Carrying toothpicks around in your carpentry kit can help get you out of a pinch if you strip a screw in wood. Just insert a toothpick in the hole and drive the screw in. The toothpick will just break off. You can add more toothpicks if necessary, just dip them in some wood glue first […]
Putting away your summer gear? To revive an old cedar chest or cedar closet, rub the inside with a fine-grit sandpaper to bring back the fragrance and help repel moths.
This Tuesday tip comes from Brent Williams, one of our Project Leads. Use painter’s tape to hold small projects or items that you can’t clamp or nail together while your glue dries. This works especially well with molding returns, caps and other items that don’t have flat surfaces to clamp to.
Have a stripped screw? Use a rubber band to get it out! Just place the rubber band over the head of the screwdriver and press it into the stripped screw to remove. Bonus tip-to prevent stripping a screw make sure to use the correct size drill bit, drill pilot holes, press down firmly and drill […]
Out shopping and don’t have a tape measure? A dollar bill is 6.14” wide by 2.61” tall (but just think of it as 6” by 2.5”). This way you always have a reference in your wallet for a rough measurement. We wouldn’t recommend framing with this technique!
Save the Trip charge by joining Express Handyman’s VIP Text Program! (A $35 Value) You’ll love it, we send out texts with really great specials that you won’t want to miss! Just text HANDYMAN to 515-349-7600.
Needing a magnetized screwdriver bit? You can drag a magnet one way on the metal tip to make it magnetized or you can attach a small magnet on the shaft of the screwdriver. Rare earth magnets work the best as they are very strong. The magnetic will travel through to the tip and voila!
Today’s Tuesday Tip! Do you know that in a pinch (pun intended) you can use your caulking gun to clamp wood as you wait to for the glue to dry. We wouldn’t recommend this all the time but we noticed the mechanism in the caulk gun works in a similar fashion to our hand clamps.
When drilling a hole into drywall or plaster use painter’s tape to secure an envelope or piece of folded paper just under the area you are drilling to catch all the dust. This helps from needing to pull out the shop vac every time you need to drill a hole.