An exterminator told my friend that when you begin to see ants, they are the scouts. Stop these and you won't have ants. My son discovered that if you spray them with Windex (or any other glass cleaner), they are exterminated. Keep after it for a while and you won't have ants. We have used this for years. 2 days ago our humming bird feeder leaked onto the concrete front porch...the liquid got down in the crack between brick and concrete so there was not way to flush it out. Ants
appeared quickly, I sprayed them with Windex. Watched through the day and kept spraying them. Now ant free! Safe for kids, pets and environment! It is worth a try before you spend hundreds.
My kids tease me about my sense of smell. They say I am hypersensitive in this area. I will tell them to take out the trash because it reeks and they tell me they don't smell anything!
Ditto for cleaning the bathroom, kitchen, rinsing out dishrags. As I type this I am stringing things together and getting the feeling they have a selective sense of smell to go with selective hearing. Teenagers! Have you ever had a phantom smell in your house? Come on, admit it, I won't tell. You know what I mean. It is when you can smell something is funky somewhere in the house, but you can't find it. That is when you need me for a friend. I can find it.
Vinegar is an incredibly powerful liquid. There are almost endless health benefits by using it both inside and outside your body (recipe here, here and here. ) You probably also know it can be used as a replacement for most cleaning solutions and detergents, and because it is so good for your health, it has almost no dangerous side effects. If anything, using vinegar as your
goto cleaner can only improve the health of you and your family.
Adding citrus to a vinegar cleaner not only adds a pleasant smell, but it increases the cleaning power. Like many toxic cleaners, citrus helps it cut through grease, destroy molds and bacterias that may be hiding in your house and more. There are recipes out there for mixing vinegar with essential oils to get the same thing, but there's something nice about making it yourself that we just love at our house.
Here is the recipe:1. Fill a one quart mason jar with citrus peels.
2. Cover peels with white vinegar, place lid on jar, shake and allow to sit for 2-3 weeks.
3. Strain the citrus peels out of the vinegar.
4. Mix the vinegar solution and water in a spray bottle. (You can mix it in a 1:1, 1:2 or 1:3 solution depending on how strong you want your solution)
5. If you want more recipes and how-tos for making your own cleaners, check out this great post! http://www.theyummylife.com/Natural_Citrus_V...
Finally finished the first coat of Restore Deck Armour on our deck that was built in 1983. Over the years it has had a few cleanings and some stain, but has mostly been neglected. I did
not pressure wash, but used Olympic deck cleaner and a good scrub brush. I also replaced 12 ea. Kiln Dried PT 2 X 6 boards.....(which I bought at Lummus Supply at the same price, without the special order freight charges from the 2 big boxes in town).
All in all I'm happy with the results of the first coat, and will add the 2nd coat in about 2 months (at 800 SF, I need a break). More important, my wife was happy with the results.
Here are a few before and after photos', and a few comments based on my experience:
It may have been the age and condition of the deck, but I had to add 20% to their stated coverage rate of 2 gallons per 100 SF.
The honeycomb roller does leave a nice texture finish....but it's not as easy as their video show....and a fully loaded roller does cover only the 5 -7 SF as stated. So have patients and allow plenty of time......it's not like rolling out paint or stain.
The matching Solid Stain offers great coverage, but it is expensive.
And most of all, what they don't tell you is that this finish absorbs heat and it is hot as hell in direct sun light on bare feet....as my wife discovered.
So if you try it, have fun....I'm sure you will like the results