Sheet Metal Fastener

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.
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Clamp-On Storage

Have a rather large collection of adjustable wrenches, c-clamps or odd-shaped screw clamps laying around the workshop? You can store them neatly side by side just by tightening up their jaws on the edge or lip of a shelf that is out of the way. They will take up very little room and will always be easy to spot and retrieve. If the ceiling joists are accessible in your shop, they also can be used for clamp-on storage.
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Drilling Debris

To get rid of drilling debris from holes you are making in masonry for anchors, use a section of small plastic tubing about 2 ft. long. By inserting one end of the hose into the hole and then blowing through the other end, you will be able to get rid of the drilling dust without getting any of it in your eyes.
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Clamp Helper

When clamping long or wide panels with bar clamps, a dowel inserted crosswise between the jaws of the bar clamps and the wood will help center the pressure and keep it uniform. Use dowels about as thick as the thickness of the wood you are gluing up.
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Helping Hand

It seems that for some jobs, you need three hands to get it done. Your pliers can lend you that extra hand. Use the pliers to grip the wire or small piece you need to have held. Then wrap a rubber band around the handles to maintain the grip while you complete the work.
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Dowel Sizing

When using dowels, select a size half the thickness of the wood being joined. For example, for 3/4-in. stock, consider 3/8-in. dowels.; for 7/8-in. stock use 7/16-in. dowels. The length inserted should generally be three times its thickness. Thus, a 3/8-in. dowel should be about 2-1/2 in. long to penetrate into each member 1-1/4 in.
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Blade Helpers

If you are about to change the blade on your bandsaw, dig out your small spring clamps to make the job easier. A new bandsaw blade can have a tendency to slip off of the top wheel while you try to get it on the lower wheel. Use a pair of small clamps to hold the blade on the top wheel while you slip it over the lower wheel and apply tension. Remove the clamps from the wheel before you begin making final adjustments.
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Storing Dowels

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.
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Crane Rentals

When undertaking an attic or third floor renovation, consider using a crane for the heavy materials. For about $500 a day you can rent a small crane or lift. It can easily handle heavy materials like lumber and drywall, not to mention hot tubs. They can boom out about 42 feet, enough to get to the top floor of most homes.
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