Dealing with Winter’s Damage to Your Garage Floor
Feb14

Dealing with Winter’s Damage to Your Garage Floor

Winter can be brutal for garage floors. In particular, the road salt residue that drips from your car after you park it in your garage can be very damaging. Road salts aren’t composed of the type of salt that’s in the saltshaker sitting on your dining room table. Instead, road salt is composed of a chemical cocktail that typically includes ingredients such as calcium hydroxide, calcium magnesium acetate, and sodium acetate. And that chemical cocktail dripping onto your garage floor does very bad things. How Road Salt Residue Damages Your Garage Floor When residue from road salts drip from your car onto the bare concrete of your garage floor, here’s what happens… The briny mixture drips onto the surface of the concrete, but it doesn’t stay on the surface. Instead, it gradually seeps deep into the porous structure of the concrete. This mixture, of course, is no longer pure road salt. It has been mixed and diluted with the water remaining from the ice and snow that the salt helped to melt. So what drips onto your garage floor is a weakened, diluted version of road salt. That’s a bad thing, because this diluted briny mixture will freeze at a much higher temperature than pure road salt. And that’s exactly what happens. When the temperature drops in your garage, the road salt residue – which has now worked deep into the pores of your concrete floor – will refreeze. In the process of freezing, it expands. And when it expands, it damages the structural integrity of your garage floor’s concrete. The result can be a garage floor with a chipped and broken surface. It’s called spalling. Cleaning The Stains You can do something about the ugly stains left on the surface of your floor from the accumulated residues of road salt. If you’ve tried just rinsing those salt stains off with water, you know that that’s not terribly effective. Instead, mix up a solution that’s composed of: 1 gallon of warm water 1 cup of vinegar A squirt of liquid dish detergent Pour some of this solution on the salt-stained areas, and scrub with a stiff brush. After giving the stains a good scrubbing, use a mop or a wet vac to remove as much of the residue as possible. Then rinse with lots of clean water. For particularly tough salt stains, you might have to repeat the process a couple of times to get the best results. Good luck! P.S. One alternative to dealing with the damage and staining caused by road salt residue? TLC’s Polyaspartic Polyurea system. It’s like a magic shield that makes your garage floor...

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Is DIY Landscape Lighting a VGI (Very Good Idea)?
May03

Is DIY Landscape Lighting a VGI (Very Good Idea)?

Are you a DIYer (Do It Yourselfer)? If so, you’re part of what seems to be a rapidly growing movement. It’s likely rooted in the traditional American spirit of independence and self-sufficiency; roll up your sleeves and git’r done! The DIY movement also encompasses a yearning for retaining more control of our lives, in an age when the trend seems to be moving in the opposite direction. And unquestionably, a BIG proportion of the DIY movement is motivated by the need or desire to economize – particularly after the rough and bouncy economic ride of recent years. Kits Are Big Lots of businesses have sprung up to cater to the desires of DIYers. And many that have been around for decades have boomed in recent years. In particular, lots of businesses these days offer kits to cater to the DIY boom. What kind of kits? Just about anything you can think of! If you’re a DIYer, you can buy a kit to: Build a boat Build a car Build a beehive Build a chicken coop Build a greenhouse Build a log cabin Build a computer Build a house The list is virtually endless. You can even buy a kit to build an airplane – yes, a real airplane, the kind you’ll get in and fly among the clouds (if you dare!). These kits offer sort of a compromise for DIYers. You’re still building something yourself, but you’re saving a whole lot of time and trouble compared to building from scratch. Mostly, DIY kits are beneficial. They can be a great boon to a DIYer. But in some cases, not so much… Landscape Lighting Kits…NOT! One type of DIY kit is for installing your own landscape lighting system. The basic motivation for buying such a kit is well founded; landscape lighting offers lots of benefits to homeowners. Every home should be equipped with a landscape lighting system. But should you install that system yourself? In a word: No. The truth of the matter is that some jobs should just be left to professionals. While DIYing is great, it’s not for everything. Some tasks simply require a wealth of knowledge and practical experience to achieve the best results. And knowledge and experience cannot be packaged into a kit along with all the bits and pieces and parts. That certainly applies to landscape lighting installations. Part of the reason to leave this job to professionals is the electrical work that’s involved. When you install a landscape lighting system, you’re dealing with extensive wiring and expanded electrical loads. You really need to know what you’re doing when you tread into that territory. But...

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4 Top Tips for Organizing Your Garage Workspace
Apr17

4 Top Tips for Organizing Your Garage Workspace

For people that like to putter, the garage can be a wonderful place to while away the hours. It’s a place that’s custom made for puttering. The garage is isolated from the rest of the home, so if your puttering gets a bit noisy, you’re not likely to bother anyone else. And if your garage is clean, orderly, and well organized, there’s plenty of room for puttering. But that “well organized” part is where the train jumps the tracks for many people. That’s because many garages are junked-up places, so jam-packed with stuff that there’s hardly room to turn around. And there’s certainly not enough room to do any constructive puttering! One key to getting your garage putter-ready is to organize the area that you’ll designate as your workspace. Here are 4 top tools for organizing the puttering zone in your garage, all available from TLC Inc. #1: Shelf Workbench If you don’t have a bona fide workbench in your garage, here’s an idea that will work as either a temporary or long-term solution: Use a StoreWALL 15″ heavy-duty shelf as a workbench. Position it at just the right height (easy to do thanks to StoreWALL’s camloc system), and this rugged shelve can do double duty as both a workbench and a storage resource. #2: Magnetic Bar Tool Holder If you’re a putterer, you know that there’s nothing more annoying than not being able to find the tool you need, when you need it. So why not have your most-used hand tools mounted on the wall, right in front of your face? That’s easily done with StoreWALL’s Magnetic Bar. Position the bar to be within arm’s reach of your workbench, and slap your metallic hand tools right on the bar. It’s particularly easy to use because you don’t have to worry about poking tools into holes, or hanging them on hooks as with other types of tool holders. #3: Shallow Basket Tool Holder For tools that are too large for the Magnetic Bar, or that aren’t metallic, StoreWALL’s selection of shallow baskets might be the perfect solution. These shallow baskets are just deep enough to keep your tools in place, but without requiring you too reach in and rummage around to grab the tool you need. #4: Open Bin Tool Holders For big, heavy tools, StoreWALL’s heavy-duty storage bins could be the perfect storage solution. These rugged bins can be particularly great for storing power tools such as drills and jigsaws. The bins are mounted on 15″ wall brackets that attach anywhere on the wall using the camloc system. So you can position your storage bins at the ideal...

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