Removing rust rings from kitchen sinks and baths

Thursday, September 19, 2019

How to remove rust rings from sinks, tubs and baths

While you can always use rust removal sprays and gels for removing rust rings that can appear out plug drains (often caused by water high in iron) or from say leaving aerosol cans (such as cheap shaving creams) in one place too long, there’s also a few natural home remedies that you can try using ordinary items found in the kitchen and laundry.

The first tip is to use baking soda (which is more properly known as sodium bicarbonate and used in cooking and for making hokey pokey…). This method works particularly well on stainless steel washbasins.

  1. Make a thick paste with the baking soda and water.
  2. Scrub it onto the rust ring or stain.
  3. Carefully add a few drops of vinegar to the paste. It will ‘fizz up’. Let this chemical reaction occur as that is what loosens the rust from bath or benchtop.
  4. When the fizz reaction is over, give it a wipe off with a wet cloth. Fingers crossed you’ve removed the rust.

There’s also a twist on this trick by using salt and lemon juice. If you didn’t know, lemons are citrus fruit and they are described as such because the juice contains citric acid... and you can totally use acid to remove rust!

Place some common table salt over the rust and ensure the rust ring area is wholly covered. Squirt a fair amount of freshly squeezed lemon juice onto the salt. Add enough so that it soaks into the salt.

After about an hour (or even better, do it before bed and then leave till morning), scrub the salted area with a nylon kitchen scrub pad and your bath should be looking free of rust!

There are many simply natural remedies that may a householder has used as well. One part Hydrogen peroxide mixed with 2 parts of cream of tartar apparently works well (we’ve not tried this method).

We should note that if your drain and surrounding area is well rusted, then you may need to use a tried and true product like Barkeepers Friend and get some elbow grease in there too.

There is also plenty of spray-on gels that you can use to. Simple to use, spray them on, give them some time for the active ingredients to eat the rust and then wash away:

Best staple gun for DIY and Upholstrey projects

Monday, September 16, 2019
best gun stapler for repair projects

Best gun stapler for DIY home projects

As a kid, a staple gun was a brilliant tool.

You could use it to put up Star Wars posters and you could also use it to fire staples at your little brothers.

As a mature man (!) and father of two kids, I still regard staple guns as being one of the best tools one can have. I still use them to put up the kid's posters and now maybe instead of trying to blind people, I use them to staple in insulation.

I recently converted my shed into an office and man, did that stapler prove a life saver when trying to keep the insulation in the ceiling before I added the plasterboard.

I found the 'karrthank /// kaarrrthuunkk!!' of the staples going into the insulation and wood framing quite satisfying.

What's not satisfying is accidentally leaving one's stapler behind the shed and months later discovering it rusted up, inside and out...

And so here we are looking at the number one selling staple gun on Amazon:
best gun stapler

  • A manual staple gun, it's made of thick carbon steel which means it's built for long-lasting durability.
  • Features the Quick-Jam-Clear - When the nail of the staple gun is stuck, you can pull down the binding switch and remove the stuck nails to ensure the nail gun works properly.
  • Power Adjustment - Use the knob of the power staple gun to adjust the pressure to fit the thickness of the material you are using, which will make your decoration work easier - this means you can use it on 'lighter' items.
  • 3-Way Staples - D-type, U-type, T-type 3-in-1 manual staples are ideal for repair, decoration and fastening to meet your different DIY renovation needs.
  • It's yellow, so you know it works really well.

But can you trust the claims of a manufacturer? The proof of the pudding is in the reviews of actual users who've bought the gun on Amazon:

"I bought this to finish a chair repair/ re-upholsterey project. I was mid-project when the staple gun I was using died, so I bought this one. This new one is a big improvement over my old one and the last half of my project went much quicker and easier.

I love that it can use different types of staples for different types of projects. I used this staple gun to repair some damage to the wood of the chair and I also used it for the upholstery. It was easy to use & worked very well. I’ll be using this on several upcoming projects I have around the house."

"This does what it says on the tin. I have got quite staple happy with it, if it is not fixed down I am tempted to staple it, loving the power within my grip!

Highly recommend for all odd jobs I primarily used it for upholstery but have since used to tack garden mesh, and fix a reed panel to a board"

"Before I made this purchase, I tried to be fancy and get a compressed-air staple gun that would shoot both brads and staples and make my small reupholstery jobs easier for my small hands. When the fancy staple gun arrived, I realized it was way too much power and too many parts for little jobs that a manual gun could do with ease. 

Enter, this purchase. The staple gun was easy to load, even without instructions and more importantly perfect for my small hands and weaker grip strength. I’m beyond pleased and glad I opted for this straightforward, no frills staple gun. It comes with staples, too!"

If I've found one complaint about this stapler it's that it doesn't come with instructions on how to load staples. To my mind, if you can't figure out how to put staples in a stapler, perhaps you might just want to sit this one out... or check out a Youtube video. 

But if you think you have a grip strong enough to handle this heavy-duty tool, check out the price on Amazon:

It's a free world and we believe in freedom of choice. So if you don't want steel but prefer plastic, then the Bostitch Upholstrey stapler could be on the cards for you.

The key feature is that it has a pretty handy squeeze mechanism so you can get those staples in without work out:
upholstery  staple gun with easy grip mechanism

The Bostich boasts a lightweight diecast aluminum design. The steel handle has an over-molded rubber grip for easy grip and comfort. It as a convenient bottom loading for quick and easy reloading of staples.

stanley light duty best stapler gun

If you are looking for a simple yet faithful light-duty staple duty then the Stanley is a classic around the home or office unit. Though made of chrome, it's lightweight which means it is perfect for simple office jobs like putting up signs or posters.

How do you fix a jammed staple gun?

Nothing much worse when you are trying to get a job done quickly and the stapler jams up. If you are lucky you will be able to pull it out with your finger with a bit of manipulation.

If however that staple is jammed well and truly, then you might want to use a pair of long-nosed pliers to clear the jam. Before you do that, it's often easiest to slide out the pusher rod so you have slightly more room to maneuver.

You don't necessarily need pliers... some times a flat head screwdriver will do the job and in a real pinch, you can use a nail clipper - just don't apply so much pressure that you cut the staple...

The real issue is that not all staplers are made the same so you'll need to adjust or remove any screws accordingly.

Best water quality meters and test kits

Friday, September 6, 2019

How to choose the best water quality test kit 

Did you ever hear of a place called Flint in Michigan, USA?

It's famous for having perhaps the poorest drinking water quality in a first world country. You literally cannot drink the water as the city's pipe infrastructure is rooted which resulted in lead leaching from the pipes and eventually into its citizens directly.

There's no need to use a water meter in Flint because the water comes out rusty red and the locals have to make do with bottled water.

So much for water quality.

We state this to highlight that water quality is massively important - from keeping the human population healthy right through to testing river pollution though to making kombucha or homebrew beer (pH levels are super important), there are a million reasons why brewers, scientists and swimming pool users need to check water:

  • Too much chlorine? 
  • A bad swimming experience? 
  • Is your water too hard?
  • Excess iron
  • You're getting calcium build up?
  • Suspect your house's old lead pipes are leaching?

If so, you are looking for a water quality tester, here's the range of things a good tester can account for:

  • bacteria presence
  • chlorine
  • copper
  • iron or lead
  • pH levels - alkalinity
  • pesticides
  • nitrate and nitrites
  • hardness or softness
  • salinity
  • dissolved oxygen

But at the end of the day, most users just want to know if the water is good for cooking, cleaning, and drinking. Especially if you are checking the water that has gone through a home filter.

water quality tester phHome testing kits and meters are great because you can get fairly instant results and you certainly do not have to send off samples to an expensive laboratory or testing company!

So what are the best water testers?

If you want to just check out the best of the best, here are our top five recommendations for pH testers:

  1. Hanna Instruments HI 98128
  2. Milwaukee MW102 PH and Temperature Meter (Amazon Best Seller)
  3. Oakton EcoTestr pH 2+ Pocket pH Meter
  4. Hach Pocket Pro + Ph meter
  5. Apera Instruments AI312 PH60F Premium pH Pocket Tester

Read on for a more in-depth discussion about how to choose the best water tester for personal use.

First up, here's some of the functions and features that you might want to consider when buying a meter.

  • You want the damn thing to be accurate. And frankly, you probably want laboratory results accurate because 'near enough' doesn't cut the mustard when we are talking about drinking water or swimming in it!
  • What kind of probe does it come with? Is it easy to calibrate and clean? Is it strong enough to withstand a little bit of a bump and are the probes cheap to replace (they can wear out over time and quite quickly if they are not properly cared for. A good kind of probe to keep an eye out for is a multi-sensor probe which usually allows for the measurement of standard parameters including pH, oxidation reduction potential (ORP), conductivity, dissolved oxygen, and of course, temperature.
  • Is the display waterproof? Sounds stupid to ask but you kind do want a waterproof tester because...water. Especially if you are using a smaller, handheld device that you could potentially drop in a bath or pool eh?
  • The device needs to be simple to set up, basically, you want it to be able to be turned on, calibrated and sampling without undue fuss such as pressing too many buttons.
  • Are you intending to use a 'simple' handheld meter? If so, do not be tempted to buy a cheap one. They will crap out pretty early on and will quite likely not give you results accurate to the degree you need. Spend a little more, to get a quality tester. 

Drinking water test kits

Water testing kits are different from digital testers or meter tools.

Say you want to test for the presence of bacteria in your water source. 

Say you're concerned that the water in the tank that's connected to your beach house, hen house or outhouse may have water that's given you an upset stomach due to the bacteria. 

A simple test will help you determine if there is some contamination.

Basic kits will have a vial which you will carefully open up. 

You then carefully take a sample from the tank or tap, add it to the vial and wait a short while to see what happens. The kit is usually designed to change color if bacteria are present. 

The color will depend on the kind of kit you have. Once you have determined the presence of bacteria, you'll then need to take action to remedy the contamination. 

Other tests for the presence of lead or pesticides are usually undertaken by taking a specialise strip into a sample of the water to be tested. 

Back when we where kids on holiday, our Great Aunt would add a teaspoon of bleach to the old metal tank that was connected to our beach house. That sure killed the mosquito larvae that were often found swimming around in it...

The reality is the point of these kits is they are a screening test and not a comprehensive data set of results. If you get a negative result then you'll need to think about how to take proper remedial action and this may include further testing as a starting point to actually identify what bacteria is present.

So, what are the best kind of water kits to use? Maybe this one:
What are the containment levels that are of use?

While most countries have different standards, the famous American agency, the EPA has the following guideline standards for these commonly tested areas:

Bacteria presence None
Lead Below 15 pp billion
Pesticides Below 3ppb (atrazine), Below 4ppb (simazine)
Nitrite < 1.0 pp million
Total Nitrate/Nitrite < 10.0 ppm
Water hardness 50 ppm or less
Total Chlorine Below 4 ppm
pH level 6.5 to 8.5

How to test water for pH level

Speaking scientifically, pH is the measurement of acidity or alkalinity of a solution, where the number of hydrogen ions is measured.

You basically want to test the pH level of water so you can drink it (such as for making beer), or to be sure that the level will not hurt your eyes and ears when swimming for example.

To use your meter for testing pH levels, you will need to calibrate your instrument. Essentially this means you take a known reading from a calibration solution, configure your device, drop the electrode in the sample solution and you are away.

One of the most popular pH meters on the market (and a huge seller on Amazon) is the
Milwaukee MW102. We're not kidding, beer brewers love it because it's reliable, durable and doesn't break the bank cost wise.

Indeed, it's at the cheaper end of the mid-range pricing scale.

Newly legalised marijuana growers in California love it too (we're talking hydronics here) ! Kombucha brewers can even use it!

The MW102 is portable and gives fast, accurate and reliable measurements whether you're in the classroom, laboratory or for general field use:.

Check out the price on Amazon:

How to test for dissolved oxygen in water

No one likes to jump the shark when it comes to testing for dissolved oxygen levels.

That's why people use the... Winkler Method.

The Winkler Method is checking for the amount of oxygen in the water as this can be a great indicator as to the health of the water. If your sample has a high oxygen content, then it's likely healthy water that can be drank and support life such as fish. Ponds and lakes that are not refreshed with water (or suffer from too much pesticide runoff) will suffer from low oxygen levels, become stagnant and not able to support aquatic life. 

Scientists can use these levels to determine how much biomass a lake or river can support, and the amount of decomposition that's occurring. 

While the Winkler method is quite a formal testing method which encompasses using titration, home users or enthusiastic amateurs can simply use field kits. 

The short description of the test is a sample is mixed with reagents (kind of like the Marquis reagent testing process). When the endpoint of the chemical reaction is reached, you can determine the result, again by judging the color result against the guide. The Apera Instruments PC60 Multi-parameter Tester simply tests pH, salinity and temperature in an accurate, quick and reliable manner: The multi-parameter probe is replaceable, and equipped with Apera's unique BPB (Brush-Resistant Platinum Black) sensor, ensuring an accurate and reliable EC measurement in a wide range.

Testing pool water with strips

While some hardware stores such as Home Depot may offer free instore testing of your pool's water, it can be a pain in the but to get there and you just now you are going to get sold the 'up sell' when they give you your results. If you have a pool testing kit, you can do your own testing at your own pace, when you want.

So what are you testing for when you check your pool or spa or 'hot tub' water?

If you are properly maintaining your pool, you are probably using chlorine to keep the bacteria at bay. Which follows then you need to check the chlorine levels are withing swimming range - especially if children will be using it. While a lot of chlorine will plenty of bugs, it will hurt a swimmer's eyes. 

So what is the test then?

There are two simple ways - and again it's by taking a liquid sample or by using a test strip. 

There's a handy way to test for seven key points of health check using a single test strip.

AquaChek strips are a quick and simple test. These strips tests for 7 important pool chemistries rather fast and those being:

  • Total water hardness
  • Chlorine
  • Bromine
  • Chlorine
  • pH level
  • Total alkalinity
  • Cyanuric acid

To use the strip, quickly dip it in your pool or spa water for one second and remove it immediately. The strip will react immediately to the water and any indicators of the tested substance will be quickly revealed. You conduct your analysis by matching the resulting colors to the color chart that is supplied with the kit.

AquaChek strips are tried and tested. Here are some reviews from users on Amazon:

" I do thank you for having a very good product and would highly recommend the strips since they have been pretty accurate so far. I work on about 50 pools a week so I am fairly knowledgeable on the subject."

"These are the only strips I use. They tell me everything I need to know about my above ground pool. The only thing they can't tell you is if you have algae or cloudiness, which... are both obvious to the naked eye."

"I was a skeptic after using the little chemical droplet tester my whole life but decided to give these a try anyway. They work great! Just to test the accuracy it ran a test strip them brought a water sample to my local pool supply for testing and their results matched the strip perfectly. No more messing around with color coded chemical bottles for me!"

If these test stips sound like they might help you check your pool health, easily and efficiently, then check out the price on Amazon:

digital pool water tester bestIf you don't wish to use strips, then a digital meter, such as the Safedip meter will serve you well.

The Safedip digital meter from Solaxx is designed to make measuring pool parameters easy.

It's simple to use. collect the water sample from the pool or spa using the onboard cup and press the Start button to take your measurement. The results will quickly be displayed on the large digital LCD display and easy push- buttons make the meter easy to read and easy to use. 

This pool meter measures pH, levels, the total amount of free chlorine, salt, TDS (total dissolved solids), ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential) and temperature.

The best feature is that the LED indicator light illuminates if the pool or spa is safe to swim which takes a bit of brain work out of it, which is handy if you're keen to just jump in the pool!

best aquarium test kits

Checking water in fish tanks and aquariums

Like the people of Flint, your fish need clean water to drink and swim in too.

Given that pet fish can be extremely sensitive to chemical treatments being added to their water and even to temperature changes (tropical fish are famous for needing water within the right ranges) then as a pet owner, one really does need to ensure the quality of the aquarium water is just right.

Because no one likes a floater right?

So, when checking aquarium water, what should be tested for? I think we can cover off the temperature pretty easily. As a responsible pet owner, you will already know the temperature that is ideal for your fish and you will simply use your thermometer or digital meter to take a reading to check. Some aquariums simply have a thermometer permanently placed inside the water so readings can be closely monitored.

Fish also need to breathe.

So, naturally, you’re going to want to ensure your aquarium has an oxygen pump at play. If you recall above we talked about testing lake water for dissolved oxygen as a higher rate demonstrated that the water was ideal for fish and biomass?

It’s the same thing for a pet fish’s aquarium!

When testing specifically for fish water quality, these are your typical checks using a test kit:

  • Nitrite
  • Nitrate
  • Ammonia
  • pH level

Fish excrete and then have to swim around in it. Over time this can build up making their water pretty disgusting so a health check on the water so you know to change it or to work out how well your filter is working is a good idea.

High nitrate levels will stress your fish and also provide a catalyst for algae growth (phosphates too) and everyone hates it when fish tanks get overgrown with green algae (and all over the gravel) as it doesn’t look good and is hard to actually see and enjoy your fish!

Many fish experts stated that if you detect ammonia in your water then you should immediately add 20 percent fresh water to reduce stress on your fish. Then gradually make adjustments to the water over time.

As aquariums ‘bed in’ over time, the pH level can change. Too much alkalinity is not good for fish so keeping an eye on that level is crucial for having healthy fish. Sudden changes in pH due to a new addition to an aquarium (e.g. plant material, food, new water) can stress fish so bear that in mind.

The good news is that there are plenty of test kits out there  for both freshwater and saltwater which allow you health check your water very simply, and just like testing most pool water, it is just a matter of taking a test strip and dipping it into the sample and then comparing the results to the color chart to determine the level of pH, nitrate or ammonia.

You can also measure salt or salinity with a refractometer or hydrometer.

This is one of the most popular test strip kits on Amazon:

Using glyphosate weed killer safely around the home

Friday, August 23, 2019
best weed killer glyphosate

Using glyphosate to kill weeds effectively and safely

Glyphosate (Glyphosphate) is a herbicide that when applied leaves of plants it will kill both broadleaf plants and grasses. It is one of the most effective weed killers on the market and is perfect for use around the family home.

Perhaps the most famous branded version of glyphosate is Roundup which was made popular by Monsanto.

It's considered a nonselective weed killer so it isn't picky about what plants it will work on so if you accidentally spray it on your lawn like I did last summer (I swear I picked up the prickle poison!) then it will kill your entire lawn. Thus when using glyphosate, you need to be careful about spray drift onto flowers or bushes.

It is arguably the most commonly used herbicide in the world:

Why is glyphosate so effective as a weed killer?

Glyphosate (or glyphosphate) is a clever little chemical when it comes to killing plants. It works by preventing the plant from making certain proteins that are required for growth by cutting off its food supply. When the plant cannot function as it normally would, it slowly begins to die. The roots also die, meaning there is little chance of the plant regenerating.

How to safely use glyphosate

At small quantities, glyphosate is very safe for use around the home but commonsense rules about safe application practices should of course apply. There's no point unfairly exposing yourself to chemicals is there? 

So when using weedkillers like glyphosate you should follow these safety practices:

  • Work in good weather only
  • Wear clothing that covers the whole length of your arms and legs.
  • Use goggles, gloves, and a face mask to limit exposure, especially if you are spraying about shoulder height
  • When mixing the herbicide, you really should use some plastic gloves to protect against spillage.
  • Do not touch plants that have been sprayed with the herbicide
  • After application, safely dispose of your plastic gloves and then wash your hands and face with hot water. Have a hot shower if you can. 

How long does it take for glyphosate to work on plants?

It takes around two weeks to really start to show that it's working but starts working on killing the weed as soon as it enters the plant's system.

You will notice that the plants you have placed it on are slowly starting to go yellow as they die.

The herbicide works best when the air temperature is above 60 degrees Fahrenheit and finally, there should be no rainfall for at least two days after application.

If you are watering flowers or the vegetable garden, be mindful of getting water where you may have sprayed.

how long does glyphosate take to kill weeds
Dying lawn grass

How do I apply weed killer like glyphosate?

If you have a large volume of weeds to cull, it's best to use a pump sprayer that has a wand attachment to help you target where you spray and to assist with wide coverage. 

In our personal experience, a sprayer with a shoulder attachment is a really good option because a gallon of mixed concentrate can suddenly start to feel really heavy on the shoulder blade!

If you are doing some spot work, then a hand held spray bottle will help with surgical placement of the weed killer. 

You can also use sprayers that connect to your garden hose which means you do not have to mix up the chemicals. You just connect your hose, spray and then walk away!

When is the best time to use glyphosate?

It works best when the temperature is warm and there is no rain likely. If it rains shortly after spraying, it may not adhere to the plant and be washed off and you'll need to reapply it to the target area.

Who discovered glyphosate?

Glyphosate was first synthesized in 1950 by Swiss chemist Henry Martin but his work was never formally published. It wasn't until the 1960s when it was patented for use as a chemical chelator. Its use as an effective herbicide was discovered popularized by Monsanto in the 1970s, leading to its popular use around the world for helping with cropping and home maintenance under the Round Up brand.

best weed killer spray

How safe is it to use glyphosphate?

This product has been approved for use in many countries around the world under approval from responsible regulatory regimes that have recognized the benefits of its use when considered against potential hazards. 

Though there has been a lot of debate, the general scientific consensus is that glyphosate is unlikely to be carcinogenic to humans or genotoxic which means damaging to genetic material or DNA.

In short, it's largely safe unless you are exposed to large quantities for a lengthy period.
This chemical does, however, kill bees so for any amateur bee keepers out there, we'd recommend you do not use this product near your hives.

And as for most chemicals, do not add this product to waterways such as home fish ponds as it will kill your fish. 

How long does glyphosphate last on the ground?

While it may be detected on the ground, glyphosphate is not active for a long period. It degrades relatively quickly by the soil's microorganisms. Because of this, it's unlikely there will be enough glyphosate in the soil to cause plants to die.

So yes, glyphosate can be detected in the soil for quite some time after application, however, it has no practical effect as a herbicide. This means when it is used between cropping seasons, it won't have an effect on the new plantings.

Many tests have been completed which demonstrate that glyphosphate does not transfer to crops that are subsequently planted after its use.

Idiot getting saved by his own idiocy

Friday, August 16, 2019

Check out this video of gentlemen trying to use a chainsaw in a confined space whilst at the top of a ladder.

It's an obvious recipe for disaster which is what just about nearly happened.

This user managed to cause a kick back action because of where he placed the chainsaw blade. By using the bar's tip end, it caught on the wood which immediately caused a kick back action.

Normally, this would have meant a good chance the bar would have cut into the face of the user and done some considerable damage.

The user, however, was saved by his own idiocy and the bar hit the ceiling rather than their face. 

He knew it too and we hope he learned his lessons such as never cut above your waist & never use the tip stupidly, hold the chainsaw firmly and for goodness sake, wear safety gear like a helmet and chainsaw gloves!

What is the best oil degreaser for cleaning hands?

Sunday, August 4, 2019
great cleaner for oily hands

Best hand cleaner to remove grease and oil 

When I was a young lad I used to work in a butcher's as a cleaner.

I'd clean the machines that cooked fat and mince which was turned into all kinds of things.

I'd clean the mincer.

I'd clean the tools & floors.

And I'd get the maggots out of the bins using chlorine to kill them all.

Despite using gloves at various times, at the end of my shift, my hands were stinky as. I'd clean my oily hands with a soap degreaser. It was the best stuff and it smelled great.

Now, years later as a real adult who cleans lawn mowers, uses chainsaws, and does the odd DIY car repair, I fully appreciate how a good degreaser can keep hands clean free of oil and gosh knows what else I can get on my hands.

I've also come to realize that most workshops, mechanic floors, and factories seem to use specialized hand cleaners because when time is money, there's not much point wrestling with a bar of soap at the tap when you could be getting onto the next job ticket.

Sure there are plenty of home remedies you can try to clean your hands (baking soda and lemon solutions spring to mind or using a spray of WD40 across the hands...oddly enough, rubbing your hands with some sugar before you add soap can work too) but for this hand cleaning gentleman, I want the heavy-duty product, especially if I've been doing some mechanical repairs!

One thing you're gonna have to learn is that for some reason, the most popular degreasers have orange in them. We presume this is related to marketing initiative where it was deemed that 'orange' would be the manly scent that men would be OK within their oil degreasers.

Not melon.

Not lime.

Not lemon.


And so my citrus orientated friend, let's check out Permatex Fast Orange Smooth:

best hand soap for cleaning oily hands

It's kind of the perfect consumer product. Biodegradable, waterless, petroleum solvent-free. It contains no harsh chemicals, petroleum solvents or ammonia (which means no stinging cuts and abrasions which can occur after a heavy workday).

Even though it smells of oranges, Permatex Fast Orange is fortified with aloe, lanolin, glycerin to lovingly condition the skin. Moisturizers are added to replenish the skin of the natural oils that can get stripped out.

But what about its cleaning power?

Permatex boasts that it's product will remove the toughest dirt, oil, grease, grime, paint, soil, printers ink, epoxies, paint, rubber cement, gasket, and even tile cement.

It comes in a 1-gallon container with an easy-to-use pump dispenser.

Check the price on Amazon:

The second of our orange scented hand cleaners is GoJo's Natural Orange Industrial hand cleaner with pumice.

Yes, it's orange but it's full of gritty bits of pumice which will scrub your hands to help clean a broad range of industrial soils, dirt, and grease:

GOJO Natural doesn't have any harsh solvents so it is fairly soft on your hands.

Gojo has been in the business for over 70 years so if the success of a company depends on the quality of their products, you can be sure GOJO's hand cleaners actually work.

Gojo's hand cleaner is definitely for removing oils, grease, and grime. It is not suited for removing paint, dye or adhesives.
zorange zalpon professional hand cleaner
The third orange cleaner is the heavy duty Rozalex’s Zalpon Zorange.

It's a mouthful of a name but that's the point. Zalon Zorange or simply Zorange is an extra heavy-duty hand cleaner containing natural orange oil, pumice and esters.

It's designed for the removal of the most ingrained oils, greases, paints, inks, tar, and general dirt and grime.

It also features pumice pieces and esters to give superior performance over other cleaners and when coupled with moisturizers to relieve hard-worn skin and an obvious orange fragrance it leaves the hands feeling fresh and clean.

There's an alternative to these kinds of degreasers, you can choose to use wipes - if you need oiled removed then a heavy-duty cleaning wipe might just be what you need to get the cleaning job done. These are also brilliant for cleaning tools and parts and engines.

Check out these Brute Strength Wipes:

best wipes for hands

Actual users who've bought Bruste Strength Wipes on Amazon have used and reviewed the wipes stating great cleaning results:

'Cuts through grease, soap scum leaves a nice scent.'

'These are great, they clean up well and don't leave a film like feel like some other wipes do. I will be buying more of these.'

'I like how these wipes are thicker, they seem to hold up better and hold more soap.'

'These are durable and cut through engine oil, grease, grime really quick. We use them in our airplane hangar where there isn't easy access to sinks.'

Clearly then wipes are more versatile than just for cleaning hands but are good for working out in the field, out of the office or just for being left in the truck for those moments when you just need to clean some goo off something.

Check out the price on Amazon:

Best tyre pressure gauge

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
I once saw the mighty and magical David Bowie play. Near the end of a great show, he pulled out the song he did with Queen, Under Pressure. It was simply magic as it was pouring with rain which quite matched the lyrics of the song.

And you know what else works well under pressure? Tyre pressure gauges.

If you drive your car with under pressured tyres you'll suffer performance issues such as longer stopping distances, put more heat stress on the tyre itself, use more gas & petrol and increase the chance of having a road accident.

So if you want to check that your tyres are properly pressured, then you'll need the best gauge to take the measurement. These units are really handy if your car has a 'low car tyre pressure indicator'. If you cannot determine which tyre is low by simple observation, a quick check with the gauge will immediately tell you which tires need some air (or nitrogen if you're that way inclined!)

We'll now check out a few of the better gauges on the market, see how they perform and ensure that you get the right gauge you need to measure the air pressure of your tyre. 

In this modern era, the best tyre gauges are those with a digital display. Such units properly measure the pressure and give you an extremely accurate reading. This is very important because many tyres perform best when filled with air to the manufacturer's instructions and intentions. 

Take a racing bike tyre.

There's a certain ideal amount of rubber that needs to be on the road for an efficient ride.

Too low a tyre pressure, and there's too much surface tension and you'll be slower. Too much pressure and you'll run the risk of a blowout. It's even more important for races where every second counts. 

Enter the AstroAI Digital Tyre Pressure Gauge:

tyre pressure guage
At less than ten of your Earth dollars, the Astro AI pressure gauge should be right up your ally as a cost-effective tool.

Obviously, this unit is designed to help you maintain correct tire pressure with the goal of reducing tire wear and extend tyre life. 

It features a digital display with the reading being displayed instantly and clearly being shown.

The nozzle part easily forms a seal with the valve stem on schrader valves, giving quick and accurate readings in 0.5 increments; 4 settings with range: 0-150PSI / 0-10Bar / 0-10Kgf/cm² or 0-1000KPA.

The gauge automatically shut off in 30-40 seconds to save on battery power.

Its grip texture makes it easy to hold onto and the ergonomic design is both suitable for anyone's hand.

At less than ten bucks, it's worth having one to sit on the boot of your car or in your mechanical kit. 
But what would we know?

Here are some reviews from real users who have brought the gauge via Amazon and used it:

"I bought this for around $9 from here. First thing I noticed was how cheap it felt in the hands when I pulled it out of its box. Thinking to myself, what a cheap piece of crap I bought. I drove to Costco and filled my tires with nitrogen and put it up against their pressure gauge. Holy moly, this gauge was exact compared to Costco's pressure gauge monitor to the T. I was left scratching my head. How can something so cheap in price and and plastic we were so damn good. I'm 100% satisfied and glad I purchase it. Lol. Thank you Amazon and to this company for a great deal."

Sounds promising then...

"So this is the second tire gauge I've bought through Amazon. The first was completely useless. Didn't measure any pressure. At $5 wasn't worth returning. Sucky. This one is great. Seems very accurate, is extremely easy to use and is great at night. You know you need a tire gauge at all the inopportune times. I love that it takes a reading and holds it so you can bring the gauge to your face, rather than having to squat in a ridiculous position to read the gauge. GREAT IDEA!! It also allows you to bleed off extra air, which I didn't see mentioned - but that works great. This one is A+++++ "

Sounds like we have a winner...

"The ergonomic design makes it easy to hold & the quality for the price is impressive. I used it yesterday for the first time & it was a lifesaver. My low tire light was on & it enabled me to pinpoint which one. I am a 75 year old woman & if I can use it anyone can! By the way, the instructions are well-written & clear.

If those genuine product reviews check your box, check out the price on Amazon:

 If you don't fancy a digital gauge and you want that classic mechanical dial display then the Jaco gauge might suit your needs.
jaco tyre gauge for air pressure
It's a genuinely quality tool that has been performance-tested, certified as accurate, & calibrated to ANSI B40.1 International Accuracy Standards (±2-3%).

This means you will precise tire pressure readings and you'll not need to rely on battery power!

This unit feels solid in the hand as it is crafted from premium heavy duty components and it's shielded by a rugged shock-resistant protective guard.

It also features a flexible no-leak air hose which gives you plenty of room to check the pressure.

But don't listen to us, listen to real users who are very satisfied after field testing the units on their cars:

 "Gauges are well built and very legible. The chuck fits the tire valves well and I did not experience any of air loss common with cheap gauges. These gauges actually swivel at both ends of the rubber hose. No problems using them regardless of the tire valve position. The 100% lifetime warranty is a bonus."

"It's a good size and easy to hold and read as a result. The hose is a good length. But the big question with tire gauges is: how easy is it to seat on the valve of the tire? This one has a swivel at the gauge and another about two inches from the head.... easy to maneuver and easy to get a good seal on the valve and therefore a good reading."

" I checked all 4 tires on my wife's car because her warning light was on. Found one tire that needed air. It was down about 7 lbs. As I moved to a darker part of the garage, the dial face lit up with a bright green luminescence. I didn't even know about that feature. The swivel head and the pressure relief button are fantastic features as well. No more pencil types or digital ones for me."

 Sounds like this gauge as won over some fans. If it floats your boat, check out the price on Amazon:
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