Quick DIY fixes you can do one-handed

Published: August 12, 2019

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Sad, isn’t it? No one’s ever around when you need to fix up the place. If you’re puttering solo, pay extra attention to safety, never work tired or preoccupied, and try these one-handed tips to get by without a little help from your friends.

One-handed nailing
We’ve all tried to juggle nail, board, and hammer simultaneously. Instead, hold the board in place with one hand; drill a pilot hole with the other. Holster the drill, place the nail, and hammer it home.

One-handed tape measuring
If the hook slips off the corner every time you extend the tape, secure it with an awl through the hole near the end.

One-handed plywood toting
Tie about six metres of rope in a loop. Slip the ends over the corners of the sheet and lift. A pry bar hooked under the bottom edge works too.

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