thing to remember is when spring turns to summer, the hot weather will turn the sugar water rancid so change the mixture often.
In 1859, Edwin 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. And that’s the tip of the week from Island Tackle & Hardware.