Spring Painting

Spring Painting

Spring is a good time to paint fences and the exterior of your home, especially wood surfaces. This way, they will be protected from summer heat and sun. Wood decks should also be sealed once a year.
Spring Painting

Blade Helpers

If you are about to change the blade on your bandsaw, dig out your small spring clamps to make the job easier. A new bandsaw blade can have a tendency to slip off of the top wheel while you try to get it on the lower wheel. Use a pair of small clamps to hold the blade...
Spring Painting

Clamp-On Storage

Have a rather large collection of adjustable wrenches, c-clamps or odd-shaped screw clamps laying around the workshop? You can store them neatly side by side just by tightening up their jaws on the edge or lip of a shelf that is out of the way. They will take up very...
Spring Painting

Driving Nails

As with screws, a little paraffin or beeswax will make driving certain nails, especially casing nails, much easier. If you are driving a cement-coated nail, always keep it going all the way once you start. Friction heats up the nail’s coating and if you stop...
Spring Painting

Glue Tools

An inexpensive nylon-bristle brush and a few small “acid” brushes that are sold for applying soldering flux can make great tools for spreading glue. Clipping off about half the paint brush bristles will make them stiff enough so they won’t slop glue...
Spring Painting

Kitchen Future

If you are like most of us and not getting any younger, consider adding features to your kitchen that will ease the transition to the Golden Years. Rollout shelves reduce stooping and bending; raising the dishwasher an extra few inches does too. Add a heatproof...