Jim’s Best DIY Tips

My name is Jim. Among many things, I am a mechanic and I love repairing my car whenever I can. Many experienced and aspiring mechanics come to me every day for pieces of advice as far as mechanical works is concerned. I am also a home improvement do it yourself enthusiast and I do a lot of handyman work around my home. A couple of times, I have been hired to do a few things for my neighbors. Today, I have decided to present all mechanics with the best DIY tips that have made me save a lot of money.

Repairing a hole

When I want to repair any wide screw hole, I simply use a wooden golf tee to fill the hole in question. With a hacksaw, I saw the particular tee flush using a wood’s surface before sanding the same.

Find a key fast

To find a key within no time, I don’t have to look through the entire set. Instead, I identify the top of the key that I frequently use then I file a notch. That is simple, right? It makes my life easier.

Pinhole lens

To create a pinhole lens that I can see through and read a small type, I take a cardboard and punch the pinhole.

Best radio tunes

For a transistor radio to produce a high quality tone, I pump up the tunes using the jar. Placing the speaker of a radio on top of an open jar works wonders. In fact, this still works even today for smartphones.

Strengthen studs

When it is time to frame the walls, I do nail 2 by 4 blocking between the studs.  What provides powerful mounting bases for lower-level medicine cabinets are the boards. After installation, I make sure I have recorded all the positions.

Stop that door

It is very irritating when the door swings while I am working on its knob or lock hardware. To block it, I fit its edge by notching a wood in order to fit the door’s edge. To do be able to do so, I set the block of wood on a flat floor then I lodge the notch on the edge of the door before finally stepping on the wedge.

Use that broken broom

Whenever I have any broken handle, I turn it into a new useful tool. I usually shape a broken broomstick and sharpen its one end to turn it into an effective dibble that I can use to dig the holes for both seeds and bulbs. Furthermore, even any broken shovel will work very well provided it has a D-handle.

Give a treat to that chisel

My many years of experience have taught me that any blunt wood chisel cannot produce anything more than slipshod work. I conduct an occasional test for my chisel to check whether it is adequately sharp. If I realize it is dull, I put its cutting edge tenderly over the thumbnail’s top and if it slides instead of catching, then I know that my chisel need a manicure.

There, you have seen the things that I love doing. To make my DIY tasks easier, I have invested in a few important tools. One of them is a good air compressor which I use to power my air tools, inflate my children’s toys, balls, bicycles and of course, my car tires.