Lattice is great for holding vines, but it’s also pretty handy for holding other things in your workshop. If you can grab a couple of scraps about the same size, and mount them side-by-side about 2 to 3 feet apart on an exposed stud wall, you can slide pieces of pipe, dowel, wood trim and other similar items through the holes of the lattice so they act as a support for them. Mount them up high, and your materials will be stored securely and ready to use when you need them.
Q: I have a problem with getting hairspray off our bathroom floor. It has built up through the years, and you actually can see the “fall-out” area. What cleaner will work to cut through this sticky stuff? – J.N.
A: Any general-purpose cleaner should work. Spray it on and give it a chance to loosen it up. Depending upon what type of flooring you have, you should be able to use a plastic scrubber to work it loose once it’s softened.
Tips from readers
Dear Carrells: Our older bathtub is almost an antique. It has claw feet, but it’s in pretty good shape. We still have the original faucets. One of the handles was a little loose. When I tried to find a replacement, I quickly realized that it was not going to happen. I pulled off the handle, wrapped the bolt with a scrap of aluminum screen wire and twisted it back on. The wire tightened it back up so, maybe, we can get another 50 or 60 years out of it. – N.W.
Dear Al: For years, my tools would rust when my workshop was in our sub-level garage. I knew the humidity was a problem, but never could find a solution for it. Then I got a great deal on a dehumidifier at a garage sale down the street, and hooked it up and let it run in there for a few days. Boy, did it make a difference! I run it whenever the moisture level is too high. It’s also helped keep other things in better shape. There’s no more clumping fertilizer anymore, either. – P.S.
Dear Kelly: I finally pulled the old rubber shelf liners out of my kitchen and put new ones in. I gave the old liners to my husband, and he was thrilled. He uses them to line the drawers in his tool storage cabinet. It’s the kind on wheels and it makes a big racket, so the rubber liners should quiet that down. Plus, he says it’s better for the tools since they don’t roll around as much. – D.J.
Dear Al: I have a super-fast way to wind up my extension cords: First, I fold them in half. I don’t crimp the cord, but fold it loosely. Then I wind both ends up at the same time, from the middle loop, the halfway point. This means I’m winding the cord twice as fast this way. Another bonus is that when I’m finished coiling it up, both ends are exposed together, making it easier to make the connections. – D.M.
A Super hint
One of the best and least expensive ways to clean latex paint from a paint brush or roller is to soak the brush in very hot water or hot vinegar. This will loosen the paint and you can work it off in a short time, leaving behind a clean brush ready for your next paint job.
If you’ve tried an oscillating tool, then you already know how super they are. The deceptively small and lightweight size has plenty of power, and a variable speed control makes it very easy to control, so you get precise and detailed results. Dual Tools has just come out with a dual-blade oscillating tool – it’s the only one on the market. The two blades work in opposite directions so it never pulls one way or the other, and there’s much less splintering, binding and kickback. Check it out at www.dualtools.com.