My computer gets used by a few family members – mostly kids – which I encourage but at the same time don’t want them messing with certain important files like taxes or checking accounts. Whatever the reason you many want to hide and protect certain files too. Here’s an easy and foolproof way to do it and it won’t cost a penny. Plus you can remain an administrator and not have all the hassle from Microsoft during daily use.
- Create a new user account. We’ll call ours ‘superuser’. It can be an administrator for convenience. Give it a strong password (like an old childhood phone number).
- Log off your regular account (we’ll call ours ‘mainuser’ for this example). Now log onto your new ‘superuser’ account.
- Create a new folder and name it something innocent and boring. We’ll call ours ‘Misc’.
- Right click on the new folder and select Properties, then click the Security tab. Now click the EDIT button.
- Select User (the lowest level but it doesn’t matter). On the lower right click the DENY box next to Full Control. All the Deny boxes should have check marks.
- Click Apply and Okay and you’ll get a warning that only the Owner will have access to this folder. That’s fine because it’s exactly what we want. Click Okay and close out of the properties windows.
- Now, move whatever files you want protected into this ‘Misc’ folder. Anything will work: docs, spreadsheets, videos, photos.
- Right click on your desktop and click on screen saver on the lower right. Set up a screen saver and check the box ‘On resume require a password’. This will insure that if you walk away while logged on to your special superuser account, the system will log you off after the time set for the screensaver. This way you don’t have to worry about relocking your Misc protected folder.
- Log off this ‘superuser’ account and back into your regular account ‘mainuser’. When you or anyone else clicks on the new ‘Misc’ folder you will get a message that access is denied. If you or anyone else tries to change permissions it will be denied because you are not the owner (Only superuser is the owner).
- Anytime you want to access the contents of the locked folder just log off your regular account and log in as ‘superuser’. Then everything in the folder will be accessible.
Moen faucets are easy to service for the homeowner – usually. If you have a dripping faucet or one that doesn’t mix hot and cold correctly you just replace the cartridge for about $14. There are plenty of videos and instructions on the net on how to replace the 1224 and 1225 cartridges used on almost every Moen faucet and shower, but what if the old cartridge just doesn’t want to come out? Yeah, the longer those cartridges have been in, the harder they are to take out. My house was built in 1998 so all my faucets are 18 years old and the 1224s are a bear to remove. But there is a pretty easy and CHEAP way to remove them. We assume you already turned the water off under the sink or at the main entry point to your house. We also assume you followed the directions and removed the handle AND cartridge retainer (either a nut or in my case a plastic retainer). By the way you don’t need a special tool to remove the retainer, just use long nose pliers and turn in into the two grooves. These usually come out easy.
Here are the tools you’ll need:
a Phillips or crosspoint screwdriver (the same one you used to remove the handle adapter)
a fender washer (the most important part) this is a one and 1/4 inch washer with a small hole and are readily available at any Home Depot or Lowe’s for less than a dime.
an assortment of #8 or #10 sheet metal screws depending on your application. Usually just a one inch long #8 screw will do fine.
Optionally, you may need the long nose pliers and a one inch socket (also available at Home Depot or Lowes for cheap.
If your 1224 cartridge is below the top of the metal mounting then you may get by with just the fender washer and one inch screw.
Just place the fender washer on top of the metal mounting and insert the screw into the cartridge.
As the screw tightens it will pull the cartridge up .
Keep tightening until the cartridge is free.