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  • What to do with old paint and paint cans?

    Therisa Timan from Pittmetals B.C. wants to know what to do with her old paint cans. How do you handle paint waste responsibly?If you dump solvent wastes like paint and paint thinners down the street drains, they usually go straight into the lake or rivers. If you dump it down the household dra...
  • Keeping old appliances alive and looking at a ductless clothes dryer

    Viewers sent in a series of questions about their appliances, so I located a very interesting resource written by a busy appliance repairman in Calgary, Alberta. John MacKenzie writes in detail why it is that so many appliances die premature deaths.Ken from London, Ontario has grease stains on h...
  • UV lamp for a furnace

    Few furnace filters, except expensive HEPA filters, do much about trapping or killing germs. Electronic air filters will reduce somewhat the air born germ count because the high electrical voltages do kill some of the bacteria passing through them and probably all that is caught on the plates. ...
  • WaterWatch -- checking how much water you use to clean your car

    Sometimes water conservation can be helped a bit simply by knowing how much water we use -- awareness. Water Watch is a little water meter, one for the garden hose and another for the shower head, that measures in either litres or gallons. In my household it has already cut down on the water wa...
  • Keeping appliances alive.

    A viewer wrote in complaining about soap suds backing up in her sink, another complained about the suds backing up in the basement floor drain.Suds are something that drains have trouble flushing out, because they float on top of the water and tend to pile up in the pipes. First you should try t...
  • How to clean chrome.

    We took an old chrome chair that was quite rusty and tried cleaning it with various products.Just paint thinner and steel wool did a fairly decent job, although you have to be careful to not scratch the chrome. But this put on no protection against rust coming right back.Care polishes and other ...
  • Tips on cleaning paint and stuff off of concrete.

    On this TV segment we focused on testing if water based cleaners worked better than solvent based cleaners on concrete stones.When done thoroughly, they didn't make much difference. What does make a difference is waiting long enough for the chemical to work, and scrubbing or rinsing before it dr...
  • Restoration cleaning -- using bread dough.

    The Elgin and Wintergarden Theatre in Toronto was left empty for 60 years. When they set about restoring it to its original beauty, they had to find a way to clean the walls, which were all painted with intricate murals, all in water based paint. How do you clean that without destroying it?They...
  • How do you brighten up scratched stainless steel?

    We have all admired the beauty of a new stainless steel sink. With time it does avoid taking on stains, but it tends to get dull and scratched up. It is really difficult trying to get it back to the manufactured buffed surface we there are several things you can do to brighten it up.Most Stainl...
  • How to remove moss from an asphalt and gravel roof.

    2009 update: Safer's De-Moss, specifically made for removing moss, is still available but considered a controlled herbicide in many jurisdictions. If you cannot find it in stores, check GOOGLE.You can't mechanically remove this moss without bothering all the gravel, perhaps even the roof. You n...