Cleaning your Barbecue Lava Rock


Raise the lid of the grill and remove the grates. You should turn lava rocks placed on the burner grates upside down while wearing working gloves for keeping your hands clean. Flipping of the lava rocks over makes contact with the dirty surfaces with the burner needing better cleaning.

An aluminum foil sheet should be placed over the barbeque lava rocks. This sheet helps in holding in heat which helps for faster cleaning. The grill should be ignited and the burner flames adjusted to medium high using the front control knobs. The grill lid should be closed for holding in the heat.

The grill should be run with medium-high heat for about half an hour for burning off grease along with dirt, allowed to shut down and cool. Inspect several lava rocks to check whether the cleaning is to your satisfaction. An additional bake may be required for eliminating all grease.

Making your Toolbox Drawers Slide Easily

InstructionsTake out all tools from your toolbox drawer. Pull the toolbox drawer forwards as well as backwards. If it is not running smoothly the items which you are having in the drawer should be checked. Metal tools are usually heavy, and when you have too many tools kept inside the drawer, it may not close easily.

Remove the drawer as well as check the metal runners. Inspect if there are bends in the pieces. These bends can be straightened using the pliers. Bend them either towards right or towards left so as to level them.

Check the runners and see if you have dust buildup on them. Any dirt or dust should be wiped off the runners. Pour some mineral oil on the runner and rub it in using the cloth. Only a thin film of oil is required to make the drawer work with easy and proper movements.

Building your Shelf Drying Rack


To build a shelf drying rack at home is very easy. The things needed are only a board, a saw and some screws. To start with holes having approx. ½ inch diameter should be drilled every 4 inches apart in the middle portion of a board of size 2- by- 4.

The board should be cut in half along the length with the help of a rip saw to create two thinner boards which are having semicircle dips along one side.

The two pieces of the board sized 1-by- 4 should be cut about 3 inches longer against the shelves which you require to dry.

The 1-by-4 pieces of the board are attached to the tops as well as bottoms of the boards which are sized 2-by-4 to create a box type frame. The notches of the frame should face up. Lean this drying rack at the side of the wall.

Making your wool Comforters

Determine the accurate size of the bed. Select fabric for this project of making wool comforters. Use the measurements according to bed size and select any preferred fabric of the correct size.

Cut in such a way that you have two pieces of fabric matching each other. Place the fabric in such a way that right sides are towards each other. You should match the edges as well as pin sides approx. 1/2 inch in the fabric. Catch the three layers into the pins. Leave approx. a 6-inch opening to one side. Sew all four sides allowing seam allowance. The fourth side should be left approx. 6 inches open.

Pull the fabric through the hole which is left open on fourth side. This turns the fabric out on right-side out hiding the seams which are on the inner side of the wool comforter. Stuff the shell of the comforter using wool stuffing if desired.

Extending your Oval shaped Glass Dining Table


Detached Leaf

Separate the table in the center. You have to pull one table side for doing this; or you may need someone to help you so each one of you may pull one-half of your oval table.

Lay detached leaf neatly in the space between two table halves. Ensure that the outer edges of this leaf are flush against the outer edges of the top halves of the table.

Close the table as you slide the two halves towards the center leaf, newly placed.

Slide-Out Leaves

Look beneath table top at both ends of the table to check the pull-out leaves.

Take out each leaf which is below the table till it is revealed fully.

Pull the leaf upwards and allow it for becoming flush with the top of the table. Release the pressure exerted on the leaf of the table. You should hear as it snaps in place.

Removing the Luster from Leather


Saturate a cloth which must be lint-free using alcohol. Rub it over the leather surface. The alcohol removes the luster from the leather’ and takes off the upper coatings. Dip this lint-free cloth in acetone and rub this lint-free cloth on the leather surface. The acetone is helpful in removing dye present in the leather.

After this, rub the leather surface, which is damp with acetone, using fine-grain sandpaper. You should rub gently for distressing the leather. Apply pressure for darkening the leather and remove its luster completely. You should dab shoe brush lightly in black colored shoe polish. Scrub leather surface using the brush, applying polish considering how much finish you want to give to the leather surface.

Wash your leather on gentle cycle in washing machine, if working on a garment. This helps in agitating the leather and removing extra dyes. Dry this leather garment using the clothes dryer, with no heat.

Cleaning your Water Bed Mattress Covers


Front-Loading Washing Machine

A front-loading machine should be used for washing the mattress covers at home, as there is no agitator to cause friction on the mattress fabric.

The covers should be inserted into the machine and detergent should be added. The machine should be set on the regular cycle using cold water. The covers should be hanged out for drying in the sun.

Top-Load Washing Machine

The cover should be removed away from the water bed and inserted in the washing machine. The machine should be set using either the normal cycle or gentle cycle referring to the label having proper care instructions. Cold or warm water can be used. Laundry detergent should be added and the machine should be turned on. The covers should be tumble dried with low heat. Reading the label on the covers before you start drying ensures if it is recommended. Line drying may be recommended by some manufacturers.

Removing the Rabbit Hair


To remove the rabbit hair the floor and the carpet as well as upholstery should be vacuumed. The upholstery attachment which is on your hose should be used for cleaning upholstery. The rabbit hair should be removed this way as much as possible. It may not be possible to remove fine hairs.

A lint roller should be rolled over your upholstery which should help in attracting the remaining rabbit hairs, even if they are very fine. A dishtowel should be dampened using clear water. It should be twisted to remove excess water. The towel should be wrapped around your broom as well as secured around the broomstick using rubber bands.

The broom should be swept over with care over the entire surface of your carpet as well as the floor. The rest of the rabbit hair will be attracted towards the wet dishtowel. The dishtowel should be rinsed as required.

Repairing a Dent in your Silver Teapot


The lid should be removed and the teapot should be placed on rubber pad. The dent should be covered on the inner side of teapot using petroleum jelly.

The head of the dapping tool should be placed against the dent along the inner side of the teapot. This dapping tool consists of a wood stick having a rounded head having looks similar to a drumstick. If you don’t get this dapping tool, a wood dowel can be used having a rounded dowel cap at the end.

The tool should be held at an angle against the dent and the backside of the tool should be tapped using a mallet. It should be tapped gently repeating the movement and the head should be moved constantly around the area which has the dent. Silver cream should be spread on the teapot with a soft cloth. The cream should be buffed away for polishing the silver.

Patching your Leather Couch


A leather repairing kit should be purchased containing a patch and a filler as well as liquid color. The leather surrounding the hole should be washed using a liquid soap solution. The residue should be removed and the leather should be allowed to dry. The area should be washed using alcohol.

A sub-patch should be cut from the fabric which should be slightly bigger as against the damage. After lifting the edges of the area damaged, the fabric patch should be placed below the area which is damaged. The patch of leather in the kit should be cut to match the size of the hole. Latex fabric glue should be applied to the sub-patch edges.

The remaining residue of glue should be washed away using a little quantity of alcohol. Fillers should be applied to cracks. It should be allowed to dry and color should be applied for blending the repair.