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How To: Bend acrylics (like Plexiglas) with a hot air gun

Have you ever wanted to bend a small piece of acrylic? Well now you can with the help of a traditional hot air gun and this informative video. Make sure to wear safety glasses and gloves before trying this project. Clamp the acrylic to a work table, and proceed to turn the gun on and heat up the piece of acrylic, using a steady back-and-forth sweeping motion. As it heats up, you can use your fingers to gently bend the acrylic upward. Leave it at 90 degrees to cool down for a couple minutes, a...

How To: Turn a rake into a screed tool

This video is a tutorial on how to turn a rake into a screed tool. It begins by explaining that a screed tool is something used for spreading concrete. First, you will need a rake and a piece of wood that is called a 1 by 4. Put a steel rod over the rake blades and use a drill to secure it to the wood. Use wing nuts to tighten the bolts. By using a 1 by 4, you are creating a light-weight smoothing tool. It can be used to smooth out concrete, mulch, sand, or soil. If you make the screed tool t...

How To: Use a tile file to shape a tile

This how-to video explains how to use a tile file to remove a sharp edge from a piece of tile. To being you just need to buy a tile file (or a couple if you plan to use it a lot). A tile file would be used if a piece of tile has a sharp edge that you cannot hide in a corner or cover with another piece. To use the tile file simple rub the tile file against the tile like you would a piece of sandpaper on wood. Rub the tile file back and forth until the sharp edge has been smoothed out and then ...

How To: Tighten & keep tight those loose bolts

Bob Schmidt teaches the secrets to tighten & keep tight those loose bolts in simple steps. First buy a removable blue thread locker and keep it ready to use. Check for any loose door locks or bolts in your house and remove its screw. Squeeze some thread locker out and apply it to the screw and stay away from carpets while squeezing it out. Let it set on the screw for about 5 minutes and fit the screw back. It can also be used in nuts and bolts and bath accessories.

How To: Use a Rockwell reciprocating saw

Mark Donovan of Home Addition Plus goes over the key features and benefits of the Rockwell reciprocating saw with active vibration canceling technology. A reciprocating saw is a type of saw in which the cutting action is achieved with a push and pull reciprocating motion on the blade. A positive feature of the Rockwell is that there are no tools needed to replace the blade and it acts great with all materials including wood, metal, plastic, and/or aluminum.

How To: Keep clean with a homemade drill dust collector

Drilling is always a messy job. Some just drill and leave the dirt behind to clean up later. Some require someone to stand next to them with a vacuum cleaner, sucking up the dust as they drill. But to eradicate the extra manpower, and to clean up your mess as you drill, try something a little simpler... a mere piece of paper.

How To: Replace the blade on a Flymo Hover Compact 330 mower

Watch to learn how to replace the blade on a Flymo Hover Compact 330 mower. You'll remove and replace the 33cm Flymo blade on a Flymo Hover Compact 330. If your mower is not cutting properly remember you need a sharp blade for the perfect lawn. We use spacers to adjust the Flymo cutting height. This lawnmower maintenance video includes cleaning and we use a scraper tool to do this.

How To: Use pneumatic tools

Learn how to use safe and easy pneumatic tools. Pneumatic tools are great for any do-it-yourself project. Pneumatic tools are smaller, lighter devise with more power. Watch this video tutorial on how to choose and use pneumatic tools.

How To: Refinish wood floors with a drum sander

Hardwood floors in older homes can be hidden treasures. You may not realize it, but under the dark finish, scuffs and scratches is probably a beautiful hardwood floor just waiting to shine through. Sanding off the old finish gives you a chance to get down to the bare wood and erase many of the scratches and dents. Then you can choose a stain that is more to your liking, or just put a clearcoat on the floor for a pleasant, warm appearance.

How To: Prevent black marks when using a rubber mallet

A rubber mallet is a great tool for avoiding damage to your woodworking. But often a rubber mallet can leave black marks on your wood and you have to sand it off. This tutorial from home improvement expert Danny Lipford gives you some great tips on how to prevent black marks from a rubber mallet. Danny also shows a great way to make a rubber mallet out of a regular hammer.

How To: Copy a key with a Coke can

This is a how-to video explaining how to copy a key with a can of cola. All you need is an aluminum soda or beer can. To make it come out better, add a additional side to the one piece. This technique works well when you don't have time to get a new key cut. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to duplicate a key with a Coke can.

How To: Replace a Zippo wick

This video will show you how to replace a wick in a standard Zippo lighter. This method can also be used in many other similar style lighters. As you will see in the video, you might not even need to change it, but rather just use what's left. There's a lot hidden in there!

How To: Make a story stick

Kitchen cabinets have multiple pieces that must fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. A story stick will help keep the measurements accurate when transferring them from the installation site to the layout and fabrication shop. Watch and learn how to build this helpful tool. Make a story stick.

How To: Make a cut bucket

A new or used gallon paint can with the rim cut off makes a perfect container to load your brush from. There's no rim to get in the way when you slap the brush against the side, and no lip to get messy from dripping paint. Learn how to make a cut bucket for your next paint project here. Make a cut bucket.

How To: Install a metal peg board

Tim Carter gives a few tips on how to install a metal peg board. These steel modular panels have holes like regular pegboard, but it uses these new fantastic pegboard hooks that interlock into vertical slots. So when you put a tool on or take it off, the hooks do not come off. These are great pegboard accessories. These steel peg board panels come in different sizes and they attach directly to your wall. The panels are about 1/2 inch thick and come with their own mounting screws.

How To: Start a Briggs and Stratton Power Generator After 3 Years

My Briggs and Stratton power generator wasn't used for 3 years. Trying to start it again, lead to some problems. The video will show you the true story and the solution. The first problem was, that it lost some fuel - the fuel pipe was broken. In good hope I tried again to start it, but it stopped within seconds. A check of the spark plug to find a very dirty one. After cleaning the spark plug, the engine ran, but only for a few seconds. It lost a lot of fuel and stopped again. The fuel was c...

How To: Magnetize a Screwdriver

Oftentimes, when using a screwdriver it can be hard to keep the screw connected to the screwdriver. In this article, we show a trick on how you can magnetize your screwdriver so the screw will hold onto your screwdriver. Get a heavy duty magnet.