Do-It-All Laminate Samples
Pick up a few free laminate samples on your next trip to the home center and put them to work as glue spreaders, nailing shields, shims, scrapers and spacers. Use them once and you’ll discover a dozen other ways they can improve shop life. Thanks to Ron Kapala for this tip. Put a charge into glue spreading with a credit card.
Airtight Caulk Tube Seal
Done with the caulking job but the tube’s only one-third empty? Dip the caulk tube nozzle into a can of Plasti Dip rubber coating ($6 at a home center). You’ll create an airtight seal that’s easy to peel off when you need to caulk a shower. Thanks to Kevin Lind for this tight tip.
Easy-to-Find Drill-Driver Bits
You know you have the right-size driver head, spade bit, socket driver, bit extension or Vix bit—but where?
Now you can work more e-fish-ently with this tip from Fred Dorman. Pack a transparent plastic tackle box ($3 at any sporting goods store) with all the driver gear you own. Adjustable partitions let you create the perfect-size slots to fit the bit or driver size. A tackle box is also great for storing hardware and all those router bits that would otherwise hide somewhere in the back of a drawer.