I want to start this article with a phone call – well about a phone call I received while I was on the radio once. She said she had a 1 ½ gallon commode that she had bought about 3 years ago and she didn’t like it. She said she had to flush the commode about 3 times to clear the toilet, and she just didn’t see how that was saving any water. I agreed with her. And she said she did not want to buy another toilet, so what was she going to do? I told her to buy some Delete Germ and put a ½ cup in the over-flow pipe on the inside of the tank of the toilet. I explained how it would clean the toilet from the inside out and would end up in the bowl. I told her to just leave the Delete Germ in the toilet for as long as she could. She explained to me she was going on vacation and would be gone for 2 weeks. I said that would be fine. Two weeks later I got a call from that same homeowner, she said that she did exactly what I told her to and to her utter shock, she had a GOLF BALL in the toilet bowl. How did that happen she asked? Well I have to tell you that caught me completely off guard- a golf ball? Then I asked her- does that golf ball have a hole in it? She said – yeah, how did you know that? Then I explained that there is a hole under the water that when you flush the toilet, the water goes down- and her hole was almost completely limed up. Leaving the Delete Germ in the toilet for 2 weeks loosened the lime and then it just floated to the surface. I told her from now on to put a ½ cup of Delete Germ in the toilet to keep it flushing smoothly. We have had Delete Germ around for 30 years, it’s a mild acid and perfect for cleaning toilets- plus it has a peppermint smell.
Now to the email…..
Question: Hello- what is the name of the least toxic paint remover? I have tried several products and they are a extreme amount of work, plus they are so stinky!
- Answer: Use the stripper that is made of Soy Beans. It’s called Soy Gel and can be used inside the house without any odor and fumes. It is completely non toxic and environmentally friendly. Just remember when using Soy Gel, don’t get in a hurry. Put it on ¼ of inch thick, and leave it on for 5-6 hours. Go out to eat and then go to the movie. When you come home just take your plastic putty knife and check and see if the paint is ready to come off. Then scrape it off and wipe with a damp cloth. No sanding required afterwards- the Soy Gel will save you a step.
Question: We have a hole that rusted through a porcelain tub. While we plan to replace the tub when we remodel next year we would to know if there is a product that will repair the hole until then.
- Answer: Good Question- If there is any roughness sand it smooth. Then kill the rust with Rust Cure. After a week the Rust Cure will kill any rust there and that spot will never rust again. Now let’s fill the spot with a epoxy called PC 11. It’s putty that you mix together, go slow and build up the spot. Then touch up the spot with an appliance touch up paint the color of the tub. You are good until remodeling.
Question: What can I use to get the smell and stain out of hardwood floors from cat urine?
- Answer: To get the stain out use Oxalic Acid. There is one made by Savogran that can be found at most paint stores. You mix it with water and you can use it several times if the stain is really dark. For the smell use a product called Bio Zapp. Pour it on and let it go down to the concrete slab- it will neutralize any smell. Let dry and if need to – repeat.
Got a question for Johnnie? Tune in to Johnnie’s radio show Saturday mornings on KKYX from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or call (210) 341-1573. Reach him on the web at www.happyhandyman.com.