Drive Spikes with a Demo Hammer
Mauls and sledgehammers are the usual tools for driving huge nails. But a demolition hammer is a lot easier on your arms. To make it work, you need a ground rod driver, which is designed to ram electrical ground rods deep into soil. With a smaller demo hammer like the one shown here, you’ll still have to drill holes before you drive. You can rent a demo hammer for about $50 per day. Some rental centers also have ground rod drivers, or you can buy one. If you buy one, beware; the driver and the demo hammer must use the same locking system.
Uncork with a Screw
When you can’t find a corkscrew, a screw will do. You may work up a thirst while yanking out the cork—it takes some muscle—but refreshment awaits. Be sure to use a screw with coarse threads.
Lift with a Clamp
Whether you’re raising plywood to the roof or lugging a sheet of MDF across your shop, a C-clamp gives you something to grab onto.