Family Handyman

Family Handyman July - August 2017

When it comes to home improvement, you need information you can trust. Inside each issue of The Family Handyman, you’ll find see-and-solve expert repair techniques, a variety of projects for every room and step-by-step, do-it-yourself photos.

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GENERATOR ALTERNATIVE Quiet, fumeless backup power Backup batteries are handy to have for mobile phones, tablets and laptops. And now you can get a backup battery for your refrigerator, too! In fact, the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium Portable Power Station functions just like a 1,500-watt gas-powered generator. That’s enough power to run a circular saw, operate a 1/3-hp sump pump or keep a refrigerator cold for one or two days in a power outage. And because there’s no engine exhaust to worry about, this power station can be parked indoors. The Yeti 1400 will charge in 25 hours when plugged into a wall outlet. And for you off-the-grid types, it can also be charged with solar panels (sold separately). When it’s not in use, the unit will hold a charge for up to…

handy hints

SHARE YOUR HANDY HINT WITH US! submissions@ Pinecone Scooper My pine trees drop cones all summer long, and my old back doesn’t like me bending over a lot to pick them all up. I don’t have a dog, but a pooper scooper has turned out to be this man’s best friend! Gently squeezing the handle opens its jaws, allowing me to pick up pinecones with no back pain. — DON GREER DUSTLESS DRILLING AND DRUM SANDING Whenever I have curves to sand, I chuck a sanding drum into my drill press. The only problem is that the sawdust flies everywhere. I wanted to catch the dust with my shop vacuum, so I made a bracket to hold the nozzle. I glued together two 3/4-in.-thick pieces of medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and cut out the curved shape…

how to buy rough- sawn lumber

If you’re into woodworking even a little bit, you should consider buying rough-sawn lumber for your next project. And rough-sawn is the only way to go if you need really thick boards. Plus, you can save yourself a ton of money converting roughsawn lumber to finished product; maybe enough to justify buying that planer you’ve always wanted. A lumberyard that specializes in rough-sawn lumber will have a much, much larger selection of species to choose from than a home center. But there are a few things you should know before heading to the yard. That’s why we took a field trip with a pro woodworker to Youngblood Lumber Company in Minneapolis. He clued us in on which tools you should take along to the yard and how to estimate what size…

vital superglue tips

If you’ve been discouraged by past attempts to fix stuff with cyanoacrylatebased adhesives— known as “CA” or “superglue”—it’s time to take another look. New formulas have expanded its versatility, and a few simple tips can make the difference between success and failure. In this article, we’ll give you tips for selecting the right superglue for the job and offer advice on getting the strongest bond. We’ll even show you a few unique uses for this remarkable glue. 1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT VISCOSITY Originally all superglue was thin and runny, almost like water. But then manufacturers discovered that thicker glue would be easier to use in some cases. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right thickness for your repair. If your parts fit tightly together and the material isn’t very porous,…

double-duty pub shed

This year’s shed is one of the most versatile we’ve ever built. The bar and covered patio area make it a perfect place to entertain or just hang out. The steep roof and sturdy lofts provide tons of extra storage space. And the high-tech materials, including reflective roof sheathing and prefinished floor panels, add to the shed’s comfort and convenience. Of course, if you don’t want a bar, you can install a bank of windows in its place. In fact, without too much more work, you could eliminate the front porch and build one big shed for even more storage space. WHAT IT TAKES TIME 10 to 12 days COST $6 ,500 SKILL LEVEL Intermediate to advanced TOOLS Standard DIY tools, circular saw, miter saw, table saw, nail guns and compressor INEXPENSIVE WINDOWS THAT YOU BUILD YOURSELF Barn sash mounted in…