Tip Trader: Custom Tool Rack and Storm Prep

Home-improvement enthusiasts share their home and workshop hints.

Hurricane Help
If you live in an area where hurricanes are prevalent, you know the importance of covering windows with plywood before a storm hits. To make the task easier, Club member Andy Hodkinson of Henderson, Texas, uses this tip he learned from his father: He drills finger holes through the faces of his plywood hurricane shutters. Besides making it easier to grip the shutters, the holes release air pressure during a hurricane. Of course, hurricane shutter requirements vary depending on the construction of your house. Always check with local building officials or with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the best methods of shutter construction and installation.

Truck Tool Rack
To keep landscaping tools from rolling around in the bed of his truck, Club member Gene Burke of Thousand Palms, California, constructed this ingenious storage rack. He mounted two slats, one with holes drilled through it to accept the tools' handles and one with clips to hold the tools' heads, to the ceiling of his truck's topper. The slats securely store a half-dozen tools up out of sight and help keep the truck bed clear for hauling bulky items. If you replicate this design, be sure to use clips that are strong enough to handle the weight of the tools you intend to store.