a dab of shellac placed under the heads before tightening them,
holds them securely in place.
Tight Screws and Rusted Bolts:
- Heat the edge of a screwdriver to its hottest point before
loosening a screw. Or, put a few drops of peroxide on the tight
screw and soak for a few minutes.
- You can often loosen a rusted bolt by applying a cloth soaked
in any carbonated beverage.
- A drop or two of ammonia will loosen it, right up.
- Before screwing it back in, wrap thread around it and coat
with Vaseline to avoid future rusting.
- To loosen joints, put vinegar in a small oil can and apply
liberally to joints to loosen old glue.
Longer lasting Sandpaper:
- Sandpaper will last longer, work better and resist cracking if
the paper backing is dampened slightly, then wrapped around a
block of wood.
Coat the inside with a thick layer of paraffin and allow it to
harden. The paraffin will last indefinitely and the vase will
To prevent plywood from splitting when cutting it, put a strip
of masking tape at the point where you plan to start sawing.
Lather the pipes with soapy water. the escaping gas will cause
the soapy water to bubble, revealing the damaged areas. You can
make a temporary plug by moistening a cake of soap and pressing
it over the spot. When the soap hardens it will effectively
close the leak until the gasman comes.