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Tools and Hardware

IN THE SHOP

How to load a Craftsman 16-gauge nail gun: Sometimes, it can be hard to figure out -- especially when the written directions are of little help! Find out the secret in less than a minute!

 


OUTDOORS

Joist hangers: Building a deck or porch? Here's an easy way to get joist hangers to fit snugly, squarely and evenly against rim joists and/or ledger boards.

 

Removing long joists alone: If you need to remove a long joist single-handedly, here's an easy way you can do it by yourself without any help.

 

 


SnowblowerSnowblower:  Change the oil in your snowblower (4-cycle engines). It's less complicated than it looks, but you may need to use a little ingenuity. Sometimes, draining the oil can be messy.

 


Wood SplitterSplitting wood: Skip the ax! Harness the power and majesty of a hydraulic cylinder. The log splitter is powerful (and dangerous if used improperly). Follow these safety tips.

 


LAWNMOWER TUNEUP

Mower Maintenance 1Part 1: Make sure your lawnmower blade stays sharp. A dull blade will tear the grass and leave it exposed to disease. Hardware stores also provide this service for a minimal charge.

 

Mower Maintenance 2Part 2: If your lawnmower has a four-cycle engine, you'll need to change the oil regularly. If you don't, you could end up changing your lawnmower regularly!

 

Mower Maintenance 3Part 3: Changing the air filter will help keep your mower operating at peak efficiency. You may be able to remove dirt buildup with compressed air.

 

Mower Maintenance 4Part 4: Don't forget to lubricate your mower's moving parts. It's a simple but often overlooked task and can prevent trouble -- such as rusted or broken parts -- down the road.

 

Mower Maintenance 5Part 5: Change the spark plug in seconds using a spark plug socket wrench and a spark plug gap gauge. Spark plugs are readily available at your home center or hardware store.

 


LIGHTING

Outdoor SpotlightOut-of-reach light bulbs: Use this special extension pole available at home centers and hardware stores. Duct tape, petroleum jelly and a spot of solder can make the job easier.