14 Secret Tool Tips for DIYers
When it comes to DIY experience and expertise, nobody can match The Family Handyman’s field editors. This crew is made up of homeowners from across North America, pros in every building trade you can name and technical experts like engineers and chemists. Here are their best tool tips.
Tool Case Surgery
A New Use for an Old Paintbrush
Essential Workbench Accessory
Reverse Circular Saw Blade for Clean Cuts
A standard saw blade chews up vinyl siding, leaving a chipped-and-ripped edge. For a clean cut, put the blade in backward.
Slick Planer Bed
Be Kind to Your File
Rapid Rounded Corners
You don’t need a jigsaw or a band saw to create rounded corners. Just mark the curve, cut away the waste with a circular or miter saw, and then round off the curve with a belt or finishing sander.
Easy Compressor Drain
Bump and Shave with a Miter Saw
When you need to trim just a smidgen off a board or molding, try this: Lower the blade of your miter saw and press the end of the workpiece against it. Then raise the blade, pull the trigger and cut. Depending on how hard you pushed against the blade, you’ll shave off from 1/16 to 1/32 in. Once you get the feel of it, you’ll be able to adjust the pressure and the width of the shave.