Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Cleaning Concrete From Your Tools

Difficulty Level (Easy, Medium, Hard, Insane):

I bought a bunch of tools at an auction lately and some of the concrete tools had old hard concrete plastered all over them. Obviously, they didn't take care of them very well. I also bought a 4' bull float with five 6' extensions and that one was pretty bad as well.

After building a little frame out of 2x4s and placing some plastic in the middle, I put the tools in the trough and poured 6 liters of white vinegar in it. All I had to do is let it soak for 10 minutes and scrub off the old concrete with a paint scraper and a wire brush.

The acidity of the vinegar dissolved the concrete to the point where it came off really easily. Best trick ever!



Air nailer
Paint scraper
Wire brush

Two 2x4s
12" x 60" plastic
6 liters of white vinegar



It worked really well and the tools are back to how they should be

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Amazon Debacle

I bought my wife an overhead projector because she's always wanted one and decided I was going to buy a spare bulb in case the current one broke. Luckily I found one on Amazon for $19.95 (US) with free shipping to Canada.

About an hour after purchasing and feeling great about it I got an invoice for $86 (CAD) and I was like "what???". Immediately I canceled the order thinking it would all be great and dandy, just to get an email that evening saying my order ha shipped. Again, I was like "what???"

I contacted the seller and they said to simply return it and they'd refund it. About a week later I got my package (it was about 3" by 3" by 3" and weighed less than 200g). I didn't even open the package but did a "return to sender".

Today, I got a notice that they reimbursed me, except, they only reimbursed me for $19.95.

After calling the credit card company, they said they can't dispute shipping charges and amazon said that I agreed to pay the $45 (US) WHICH I DID NOT.

Here's a screen shot of what I ordered as proof. Now it's back to amazon to see what they can do. What a crock!!!