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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

The Magic of CLR

I've got a leak in my shower. Most likely, I just need to replace a washer, but getting to it, well, that's the hard part. Years of hard water have built up a nice mineral seal around the plastic cap that covers the screw to the faucet. I thought I was doomed, but it occurred to me yesterday that I could try spritzing it with some CLR. I got home and spritzed it. Then I came back 15 minutes later and spritzed it again. Then I came back a half hour later and did it again. Then I ate dinner and came back for one more round. The years of built up minerals flaked away at the slightest touch from the screwdriver I was misusing. So I quickly chipped away the deposits and tried to shimmy out the cap. Sure enough, the cold went easily on the first try. The hot was a little more stubborn, but shortly yielded. Mwa-ha-ha! I am mighty tool user! And my faucets are all shiny and clean too.

Now the only problem is that I can't find my water shut off. Hmm. Got a couple more things to try tonight and then I'll ask the neighbors or the city. With a wee bit of luck this will be an easy fix. We'll see.


  • Just in case yours is similar - my water turnoff is outside near the outdoor water spigot. Kitchen sink and toilet have their own turnoffs, but not the tub. Good luck!

    By Blogger Kim, at 7:19 PM  

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