In an ideal world, every tool you need is just an arm’s reach away. You never have to scavenge for materials and your work truck is always kept perfectly neat and organized.
Obviously, that’s not always the case.
Today, we’re going to show you some great improvisation tips and tricks. These improvisation tricks show you how to make convenient tools – like wrenches and rust remover – out of some common household items.
If you accidentally drill a hole where you shouldn’t have drilled a hole, then you don’t have to scrap your entire project. To fix this problem, find a wooden golf tee and put it in the hole as far as it can possibly go. Then, saw off the end of the tee and sand over the surface of the hole. Re-finish the wood and you can hardly tell that you made a mistake!
If you’re in need of a quick and dirty DIY wrench, then grab a bolt and two nuts. Spin the two nuts on the bolt, leaving enough space for whatever you’re trying to turn. That’s it!
If you have a toolshed and kids at home, then you know that those two things don’t necessarily get along. Having exposed blades in your toolshed can be dangerous, which is why you should cover them up using garden hose. Cut out a section of garden house and slit that hose lengthwise. Slide your blade into the slit and the hose should naturally wrap itself around the entire tool. Of course, this will also keep your blades sharp and protected from the elements.
Working with rusty tools? Usually, you’ll want to apply a degreaser to that tool to clean it up. But if you don’t have a degreaser, there are some other easy solutions. You can apply some WD-40 and then rub that WD-40 with sandpaper. For more difficult rust problems, try mixing baking soda with lemon juice. Then, spread that concoction across your rusty tools. Let your tools sit for several minutes and then wipe them dry.
Sheets of drywall are incredibly awkward to carry around. They’re not really heavy, but they are very unwieldy. Unless you’ve got incredibly long arms, the average sheet of drywall is just too long to comfortably carry under your arms. To solve this problem, grab a sheet of drywall and then use a prybar to grip the bottom edge of that drywall.
If you’re trying to remove a really tight screw, then you should probably use an impact driver. But if you don’t have an impact driver nearby, you may still be able to remove the screw using more common tools that don’t require power. Grab a Phillips screwdriver and a hammer. Use the screwdriver to apply some counterclockwise torque on the screw, then use the hammer to lightly tap the handle of the screwdriver. Just a light tap is often enough to loosen the thread. But be careful: if you smack the screwdriver too hard, you’re probably going to damage it, especially if it’s a cheaper screwdriver.
If you’re chopping kindling for a fire, then you know how much it endangers the life of your fingers. Chopping kindling with your hand on the wood can be dangerous. To avoid losing a finger, nail a small scrap of wood to the end of the piece of wood you’re chopping. You can now hold up that wood from a safe distance without endangering your fingers.