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So to install a tipout sponge tray is not a difficult job with a new kitchen cabinet.

Plenty of space to swing tools around and attach screws without counter tops and sinks
in place to block access to screws and hardware.

Howsomeever, retrofit a tipout sponge tray in an existing cabinet and there is a
completely different job with completely different access and space requirements.

In spite of all the modern new ratchet gizmos and power drill attachments only one tool
still really works in that cramped crowded workspace- the good ole fashioned handheld
offset screwdriver.

Yes, I bought a set back in the good ole days and every so often, they still come in handy!

A thing of beauty and a joy for ever, get yours today! You never know when you will need one!

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Just another day on the job here at the International Handyman Headquarters.

To paraphrase the famous philosopher Forrest Gump “Repair work is like a box
of chocolates, you never know what you will get!”

For some reason this car found a shortcut into a downtown office building.

Needless to say, scheduled repair activities were suspended for the rest of the day
and a good part of the evening.

Well past sunset the wall was finally fitted with a lally column,
ceiling brace and boarded shut.

Fortunately the office was vacant with no injuries to vehicle occupants.

The building not so much.

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Something I do not see very often- a commercial metal door jamb 1 full inch out of square!

The strange part?

This door jamb has been misaligned from the date of original installation
some 30 years ago and has worked more or less satisfactorily since the air seal
was not important to overall function.

Recently, however, with age, the door sagged just enough to mill a scrape
mark on the aluminum threshold and bind so to open and close the active door
without effort was a problem.

My assignment was to adjust the door back to original operational specifications
WITHOUT resetting the entire jamb.

Easily accomplished with a few shims.

Now the door works as just as it did when first installed with the lock bolt and
latch properly aligned and the threshold unmolested by door sag.

But the jamb is STILL 1 inch out of square!

I can economically fix what is broken, but not always repair everything that is wrong!

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Sometimes varmints attack from below
CLICK LINK HERE and sometimes varmints attack from above!

Last week a family of racoons decided to take advantage of the junction between two roofs to
make themselves a home in the attic of this house. So the solution was to box the space shut
with some screen and cover the screen with plywood wrapped in flashing. They may chew through
all the layers, but their teeth will hurt!

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Cartridge Fuse Boxes are creepy to work around even with really heavy duty
rubber gloves to protect living tissue (my hands!!) from damage of the electrical kind.

It takes a hearty, robust, all purpose tool to work with the unwieldy cartridge fuse
around high voltage, not some flimsy $12.00 pair of plastic pliers sold at tool supply
stores everywhere.

Fortunately, such a tool is easily made from scrap PVC 1×2.

Cut a hole the diameter of the fuse, cut a slot on the table saw, run a screw and
wing nut through the two halves to clamp the tool tight around the fuse body and
boom! you can safely remove and replace one of those big 100 watt cartridges with
no fuss, no muss, no bother!

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Some jackalope thought he was clever to cover outdoor stairwell footlight lenses with
Graffiti stickers so evening and late night pedestrians were unable to see the brick
steps as they walked from their car to their office.

The cost and effort required to remove the stickers without damaging the fixture makes
the price of infrared security camera equipment seem downright reasonable.

So the smart guy who pulled this stunt will not be nailed with misdemeanor vandalism,
but felony reckless endangerment to the traveling public and disregard for public safety.

Maybe he can plea bargain down to one or two charges and be released after a couple of
years hard time soaked with toxic cleaning chemicals on a chain gang graffiti removal crew.