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Tricks of the Trade

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Nursing Nail Holes

When filling nail holes in cabinets or moulding, it's all too easy to smear filler into the pores adjacent to a nail hole. This makes for a lot of subsequent sanding and an uneven finish, especially if the work will be stained.

I've developed a system for neatly targeting just the nail holes. I remove the needle and plunger from a large veterinary syringe and use a putty knife to fill the syringe with fresh, soft, water-based wood filler. After replacing the plunger, I inject putty into the nail holes, which minimizes sanding and clean-up of the surrounding area. For easiest application of the putty, use a syringe with an opening approximately Ms" in diameter.

Capping the syringe prevents the filler from drying out for at least a couple of days, but as soon as possible after I'm done with my filling session, I clean out the syringe with water. If you can't get a syringe from a friendly veterinarian, you can use glue syringes that are available from Lee Valley (800-871-8158 or leevalley.com).

Steve Hopper Ridgeland, Mississippi

The Faster Way To Find Studs in a Wall

When hanging a cabinet that will span two or three wall studs spaced at 16" on center, I use a yardstick to simplify the process. I've drilled three 1s"-diameter holes midway across the width of my yardstick. The first hole is at 1", the second at 17" and the third at 33". This gives me my 16" stud spacing.

After locating one stud, I drive a small finish nail into the center of the stud at the desired height for my proj ect. Next, I hang the yardstick on the nail and place a small level on its upper edge. Once the stick is level, I mark the remaining hanger locations through the other holes, then install my screws or nails into the studs. Using the same yardstick and process to locate the receiving holes or hangers in the back of the project ensures identical spacing. Just make sure the yardstick is positioned parallel to the horizontal edges of the project for level positioning on the wall. PW Richard Wegner Joliet, Illinois

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