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Archive for June, 2011

Get the Lead Out

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Pencil lines don’t show up well when marking dark materials like pegboard, walnut, or certain metals. That’s why you may want to consider investing in a Liquid Paper pen. The newest models have a fine tip to create a sharp line.

Stuck Bolt

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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Advice on Adding Attic Insulation

Friday, June 17th, 2011

If you ever need to add insulation to the attic of your home, it’s important to keep it from obstructing the vents. As strange as it sounds, you want air, whether it is cold winter air or hot summer air, to flow through your attic. That’s why you have soffit and roof vents. This airflow helps equalize the inside and outside temperatures of your roof to prevent condensation, mildew, and other problems.

Of course, you don’t want that air to get into the living spaces of your house, which is why you need insulation.

When you add insulation, you need to make sure that the area around the soffit vents isn’t obstructed. The easiest way to do that is to install airflow baffles (Illustration). The baffles provide space for air to flow under the roof but over the insulation. You can find the baffles in home centers.

Insulation

To ensure that insulation won’t block airflow through your attic, install airflow baffles. Usually made from polystyrene foam, these simple chutes get stapled in place between the roof rafters to provide unobstructed airflow.

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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Perfect Pilot Hole

Friday, June 10th, 2011

There’s no reason to search around for the right-sized drill bit for making pilot holes for finish nails. Instead, just try an old carpenter’s trick and use the nail itself. Just clip the head off first with a wire cutter, so the nail will chuck easily into the drill.

Pilot Hole

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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Get a Grip on Stuck Bolts

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

A bolt with rounded edges can be tough to get your wrench around. One way to get around this problem is to cut a notch in the bolt head with a hacksaw. Then you can hold it steady with a flathead screwdriver while you turn the nut.

Stuck Bolt

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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