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  • Use a propane torch to round the edges of Plexiglas.

    Woody from Kingsville, Ontario has a great tip for giving your Plexiglas project a smooth flowing rounded edge.First sand out any saw cuts or other imperfections, but rather than trying to sand over the sharp edge, hold a propane torch about 4 inches from the edge and slightly melt the plastic. ...
  • Hanging things in high places

    Joe and Debbie sent in this tip.Use a large clothes-pin style clip, used for clampping or lamp attachment. Grip it onto the end of a plastic pipe. Now you can slide that right up to catch plant hooks, allowing you to lift them up to or down from high places.Oh, the gadget I had for watering han...
  • Drill out dead caulking.

    When the caulking in the cartridge is still soft enough to squeeze the outside of the tube but all hardened up in the tip, try using your electric drill to cut a passageway through to the sill soft stuff. If the hard stuff doesn't go too far for your drill to reach, or the nozzle is not cracked ...
  • Tip -- spacing forward a loose electrical outlet.

    Last year we showed a viewer tip on putting washers behind the electrical box outlet mounting bracket to hold the outlet firmly forward when the electrical box had been mounted too deep in the wall. Dwight sent us another way to do it that is actually easier than playing with a pile of washers.D...
  • Match sticks for filling screw holes.

    Tyler from Toronto, Ontario suggests that when a door hinges screw hole is warn out you can glue in match sticks to fill the hole and then put the screw back in.Match sticks, tooth picks, with and without glue have been used for years to tighten up screw holes. Sometimes simply putting a single ...
  • Making a guide for drilling a hole larger.

    You have drilled a hole for a door handle and now discover you need a larger hole. One method is to completely plug up the old hole so that the pilot bit of the hole saw has something to centre into. One of our viewers sent in the idea of taking a dowel the size of the existing hole and simply ...
  • How do you store drywall?

    John in Aurora, Ontario has to delay work on his basement renovation and wants to know how he can store 10 sheets of drywall without having it warp.Good question, because especially if there is much moisture in that basement stacked drywall can take on some permanent curves. If you simply sit it...
  • Protecting the teeth of your saws.

    Several TV viewers came up with ways to protect the teeth of our saws.One slides a slit length of garden hose over the saw blade.Another plunges a narrow drywall saw right into the hose itself without a slit.Yet another uses school report binders to slide over the teeth.There is actually a profes...
  • Things you discover in the instruction booklets.

    No one ever reads the instruction books, even when they are written in something similar to English. But there are some gems of wisdom in there if you wanted to take the time.Burrs on drill bitsTake a look at the drill bit in the first photo. Does that burr on the side look familiar to you? Di...
  • Sweep into a fixed vacuum.

    Wish you could just sweep your shavings into a hole in the floor?You can almost do that by installing a vacuum floor head on the wall as in the photo. Then you just turn on the vacuum and sweep into the slot.These are available in the central vacuum section of renovation centres.