Blunt Nails to Avoid Wood Splitting

Tap the sharp point of a nail onto a hard surface like concrete (with a hammer) to dull the tip and avoid splitting wood. You can also do this with the head of the nail on the ground and use the hammer face to dull the nail.

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Soda Can Epoxy Mixer

epoxy mixer

Cut the bottom of a soda can out and use it to mix small paint goods, epoxy and other materials with ease. The raised aluminum base prevents paints and stains from drying out prematurely too. A simple and recyclable epoxy mixer!

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Using a Washer as an Improvised Scribing Tool

scribing tool

Insert a pencil tip through the hole in a flat washer keeping the tip on the part of the hole closest to whatever you’re looking to scribe. Then simply run the pencil along the piece you want to mark. The washer will follow the contours as long as the angles are not too tight.

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Catch Dust from Drilling Holes in a Wall with Post-its

Fold up the bottom edge of a post it and stick it to a wall just below where you’re drilling to catch the drywall dust.

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Straighten a Crooked Door with A Cardboard Shim for the Hinge

If your door sits crooked in its frame and rubs at the top or bottom you can easily straighten it back up by adding a cardboard shim behind the door hinge opposite of where it rubs in the frame. If it rubs on the upper half of the frame, shim the bottom hinge and vice-versa.

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Draw Circles Without a Protractor Using a Speed Square

speed square drawing a circle

Many speed squares or rafter squares have a notch by their corner. Simply drive a nail where you want the center of the circle, place your pencil in a slot or on the edge of the square, place the nail in the corner notch and rotate!

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