Prevent rust from forming around paint can
QUESTION: How can I prevent rust from forming around the lid and the rim of a latex paint can after I have used it? I tried putting plastic wrap on the top but it still rusts and when I open it, the rust falls into the paint. Bob, Winnipeg
ANSWER: Rust has a way of forming on both the top and bottom of paint cans. To pre- vent rust from attacking the bottom of the can, paint the bottom rim with clear nail polish. Keep already rusted cans from damaging surfaces by positioning an ice cream bucket lid or a bottom dish for a flower pot underneath the can.
To prevent rust from forming inside or on top of the lid; always pour paint from the can into a clean container while you work with it. This way the paint can remains very clean and is less likely to rust. Seal the can tightly whenever not in use. A great way to store leftover paint is in a canning jar with a rubber seal. The paint lasts for a long time and there is no guesswork needed as to what colour is inside.
QUESTION: I bought memory foam for my bed. After a few days I consistently have to take the bedding apart and adjust it because it moves four to five inches off the edge of the bed. I bought some of that rubber netting to keep carpets in place but it didn’t work. Any suggestions? Betty, Winnipeg
ANSWER: This is a frustrating challenge to be faced with when you are trying to get a good night’s sleep. Hopefully you have removed all of the fabric covers surrounding the mattress making the cover less slippery. Rug grips and other mesh materials do not have a good track record of holding the pad in place. You can sew wide elastics from one side to the other side of the mattress so that the pad does not move. Bungee cords are another option; but while they hold the mattress in place, they look strange and bulky. Velcro strips are an alternative option. Lastly you may want to place a regular bubble type of thin foam mattress underneath the memory foam pad to hold it in place.
QUESTION: I would like to make holiday cookies for my daughter’s classmates. My plan is to sprinkle the sugar cookies with coloured sugar; however I don’t want to buy the sugar because I find it expensive. Is there a way to make my own coloured sugar? Angie, St. Leon
ANSWER: Into a sealable bag or jar, pour one cup white sugar and add two drops food colouring. Shake or blend with a fork until sugar colours evenly, add additional food colouring to darken hue. Extra Tip: The coarser the sugar, the better it looks on cookies, cupcakes and cakes. I enjoy your questions and tips, keep them coming! Missed a column? Can’t remember a solution? Need a speaker for an upcoming event? Check out my brand
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