There’s nothing quite so noble as an old window. It has a special look that says “I’ve been through some stuff.” Like the look of a married guy who’s nearing the end of his mid-life crisis and still hasn’t bought a sports car or shaved his head or daydreamed about the cashier in the Tim Horton’s drive-thru. It’s a look that says “I can hang on a little longer, but it better be worth it.” And that’s darn attractive in a man. Or a window.
Insider tips for sparkly windows - WATCH the TOOLGIRLVIDEO of this amazing technique!
Did you know that there are world class window-cleaning conventions where people compete in speed trials to see who can squeegee a window fastest? They're clocking under 30 seconds for a big store window. Sweet.
If you're like most of us, you're using Window Washing Option A from the list below. If you're a hot-dogger, you might find yourself in the Option C category.
Some people use paper towels, ammonia-based cleaners and an old-fashioned lubricant called ‘elbow-grease’. However, rubbing a window with paper towels puts a static charge on the glass and then it’s dirty again as soon as you’re finished. Where does this register on the Handyperson’s Emotional Scale? Somewhere around “Just shoot me”.
You can pay a professional window-washing company to make your glass sparkly. Attractive young men with rippling musculature will swarm over your home for several hours. It may be worth it, especially if you live with your mother-in-law and she needs entertaining. Encourage her to pass snacks to the young men and yell, “Nice glass!”
Refuse to give those window-washing fellows all of the arm-sculpting opportunities. Invest about $40 and set yourself up for a lifetime of fun and deltoids that are perfectly al dente.
Here are some tips to get a fast, flawless, professional sheen on your windows.
Strip Down! - A woody doormat in under an hour
I saw a doormat on the Internet that made me think. Its entire surface is covered by a giant barcode to wipe your feet on. The description says “For your unique home in your unique neighborhood.” ($25 at www.perpetualkid.com).
To help you get started, here are plans for a unique wooden doormat. Making this doormat is like building a miniature deck. All of the principles are the same. The bottom layer is the ‘framing’, and the top layer is the ‘decking’. If you’ve never built a deck before, this project will teach you the basics without using up a whole weekend and two cases of beer.
I like enthusiasm. I like people who do their automobile maintenance in the parking lot at Canadian Tire because they’re too excited to drive home and install the new wiper blades in their own driveway.
My name is Derek. I read your article in TO Sun regarding the
appearance of haze on the dashboard. Thank
you for the tip, but I do have one question. Where can I get the denatured alcohol (methylated spirits)?? to get rid
of the haze, which is driving me CRAZY.
Sometimes the road to home repair has so many potholes it’s
better to pull over and park.
Here’s how to tell when it’s time to take a break:
· You just spent a whole morning looking for spare slide-rule parts on eBay
· When the phone rings, you feel defensive
· You avoid eye contact with hardware store sales associates because you don’t want to have to explain how much trouble you’re in
·You’ve nicknamed your toolbox The Yellow Scum
The best thing you can do at this point is distract yourself. Try hoisting your ego by using a different skill set, one that involves sitting down, frequent snacking and enduring noise no louder than the hum of the beer fridge.
I chose crocheting. But not normal crocheting.
Hanky Planky - (I wrote this article on plank floors 5 years ago and am still getting requests for it every week, so here's the original text plus some additional photographs.)
As I approach the cusp of middle age the
closest I’ve come to having any design allegiance is that my furniture is the
same stuff I had in university, placing me in the Early Student school of
décor. The one exception is the bedroom,
where I have a high-end mattress, but only because my futon got so compacted it
was about to become the next black hole.
So you probably shouldn’t take my
decorating advice. Unless you have the
problem I’m about to describe, or you have hardwood tastes on a paint
Trusted Rust-Buster Dusted!
A discontinued product creates reader alarm
I was so excited last week to tell you about the beloved 3M Rust Avenger, a product I bought at Home Hardware three years ago and have adored ever since. It’s a pen-sized dispenser of a chemical compound that bonds with rust molecules, rendering it hard, inert and paintable. Perfect for dings on cars, scratches on bikes, spots on shovels, and worth the $5.99 outlay since a recent study reveals that the annual direct cost of corrosion in the U.S. alone is $276 billion.
Many readers wrote to ask where to buy Rust Avenger, eager to watch their personal rust accumulations disappear faster than relatives after a chili dinner.