When you have difficulty hammering small nails, you can use an ordinary comb to hold the nails while you start them.
Use blocks of scrap wood to support a door while attaching hinges. You’ll find that’s much easier than trying to hold or balance the door.
Before drilling, bang a nail on the surface that you are going to drill to leave a small dent. Then drill into the dent, and this will keep the drill from wandering.
You can drill a large diameter hole much faster if you first drill a small diameter hole.
You can often use a single adjustable wrench, often called a Crescent wrench, in place of Continue reading “Crescent Wrench”
Intermittent problems are often due to a loose connection. Once you find the connection, you can simply solder it. But how do you find it?
When the equipment is exposed and running – being careful to avoid shorting anything or shocking yourself, you can tap on components with the eraser end of a pencil. The badly connected component will act up when tapped.
Troubleshooting a printed circuit card is much easier if you isolate the circuts. You can harmlessly cut through a trace with a razor blade, and then solder a wire over it after testing.
It is great to assemble nuts and bolts with lubricant so that years later, they can still be unfastened. However, if you have not had that advantage, and are faced with a stuck fastener now, here are some techniques that may help: Continue reading “Stuck Nuts and Bolts”
Sometimes you can start wood screws by banging on them with a hammer to make a dent in the wood, and then start turning. This way, you don’t have to drill a pilot hole first.
Another way is to pound a small nail a short way into the place you want to put a screw. Pull the nail out, and the screw will start easily in the hole.
You can lubricate wood screws with oil, paraffin wax, or soap before installing, and they’ll turn much more easily.
Do you have a stripped wood screw hole? Remove the screw, insert a wooden match stick in the hole and break off the match head, and then screw the screw back in. You may need two match sticks for a large hole. Now, the screw should hold fine.
Most laptop computers have a touchpad centered under the spacebar. And most laptop computer users operate the touchpad with their index finger and with practice it becomes as easy or even easier than using a mouse or trackball. There is another way Continue reading “Touchpad”