May 17, 2020 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
Hey, I think I see a new subscriber! It's you! After writing my newsletter for nigh on twenty-five years, I’ve gotten pretty good at spotting newcomers! Welcome and thanks for signing up. I think you’ll like the prizes I have in store for you in this issue.
You should know I listen to music while creating the newsletter. It always puts me in a great mood. There was a time when I could call you up invest a dime and you say you belong to me to ease my mind. What am I listening to? CLICK or TAP HERE to discover what song put a smile on my face as I typed these words.
CLICK or TAP HERE to get your groove on listening to past newsletter songs. Most of them cause me to dance and flail my arms around up in my cave!
I know, you’re one of my seasoned subscribers! I remember you, silly! Speaking of seasoning, do you remember what I did to win the war against the pesky woodpecker?
John’s Roof Paint
A few days ago, John invested in one of my 15-Minute Consult calls. He didn’t want to make a mistake repainting the roof of his Florida home. John told me it’s already reaching the mid-90s there each day so you might imagine how hot his roof is to the touch.
John was interested in my opinion about paint colors. The conversation was fascinating and within five minutes I had decided to do a test for him. Since he’s not painting for three weeks, I have plenty of time. Once my test is complete, I’ll email the results to John.
You may be wondering about the fine points of our conversation. I’m going to share all that and much more when I publish my test results next week.
Isn’t that interesting? Most of us don’t hang up anymore from a call. That sure ages me! Here’s a photo of the phone I used to call my first girlfriend as well as the few others that would go out with me. You did have to hang the handset back up in the cradle. Now, of course, you just swipe or tap a button.
I told John I’d put the three painted samples out on my deck table on the next really sunny day, about 30 minutes before solar noon. Solar noon is when the sun is as high in the sky as it’s going to get that day. The sun’s rays are most intense at this point of the day because they go through the least amount of atmosphere. But, you probably knew that.
Once the samples get nice and toasty warm, which should only take a few minutes, I’ll snap some photos using my FLIR infrared camera. CLICK or TAP HERE to see my growing collection of infrared photos taken with the FLIR.
The painted metal samples are vibrant green, white, and flat black. You probably know which one will be the hottest, but will you be able to guess the temperature spread between the three? WATCH for this upcoming report!
The Fun Quiz
How much fun is my new easy-to-play one-question quiz?
If I’m able to satisfy my older sister, then I know I’m hitting the mark. Here’s what she shared with me a few days ago, “By the way, I enjoy your new games (quizzes) of interesting facts. I’ve only had one winner....”
It’s important to realize that we kid each other incessantly, most often in the age department. She tendered an excuse for her inability to get more answers right.
But being the loving younger brother, I didn’t take a swing at that softball pitch across the plate even though I could have hit a grand slam home run with it. I love you, Big Sister!
Please take a look at the quiz illustration for today. It’s just below. Each panel represents one of the five answers.
If these drawings I made for you don’t convince you to invest 30 seconds taking the quiz, NOTHING WILL.
I GUARANTEE you’ll discover a very cool fact you can share with your friends and family! CLICK or TAP HERE and have some FUN.
Hose Bib Dreams Come True
I’ll be honest. I never thought a mundane topic like hose bibs would garner your attention. It’s a good thing I didn’t go to the line bet desk in a casino and wager!
I knew the magic wand question would generate some very interesting answers. Here are a few of my favorites:
“Hot water to a hose bib, wonderful, but that’s a dream!”
“Easy connection, doesn't leak, can provide hot water”
“Have two faucets, hot and cold that could be mixed to make warm water.”
I think you see two common themes here, right? Look at this photo of the hose faucet (bib) I'm about to install at my own home.
CLICK or TAP HERE and understand that dreams do, indeed, come true.
I GUARANTEE you'll buy ONE OF THEM and have it installed in an hour or two.
Painting Your Rusty Stuff
I intend to repaint the inside of a steel wheelbarrow I use.
Fortunately, I know the BEST paint to use for steel so it will take a while for it to rust again.
CLICK or TAP HERE do discover what paint I’ll be using.
Phil’s Water Damage Drywall Repair
Phil’s a virtual friend of mine. You may be one too. I’m so very lucky to have made friends with folks all over the world via this newsletter.
CLICK or TAP HERE to see what I have to say about:
- an ingenious way to STOP the water damage
- an easy-to-use product to do the repair
- a secret tip about painting corner bead
That’s enough for a Sunday, wouldn’t you say?
The wretched black flies are flitting around here in central New Hampshire. I’m convinced God was having a rough morning climbing over boulders and logs when He created these despicable insects.
Do It Right, Not Over!
P.S. Riddle me this:
What’s the best cleaner for stainless steel sinks? Better yet, what's the WORST thing you can do to a stainless steel sink other than try to clean a motorcycle engine in one? Yes, it’s been done…
CLICK or TAP HERE to see if you know this factoid.