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Loosen Stuck Pipes with Heat
When a threaded connection won't budge, heat sometimes does the trick, especially on ancient connections that were sealed with pipe dope that hardened over time. Be patient. Getting the metal hot enough can take a couple of minutes. Protect nearby surfaces with a flame-resistant cloth. This method is for water and waste pipes only, never for gas or fuel lines. Find out how to open up a stuck cleanout plug, too.
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A Sticky Solution
To keep my square from sliding on slick material when I’m trying to mark with it, I stick vinyl picture-frame bumpers on the back. This holds the square in place while I draw a pencil line.
Plus: Learn how to Hang Artwork and Wall-hangings Straight and Level.
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Before drilling or cutting into a wall, tape a bag below the work zone and it will catch the falling dust.
Having trouble with dust in your home? Here are Cleaning Tips to Reduce Household Dust.