5 Handy Tool Substitutes
Sometimes, while in the middle of a repair job, you may find you’re missing the one tool that’s perfect for the job. Not to worry! We’ve got five handy replacement tools to use when you don’t have the real thing.
For chipped paint touch-ups, wrap a scrap of foam weatherstripping around a clothespin and clip. "Cosmetic sponges also make great dabbers," says Carlsen.
Hold glued areas together with binder clips. Or for, say, a split table leg, tie string around the leg, leaving slack. Slip a pencil between the wood and string and twirl to tighten. Then tape the pencil in place.
An emery board can smooth touch-up paint jobs better than the real thing, Carlsen says, and it can "reach tricky areas, like the corner of a window."