Top 10 tradie tips

Se­crets from the pros to im­prove your DIY life hand­saw­ing MADE EASY!

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - November Contents -

1 make your mark Al­ways cut on the cor­rect side of a line with this lit­tle trick. Draw your mea­sure­ment mark, then do a sec­ond line at an an­gle away from the part of the timber you want to keep. When the time comes to cut, a quick glance will show you on which side of the line to put your saw.

suc­cess­ful DIY isn’t just about hav­ing the skills. Know­ing a few of the tips and tricks that are sec­ond na­ture to tradies will make your DIY jobs eas­ier and quicker, and you’ll end up with bet­ter re­sults. If you’ve got a screw that just won’t budge, no mat­ter how hard you try, grab a ham­mer along with your screw­driver. Stick the screw­driver in the slot of the screw then give it a sharp tap with the ham­mer. You’ll loosen any rust or paint hold­ing the screw, mak­ing it eas­ier to turn. 3 DON’T STRIP A SMALL SCREW! When you’re putting in small screws, like those in small latches or pi­ano hinges, use a screw­driver in­stead of a power drill. A screw­driver gives you more con­trol over the pres­sure and turn­ing power you need, so you won’t strip the head of the screw. For more con­trol when you’re us­ing a hand­saw, hold the han­dle in a pis­tol grip with your in­dex fin­ger ex­tended. This fin­ger nat­u­rally gives your hand di­rec­tion so you’ll be more ac­cu­rate with your saw­ing.


No DIY job is worth hurt­ing your­self – or worse. Al­ways wear the right ear, eye and dust pro­tec­tion for the job at hand. If you’re work­ing with a lad­der, make sure it’s sta­ble be­fore you climb. Never try to over­reach from it ei­ther. Al­ways take the time to get down and move it.


Sharp tools make a job eas­ier, more ac­cu­rate and give you a bet­ter fin­ish. Give your wood chis­els a sharpen be­fore use to cut quickly and cleanly. If your hand­saw is blunt re­place it with a new one, as they’re not so ex­pen­sive. Power saw blades can be pro­fes­sion­ally re­sharp­ened, but it’s al­ways handy to have a new blade spare so you can get on with the job. 7


To keep your hand­saw from jump­ing around when you’re start­ing a cut, sit the thumb of your free hand against the blade to act as a guide. Start the cut slowly so the teeth bite into the timber, then shift your hand away from the blade be­fore you re­ally go for it. CUT IT SQUARE, QUICKLY Don’t have a drop saw? Per­fectly cut timber ev­ery time us­ing your quick square as a guide. Align your saw blade with your cut­ting point and hold your quick square against the base plate of the saw. You’ll get a square and straight cut ev­ery time.


Here’s how to keep a paint job in­tact if you’re sep­a­rat­ing two build­ing el­e­ments, like re­mov­ing the hinges from a door jamb. Grab a sharp util­ity knife and cut through the paint where the two el­e­ments join. When you pull them apart, you won’t peel off any sur­round­ing paint. When it comes time to re­paint, there’s less prep work. drilling into tiles Putting up your bath­room ac­ces­sories is much eas­ier with this sim­ple tip. Place a piece of mask­ing tape on the tiles where you want to drill. It’ll keep the drill bit from skat­ing across the tiles while it bites into them. Use a ma­sonry bit and turn off your drill’s ham­mer set­ting.


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