65 Cool Tool Hacks That are Super Useful for DIYers
Tool hacks usually happen on the fly, when you’re in a situation that calls for a tool to be modified slightly or used in a way that’s different than its intended purpose. Many of the following tool hacks were created for those reasons—and some were just stumbled upon while tinkering in the shop.
Quick Woodworking File
Custom Pads for a Mechanic’s Vise
More Planing, Less Exercise
Paint Can Opener on Hand
Use a Sneaker to Clean Sandpaper
How to Magnetize a Screwdriver
Hands-Free Light Hack
Brush with a Drill
Got a big scrubbing job on your list? Chuck a brush into your drill and save the elbow grease. You’ll find drill-ready brushes for all kinds of scrubbing from Drillbrush.
Kitty Litter Pouch for Tool Protection
Two Sizes of Brad Nails in One Gun
Caulk Gun Clamp
A rubber chair leg cap instantly converts a hammer into a rubber mallet. And if you want to drive a nail without denting the surrounding wood, cut a hole in the rubber cap. Pound until the rubber strikes wood, then finish driving the nail with a nail set. A 1-1/8-in. rubber cap fits tightly over most hammers and costs about $1 at home centers and hardware stores.
Check if a Square is Square
How to Fix a Square
Lighted Screwdriver Hack
Saddles for Sawhorses
Vise-Grips to Pull Nails
Circle Gets the Square
Customized Chuck Key
The advantages? Besides no longer scraping your fingers on the gears, you’ll have increased leverage with less effort and a much more comfortable grip when tightening the chuck. Plus: Never lose your chuck key again!