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TOT: Avoid Harsh Drain Cleansers

August 22nd, 2018 by

DON’T use chemical drain cleaners to unclog your toilet or other drains! These products are not only dangerous to your health, but can damage plumbing fixtures and pipes, and kill the good bacteria operating septic systems – creating costly repairs!

TOT: Safe Cleansers

August 22nd, 2018 by

Baking soda, white vinegar, and soapy water, along with a tooth brush, are your best weapons for cleaning most areas – skip the harsh chemical and abrasive cleansers whenever possible. Harsh chemicals and toxic cleansers tend to be too corrosive on old building materials, and can seriously damage older pipes and fixtures. Avoid using vinegar […]

TOT: Ladder Safety

August 22nd, 2018 by

When using an extension ladder, it should extend outward from the wall at least 1 foot for every 3 feet of height for a stable footing.

TOT: Plaster Repair

August 22nd, 2018 by

When using a sandable product such as Durabond, there is a tendency to scratch the plaster around the edges of your repair. To avoid this, use a stiff, wet sponge at the edges of your patch to avoid chasing your tail as you finish up your repair.


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