Tip Trader: Filter Trick, Spread Glue & More

Home-improvement enthusiasts share their home and workshop hints.

Filter Retainer
Because the dust filter was constantly blowing off of his 5-in. Porter-Cable random-orbit sander (not an un common problem on with this model), Tom Bomba of Uniontown, Ohio, figured out a way to keep secure it from popping off, yetso that it would still be easy to remove for cleaning. He made a retainer by bending a 15-in. length of coat hanger wire to a shape that fit around the plastic outlet on one end and the front of the filter on the other end. To create the large radius around the outlet was made by using, Tom used a piece of ¾-in. PVC pipe as a form. Be If you make a retainer for your dust filter, be sure that the wire fits tightly over the filter so it’s heldto hold it snugly against the outlet.

Simple Gauge
Club member Stephen Beck of Earlimart, California, uses a simple and highly accurate method for adjusting the width of cuts on his band saw. : He simply inserts the shank of a twist drill bit between the fence and blade. He Then he adjusts the fence carefully so the bit doesn’t cause the blade to deflect. Stephen points out that it’s a good idea to make a test cut to ensure accuracy. This method could easily be applied to other types of saws as well as routers.

Stench Fighter
Some time after building a dog run in his fenced yard, Rufus Grey of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a dog run within his fenced yard. After his dog had been using the run for a while,noticed a strong urine odor began to develop. Rufus did some research and found out aboutlearned that hydrated lime, a powdered lawn fertilizer, that is often dumped into outhouses to keep the smell downdecrease odor. Most garden supply centers and some hardware stores carry ithydrated lime. Now Rufus rakes a little bit of the hydrated limesmall amount into the dry soil, refreshing as needed, and the odor problem has vanished into thin air.

Glue Spreader
Rather than throwing away foam brushes after using them, Darrel Mathieu of Luck, Wisconsin, recycles them to use as glue spreaders. First he removes the foam to expose the underlying plastic brace. Then he cuts the brace to the size or shape of the area to which he’s applying glue. For example, Darrel says that he’ll often replicate mating router joint profiles. When he’s finished with the job, he cleans off the spreaders for reuse.