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Archive for November, 2010

Cord Storage on a Roll

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Short electrical cords are tough to wrap, so they almost always end up tangled around each other. That’s why we keep old toilet paper and paper towel tubes on hand. They make handy storage cases for cords that stack neatly in a drawer.

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Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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Avoid Pocket Hole Problems

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Some pocket-hole jigs have three holes to account for stock of varying width. But that extra opening can also cause you to slip up and drill a pocket hole in the wrong place if you’re not paying attention. To avoid this, simply plug the hole you’re not using. A foam ear plug (Photo) or a small wood dowel works great for this.

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Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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Simple Hardware Change with Spray Paint

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Color trends come and go. For example, just a few years ago glossy brass and silver hardware were desirable. Now, brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze are the hot colors to have. But if the color is the only thing you don’t like about your hardware pieces, there’s no reason to replace them. Instead, just buy spray paint and give them a great new look that way.

If you haven’t taken a walk down the spray paint aisle at the home center lately, you’ll be amazed by all the options. Not only is virtually every metallic color from brass to zinc available, but they’re also offered in different sheens, so you can create a glossy copper or a matte nickel finish if you desire.

To change your existing hardware with spray paint, simply give it a good cleaning, and then make light overlapping passes, always keeping the can moving as you pass it over the surface you’re spraying. It may take several coats to get complete coverage, but you only need to wait about 15 minutes between coats with most spray paints. Also make sure to paint the heads of any screws that will be visible on the hardware. Just drive the screws partially into a wood block before painting them (Photo below).

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The key to getting a smooth finish with spray paint is to make light, overlapping passes, constantly moving the can as you cross above the surface. Also paint the screw heads if they’ll be visible on the hardware.

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It’s amazing how much of an impact you can make just by changing the color of a piece of hardware. For example, we took these inexpensive house numbers and made them look like high-end hammered copper. The same technique can be applied to everything from door pulls to shower rods.

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Think of a metallic color, and chances are there’s a spray paint to match. And not only can you pick the color, but you can also pick the desired sheen in many cases. Just a handful of the options, from copper to matte nickel to bronze, are shown above

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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Easy-Clean Paint Tray Liner

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Don’t have any paint tray liners handy? This simple household product will fill the bill until you have time to go to the store.

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Rather than go to the store for tray liners before a recent paint job, Dion Seiler of Evansville, Indiana, found the perfect tray liner in the pantry: Press’n Seal wrap from Glad.

It clings tightly to the bottom and sides of the tray, providing a much better fit than you get from the supposedly “universal” liners at the store. And when you’re done painting, you just peel up the wrap and toss it in the trash.

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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