WEEK COMMENCING 14 JANUARY 2024

Hi

A huge thank you to everyone who responded to my question last week, asking what you’d change if you were sitting at my desk. Apart from a really good tidy up, that is!

Lots of people answered saying that they couldn’t think of anything to improve, which was great, but some interesting ideas came in as well, which I’ll mention a little later.
Whilst I did this as a start of the year idea, it doesn’t have to be limited to that. If you think of something over the next 12 months (or even longer!) please do let me know, we’re always keen to improve.

One of the questions that came in asked if we could add a ‘favourites/wishlist’ facility to our website. This wasn’t something that we’d thought of before, even though it’s a feature we find useful on other websites. After a bit of investigating, I was able to add this, and it’s now ready for use. If you’re logged in on our website, you can add items when you order them, or just go through the site and put them on the list at your leisure.
This makes them easier to find and re-order another time. Plus, there’s an option to share your list if you want to give ideas to friends and family about what presents you might like.
I took the opportunity to tidy the website up a little at the same time, improving how it works.

A couple of people raised the point about the lids sticking on the Cellulose Sanding Sealer, and needing a pair of grips to get it open again.
There’s really not a lot we can do about this; one of the functions of a sealer is to bind the timber, and it’s not clever enough to know that it’s not meant to do that to the lid of the can as well!
But there is something you can do about it! If you’ve ever seen me demo, you’ll know that I make a big thing of wiping the neck of the can before I put the lid back on. I cannot stress enough how important this is! I’m careful to do this every time I use the sealer, and doing so means that it’s always possible to open it by hand. Five seconds spent cleaning it can save five minutes searching for something to open the can with later!

A slightly more traditional question to finish with this week; it’s one that I know I’ve covered before, but it never hurts to mention it again. Someone told us they’d found a bottle of Acrylic Sanding Sealer in their garage, probably lurking at the back, which had a ‘best before’ date of about six months ago. Would it still be useable? The answer here is ‘probably’. The Acrylic Sanding Sealer and Acrylic Lacquer get thicker with age, eventually turning to a gel. All the time they are liquid, they should be fine to use. A small amount of water can be added if necessary.

The best before date is very much a guide; the product is likely to be good for 6-12 months past that, possibly even longer.
Most finishes go on (almost) forever; the trick to checking them is usually to apply some to a scrap piece of wood. If they dry as expected, then they are usually fine to use.

And we’re there! Three questions dealt with. In amongst my thank yous last week, I forgot to also say thanks to everyone who took the time to leave a Google review for us. It really does help us in the listings, and lets others know that we’re a genuine company. If you meant to do this and forgot, you can still leave us a review by clicking HERE.

And I’ll be back again next week to let you know the weekend is nearly here!

Cheers

Terry