I had a job finishing trim work in a room that had a brand-new hardwood floor. My work required a nail gun and a couple of hoses to get the air from the compressor to the area that needed trim. But when I saw those pipe couplings joining the two hoses in the middle of that beautiful floor, I envisioned a tangle of potential scratches caused by their sliding around as I moved about the room. To keep that from happening, I wrapped a short length of foam pipe insulation over the couplings and secured it with a couple of wraps of string. Result: no scratches.
—Tony Ferrito, Elmira, NY
Edited and illustrated by Charles Miller
From Fine Homebuilding #158