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Simple Texture Fix from a Can

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Most homes have textured walls, which means you’ll still be able to see a smooth patch even after you repair the wall.

Thankfully, filling in that smooth spot to match the texture on the rest of the wall is easy. You can find cans of spray texture at most home centers and hardware stores. The newest cans even have an adjustable nozzle for creating different texture effects (Photos, below).

Spray Texture

Before you spray your wall, though, you may want to practice on a scrap of drywall or cardboard first. This will help you get the hang of using the can, as well as come up with a spray pattern that matches your wall well.

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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Extra Reach for a Caulking Tube

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Some areas, like behind a sink, are tough to get into for running a bead of caulk. That’s why we made a caulk tube extension from a piece of ¼"-dia. flexible plastic tubing.

Caulk Extension

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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Simple Loose Tire Trick

Friday, June 11th, 2010

If you’ve ever had a small tubeless tire break loose from the rim, we’ve found that a ratcheting strap fills the bill. Just center the strap on the tire’s width and tighten it. This brings both tire beads out against the rim, so it will seal and accept air. Once the tire begins to reinflate, just remove the strap.

Tubeless Tire

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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Secure Installation is Key When Hanging Wall Cabinets

Friday, June 4th, 2010

To properly mount wall cabinets, you need to do two things: Secure the cabinets to the wall studs and attach them to each other, as shown in the Illustration below.

Hang A Wall Cabinet

Securing the cabinets to the wall studs is easy. Just drive screws through the back and into the studs.

The problem is that sometimes cabinets don’t align well with the wall studs, meaning you can’t sink a screw into a stud. The solution is to attach the cabinets to one another and distribute the load over the entire bank of cabinets.

Cabinet Claws

Use the guide to drill into the edge of the face frame.   Move the guide, and then drive a screw into the hole.

If you’re installing multiple cabinets, you might want to pick up a set of “Cabinet Claws” (AdjustableClamp.com). These pull the cabinets together and align the face frames. Plus, they’re equipped with guides that make it easy to drill pilot holes and drive the screws (Photo above).

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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