Classic Handyman Tips and Tricks
More and more people are starting to realize that you don’t have to hire a handyman Mesa AZ to fix every little problem you have in your house. Whether you’re an avid DIYer or an amateur handyman, we’ve got you covered with a list of top handy tips that you can use for a variety of home remodeling and repair jobs.
Use Hand Screws
Contrary to popular belief, hand screws are still very relevant and in some cases, more versatile and useful than fast-action metal clamps. The good thing with hand screws is that you can use them for jobs that involve tapered parts or parts that are dissimilar, which would pose a challenge for fast-action metal clamps.
Instant Saw Support
T-blocks are a must-have implement for any handyman in Mesa AZ that regularly works on home repairs. They’re viable for a number of uses, from providing a drying rack for projects that are in their finishing stages to elevating assemblies so that you can slip your clamps under them. They even enable you to work more comfortably by raising projects off your workbench. The great news is that you construct several T-blocks from pieces of scrap wood and enjoy even more convenience.
Do you have an old hollow core door that you’re not using? Well, don’t throw it away yet, because when placed on a couple of sawhorses, it transforms into a lightweight, strong, and perfectly flat work table.
The different chargers from your cordless tools can cause a disorganized mess on your workstation, but there’s a solution. Create a little ‘charging station’ by horizontally mounting a piece of plywood on the wall next to a power strip, so that you can charge them all at the same place, for better organization and surge protection.
Magnetize a Screwdriver
Don’t you just hate it when a screw just drops while you’re still working with it? Thankfully, we’ve got a solution to this problem, and it involves magnetizing your screwdriver. All you have to do is rub a magnet along the shaft of the screwdriver in one direction for about a dozen times. This process won’t take you longer than 10 seconds.
Two-Stage Speed Painting
As any good handyman Mesa knows, a paint brush is ideal to use when you want to get a smooth finish, whereas the roller lays the paint on fast, which is important when you’re working in dry conditions when paint tends to dry quickly. Now you can get the best of both worlds by using the two-stage painting technique, where you brush on a layer of paint and then finish it off with an easy brush stroke.
Stop a Wandering Bit
Give sharp bits a softer landing like thin cardboard to prevent them from skating across surfaces such as metal, glass or tile.
Final Paint-Prep Step
According to the pros, proper preparation is the key to a solid paint job. You start by patching the walls and then sand them down using 100-grit sandpaper. Vacuum away all the dust and debris residue with a wide floor brush, and use a smaller vacuum for the corners and edges. After that, you’ll be all set to get a smooth paint job with a vibrant and textured finish.