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Old 03-03-2011, 08:22 PM   #151
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While we're on the subject of plastic..... For years I have been using cardboard paper core tubes to stuff my tool cords into. It keeps them neat and untangled. But the cardboard eventually tears up. So I tried PVC tubes. Too stiff.

The other day it finally hit me to begin using the plastic caulking tubes in vogue today. I can cut two 4" tubes out of one empty caulking tube (on the chop saw) and they are both resilient and flexible.

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Old 03-11-2011, 11:28 AM   #152
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I'm not a real fan of foam paint brushes...... except for applying polyurethane!
THEN they're pretty good.... and you can throw them away when done.
But... why buy them? I found one of my good brushes ruined, so I yanked out the bristle 'block' and cut out a square of foam from some ½" scrap, and glued it in the hole/slot. If/when it's served it's purpose, I'll let the varnish dry on it, yank it out and glue in another piece of scrap for the next time. Before I found my ruined brush, I just taped the scraps of foam on a flat, thin scrap of wood, but I like this a little better.

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While we're on the subject of plastic..... For years I have been using cardboard paper core tubes to stuff my tool cords into. It keeps them neat and untangled. But the cardboard eventually tears up. So I tried PVC tubes. Too stiff.

The other day it finally hit me to begin using the plastic caulking tubes in vogue today. I can cut two 4" tubes out of one empty caulking tube (on the chop saw) and they are both resilient and flexible.
We drink a lot of sugar-free Kool-Aid. The packets come in a nice plastic tube that not only is a handy container, but is a nice plastic for cutting up into temporary tools - like for mixing epoxy.
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Old 03-12-2011, 08:20 AM   #154
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If you have a tube of caulking that has hardened up at the plastic nozzle, don't throw it out. Take a utility knife and cut from the tip of the nozzle to the tube so that the nozzle can be split apart, think of an aligators mouth. Remove the hardened caulking, close the nozzle and tape up with electrical tape and your good to go.

It's a good idea to warm up you caulking before use. NOT A MICROWAVE EITHER. Top of you furnace or hotwater tank works well.
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We have no little ones to worry about, and I can't stand how hard those darn snap-on spray paint can lids are to open. When I FINALLY pry the lid from the can, I take my snips and clip the inner ring. THEN it's easy to pop on and off.

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Small screws, washers, and nuts. Tiny little suckers that are a pain to handle.

When pouring them out on the workbench, make sure there is a 12"x12" piece of cardboard down first. This makes it SO much easier to just pick up and pour the little items back into the jar.

Did you drop one or two on the floor? Turn out the lights and use a flashlight lying flat on the floor to shine a beam across the surface. Anything there will cast a relatively large shadow and almost shout, "Here I am".

In addition, sweeping a magnet across the floor helps too.

Of course you are using left over baby food jars to store all those little things in, aren't you? And you know about screwing the lid onto the bottom side of an overhead cabinet so that it stays right there while you twist the jar off it with only one hand. Goes back on just as easily. And super easy to see what's inside.
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Old 05-05-2011, 01:12 PM   #157
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I love baby food jars! In fact all wide mouthed glass jars with metal screw-top lids are awesome!!


My tip for today: When painting a deep skylight well, start at the top and work DOWN.
(This tip is of particular relevance for those with long hair).
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My tip for today: When painting a deep skylight well, start at the top and work DOWN.
(This tip is of particular relevance for those with long hair).
Yer funny.... The guys are going to love you over in paint...

When I screw lids up for the jars, I always use TWO screws so it never comes loose and is always able to be released one-handed.

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Yer funny.... The guys are going to love you over in paint...
What's really funny is I managed to get my hair stuck to a skylight well twice yesterday - thankfully it was just latex paint (I hate shampooing with Varsol).
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When I screw lids up for the jars, I always use TWO screws so it never comes loose and is always able to be released one-handed.
Oh yeah, well I always use THREE screws so that it doesn't come loose, can be released one-handed AND the lid doesn't bend.
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Old 05-05-2011, 07:52 PM   #160
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If you have a tube of caulking that has hardened up at the plastic nozzle, don't throw it out. Take a utility knife and cut from the tip of the nozzle to the tube so that the nozzle can be split apart, think of an aligators mouth. Remove the hardened caulking, close the nozzle and tape up with electrical tape and your good to go.

It's a good idea to warm up you caulking before use. NOT A MICROWAVE EITHER. Top of you furnace or hotwater tank works well.
Another, less invasive way, is to grab a 3" all purpose coarse thread screw and screw into the hardened caulk or adhesive. Once all of the way in, squeeze the trigger until there is some pressure on the tube. Slowly pull the screw out. If the clog gives resistance, squeeze the trigger a bit more. Once the main clog is out, run the screw back and forth in the tip of the tube until all chunks have been evacuated.
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I have 2 tips that are hard to believe but I have used and have seen others able to do them as well.

Trying to find a water line or underground stream or even gas line out in a yard/field. Take an old Metal clothes hanger and cut in half then straighten out each end and form an L shape. Hold one in each hand fairly loosely but not dropping and point out at about a 45 degree angle in front you both ways. Walk towards the possible area and you should feel them slightly pulling into each other. When you reach the point the 2 cross it should be almost dead on to where the line is. Still remember to always dig safely and have your utilities located

Need to find approximate center on a long wall or pipe (20+ feet). While standing back, point to each end and close your eyes and relax. Move your hands in to each other and when they touch open your eyes and you should be pointing to almost center, even if your standing off to one side.

We spent about half a day once just trying these out with a crew of about 8, we were within a few inches of center almost everytime. Was very handy when rigging 40' sticks of pipe lol
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If you have a problem with the water evaporating from the trap in a seldom-used drain, causing the room to smell bad, pour some water in the drain and add a few drops of mineral oil (baby oil). The oil will spread out and create a film over the water. The water won't evaporate as quickly.
I use vegetable oil or anti-freeze. I fill the trap completely. Works great. dorf dude...
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Sorry if this is a duplicate. I can't count the number of times I've tried to guide a screw through something into unseen threads ..... Often over my head, stretching and balancing at the same time :P

I cut two pieces of plastic off the blister pack. Punched a hole smaller than the screw. Put the screw through ( an outlet concealer in this pic) and snapped the plastic on each screw. It held the screw in place so I didn't have to try and hold the cover, screw, and screw driver.
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Sorry to resurrect an old thread but the tip I have seems to fit here the best!!

Old interior doors......we've all probably replaced them....such fun!!

Currently I'm doing a complete renovation (I'll get something up in Project Showcase soon, I promise) mixed with moving out of my old house AND livid in the "new" one!!

We all know storage/renovations/budget woes are tops on the list!!

Reusing interior doors for shelving is fast and free.....two words we all love!!



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Closet door and s butcher block slab....quick work bench!



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Interior door (complete with hinges and side jamb!). I screw thru hinge into stud if possible and a few spots thru stop molding also. You can barely see that I used the head jamb to support the corner.



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Same as above with a brace on one end and some electrical wire (orange is the best!!) supporting the other end.


As you can see it's not hard, barely costs a nickel and it's instant gratification!!
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I missed another one!!



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Couple bi-folds doors and a 2x4.
Gotta have the shelves above the washer/dryer!

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