A Clever Solution for Sealing Big Gaps
InstaTrim is part trim, part caulk and part weather sealant. And for some situations, it’s a true problem solver.
InstaTrim is a V-shape strip of 1/2-in.-wide plastic, backed by a bead of adhesive caulk. To install it, remove the peel-off tape, position the strip, then press it into place. The self-centering “wings” along the edges flex to create a tight seal. Since InstaTrim goes on dry, it can be painted immediately. It’s perfect for sealing moderately large gaps (up to 1/4 in.) and leaving a clean, smooth bead. It’s ideal for sealing wall and floor gaps around tubs, for covering gaps around toilet bases and sealing windows and doors.
For good results, you have to first remove all existing silicone caulk, especially in bathrooms and other wet environments. InstaTrim is available in six colors. — Spike Carlsen. Buy InstaTrim now.
Lock Washer in a Bottle
Still using lock washers? Get a grip—pick up some thread adhesive instead. It’s been around a long time, but amazingly, pro mechanics are still the biggest users. All DIYers tighten nuts and bolts, right?
Thread adhesives are better than any mechanical locking system for two reasons. First, the liquid plastic fills all the gaps between the threads so the threads stay locked together. And second, the plastic seals the metal against corrosion. There are many formulas for all kinds of tasks, but the most common are the red and blue Loctite thread adhesives—red for permanent bolts and blue for removable ones. (Loctite is the dominant brand; Devcon is another.) The red and blue types cost about $6 for a 6-ml tube. — Travis Larson. Buy it on Amazon now.
Favorite Oscillating Tool
An oscillating multitool is the kind of tool that goes unused for months and then saves the day in some oddball situation. For me, that usually means cutting metal or wood in tight quarters. Over the past couple years, I’ve tried a dozen oscillating tools. The Rockwell Sonicrafter F80 is unique in letting you select the oscillating angle: The blade makes short swings when you need precision, wide swings when you want to get aggressive. It also packs more power than most (4.2 amps). The Sonicrafter F80 accepts blades of any brand. — Gary Wentz. Order this multitool now. Next, check out some really cool tech add-ons for your car.
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