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home>>family>>home & decor 3>>spring honey-do's

Spring Honey-do's: "Honey, it's done" - and then some!


(ARA) - Spring is home improvement time. Generally speaking, this falls into major categories such as: Spring Cleaning, Lawn and Garden Work, Maintenance and Repairs, Upgrades and the "Honey-do List" of accumulated small things.

Deciding what to do (and in what order) is an annual survival technique for those emerging from a long winter hibernation – and the answer is obvious. Spring-cleaning requires lots of motivation and dedication (because as Yogi Berra once noted "It ain't over ‘til it's over"). Lawn and Garden work (once started) goes until next fall. And doing "big stuff" requires dragging out tools and costs some evenings and/or weekends as well.

Thus, for those wanting to "ease" into their chores, the "honey-do" list wins hands down. And this year, completing it (and then some) is incredibly easier and more creative than ever.

Previously, it required digging out a full complement of repair "goodies" -- ranging from glues, caulks and adhesives to nails, screws, hooks and duct tape -- all in preparation for that which needed to be done.

Not this year. Quick and creative household tune-ups now come in a handy four-ounce Mini-tube -- of Polyseamseal "All-Purpose Adhesive Caulk" -- that (as the label says) has 1001 uses. Maybe even more.

Its double-duty formula holds like an adhesive and seals like a caulk. It can be left pure white or is ready for painting in just two hours. And even though it is water-soluble for easy clean up -- it's waterproof in only 24-hours. And the new four-ounce "Mini" size and re-sealable "stand-up" cap puts all sorts of household repairs and improvements at your fingertips -- whenever and wherever you need them.

Besides all the traditional uses (such as small caulking jobs for the kitchen and bath), the new "Mini" is invaluable for everything from saving time to saving money. Here are a few ideas and interesting uses – just to get you thinking:

* Loose tile in the shower? On a countertop or backsplash? Remove it, add a few dollops, and press it back into place. In 24-hours, you're good to go. Grout needs a touch-up? Use some there too.

* Caulk any gaps or cracks that appeared over the winter. It saves energy, prevents water damage and improves appearance. Don't forget you can also touch up windows, doors, baseboards, tubs and sinks and much more!

* Noisy cabinet doors or drawers that slam shut with a "bang?" A dab on inside corners (or on the frame) serves as quieting "bumpers."

* Keep picture frames and mirrors hanging straight with a dab on corners too. Dab, let dry and hang.

* Make non-scratch/non-slip "feet" for soap dishes, liquid soap dispensers and ceramic canisters.

* Flower pot or patio table rocking back and forth due to an uneven surface or bottom? To make "self-leveling" feet -- turn it over, add a few dabs, let it partially set-up (six or seven hours) and place the bottom or legs down on pieces of waxed paper right where you want it. Next day, you'll have a "solid" fit. Levels most things -- big or small, inside or out.

* Toilet tank lid doesn't fit right? Scrapes and grinds because it's loose? Put a bead around the top edge of the tank or inside the lid. Let dry for 24-hours and replace for a snug (and quiet) fit.

* Want wood baseboard where it can't be nailed -- like around your bathtub? Glue it in place with adhesive caulk instead.

* Repair cracks and holes in walls, molding or railings (or hide mitering mistakes). Leave white or paint within two hours.

* Loose floor tiles or wood trim? Glue down with adhesive caulk.

* Use as wallpaper "helper." Glue loose edges back into place and seal to prevent curling due to moisture.

* No need for mounting holes in exterior surfaces for hooks, signs, decorations or thermometers. Just apply adhesive caulk on item, tape into place and let dry. Great for brick, stucco and all types of siding. (Adhere address numbers on house and mailbox too.)

* Mount pegboard panels on studs in garage, carport or in attic for storage.

* Firm up wobbly chair and table legs. (Even pro upholsters use it.)

And the handy four-ounce Mini-tube of "All-Purpose Adhesive and Caulk" isn't just for home use. Boat owners keep a Mini-tube handy to seal out water and to prevent destructive rust and corrosion above the water line. It's great for RV, ATV and motorcycle use too. It's even a thoughtful addition in "new home" gift baskets.

Handy hints:

* Always "knead" the soft tube to ensure a smooth adhesive caulk mixture.

* Have everything you need ready before you start.

* Test flow and practice on scrap material first.

* For better "control" on smaller jobs, squeeze adhesive caulk into a disposable container first (paper cup, bottle cap or jar lid) -- and apply dabs or dots with an applicator stick or toothpick.

* To smooth a bead of adhesive caulk, use a popsicle stick or moistened finger. Many pros use an ice cube for a "slick" finish.

This Spring, it's easy to turn Honey-Do's into "Honey, it's done!" -- and then some. The four-ounce Mini-tube of Polyseamseal "All-Purpose Adhesive and Caulk." The biggest name in caulk!

For more information call (888) 445-0208 or visit www.polyseamseal.com.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Carey Brothers, James and Morris, are nationally renowned experts on home building and remodeling. They share their three decades of experience as award-winning contractors with regular appearances on television, on radio – with their own "On The House" weekly program – and in newspapers. The Carey Brothers' entertaining and informative "tips" for homeowners are also heard daily on hundreds of radio stations nationwide. Their latest books "Home Remodeling for Dummies" and "Home Maintenance for Dummies" are available in bookstores everywhere.

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