Reuben the Screwman's DIY Tips

"REUBEN THE SCREWMAN" HANDY HINTS

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STAINED BATH

 

Use diluted ammonia, for more stubborn stains, use undiluted.

I have found Tile and floor care’s “Mould Buster” to be very effective.

Or use Oxalic acid, mixed with water. (Take great care it is highly toxic)

 

PAINT ON MATERIAL AND CARPET

 

Use ”Polycel brush cleaner”

 

Ball point pen ink ;

 

Sponge generously with methylated spirits or try working a little white toothpaste onto the fabric and wash with warm soapy water.  ( Loosen  old stains with glycerine and detergent.)

 

Crayon wax

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Sponge with Meths and launder, or use benzine, working from the outside of the stain, inwards. Launder before the benzine dries.                                                                              For non-washables sponge with a damp cloth before benzine dries

RING MARK ON WOOD

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PLACE A DAMP CLOTH ON THE MARK, THEN IRON OVER IT WITH A HOT IRON

Stained Bath

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Use diluted ammonia, for more stubborn stains, use undiluted.

I have found Tile and floor care’s “Mould Buster” to be very effective.

Or use Oxalic acid, mixed with water. (Take great care it is highly toxic)

RED WINE STAIN

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WHITE WINE, BICARB AND A BIT OF VANISH. RUB IN, LEAVE FOR A MINUTE, THEN RINSE

PLASTIC GARDEN CHAIRS

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BLACK AND GREY MARKS ON GARDEN FURNITURE. USE A LITTLE CUTTING PASTE OR GRINDING PASTE ON A RAG.

Paint on Material and Carpet

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Use ”Polycel brush cleaner”

WAX ON CARPET

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PLACE A PEACE OF BROWN PAPER OVER THE WAX AND IRON OVER IT.

SUPER GLUE

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USE “NAIL POLISH REMOVER”

MARBLE

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USE GLYCERINE

GUM

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PLACE THE ITEM IN THE DEEPFREEZE FOR AN HOUR OR TWO OR USE AN ICE CUBE. THE GUM WILL BECOME BRITTLE AND COULD BE CHIPPED OFF. CLEAN THE REMAINDER WITH A LITTLE METHS.

GLUE

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SPONGE WITH EUCALYPTUS OIL, THEN SPONGE WITH BENZINE AND LAUNDER IF A GREASY STAIN PERSISTS. ALTERNATIVELY, TRY AMYL ACETATE, BUT TEST FABRIC ON AN INSIDE SEAM FIRST. LAUNDER BEFORE AMYL ACETATE DRIES.

Lime stainds on windows and shower

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Clean with mosaic cleaner. Use rubber gloves, this product is acid based and will stain aluminium frames.

GOLD

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½ TEASPOON OF AMMONIA, A FEW DROPS OF LIQUID SOAP AND A CUP OF WARM WATER. SOAK THE ITEM FOR A FEW MINUTES AND RUB UP

SMELLY DRAIN

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UR DOWN A SPOONFUL OF BICARB FOLLOWED BY A ½ CUP OF VINEGAR. THIS SHOULD BE DONE EVERY FEW WEEKS TO PREVENT A BUILD UP OF “GUNK” IN THE DRAIN

QUARRY TILES

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CLEAN WITH DIESEL

BLOCKED IRON

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POUR WHITE VINEGAR IN THE IRON, LEAVE FOR A WHILE, THEN IRON OVER AN OLD SHEET.

RINSE WELL.

MILDEW ON THE CEILING

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USE TFC’S “MOULD BUSTER”…WORKS WELL

GENERAL CLEANING FLUID

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8 TABLE SPOONS OF AMMONIA, 8 TABLE SPOONS OF WASHING SODA AND 2L OF WARM WATER. MIX AND USE AS A GENERAL DETERGENT IN AND AROUND THE HOUSE

STAINLESS STEEL

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USE A PRODUCT CALLED “METAL BRIGHT” OR INOX CREAM OR RUB WITH LEMON PEEL.

WASHING MACHINE

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USE 3 TABLE SPOONFULS OF BAKING SODA ON A HOT RINSE

“LOO” STAINS

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REMOVE THE WATER FROM THE PAN WITH A SMALL CONTAINER. SOAK KITCHEN PAPER IN WHITE VINEGAR AND PAST IT OVER THE STAIN OVER-NIGHT. THIS SHOULD DO THE TRICK. YOU CAN ALSO USE CHEMICO OR BATHMASTER.

BRONZE

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1 TABLE SPOON OF SALT, 1 CUP OF VINEGAR AND ENOUGH FLOUR TO MAKE A PASTE. PASTE ON THE OBJECT, LEAVE FOR AN HOUR, THEN SHINE WITH A SOFT CLOTH.

ALUMINIUM

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USE A PRODUCT CALLED “ALUBRIGHT”

Smelly Carpet and Takies with their own eco system

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Sprinkle some "cat-litter" sand. (Preferably new sand, to avoid adding to the problem) and leave overnight. You can also try a mixture of 1 cup of borax, 2 cups of maizena (corn flour). Sprinkle on the carpet, leave for an hour then vacuum.

BLOOD

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MAKE A PASTE OF SALT AND WATER, THEN RUB ON THEN SPOT. DO NOT LET THE BLOOD DRY OR USE HOT WATER. IF ALL ELSE FAILS, DISPOSE OF THE EVIDENCE

SMELLY FRIDGE

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LEAVE A MIXTURE OF 1 TABLE SPOON OF CHLORINE AND 1 TABLE SPOON OF BICARB ON A PAPER PLATE IN THE FRIDGE. CHARCOAL WILL ALSO ABSORB SOME SMELLS

CURRY STAIN

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SOAK IN MILTON

INK ON LEATHER

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USE SURGICAL SPIRITS

CAT WEE ON A CARPET

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SCRUB WITH TSP (TRISODIUM PHOSPHATE) OR PHEROMA. (“STAY-SOFT ALSO DOES THE TRICK)

Moss or algae on paving

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Scrub with a solution of chlorine and nylon brush.

RUST ON PAVING

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LEFT A METAL OBJECT ON PAVING AND NOW THERE IS A STUBBORN RUST MARK?. USE A NYLON BRUSH AND A MIX OF 50GR OXALIC ACID, 20GR SODIUM FLUORIDE, 15GR CITRIC ACID AND 1L OF WATER.

USE RUBBER GLOVES, AS OXALIC ACID IS HIGHLY TOXIC

BURNT POT

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SOAK WITH AMMONIA OR USE OVEN CLEANER

Oil on Paving

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Pour "M7" or "Prepsol" degreaser on the stain, leave for a while to penetrate then scrub with warm water. Alternatively, put in a new gasket in your car.

DIRTY IRON BASE

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PLACE SOME SALT ON BROWN PAPER AND IRON OVER IT.

Crayon Wax

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Sponge with meths and launder, or use benzine, working from the outside of the stain, inwards. Launder before the benzine dries. For non-washables sponge with a damp cloth before benzine dries.

Grease on a non-washable item

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Sprinkle some cornstarch on the spot, leave for a few minutes, brush with soft brush.

CRYSTAL

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USE MENTHOLATED SPIRITS ON A CLOTH

MILDEW ON MATERIAL

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USE A SALUTATION OF HYDROGEN PEROXIDE AND WATER

CEMENT ON DRIVEWAY

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USE “MOTAR-LIFT” OR “KONCLEAN” USE PROTECTIVE GEAR, THESE PRODUCTS ARE ACID BASED

Stained Towels

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Rub with sunlight soap and leave in the sun for an hour or two.

PEWTER

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RUB WITH A SILVER CLOTH (OBTAINABLE FROM MOST JEWELLERS) OR 1 TABLE SPOON OF SALT, 1 CUP OF VINEGAR AND ENOUGH FLOUR TO MAKE A PASTE. PASTE ON THE OBJECT, LEAVE FOR AN HOUR, THEN SHINE WITH A SOFT CLOTH.

Black Grouting

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“BUNNY HUGGER WAY” make a paste of baking soda and water, now scrub with an old toothbrush. (It does not have to be an old one) or just use TFC's "Mould Buster"

Quick and Easy

BRAAI

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A GOOD WAY TO CLEAN A BRAAI, IS TO RUB IT WITH AN ONION.

FATTY STAIN ON CARPET

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SPRINKLE WITH BAKING SODA AND LEAVE OVER-NIGHT

Ball Point Pen Ink

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Sponge generously with methylated spirits or try working a little white toothpaste onto the fabric and wash with warm soapy water. (Loosen old stains with glycerine and detergent.)

BEES

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The correct solution (perhaps a bit difficult given the chimney scenario) would be to purchase a few metres of fly mesh from a local hardware store, cut a piece to size for the chimney hearth which will stop the bees coming into the house. Shape another piece of mesh into a cone with the pointed end having a hole about the size of an old-fashioned pencil and a base large enough to  cover the chimney pot on top of the chimney. Use a piece of bell wire to lace the side of the cone together and presstick to secure the mesh to both the hearth and chimney pot. The bees are able to exit through the pencil-sized hole but for some reason cannot work out how to get back in. As more and more exit the chimney they will cluster around the entrance, stay for a few days before flying off to make a hive elsewhere.

 

I've used this method on a couple of occasions when bees have tried to set up home in a cavity wall using the airbrick as an entrance. Please note that once the bees are out it is important that the airbrick is either covered with a piece of mesh or individual U-shaped pieces are forced into each airbrick hole. Otherwise the next passing bunch of bees will smell the honey residue left by the previous bees and promptly take up residence. I've attached a rather phallic looking diagram showing the use of a cone when you have a spare bee hive. I just use the cone with no bee hive.

 

Another possible solution to the chimney problem would be to place a fan in the hearth pointing straight up into the chimney and leave it on at a very slow speed. The bees will not like the draught and should vacate the chimney.

 

Killing the bees is NOT a solution.

By Athol Brown

 

WD40

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WD-40 uses:

1.  Protects silver from tarnishing.

2.  Removes road tar and grime from cars.

3.  Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.

4.  Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery.

5..  Keeps flies off cows.

6.  Restores and cleans chalkboards.

7.  Removes lipstick stains.

8.  Loosens stubborn zippers.

9.  Untangles jewelry chains.

10.  Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.

11.  Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.

12.  Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.

13.  Removes tomato stains from clothing.

14.  Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.

15.  Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.

16.  Keeps scissors working smoothly.

17.  Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes..

18.  It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor!  Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring.  It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off.
Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.

19.  Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly!  Use WD-40!

20.  Gives a children's playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.

21.  Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.

22.  Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.

23.  Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open..

24.  Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close..

25.  Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.

26.  Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.

27.  Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans

28.  Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.

29.  Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.

30.  Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.

31.  Removes splattered grease on stove.

32.  Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.

33.  Lubricates prosthetic limbs.

34.  Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).

35.  Removes all traces of duct tape.

36.  Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.

37.  Florida 's favorite use is: 'cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.'

38.  The favorite use in the state of New York, WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.

39.  WD-40 attracts fish.  Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time.  Also, it's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose.

Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.

40.  Use it for fire ant bites.  It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.

41.  WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls.  Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.

42.  Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash.
Presto!  The lipstick is gone!

43. If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.