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Removing Stains from Pavers

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    LESLIE: Alright, we’ve got John in New Jersey. Welcome to The Money Pit. What can we do for you today?

    JOHN: How do I get rid of rust on my pavers in my driveway and also how do I get rid of oil on my pavers in my driveway?

    LESLIE: Ah, same solution.

    TOM: Yeah John, do you have a sprinkler system that’s sort of misdirected and shooting water off onto the pavers?

    JOHN: I do but that’s not where I’m having the problem. It’s actually – it was actually from my vehicle; I think from the air conditioning.

    TOM: Oh, so you think the air conditioning condensate is draining some rusty water onto the pavers?

    JOHN: Exactly.

    TOM: Hmm. OK, well the same solution would work for both situations and that is to pick up some TSP, which is available at paint stores or hardwood stores or home centers.

    LESLIE: Mm-hmm.

    TOM: Stands for trisodium phosphate.

    LESLIE: It’s in the paint aisle.

    TOM: Mix it up into a paste-like finish. Trowel it on there. Let it soak for a bit and that should draw as much of the rust and/or the oil out of it.

    Now, your pavers, are they red pavers?

    JOHN: No, they’re not. They’re actually gray …

    TOM: OK, good. Sometimes if you have, you know, real strong, red pavers you could lighten them up a bit with this technique so you might want to try it just on a brick off to the side first. But it’s pretty much the strongest thing we know to pull the stains out.

    JOHN: TSP? Somebody had told me that Cascade worked also but I haven’t tried it yet. But I want to try the TSP first.

    TOM: Lots of things work if you do it right away.

    JOHN: Right.

    TOM: But when it sits there for …

    LESLIE: But if it’s been sitting there awhile.

    TOM: Yeah, exactly.

    JOHN: Been sitting awhile. (chuckling) Of course.

    TOM: Did you fix the car, John?

    JOHN: (chuckling) No, actually it’s parked on the street. (Tom chuckles) Getting ready to trade it in.

    TOM: That’ll work. (Tom and Leslie chuckle)

    JOHN: Thank you very much.

    TOM: Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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