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Archive for March, 2008

3 Easy Ways to Remove Grout

Friday, March 28th, 2008

If you need to remove grout between tiles without damaging the tile itself, you’ll want to choose the tool based on the size of the area you’re working on. Here are three great options for grout removal:

This tool works great for a small job. Just place the tungsten carbide cutting edge on the grout line, apply pressure, and make straight strokes. For larger jobs, Dremel makes a grout-removal kit for rotary tools. Two guides keep the bit centered in the grout line as you pull it toward you. Dremel’s kit for rotary saws cuts a wider grout line than the rotary tool kit shown above. And this kit can adjust to remove grout from corners.

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
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New Use for Old Spade Bits

Friday, March 21st, 2008

I save dull spade bits to use as mixing blades for small cans of paint. For gallons, I use an extension. Make sure you grind off the points and round off the corners of the bits, or you could drill through the paint can. Chuck the bit into a variable-speed drill, and start slowly to avoid splatters.

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor
Workbench Magazine

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Sliding Screen Door Saves Space

Friday, March 14th, 2008

There isn’t enough room in my garage for a swing-out screen door. After installing a pocket door inside my house, however, I realized that a screen door can slide to the side, too.

For about $60, I bought a wood screen door, a pocket door hardware kit, some aluminum angle, a few pieces of wood, and handles for the door. The pocket door rollers attach to the top of the screen door, where they ride along a rail attached above. The aluminum angle on the bottom of the door travels through a channel. To avoid interference from the brickmolding around the door, I had to build out from the wall (see Head Detail and Bottom Detail at right).

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor
Workbench Magazine

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Install Screws in Close Quarters

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Recently, when attaching a solid-wood top to a project, I had to reach in through a tight space to tighten screws. There wasn’t enough clearance to use a cordless drill or screwdriver, but I remembered that screwdriver bits from my drill fit exactly into a 1/4″ socket. I mounted the bit on the socket wrench and easily tightened the screws.

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor
Workbench Magazine

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