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.
When setting up workbenches, the height is generally figured at about hip pocket high. But before you buy or build a workbench, consider the height of your tablesaw. If the bench is the same height as the saw it can then be used for extra support when sawing over-size materials.
A rule can be used to quickly divide a board into equal parts. Lay the rule on the board with the start of the scale against one edge. Then angle the opposite end to a number that is easily divided by the number of parts you want. (If you want to divide a board into three equal parts you might use 9 and mark the board at 3 and 6.) Likewise, if you need four equal parts, angle the rule to numbers divisible by four, like 8, 12 or 16.
When you process wood in your shop, it is helpful to make notations on boards so you remember which have been cut to length or run through equipment like planers or jointers. Instead of using pencils for the notes, use chalk. Chalk lets you mark the wood without marring it so you can be more liberal with your notations. An inexpensive children's sidewalk chalk set will provide several colors so that you can color-code your marking system.
During construction, get the building stabilized with regard to temperature and humidity prior to installation of finish materials and interior trim.
Make sure to seal the top and bottom edges of all doors with a finish coat of paint or sealer to prevent moisture infiltration.
A fastener in sheet metal should not be any closer than four to six diameters from the next one. For example, if you are using a 1/8-in. Pop Rivet, the nearest another rivet should be is between 1/2 to 3/4 in. By using this rule, you will reduce the chances of damaging a part, as well as make optimum use of your fasteners.
The next time you're at the store, pick up an extra paper towel holder. When you get home, install it in the front section of your garage and insert a roll of towels. The towels will be accessible and handy for checking the oil in your vehicles and other quick clean-ups. The holder will also help you avoid fumbling with loose rolls or searching out rags.
If you need to hacksaw through a fastened pipe or rod, but the space above is cramped, try this: Remove the hacksaw's blade, straddle the pipe with its frame from below, then reinstall the blade upside down. The teeth of the saw will cut through the pipe from the opposite side. In many cases this trick will allow you to complete a cut that would be otherwise impossible.
For fast results, try hydroseeding your lawn. Hydroseed is prepared in a mixing tank. As the tank is filling with water, a cellulose fiber is added, as well as the seed mixture. Once the tank is full, a growth stimulant and fertilizer are added and then mixed for about ten minutes. Once it's ready, the mixture is sprayed evenly across the soil.