C3 – Kevin Catlett

Kingsland, TX – 210-394-3325


Month: January 2015

Uses for Dawn Dishwashing Liquid

Copied from my Facebook Timeline: Not my work but some really great ideas.


Wild Life
Ever wonder why Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is the wildlife cleaner of choice after an oil spill? According to the International Bird Rescue Research Center, Dawn effectively removes grease but does not cause harm to the skin of the birds. It’s also biodegradable and contains no phosphates.

According to Bubbles.org, Dawn dishwashing liquid makes great homemade bubbles. Here is the Giant Bubble Recipe used in bubble makers at many children’s museums: 1/2 cup Ultra Dawn 1/2 gallon warm water 1 tablespoon glycerin (available at any drug store) OR White Karo syrup works too! Stir gently. Skim the foam off the top of the solution (too much foam breaks down the bubbles). Dip bubble wand and get ready for some good, clean fun!

Kids get into the darnedest things! Like Vaseline and baby oil rubbed into their hair! Dawn is mild enough to use on their hair and strong enough to remove the most stubborn grease.

Once a month use original Dawn as you would shampoo. It will remove excess oil from your hair and scalp and strip away any build-up of styling products without any damage. Perform this once a month and you won’t have to buy expensive salon products that do the same thing.

Soak fingers in full-strength blue Dawn. It makes the cuticles soft and easy to work with. And it removes the natural oil from the fingernails, which allows the polish to adhere very well.

A safe, effective way to repel insects from your houseplants, including aphids, spider mites and mealy bugs. Put a drop of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid in a spray bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with water, shake well, and mist your household plants with the soapy water.

Try this recipe from Merry Maids: mix 3 drops Dawn in 1 gallon water and fill a spray bottle with the solution. Spritz and wipe as you would with any window cleaner.

Use it to bathe the dogs. It kills fleas on contact and is much cheaper than expensive dogshampoos.

After you have finished your automotive repair project, soak your dirty tools in Dawn before you put them away to remove all the oil and grime. Dawn also helps prevent rust from forming on the tools.

Partially fill a strong zip-type sandwich bag with Dawn dishwashing liquid, close and freeze. The liquid soap stays cold much longer and it can be re-frozen many times. It will conform to the place you need an ice pack.

Take a spray bottle and fill it halfway with white vinegar. Heat in the microwave. Fill the rest of the way with blue Dawn. Put lid on and shake to mix well. Spray on your tub and shower walls. Allow to sit for a few minutes and rinse away. It will totally melt all the gunk, slime, sludge and other stuff that builds up including a bathtub ring.

Spray counter-tops, cupboards and any other area where you see ants with a solution of Dawn and water. Wipe dry. The slight residue of Dawn that remains will not be a problem at all for kids or pets, but ants hate it. Should you see a trail of ants, go ahead and hit them with the Dawn spray.

Add a squirt or two of original Dawn dish soap to your washer and run a hot wash, then rinse until there are no more bubbles. Dawn is a degreasing agent and helps stripping by removing oily residue. Be sure to rinse, rinse, rinse until the water runs clear.

A cup of Dawn detergent poured into a clogged toilet allowed to sit for 15 minutes and then followed with a bucket of hot water poured from waist height will clear out the toilet.

Poison ivy spreads through the spread of the oil within the blisters. Washing the affected area with Dawn, especially on children who keep scratching the blister’s open, helps dry up the fluid, AND keep it from spreading.

If you have gasoline or motor oil stains on your driveway, you can use the kitty litter method to clean up the excess oil and then use a scrub broom and a solution of biodegradable Dawn dishwashing detergent and warm water to safely and effectively remove excess motor oil from the pavement.

Dawn makes a great facial cleanser for oily skin. A drop or two combined with warm water will do the trick.

Dawn combined with corn oil makes for the perfect paint or grease remover. Simply combine a little bit of both in your hands then rub it over affected areas. The corn oil and the dishwashing liquid both help to dissolve the grease and paint – yet leave skin soft, unlike harsher paint removers.

Plastic wading pools can get very gunky, very fast. Dump the water, then scrub the pool with Dawn and a sponge. More potent cleaners like bleach will weaken and dry out the plastic in the sun.

Merry Maids recommends using a drop of Dawn in water to clean ceramic tile and no-wax/linoleum floors. You can also use the spray on:
• Bathroom and kitchen counters and sinks.
• Woodwork, e.g., baseboards, shelves, and wainscoting. (Dry as you go–wood doesn’t like prolonged contact with water.)
• Tubs and toilet seats.

For oil-based stains such as lipstick, grease, butter, motor oil, cooking oil, and some pen inks, simply apply some Dawn dishwashing liquid directly to the stain and scrub with a small brush or toothbrush until the oil is removed, and then launder as usual.

Sliding glass doors, door knobs, hinges etc. It lasts much longer than any aerosol type spray that I have tried. And Its non-toxic! It does a great job of cleaning the parts that its lubricating as well!

For icy steps and sidewalks in freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways. They won’t refreeze. No more salt eating at the concrete in your sidewalks

Squirt Dawn down the middle of the pool and all of the dirt, suntan lotion, etc. will move to the edges of the pool for easy clean up! AND it makes the pools sparkle.

Simply rub a small drop of Dawn on eyeglass lenses, and wipe clean. It will leave a very thin film that will prevent them from fogging up.

Cover greasy footprints on shower floors with a coating of Dawn; let sit overnight. Scrub away the gunk in the morning with a stiff brush.

Mix two tablespoons Dawn to a gallon of water and put in your sprayer. Try to get spray both sides of the leaves, branches and the tree trunks. Let sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse the trees THOROUGHLY!

Hot Water Everywhere!


Maybe that’s an exaggeration but I noticed some water by the utility room door and discovered my old hot water heater had sprung a leak. The old utility room already had water damage from a leak in the upstairs bathroom and you can see most of the dry wall had already been removed. I was planning on moving the hot water heater to the new utility room anyway, just not today! So I made a quick trip to Home Depot for a nice 50 gallon unit by Rheem. The new utility room is on the back of the house so if there are any future water leaks they are not in the main house. The main electrical panel is also in the utility room (on the opposite wall) so running the new electrical was easy.  It only took about 15 feet of #10 MC cable and a new 30 amp breaker.

The water line enters the house in the utility room and I ran all the new plumbing in flexible tubing (PEX) so I installed a tee in the cold and hot water lines and connected them to the new water heater and we were in business. I used crimp on fittings at the water heater connections and SeaTech slip fittings to tie into the existing water lines.


Back inside I double checked to make sure the power was turned off to the old unit and removed the wiring. Since the dry wall was already removed, I was able to cut out all the old wiring and remove the breaker from the sub panel. Then I disconnected and capped the old water lines and hauled out the old water heater.

IMG_2168All in all it took about 3 1/2 hours, not including the drive to home depot.  A little bit of cleanup and once the space dries out I’m ready to begin replacing the dry wall, unless something else goes wrong!

Kevin Catlett
Owner – C3
Outdoors and So Much More!

What is a Tiny House? How Small is Tiny? Why…….

Do you want a tiny house? How big is still tiny? How small is too tiny? Does a tiny house have to be on a trailer? Does a tiny house always have a loft? What is a composting toilet? Can I put a tiny house in my backyard? What is the “tiny house movement” ?

Let me start with one simple statement:  Your tiny space can be any thing or any size you want it to be. You can be completely off grid, hooked up to local utilities or a combination of both. Your house can be on a trailer, on piers, up in the trees…… It’s whatever you want it to be. It doesn’t even have to be a house. Maybe it’s an art studio, a meditation space or just a place to take a nap. However, if we set our goals for the space first, then we can determine what type of space meets those goals.


What elements must be included in your space?  Do you need a full size shower? Do you need sleeping room for two adults? Is using a ladder to reach a sleeping loft going to be difficult for anyone? The answers to these questions will determine the size we need to build. As an example let’s say we need a small galley kitchen than can feed 4 people on occasion but one or two normally. We need a queen size bed. We need a living area that preferably has a sofa and a desk area. We also need a dining area, but it’s okay if the desk serves double duty. Our bathroom needs to have a stand up shower at least 30″ x 30″, a standard toilet, and a small sink.

Where are we going to put it? Do we need to be able to move our house often or will it be semi permanent? Remember, even if it doesn’t have wheels, it can still be moved if this is taken into consideration in the building process. Will this be a second house in a suburban neighborhood or located on a rural piece of land? Are there any codes that specify what type of building we can, or cannot build? For our example we are going to build this house on a small rural piece of farmland as a second home for an aging family member. We review any county building codes and find that there are no restrictions as to the minimum or maximum size that we may build. County building codes does require any waste water to be connected to an approved waste water treatment (septic tank or other approved method).

What type of house should we build? We could build a house on a large flatbed trailer but then we would need to consider maintenance of the tires and axles and we would need a large truck to move it. And the need for a full size shower and queen size bed limits how “tiny” we can really build. In this example we could build a house that was 10 feet wide and 24 feet long. Probably built on 6″ x 6″ runners so that it could be moved on a large trailer if necessary. We could incorporate an efficient hot water heater, LED lights and even air conditioning for those hot southern summers. Traditional lumber can be used for framing and our exterior could be cedar lap siding for that rough finished look. A sofa with built in storage! Or maybe a hidden attic/loft for children to play. Large windows so we can enjoy our country setting and maybe a covered porch so we can have a nice glass of sweet tea in the afternoon. I can small the smoke from Barbecue Pit…………

Is this still a tiny house? Of course it is! What’s your dream for a tiny house?


Kevin Catlett
Owner, C3
Outdoors & So Much More!





64 Square Foot Lake House

I love small spaces.  My backyard has an 8′ x 12′ play house (that my now 13 year old uses as his “shop” ), a 10′ x 16′ storage shed that was built into a school house during our home-school years and an 8′ x 12′ storage building for all the garden tools and miscellaneous stuff. My sister says I have a village!

Well I’m at it again.  An 8ft x 8ft x 10ft high – 64 square feet of perfection.  That’s not much bigger than a dog house!

What’s it for you might ask?  My stuff of course!

Plans Include:
– Sofa/Day Bed with rod & reel storage underneath.
– Wrap around shelving overhead
– Small work counter with a sink
– Fold down bunk
– Ship-lap pine interior
– Corrugated roof with cedar framing
– 4 ft Porch
– Air Condition
– And a chair

64 square feet to relax in and plan my next day on the lake, and maybe take a nap!

Kevin Catlett
C3 – Outdoors and So Much More