Spring is a good time to paint fences and the exterior of your home, especially wood surfaces. This way, they will be protected from summer heat and sun. Wood decks should also be sealed once a year.
A 4-ft. T-square for drywalling can come in handy for other projects. Besides being helpful in drywalling, it can be useful when laying out patterns or cutting on full sheets of plywood or particle board. The square is accurate, stable and will give you a full 48-in. straight line. Some newer versions come with a head that can be adjusted to various angles, then clamped in place.
There's a solution for dealing with wood screws which have broken off below the surface of the wood. If you don't want to risk damaging the wood by digging it out, try driving the screw deeper into the wood with a nail set. Then just fill the hole with a wood filler, and drive a new screw next to the broken one.
Periodically check your levels for accuracy. If dropped or bumped they can get jarred and out of alignment and ruin a project. Compare two or three levels at once to be sure.
Cords for small power tools like sanders and drills can get in the way when you work on a bench. One trick to keep them from interfering is to make up a chain of heavy rubber binders. Loop one end of the chain onto the cord about a foot behind the tool. Loop the other end over a cup hook screwed into the ceiling of your shop. When done, unhook from the cup hook and put the tool in storage.
To store dowels, molding and the like neatly off the floor in your shop, you can use empty 3-lb. coffee cans. Attach one can with a bottom 6 in. off the floor. Then attach another with both ends cut out about 2 ft. above it. Slide material down through it into the bottom can.
When lighting a sloped wall or a tight space, consider fiber optics. Light from a projector travels through fiber optic strands to a glass brick or other fixture. One line voltage lamp can operate up to 20 glass bricks as bounce light or accents lights. In a mural, individual fiber optic strands create stars for dramatic effect.
A piece of pipe insulation wrapped around a screwdriver handle will give you a better grip when you need more torque, or when the handle is just plain slippery.
A hammer is one of the most common tools around. However simple it is to use, certain safety precautions should always be taken when using this striking tool. Put on a pair of safety goggles. They'll protect your eyes from any flying projectiles. The purpose of most hammers is to drive and remove nails. Using it for any other purpose will ultimately result in something bad. Only use the hammer's head to strike an object, never the side, or handle. Improper use is the leading cause for a hammer breaking. Never use a hammer that has a damaged or cracked handle or chipped head.
If you're updating a bathroom, you'll need to know how to replace the toilet. Apply a wax seal over the floor toilet flange to prevent sewer gases from entering the room. For extra protection, put a second bead of plumber's putty to seal any imperfections between the floor and the bowl. Place the new bowl firmly and evenly over the seal and bolt it to the floor. Attach the tank. Cut your toilet tube supply to connect the tank to your water supply. Fill and tank and flush away!