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There are more aspects to many of the hand tools we all use than meets the eye. In this video, The Honest Carpenter will show 21 hand tool tips, tricks and secrets that he has used over the years. Perfect for carpentry newcomers and DIYers!

  • 1) Tape measure tabs are supposed to wiggle. (This is called tab/hook travel.)
  • 2) Tape measure tabs can be used for quick marking.
  • 3) Changeable screwdrivers have six functions (6-in-1), not four.
  • 4) Screwdriver bits can be used in drills...in a pinch.
  • 5) You can countersink roughly with a phillips screwdriver.
  • 6) Use needle nose pliers to hammer small nails.
  • 7) Needle nose pliers come with wirecutters built in.
  • 😎 Hammer nails at 90 degrees to start...then angle them.
  • 9) Use a scrap board to pry nails.
  • 10) You can pry nails sideways (when surface quality doesn't matter).
  • 11) Combination squares have a secret marker.
  • 12) Wrench heads are helpfully angled at 22-1/2 degrees.
  • 13) Use a sharp nail set as a drill punch.
  • 14) Speed square can act as a saw guide.
  • 15) Speed square makes a great straight edge for knives.
  • 16) Utility knives better than pencils for marking cuts.
  • 17) Most pliers have a helpful slip joint.
  • 18) Use needle nose pliers to help back out a screw.
  • 19) Screwdrivers help turn eye bolts.
  • 20) Use large screwdriver for offset nailing.
  • 21) Use mini hacksaws for tight spaces.


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