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  • Removing broken light bulbs from their sockets

    Although half a potato will sometimes actually work to remove a broken light bulb from its socket, the gadget in the photo works every time. It is a rubber tipped socket that fits the center part of the light bulb. The plastic base can be screwed onto a broom stick. Remember if you are looking...
  • Cuting Holes Through Ceramic Tiles

    Cutting a hole through the middle of a ceramic tile for plumbing pipes is not an easy task, but it can be done neatly and without cracking the tile.Probably the best way is to drill a 3/8 inch hole with a masonry bit and then enlarge it with a carbide tipped saw blade in either a jig saw or a cop...
  • Running wires over and inside walls

    When you want to put a lighting sconce on a wall, there is always the question of how to get the electrical wires to that location. Often it is possible to carry wires up from an electrical outlet, or down from the attic -- now how to hide them.If you are working on the surface, as you are oblig...
  • Working with sheet metal.

    Need to work with sheet metal? Here are a few working tips.Sheet metal is best cut with sheet metal shears. You may not realise it but the handles of the shears are generally colour coded to help you grab the right ones. The problem is that as you cut the metal, the two pieces tend to get in t...
  • Modern Lime Wash for the Heritage look.

    Lime was the primary ingredient in most stains in the old days -- it was called a 'lime wash'. It can be used to stain all porous materials including masonry, concrete, and stucco without causing any of the moisture problems that modern finishes may cause. Given the need to use traditional mater...
  • Picking a caulking gun

    Some caulking guns do have some nifty new details on some of them, like a knife for cutting off the tip of the cartridge or wires to poke holes in the tubes.I don't know why, but the wires are often not long enough to do the job if you cut just a little bit off of the tip. Bad planning. (Years la...
  • Radial Arm Saws

    Radial Arm Saws

  • Getting wood resin off of saw blades

    Resin build-up on saw blades can hamper fine wood working, especially when working a lot with pine. New Teflon coated blades reduce that build-up, but to get it off my old stand-by is to put the blade in a pizza pie tin, cover it with Ammonia and then cover that with another pie tin so I don't h...
  • Grommets

    Grommets are like rivets with a hole through the middle. We have them in almost all our shoes and on all of our camping equipment to safely run strings and ropes through cloth and leather. You can buy an incredible variety of sizes and colours of grommets, and even a wide range of hole punches ...
  • Shingle starter strip & should you remove that plastic strip?

      For an overview on changing the roof or roof covering on a house and special information on Mansard roof shingles -- follow this link.   The starter shingle If you put the first row of shingles on the edge of the roof just like all the rest, you will see the bare roof deck through the crac...