Walls and Refinishing

Useful tips for DIYers on walls and refinishing.
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  • A humidfier can help keep your house clean when you're sanding drywall. Place it in the room as you're working and the moist air will help dust settle before it spreads throughout the house.

  • A disappearing-ink fabric marker will allow you to temporarily mark stud locations and picture heights.

  • Control drywall-screw depth with a piece of 3/8-inch inside diameter hose. Slide a short section over your screw guide so that 1/4-inch of the bit is exposed, and the "depth controller" will prevent screws from being driven too deep.

  • The next time you get stuck with a tough refinishing job, try removing the splinter with a piece of adhesive tape.
  • Cut a short section of PVC pipe in half and add a piece of adhesive-backed sandpaper for a curved sanding block that will come in handy on many refinishing projects.

  • Mix wood fillers together in a plastic bag and you'll prevent the mixture from drying out before you get a perfect color match. When you're ready, just cut a hole in the corner of the bag and squeeze out what you need.
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