How To Sharpen Scissors Yourself

Scissors get dull. Fast. Getting them professionally sharpened can cost a pretty penny, too. Rather than shelling out for a sharpening session or for a brand new pair of shears, I decided to learn exactly how to sharpen scissors on my own. I did a little research, and here's what I learned:      

How to sharpen scissors at home.


 As all of these processes involve handling sharp blades (and dull blades which can actually be more dangerous), exercise some caution. No pointing the blade at your self, wear your safety goggles, and absolutely no running with the scissorsContinue Reading

Curbly Gift Guide: DIY and Home Improvement Tools

created at: 12/15/2010

Making your home a better place doesn’t take a lot of money, and you should never let a lack of supplies or tools intimidate you from trying a home improvement project. Remember, you can always rent or borrow any special tools you might need (a drywall jack, for example, is one of those things you probably don’t need to own, but comes in really, really handy when the time is right).

That said, having the right tool for the job can be the difference between a professional-looking result and something that just looks shabby. Continue Reading

How to Remove a Stripped Screw.

If you do any sort of DIY, mechanical, construction, carpentry, or even crafting, you’re going to work with screws, and sooner or later, the heads will get stripped. It’s annoying, but it’s not the end of your project. Here’s a couple ideas to salvage your work.

1). Use a manual screwdriver. You can control the speed and friction alot better with a manual screwdriver rather than a powerdrill or driver.

2). Use a screw extractor. These handy tools have tapered threads that are set up counter-clockwise fromtraditonal screw threads. Continue Reading