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For your battery powered tools, check the battery. If the battery is marked Ni-Cd (as shown in the picture), this means it is a nickel cadmium (NiCad) battery. This is older technology to the more modern lithium iron batteries.

NiCads are known to build up a memory if they are repeatedly charged without running flat. The problem with power tools is that you tend to recharge when the battery isn't delivering enough power, which is usually at the same level of charge every time.

This will cause a memory point, which will eventually prevent the battery from being charged properly and you'll end up throwing it away, which costly to replace.

Every few months, simply run the battery flat, by running the power tool until it is dead. Use insulation tape to hold down the trigger of the tool until it works no more. Once dead, you charge it up again. This little tip will prolong battery life and save money.


 Power Tool Battery

Keeping Grooves Clean

When varnishing or painting, to prevent the groove in the paint tin from flooding, whack a few holes with a nail into the groove. The paint or varnish will drip back into the tin and help keep the groove clean.


Paint tin Paint tin with holes

Wood Glue-Ups

When gluing wood, there is always glue that squeezes out along the join. This tends to penetrate and mark the wood and shows up when the wood is stained or varnished.

To prevent this, use masking tape along the edges being glued. When the glue is touch dry, peel off the masking tape and use a scraper or putty knife to remove the remaining bead.

Voila! No wood staining!

Wood planks  Wood joined  Glue cleanup 


Keep Moisture Away

Don't throw the silica gel packs you get in pill bottles. Keep them and put them with your cameras, tools etc. They absorb moisture and prevent rust and mould.


Silica Gel

Knocking Nails

When knocking in nails, use a folded piece of paper to hold the nail and prevent your thumb from getting clobbered. Fold up the piece of paper so that there are two leaves. Punch the nail through the paper, making sure there is a gap where the nail is. This will help keep the nail upright. Another method is to use a pair of kitchen scissors to hold the nail.

Knocking in nails