How to remove my table saw blade when I’ve lost the wrench?

This one frustrated and puzzled me. I finally got really determined about solving it when my table saw blade became so dull that it was getting unsafe to use it. Continue reading

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How to repair your own garbage disposal

I have fixed a bunch of garbage disposals and installed some too.

Often customers have called me saying that they think they need their disposal replaced.

Before you write your disposal off as dead, or call a plumber for an expensive repair, try these easy garbage disposal fixes: Continue reading

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How to make a door taller

  1. Make sure that the bottom of the door is square, if not, make it so.
  2. Rip the extra piece from a 2″x4″.
  3. Cut to length.
  4. Glue and screw from the bottom.
  5. Round edges with sandpaper or palm sander.
  6. Bondo the seam. Can use putty as well.
  7. Sand the seam, prime, and paint.
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How to repair door hinge cut outs

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Rip shims on table saw then trace hinge and cut with snips.

So you’ve removed a door and you want to fill in the hinge cutouts. If your door jambs are painted, there is a simpler method here. If your trim is wood that’s been stained or clear-coated, this is the method for you.

How to fill in door hinge cut-outs:

  1. Rip shims on table saw. Better too thin than too thick. Make sure you use the same type of wood as your jambs and try to match the grain profile as closely as possible.
  2. Trace and cut filler pieces with snips or jigsaw. Can use chop saw for square hinges.
  3. Glue and pin nail into place.
  4. Putty and stain or clear coat. Test your stain on a scrap piece of wood before applying to patches. you’ll need putty to match the jambs, or stainable putty.

Door hinge cut out

Cut out with shim inserted, prior to staining.

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How to remove toggle bolts without damaging sheetrock.

Toggles bolts can be removed easily with minimal damage to the wall.
Here’s how to remove a toggle bolt: Continue reading

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How to remove a shower grab bar

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Grab bars like this have a mounting flange which is covered by a trim plate that snaps into place. Use a Thin flat head screwdriver or putty knife to get behind the trim plate. Twist the blade and pop it off to reveal the mounting screws.

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Tips for using super fast drying polyurethane on floors

If you’re installing your own hardwood floors, it’s a project that entails a lot of work.

Super fast drying polyurethane is a relatively new product that can save some labor. Continue reading

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Reversing direction of a cartridge lock

It is easy to reverse the direction of the latch in an old fashioned cartridge latch like the on pictured.

To do so, remove the screw or screws that are holding the two piece cartridge body together.  Inside you’ll see the latch piece which you can easily flip over.

Next reassemble the cartridge body and you’re ready to go.

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Crown molding installation the easy way

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Forget about the 32. The saw simulates wall and ceiling. Just cut the 45s.

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It’s easy to get confused with the compound angles involved in installing crown molding.

You can simplify the task by focusing only in the 45 degree angles.

If you use the saw table and guide to simulate wall and ceiling, then you can just cut the 45 degree angles.

Just put the flat surfaces of the molding flush with saw table and guide as in the photo.

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How to build a simple bird feeder

My favorite milk carton feeder, from tlc.howstuffworks.com:

Plus 5 other simple bird feeders, Reposted from Yahoo voices author Betty Malone:

1. Sunflowers are a natural bird feeder

An easy bird feeder for the fall and early winter months is a completely natural one, sunflowers. If you plant sunflowers next to a wall, fence or building in a sunny spot, and leave them there, the birds will come and peck out the seeds from the sunflower heads. When the weather begins to get cold and you’re cleaning up the sunflower area of the garden, chop off the remaining sunflower heads and let them dry indoors. You can then use the seeds to fill your bird feeders all winter long. Continue reading

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