League City, TX (PressExposure) January 09, 2012 -- Home ownership means tackling a never-ending list of maintenance and repairs. From clogged drains to the unavoidable damage caused by heat, cold and humidity, keeping your home in great condition can be a constant challenge. Now one local man, a space engineer by day and inventor/entrepreneur in his spare time, has developed some ingenious and inexpensive ways to make home maintenance and home improvement easier than ever.
Entrepreneur Bob Wilkes, who currently holds 10 U.S. patents for his inventions, enjoys finding new and simple answers to typical problems facing homeowners, which he is eager to share. Like others born with an entrepreneurial spirit, this unstoppable inventor has designed solutions to everything from driveway cracks to clogged toilets. From the depths of his garage workshop have emerged some very useful ideas. When driveways are five years or older, the wooden expansion joints begin to rot away and pesky weeds start growing in their place. You could pull or poison the weeds, but that doesn't solve the larger problem: Expansion joint runoff water can seep into the cracks causing the soil to shift. Then when you park your car on the driveway it may cause the concrete to shift or tilt, resulting in thousands of dollars in repairs.
"This problem potentially effects 14 million homes in the Gulf Coast region that are 10 years or older," says Wilkes. "For the last 20 years, people have been trying to fix this problem with liquid caulk. But it's expensive, time-consuming and messy."
So when Wilkes and his neighbors began fighting this problem, he knew he wanted an easier, less costly solution. "I found a couple of Expansion joint fillers and gasket products but they were expensive and they had some frustrating limitations. So I went out to my garage workshop and, using a soaker hose, developed Trim-A-Slab." Available in black and gray, Trim-A-Slab comes in a coil that can easily be pressed into the gaps left by the wooden expansion joint. "Unlike other joint fillers, it can be used to fill a variety of gap sizes. It also doesn't require much preparation. It slides in without having to be pounded in with a mallet. Plus you never have to worry about it moving out of place."
Wilkes and his neighbors were so pleased with the quality of his prototype that he's now selling the patent-pending product online at http://www.trim-a-slab.com and at hardware stores. "I'm getting great feedback. People love the fact that it's not as expensive as other fillers, and it stays below the surface so they don't trip over it. It's also durable. The black is material similar to what's used in automotive weather stripping. The gray is similar to what's used for window weather stripping." Both colors have been on the market since May 2010. For more information about Trim-A-Slab, visit trim-a-slab.com or look for Trim-A-Slab on Facebook.