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Put A Cork on It!

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Pocket-hole drill bits are expensive, not to mention fragile at the tips. And most DIYers use them a lot, which means they usually end up bouncing around in a toolbox with all your other drill bits.

If your pocket-hole drill bits end up in this situation, there is an easy solution for protecting the tips. Just drive them into wine bottle corks between uses.

Cork on bit

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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Get Stuck on Magnetic Labels

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Did you know that you can now buy printable magnetic sheets at office-supply stores that work with a home ink-jet printer? We discovered that they make great labels for toolboxes (Photo below). They’d also work well for fuse boxes or any other metal surface where a label could come in handy. The best part is, there’s no sticky mess left behind when it’s time to peel up the label.

Magnetic Labels

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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Clean up Cracks — Forever!

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Many homeowners have fixed a wall crack, only to have it return again a few months or years later. Often, this is because the crack wasn’t prepared properly to be patched in the first place. But don’t worry — a few extra steps in the patching process will ensure that a patched crack stays patched.

Make It Bigger — It may sound counterintuitive, but the secret is to first make the crack bigger before you fix it. Here’s how:

STEP 1

Step 1: Make the crack ¼" wide using the point of a five-in-one tool.

STEP 2

Step 2: Sand the surface smooth.

STEP 3

Step 3: Fill it with spackle or joint compound.

STEP 4

Step 4: Spray it with a rubberized coating, such as Good-bye Cracks, that will keep it from coming back.

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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A Wood File Golf Ball Grip

Friday, April 9th, 2010
File and Ball

For some reason, whoever designed the wood file decided it didn’t need a handle. We ended this uncomfortable issue with a golf ball. To do it, just drill a hole in the golf ball and glue the end of the file into the hole.

File mounted to ball

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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Easy on the Eyes

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Eye Bolt

If you ever need to install an eye screw into a board, this is the perfect solution. A wrench works great for tightening eye screws. Place one arm of the wrench through the eye, and turn the wrench to tighten the screw.

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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