These Suckers, Yeah I’m A Sucker For Them!

These Suckers, Yeah I’m A Sucker For Them!

Yeah, I am. I go for them. It’s true!

But I’m not talking about any candy. No. (My teeth would be gone !) I’m talking about the cute hacks, the out of the ordinary and the unexpected and the useful alternate uses things can be put to.  These useful but off the wall hacks are it.

And I am a sucker for them. The more unexpected the better I like it, and when they are practical, even better. It’s what you should think of when you hear the phrase ‘alternate universe’.

Not everybody has a pair of these kicking around in the toolbox, you wouldn’t go out and buy them for this (too dear), but if you’ve got’em, flaunt’em.

Montreal Home Inspections - Home Hacks - Shower - Glass Handling Suction CupsMontreal Home Inspection - Home Hacks - Shower - Glass Handling Suction Cups

What are they? They are gripper handles used by professional glazers, i.e. glass installers.

They are sets of adjustable suckers with a handle in between. You place them on the glass, lift the levers to flatten the rubber side and expell most of the air. Then you close the levers to create a vacuum that locks them onto the glass. Now you can pickup the glass by the ‘handles’.  When you are done, just lift the levers. That erases the vacume and they come off the glass, leaving no marks or scratches.

They will work on other materials as long as they are flat, rigid and non-prorous, such as the ceramic tiles seen here.

SO if you need a grab bar or even something to hang your soap holder on you probably won’t go and buy a set of these because of the cost, but if they’re kicking around in your tool box, go for it!

And, yes , I came across this during one of my home inspections this past winter.


Jeff Fisher ArizonasRealtyReMax Fine Properties Incredible! What a great idea and use for the often-misunderstood gripper. I’ve got to tell everyone about this. May 20, 2014 09:19 PM

Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County – (916) 765-5366 I used a similar tool to set large floor tiles Robert. The tiles were 24×24 inches, the suction cups made placing them easy. May 21, 2014 05:19 AM

Randy Shamburger   FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Expert Movement Mortgage Great information, thanks for sharing. Have a Big day, Randy May 21, 2014 07:47 AM

Kristina Heili    Comprehensive Real Estate Services Keller Williams Premier Realty Ingenious. I’m gonna get some for myself! May 21, 2014 01:06 PM

Robert Butler Montreal, Canada, Home Inspector – Aspect Inspection

Yes Jeff, tell everybody or send them here. If they were cheaper the idea might go viral.   Hi Tom, great idea, those big tiles are hard to place truly flat. You’re welcome Randy.     Hi Kristina, you won’t need a stud finder to put them up in the shower.  May 21, 2014 05:35 PM

Donald Hester   NCW Home Inspections, LLC Robert, Boy I wish I had a set of those from time to time. I glazed for a little while so I have used them. That a great place to store till you need them. May 21, 2014 07:31 PM

John F Muscarella  Broker/Owner, Plymouth County / Cape Cod, MA  RIVER FARM PROPERTIES, LLC Nothing wrong with a bit of re-purposing now and again Robert.  Very creative. May 22, 2014 07:59 AM

Robert Butler   Montreal, Canada, Home Inspector – Aspect Inspection

Hi Don, I glazed for a while too. I was always amazed that when we had to break out old glazing on commercial property fronts, members of the public would ask or volumteer to do the smashing for us. Especially on banks.

Re-purposing is great John, don’t you just love the fresh colour pallet the gripper introduces. May 25, 2014 04:27 AM

Burn Baby Burn – Candle “heaters”


BURN BABY BURN       –   Candle Heaters  

A few tea-lite candles, a metal pan and some flower pots – emergency, supplemental, or off-grid heating or something else entirely?

 This is a link to a YouTube Video that was sent to a family member. They were impressed with it but I know the science is wrong and the safety risks are huge.           

 Videos like this have been circulating on line for about 10 to 12 months now. If you do a search for candle heaters you will get dozens of videos, all variations of the same idea.

Some claim that these contraptions create heat. That claim is not true, but they do concentrate it to a point where you can sense it, or feel it. This sense-able heat is what you value if you are chilled.

They are more properly described as heat concentrators.

People are interested because it promises heating that is cheap, off grid and easily made from common materials. Useful for emergencies and power outages, etc..


All this is true….,

HOWEVER tea-lite candles liquefy when they are overheated.

They overheat when they are concentrated in close proximity.

The thin metal cups the candles sit in can then collapse, spilling flaming hot paraffin into the tray or onto a broader surface.

This creates a larger flame, and it can get hotter, and flame reaches out, several feet up and out from the ‘heater’. The metal ‘bread box’ container will get hot enough to burn and eventually ignite anything it is in contact with.


The cold temperatures and rolling electrical blackouts can make impromptu ‘heaters’ like this seem like a great idea.


So, if you must, use it for emergencies, but prepare yourself with a fire extinguisher or other means to effectively put out a fire (Not water – it’s the same as a grease fire).

And DO NOT LEAVE ANY BURNING CANDLE UNATTENDED, not even in a neighbouring room.


Remember candles burn fuel and fuel burning heaters use oxygen and release gases into the home, including carbon monoxide.

It may seem counter intuitive to open a window (a crack), but it is the smart thing to do.

 Burnt table

This is a burn mark on a work table from one of these ‘heaters’.

Think about it.




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How Does A Flipper Like Their Eggs…?…………………….The Lazy Flipper’s Fridge

How Does A Flipper Like Their Eggs……………………..The Lazy Flipper’s Fridge 

Have you heard of this one ?;

How does a flipper like his fried eggs…………………I don’t know, but you can bet they’re not sunny side up!

And – What does a flpper keep in his fridge?;

Not much, right?

And there’s a few more paint touchups tp be done. (Paint roller and brush are wrapped in a plastic bags and put in the fridge to keep them from drying between coats of paint – so you don’t have to wash and clean them each time.)

it’s powered, that looks normal, but nobody uses it. There’s no food in it.

And it rocks back and forth. When I look under I can see it’s up on blocks, kind of like a wrecked car.

This fridge is a total prop. It’s staging. It has a stainless steel exterior finish. That’s why it’s there.


So this property is a flip. Bought to fix up the finishes and sell for quick profit.

If you care about the difference between a renovated property or a flip (and for the money you should) then you need an inspection by an experienced professional.

There may not always be a used paint roller in the fridge to tell you.



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