10 Uses for Gift Cards
The gifts that keep on giving long after you've cashed them in. One handy reader clued us in about all the things he does with them
Long after you spent the money on them, gift cards can save you a bundle. Handy TOH reader Bill Tuscano clued us in about all the things he does with his used cards.
Keep a few cards in your workshop for marking cuts on small pieces of trim and other materials.
Why dirty a trowel when gluing down a few loose tiles? Instead, snip off one edge of a card with pinking shears to make a zigzag edge, use it to apply the mastic, then toss it.
Rub the edge of a card along a freshly wallpapered surface—especially in corners and around tight spots near windows and doors—to help the paper lie smoothly.
Use a card to mix and apply small batches of patching compound or two-part epoxy, or to work stiff putty until it's elastic enough to apply.
Keep a few cards on hand in your workshop and kitchen to remove paint drips, stubborn labels, candle wax, and other sticky stuff from smooth surfaces.
Scrape away old, moldy caulk with the corners of a card (or two). Then cut off one corner using utility scissors, wet the edge, and use it to smooth down a freshly squeezed bead.
Cut cards to size and use them as shims to level out a countertop or help a door hang plumb.
When scraping paint or stain off decorative moldings or turned-leg furniture, cut a card to match the piece's profile and trim off any excess with a utility knife. Then use your custom scraper to get at every little nook and cranny.
Cut cards to shape and size and fit the pieces under the legs of wobbly tables and desks to help them stand up straight. If necessary, use glue or double-sided tape to keep the cards in place.
Create a template by using an awl to pierce holes in a card at the appropriate spacing. Then hold the card to each surface and mark the spots to be drilled with an awl or pencil.