- Published on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 15:05
- Written by Super User
ISLAND TRUE VALUE TACKLE & HARDWARE
801 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 28428 Phone: (910) 458-3049
Fax: (910) 458-0988
Ladder Extension: If you’re constantly on a ladder for your job or around the house, you know that the higher up you go the more you need an extension ladder...for more than the obvious reason.
It’s also with the higher you climb, the bigger the problem it is going back and forth, or up and down.
Getting tools, paint or brushes (and anything else you might have forgotten) is quite a chore.
After a while, it can get to be a very wearing experience, but there’s a solution.
Create a dual-sided moveable hanger device by first cutting a 5/8 or 1-inch dowel rod about 5 feet wide.
Then put a notch or two in each end, slide it through the hollow ladder rung at the height you’re working and hang buckets of paint or tools right where you need them. When you move, take them with you.
Installing Shelves: Installing shelves?
Hanging a mirror? You’ll need more than drywall to hang them on.
You need the solid backing of a “stud” the vertical 2x4’s behind finished walls. Here’s six ways to find them ranging from hi-tech to low-tech to no-tech and even “what the heck”.
• Most reliable is the hi-tech electronic stud finder that detects changes in density.
Pass it over a wall and lights and tones tell when you’ve found a stud. Some signal pipes, cable and wires too.
• “Low-tech” magnetic finders locate screws and nails but they also find wiring, pipes and air ducts that may be nowhere near a stud.
• “No-tech” methods include tapping and listening or noting where switches and outlets are installed and eyeball techniques like holding a light close to a wall and looking for nail heads and seams.
• Finally, the “what-the-heck” method involves drilling a hole and either being lucky enough to hit a stud or (if not) inserting a coat hanger and fishing around inside for a stud.
Bonus Tip: Make Your Home Unappealing to Thieves before going on vacation: Nothing ruins a great getaway like coming home to realize you’ve had unwelcome house guests.
To help avoid being burglarized take the following pre-vacation steps:
1. Call the post office to stop mail and suspend newspaper delivery.
2. Get a few timers to turn several lights, the TV or radio on and off during the day and night.
3. If you have a second car, park it in the driveway.
4. If you’ll be gone long, ask a neighbor to put some of their trash in your garbage cans.
5. Ask a friend or neighbor to house sit by dropping by regularly and checking up on things and picking up junk mail and flyers that can accumulate. Remember to describe this house sitter to your neighbors, so burglars can’t claim to be house sitting and house sitters don’t get arrested.
6. If you have a baby monitor, leave the monitor with a neighbor and the base unit turned on at your home.
If the security or smoke alarms go off, or if your neighbors hear something they shouldn’t, they can immediately call 911.
And that’s the Tip of the week from Island Tackle & Hardware.