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Driveway stains can be removed

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Posted: November 7, 2008 7:56 p.m.
Updated: November 8, 2008 4:30 a.m.
Hello Mr. Lamoureux,
I had my driveway redone with asphalt about three months ago, and I already have a rusty stain from the radiator. I’ve tried every cleaner out there and nothing is working. What can I do?
Bryan B.

Hi Bryan,
Those kinds of stains always seem to happen on a new surface. Instead of cleaning, you can get a bucket of Black Night and go over that one spot. Mix it up really well with a drill and paddle because it settles to the bottom. If you have a lot of surface to cover, the best way to apply it would be to squeegee it on. Be really careful around the garage door because this stuff will stain anything it touches. Go slow so it won’t splash. Let that asphalt cure really solid for 12 months, then come back with a top coat and seal, or it will spall out — it will start breaking off in chunks. I’m all for doing things myself, but for this, when you are ready, call a seal coat company and have them put on the sealer that has the fibers in it. It’s a lot tougher and lasts longer. They back the truck up and it goes on hot and goes on fast.

Hi Robert,
There are a couple of common area doors in our association that are hitting the inside of the jam and not closing properly. Should we replace the hinges?
Jane R.

Hello Jane,
Sometimes all you need to do is to push up on the door and it will correct this. Take a look at the hinges. If they look good, the problem could be with the insert plate on the inside of the door. If the door jam is wooden, the holes from the hinges might be elongated. This would cause the hinges to pull away from the jam and the door to hit. If you don’t have the ability to pull the jam out, then drill out the screw holes and glue some dowels in there. Let those dry for a few days, then put the hinge screws into the dowels and re-hang the door.  

Hello Robert,
I am transforming my garage into the kind of workshop that I have always wanted. I want to have all pneumatic tools with a vacuum system. I would be very happy with any advice you could offer on this.
Edwin P.

Hi Edwin,
First of all, you are going to need a compressor. There are many new compressors on the market to choose from. This is going to be the heart of your system so get the most compressor that your budget will allow. I would strongly urge that you bring in 3/4 inch copper lines from your compressor, through an in-line dryer and then to each of your work stations. The dryer will remove any condensation that forms inside the lines from the compressor and will prevent this moisture from getting inside your tools and rusting them. Put quick release couplings on the end with hoses to your tools.

For the vacuum, I would go to an industrial tool supply and purchase one of their systems. These are usually 220v.

Then it’s just a matter of gluing ABS pipe to the receptacles or the vacuum ports. It’s generally either 1 1/2 to 2 inch, whatever the manufacturer recommends for the system you want. From here, you open up the outlets and plug in the hose which discharges into the drum. I would keep the hose as short as possible and install extra ports near where you will need them most.

Robert Lamoureux has 25 years experience as a general contractor, with separate licenses in electrical and plumbing contacting. He owns IMS Construction Inc. in Valencia. His opinions are his own, and not necessarily those of The Signal. Opinions expressed in this column are not meant to replace the recommendations of a qualified contractor, after that contractor has made a thorough visual inspection.Send your questions to


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