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Make a better Allen Wrench

Make a better Allen Wrench

Cut the end off your "L" shaped allen wrenches so they'll fit in your drill.  Any project will go a lot faster after you do this.  Here's a quick video of me demonstrating how to do it - make a...

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Saving space in the home

Saving space in the home

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Saving space on cluttered worktop surfaces has been a problem for a long time in the home. Now, new innovation in the design of the S-Box haS helped designers and kitchen planners alike, rethink...

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Drill a hole in your wall without making a mess

Drill a hole in your wall without making a mess

I heard Adam Carolla mention this quick tip, and it really works.  I had to pass this along.  If you need to drill a hole in your wall and you don't want to make a mess on the floor, just use...

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Recessed Retrofit Led Trim Kit

Recessed Retrofit Led Trim Kit

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I have a number of recessed incandescent light cans in ceilings that have a normal attic above them. I'm concerned about air leakage into the attic even though they are covered on top with insulation...

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Repair a hole in drywall

Repair a hole in drywall

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For repairing holes, small or large, in drywall, I like to use a 'backer' material, such as a scrap of OSB, or whatever, anything that is thin but can accept drywall screws. Cut a strip of the backer...

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Integrated Night Lights - a worthy weekend project

Integrated Night Lights - a worthy weekend project

Navigating your house in the middle of the night, in the dark, might be easy for you, but what about your occasional houseguests? What about your kids? Mine seem to always have a reason to rouse me...

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3/8 Drill Bit Extension - long as you need it

3/8" Drill Bit Extension - long as you need it

Well, I had to have a short extension for my 3/8 inch drive Forstner bit. Just had to. I went to three hardware stores and was pretty well convinced that they don't sell such a thing. 1/4 inch...

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concrete vibrator

concrete vibrator

This tool uses any 3/8" (chuck) drill and a length of rebar #3 or #4. Cut rebar to comfortable length allowing insertion to the full depth of the form or trench. Put a little wiggle in one...

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Painful skin cracks

Painful skin cracks

Good response by dermatologist in Q&A of Feb/March 2012 issue as to question of painful skin cracks.  But she omitted the best, easiest, quickest tip:  a drop of Super-Glue on the crack takes pain...

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Protecting Birch Trim

Protecting Birch Trim

With Birch window and door casing, I'm reluctant to use my pneumatic nailer because it's never 100% sure to get the heads below the surface and it's hard to fix things when that happens. So I'm using...

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The hole punch protection method

The hole punch protection method

Here is an easy way to spackle or paint small areas with very little clean up, while protecting surrounding areas. All you need is painters/masking tape and a hole punch. Just rip a small piece of...

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Temporary No-pest Vent Cap

Temporary No-pest Vent Cap

Before closing up our Idaho remodel for the season, I made a final walk-around to check for openings where pests might find their way in over the winter. I noticed an open plumbing air vent pipe...

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Install/Remove Eyescrews and Hooks

Install/Remove Eyescrews and Hooks

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I used to painfully install hooks and eyescrews with a screwdriver through the hole. Predrill an appropriate sized hole, and then mount a matching hook or open eye bolt onto your drill chuck. Hand...

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Miter saw multi-cut jig

Miter saw multi-cut jig

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Here is a quick jig that I used on my dads miter saw. I needed to cut some one by twos to 24 inches. Since the saw was just on saw horses and I wanted to make sure all the parts were equal. My dad...

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Dead level demo

Dead level demo

When cutting out a new RO for a window installation, I wanted to be sure my cut at the bottom would produce a level sill. I happened to have my layout laser set up because I wanted the new window to...

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Saving Money On dump fees

Saving Money On dump fees

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When I am installing gyproc I leave one side of a wall unfinished untill the very end. I do this so i can have a place to store all those scrap bits of gyproc that have been produced. You...

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Easy Toggle anchor clean up

Easy Toggle anchor clean up

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When installing toggle anchors for towel bars, the last thing you want to do is lug around a vac. Instead, it carry a roll of 2" blue painters tape. Simply fold the tape back to the non sticky side...

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Amazing Magnetic Vacuum

"Amazing Magnetic Vacuum"

I received as a gift from a supplier a magnetic wrist band to hold screws and what not. It just got in the way so it has been lying in the bottom of my tool tote. while vacuuming up drywall dust on a...

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Using a Zip Line for Quick Demo Removal - AKA The Flying Bathtub

Using a Zip Line for Quick Demo Removal - AKA "The Flying Bathtub"

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In the process of remodeling a third floor bedroom/bath, we needed to find a way to quickly, safely, and efficiently remove all the demo materials. Guess what we came up with...

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e-z toilet bolt cutting

e-z toilet bolt cutting

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toilet bolts hold down ,to the toilet flange,are cut with bolt cutters....instead of using a hacksaw

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Free FH backissues: #12 thru #71 and #118 thru #147

Free FH backissues: #12 thru #71 and #118 thru #147

  Thanks to all who called.  The collection was picked-up this morning by a long time carpenter in nearby Royce City, TX, who also was the first to telephone. 

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Free FH backissues: #12 thru #71 and #118 thru #147

Free FH backissues: #12 thru #71 and #118 thru #147

See how it was done with square nails!  (1983-1992 and 1998-2002)My parents collection, in fine shape.  You pay shipping from Dallas (about 71lbs.).   I can't trash themnbsp...

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Paint Brush - keeping it from drying until the next use

Paint Brush - keeping it from drying until the next use

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Just saw the Chuck Miller video on using a ziplock bag to put your wet paint brush in, but I think this trick is easier, less messy, cheaper, and more effective.  Take a length of SaranCling...

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RePurposing a broken tape measure

"RePurposing" a broken tape measure

I have too many broken tapes to be proud of.  In this day of toss and turn, I used the clips from the old tape measure case and screw them to the usual "hand only" toolsnbspnbsp...

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