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Farm Hacks: Tool Enhancements

Create these shop aids using parts on hand.

Air Gun Extension

Fabricate a custom-length extension to fit on an existing air gun to reach inside air filters. Start by removing the tip at the end of the gun. Next, use various lengths (depending on the depth of the filter) of ¼-inch brass pipe (or an equivalent-size piping), which is threaded on both ends.

At the end of that extension, screw on a ¼-inch elbow topped off with the tip that was originally removed from the existing gun or with a barb pneumatic hose fitting.

Make Your Own Spring-Loaded Pliers

There are repair jobs that sometimes require a third hand to open a pair of pliers while your two hands are occupied with a task.

If you don’t already own a spring-loaded pair of pliers, you can make one instead by cutting a length of tubing (plastic or rubber) and sliding the ends over the handles. Select a tubing diameter that fits tightly.

Keep Caulk From Drying Out

Prevent partially used tubes of caulk from drying out by screwing a wire nut on the tip of the tube. The connector will keep the caulk from drying out on a temporary basis.

Wire nuts used in this manner are no guarantee that the caulk in the tip won’t dry out over a long period of time, however.

Handle Extension

If you have ever scraped your knuckles working with a drill chuck or need more leverage to tighten the chuck, you can create this extension from a length of old broom handle or wooden dowel. Simply drill a hole in the end of the handle or dowel to match the chuck key’s handle. You can make this handle extension any length to fit your hand.


Farm Hacks: Tool Enhancements

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