DIY How To Archive

There are two common types of wall damage – large holes and small holes.

Large hole repair was the topic of a previous episode. CLICK THIS LINK HERE

Today, a nifty way to quickly repair a wide variety of small holes with the use of a
102mm hole saw and a plywood guide. 102 mm is just the right size to easily insert wooden
backer cleats. Remember to be sure to cut replacement drywall blanks the size of the
OUTSIDE diameter of the hole saw for a perfect patch.



A DIY no frill cabinet shelf pull out.

Back in the good ole days before fancy wire baskets and dovetail joint trays,
plywood was the material of choice to make cabinet pull out shelves.

Yup! This was some kind of fancy!

With ordinary plywood a 31 inch wide shelf can easily support any number
of heavy pots and pans.

Hardly gets anymore straightforward than this.

3/4 inch plywood shelf cut to size attached with two side drawer glides and a front
edge of clear pine.

The visible surface can be covered with vinyl shelf liner, 1/8 inch melamine masonite, FRP,
or even Formica.



Melamine masonite liner.

The video:

To paraphrase the legendary Forrest Gump: punch lists are like a box of chocolates,
you never know what you will get when the telephone rings.

A staple of the Fixit Catalog Of Necessary Projects, punchlists are the jobs leftover
when the rest of the construction crew is gone and finished with their work.

Who knew parking space stripes could be too long and would need to be partially
erased? And yet there was the task on the job board list: black out excess parking
space stripes!

And so I did.




Work in progress. Layout lines and spacer set. Striper cart ready to roll.

Live video of white line erasure in progress.


Warning! Shocking real life story about kitchen faucet replacement ( or why there is no
such thing as a simple job!) Not some showroom shiny parts kabuki theatre, but an
ACTUAL SINK with ACTUAL rusty flanges and rusty nuts and rusty bolts and an ACTUAL
oscillating multitool to cut them off! Probably the only such example on the ENTIRE
INTERNET! Never watch a prancing pony of pecuniary production parsimony demonstrate
a Fixit Job! For the real thing call a real FIXIT GUY!

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Framed pictures and plaques suffer nicks and dings and other damage when they lean
against each other stored on a shelf or worse, stacked flat on top of each other in a pile.

With the variable length, width and thickness of a typical framed picture and
plaque collection storage and transport is an adventure at best.

One solution is to pack them vertically in individual partitions protected from
any potential injury.

This crate made with pegboard sidewalls and adjustable partitions created with
dowels solves many storage and transport requirements.

Gatorade Canisters

Gatorade Canisters


People want to know about my snap top plastic parts canisters!

Yes, there is no off position on the Genius switch in the Research Department!

The Skunkwerks research team here at the International Headquarters came up with
these things a while back mostly because of all the available Gatorade bottles
piled up around the recycle bin. Over time many small parts and supplies have
made their way into one of these versatile, cheap, clear plastic containers.

As far as I can tell this design variation is original to the masterminds here at
the International Handyman Headquarters.

A mystery why more people do not use this simple snap
top canister made from two plastic sport drink bottles.

To date the idea has not exactly gone viral! (?)

If you or your neighbor consume sport drinks like Gatorade
you will have an endless supply of uniform clear plastic
parts containers for all the nails, screws and miscellaneous
stuff that accumulates around the house and shop.

Any bottle with a tapered waist should work.

The 28 ounce Gatorade bottles with symmetrical ribs
are excellent for conversion to an interlock cap.

Cut and trim one bottle at the fifth rib for the bottom half.

Cut and trim a second bottle at the third rib for the interlock
snap top.

Enjoy the video if you need some place to store your stuff.

How to measure a tree in the Rain Forest:


Emergency Blog Post! Award winning meteorologist Greg Fishel needs assistance
to measure Fountain Mountain! Here are my suggestions. Send him yours.

WRAL Grounds Maintenance will not lend him their transit and the third grade
class at Wiley Elementary School was not available to build an inclinometer
for him to use. (Darn snow days!)

The WRAL Boy Scout Troop was nowhere to be found either!

WikiHow explanation of field height measurement CLICK LINK

From my 1935 edition of the Boy Scout Handbook:


Youtube Videos:



Orphan Stools! They are everywhere!

Once proud members of a two or four piece collection they wait alone in their
dotage by the side of the road for a garbage truck to carry them to a
ignominious burial in the landfill.

Battered as they may be, most of these stools need little or no repair to
continue a useful life as a sturdy piece of furniture in a shop or other
rough and tumble environment.

Or… they can even be converted to new life as a base for an inexpensive
roller stand.

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