The Big Book of Maker Skills by Chris Hackett

By Chris Hackett

Makers, prepare. this is often your final, must-have, tip-packed advisor for taking your DIY tasks to the following level—from uncomplicated wooden- and metalworking talents to plugged-in enjoyable with strength instruments, from state-of-the-art electronics play to 3D printing wizardry. subscribe to Chris Hackett, renowned technological know-how intrepid DIY columnist and big name of the technological know-how Channel’s caught with Hackett , on a rummage in the course of the toolbox of yore—and a foray into the applied sciences of the longer term.

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Meanwhile, unthreaded fasteners may or may not be stronger, but they will almost certainly be cheaper and quicker to put in place. Threaded fasteners subject to vibration usually require additional parts—like lock washers or thread adhesives— to keep the threads from slowly working loose. 22 DECODE SCREW HEADS Anyone who has ever put together toys or furniture with “some assembly required” knows his or her way around at least a handful of screws. But the list of fasteners is long, stretching far beyond those that can be tightened with a flat-head or a Phillips.

Just play the tape up or out, bit by bit. Also, most tapes can bend to measure around curves or corners, but take care to orient the concave surface toward the inside of the bend. Otherwise you might kink or crack the tape. ” 11 LEARN TAPE MEASURE TRICKS OF THE TRADE PROPER RETRACTION Do not retract the tape by just releasing the lock and letting the tape slam home. The shock of impact loosens the lip, weakens the spring, and makes you look like an amateur. Instead, release the lock while keeping a finger or thumb on the tape, and let the spring pull it back slowly and smoothly.

The key difference between drivers is its point, shaped to match a fastener type. The boss of all drivers is the screwdriver, but even he contains multitudes: The most common are Phillips (marked with a + on its business end), flat (–), Robertson (square), and Torx (star). Regardless of your fastener flavor, drivers all pretty much work the same: STEP 1 Establish the fastener head type and select a driver that fits. This is the hardest part—screws are simple, screw politics are complex. I recommend investing in a bit kit and an open-ended driver.

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