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  • Removing Paint from Concrete.

    When paint gets onto concrete by accident, or as graffiti, it is difficult to remove because the concrete is so porous that the paint soaks down in.We decided to test a few different removers.Bio-Wash Masonry Strip works very well at removing oil, latex, and spray enamel paints.De-Greaser from St...
  • Ecologically friendly paint, grime and graffiti removal

    Most paint removal or building cleaning is either done with harsh solvents or harsh blasted granules like sand. The solvents are not good for the environment, and the sand can remove important outer layers on materials like brick.We visited a cleaning/stripping company in Toronto, Ontario called...
  • Smoke alarms: testing and aging

    Most smoke alarms operate by allowing the smoke to get between a light source and a light sensitive target. When the light gets dim, the alarm goes off. If a spider passes in front of the light, or spins his web in front of the light, he may just set off the alarm. Vacuum out your smoke alarms...
  • How do you remove old glue from under rugs?

    Getting the adhesive or even old pressed down underpad off of floors is never easy. Not much of anything dissolves it, although you could try several different solvents.Start with hot water and soap--it just may be water soluble.If there is a clear varnish on the wood under that glue, you can us...
  • Getting ready to paint.

    Before you try to paint the walls, you must properly prepare the wall and the most important step in that is probably to properly clean the walls of all the grease and smoke and dust that they collect over the years.Regular detergent tends to leave a soapy residue, even after careful rinsing, and...
  • Dust marks following studs on wall -- Ghosting

    Ralph from Red Deer Alberta sees the shadows of every 2x4 and every nail on the inside of the house not long after painting. I don't think he really wanted to hear that we call this "ghosting".\012\012Actually it is caused by thermal bridging; cold following the studs through the insulation and ...
  • Cleaning paint off of your hands.

    Jim in Newfoundland has suggested using vegetable oil to remove paint from hands.Poor Phil, one of the guys who builds the props for the show, became our test subject. With dried oil paint all over his arm, he set about trying different ways of getting it off.The vegetable oil did pick up and re...
  • How to remove carpet adhesive.

    Carpet or tile adhesive can seem almost impossible to remove from a concrete or wooden floor, especially when it has been there for a long time. If you try sanding, it will heat up and clog up the sandpaper. If you wire brush it with a wire wheel on your drill, again if you let it heat up, it w...
  • Tip -- cleaning spray can nozzles.

    The nozzle on your can of spray paint is clogged up? Don't throw it away yet.Soak it overnight in solvent. Then use a needle or thin wire, like that inside the tie-wraps, to poke through the holes. Then spray some oil through it by using a spray can like WD-40, if the tips are compatible.If yo...
  • HRV ventilation system maintenance.

    The National Building Code of Canada, the basis for most building codes in the country, requires mechanical ventilation in all new housing because it is now recognised that our modern energy efficient homes must have the possibility of good through ventilation beyond opening windows.There are man...