Clever DIY tricks

2015-06-18 06:00

• DRILLING a hole in the ceiling can make a big mess, especially if you’re working over a carpet. This simple solution will contain the dust for an easy clean-up.

The next time you use up the contents of a disposable plastic container, save the lid. Drive a drill bit through the centre of the lid, and then use the drill to make the hole in the ceiling. The dust will fall on the lid, and you can simply throw it away when you’re done.

• Applying sealer is the perfect way to fill gaps. But if you’ve ever tried doing it yourself, you may have found that applying a clean line can be tricky. Luckily, you can solve that problem with masking tape.

Apply the tape on either side of the area where you want the sealer to go, lay the sealer and smooth it with your finger. When you peel back the tape, you’ll be left with a tidy edge.

• When spray painting projects, big or small, use a dowel to hold the object while you spray. For smaller projects, you can use wooden skewers or toothpicks.

• When drilling holes in glass or tile, roll Prestik into a thin sausage to make a circular well. Press this down onto the glass or tile around the area to be cut and fill with a small amount of cutting oil or Q-20.

By doing this, you reduce the amount of heat generated during cutting and extend the life of the cutting bit. Where tiles are mounted on a wall, make the bottom of the well higher so that you’re able to hold the fluid in place as you drill.

• Use double-sided tape to make mounting drawer fronts easier. If you apply double-sided tape to the back of drawer fronts, you can align these up perfectly before permanently screwing them in place through the inside of the drawer frame.

- Property24

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