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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: Drywall Cutouts:
Often when measuring it doesn’t matter how carefully it was done, you miss the mark fit-wise. This requires re-measuring and re-cutting until it does line-up and fit. However, there’s an easier foolproof way, that you probably never even thought of using.
Apply a little lipstick or crayon on the front edge of the electrical box or light switch you want to surround.
Then put the panel in place and push. As it squeezes against the box or switch the color outline will transfer onto the panel. Just remove it, turn it over and it’ll tell you exactly where to cut.
Bonus Tip: 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.
And that’s the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle & Hardware.