Clever tips and tricks for Diyers

Lesotho Times - - Property -

WHAT­EVER DIY project you may be tack­ling, there are al­ways a few tips and tricks that you can put to good use.

Here are just a few clever tricks to help you along the way:

1. Drilling a hole in the ceil­ing can make a big mess, es­pe­cially if you’re work­ing over a car­pet. This sim­ple so­lu­tion will con­tain the dust for an easy clean-up.

The next time you use up the con­tents of a dis­pos­able plas­tic con­tainer, save the lid. Drive a drill bit through the cen­tre of the lid, and then use the drill to make the hole in the ceil­ing. The dust will fall on the lid, and you can sim­ply throw it away when you’re done.

2. Ap­ply­ing sealer is the per­fect way to fill gaps. But if you’ve ever tried do­ing it your­self, you may have found that ap­ply­ing a clean line can be tricky. Luck­ily, you can solve that prob­lem with mask­ing tape.

Ap­ply the tape on ei­ther side of the area where you want the sealer to go, lay the sealer and smooth it with your fin­ger. When you peel back the tape, you’ll be left with a tidy edge.

3. We’ve all been there: you try to re­move an old screw, and the drill bit just spins use­lessly in the screw head.

For­tu­nately, you can use a Dremel Mul- titool with cutting disk to cut a slot in the screw. To cut the slot, hold the tool per­pen­dic­u­lar to the screw head and slowly lower it onto the cen­tre of the screw. Once the slot is cut, you can re­move the screw with a flat­head screw­driver.

4. When do­ing an up­hol­stery project and you need to ham­mer in tacks or up­hol­stery pins, the last thing you want is to hurt your­self.

The eas­i­est way to ham­mer in tacks or up­hol­stery pins, or even small panel pins, for that mat­ter, is to use a pair of nee­dle nose pli­ers to hold the pin or tack in place while you hit down with a ham­mer.

5. Tired of guess­ing at the lo­ca­tion to place pic­ture hangers on the wall? The prob­lem can be solved by ap­ply­ing tape to the frame hanger and then push­ing a thumb­tack through the tape.

Po­si­tion the frame and push the tack into the wall to get a pre­cise hole for mount­ing your pic­ture hanger. Re­move the tape and tack, and you’ll be able to hang the frame ex- actly where you wanted it.

6. When us­ing a spade bit to drill through a piece of tim­ber, place a scrap piece of board un­der­neath to en­sure a clean cut edge on both sides of the tim­ber or board.

7. When spray painting projects, big or small, use a dowel to hold the ob­ject while you spray. For smaller projects, you can use wooden skew­ers or tooth­picks.

8. When drilling holes in glass or tile, roll Prestik into a thin sausage to make a cir­cu­lar well. Press this down onto the glass or tile around the area to be cut and fill with a small amount of cutting oil or Q-20.

By do­ing this, you re­duce the amount of heat gen­er­ated dur­ing cutting and ex­tend the life of the cutting bit. Where tiles are mounted on a wall, make the bot­tom of the well higher so that you’re able to hold the fluid in place as you drill.

9. Use dou­ble-sided tape to make mount­ing drawer fronts eas­ier. If you ap­ply dou­ble-sided tape to the back of drawer fronts, you can align these up per­fectly be­fore per­ma­nently screw­ing them in place through the inside of the drawer frame.

10. When you need to drill holes for mount­ing Euro or con­cealed hinges, use a Forstner or MAD bit. These bits have a much smaller tip, which means less pos­si­bil­ity of go­ing through the other side of tim­ber and board.

11. If you are wor­ried about dam­ag­ing the sur­round­ing tiles when re­mov­ing old grout, use a Dremel Mul­ti­tool fit­ted with a grout at­tach­ment. These at­tach­ments are pur­chased sep­a­rately, but take the risk out of dam­ag­ing tiles when cutting out dis­coloured or crumbly grout.

12. When you need to fill in holes in a wall and match it to an ex­ist­ing tex­tured plas­ter fin­ish, there are a cou­ple of tech­niques to try.

Wait un­til the crack filler is al­most dry, but still soft, then lightly dab with a cloth or sea sponge, or a paint­brush, to match the sur­round­ing wall texture.

— Hodzine

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