Life Hacks Vol. 2 – Handiwork Hacks

lifehacksLast week we looked at a lot of ways to make life easier around the home. This week, it’s time to tackle the workbench. Here are some great, simple ideas to help make do-it-yourself projects run smoother.

Take a look at these 10 handy-hacks:

  1. Use a magnet to find nails and studs in your wall – Hanging something but don’t know where it should go? Use a magnet to find metal studs in your walls.
  2. Create a PVC pipe tool organizer – Including the time spent cutting the piping, this project will take about 30 minutes to complete and once your adhesive has set, you will have an awesome place to keep all your tool shed’s odds-and-ends.
  3. Use a rubber band to keep paint off the side of your can – One of the worst things is when you have to get into an old paint can and you can’t. Paint smeared on the rim has the unwanted side effect of sealing the can shut. Wrap an elastic band around the can so that it stretches over the middle of the can. Use that to clean off excess paint and voila! No more messy cans.
  4. Use a clothespin to hold a nail in place – Everyone has hit themselves with a hammer. It’s a do-it-yourself rite of passage. Do avoid a repeat of this unpleasant incident, use a clothespin instead of your fingers. It will keep your nail steady and keep your digits out of harm’s way.
  5. Use soap on the threads of a stubborn screw – Sometimes hard wood and screws have issues cooperating. If you are dealing with this problem, rub soap into the threads. It will act as a lubricant and ease the screw’s passage through the wood.
  6. Have a stripped screw? Place a rubber band over it to help with removal – Removing a stripped screw can be a hassle. Use a rubber band between the head of the screw and your screwdriver to increase grip and get the screw out.
  7. Tie extension cords together – Extension cords keep coming unplugged? Tie the two cords together so that it’s harder for them to come apart.
  8. Use a nail clipper to get a better grip on a small screwdriver – The clippers will keep a firm hold of the screwdriver while you use it.
  9. Keep a ketchup lid stored with your shop-vac – Attaching the lid of an old squeeze bottle to the end of a shop vac will let you get dirt out of every crack and crevice. It’s really great when cleaning up after a home renovation project.
  10. Need to keep your shed organized? Use PVC pipe – another small project hack – nail pieces of PVC tubing to the wall of your shed and thread the handles of your gardening tools through the holes.
Source: The Family Handyman via

Source: The Family Handyman via

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