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Small Hand Tools – Tricks and Hacks

Small Tools Cheats

Hi Y’all!

Welcome to our corner of the web.  We’re glad your here to learn and enjoy a few laughs with us.  Wiebke is off to Canada and she left me in charge here (big mistake), so we will just have to enjoy a few extra laughs on her behalf. You really need to check out some of the pictures I have added of her.  So, grab that seat and beverage and check out what we’ve been up to.

Tea for twoLearning to Use Hand Tools

When my husband, Bill passed away a little over a year ago I was stuck with having to do some small repairs around the house and grounds.  Mind you, I considered myself pretty smart and Bill did show and teach me a lot about house maintenance………..or so I thought.  I don’t think you truly realize how much a person does or impacts your life until they are gone. Whether they went to heaven, you’re newly divorced or you’ve moved out on your own.  It can be really tough trying to cover everything especially when you don’t really know anything.

Needless to say I started doing repairs and maintenance around the house and found that I wasn’t as handy as I would have liked.  I could barely hold a screw and screw it in – not to mention that I couldn’t hold a nail and hammer it in without pounding not only my thumb, but I managed to bruise my whole hand.

So this started my journey into reading books, watching videos, and researching the internet to find out how to actually handle tools properly.  Along the way I picked up a few tricks (or hacks) that helped me do things easier or simpler.

The Hard Hat Belles &The Hard Hat Belles Tools Tools

Not only was learning how to do things that my husband would do one of the reasons that we developed The Hard Hat Belles, but tools also played a big part in our decision to teach others (mainly geared at tool clueless women and girls of all ages).  Wiebke was and is my cohort in helping me to figure things out after Bill passed.  She is also married to a very handy man and believe me, she picks his brain more than ever now.

If you are like me – one of those people who are just too stubborn to think they can’t do it or someone who just can’t afford a handy man then our blog and videos will teach you as we learn ourselves. Plus as an added bonus we can all have a few laughs along the way.


Wood or metal handled hammer

We may joke about tools, but here at The Hard Hat Belles we always believe in safety first!  Please use safety when you are doing a project involving tools.  We each only get two eyes and hands, if we’re blessed – let’s protect them (disclaimer).

Protect your eyesSafety Gloves

Small Hand Tool Tips, Tricks & Hacks

We hope our small hand tool video showed you some new tips on how to use those hand tools of yours.  Plus stick around we have some awesome tips listed below.  Let us know in the comments below which ones have worked best for you or if you have some new ones we didn’t list.  We love hearing from you!

Small hand tools

  • Use a man’s pocket comb to hold a screw or nail
  • Use a clothes pin with a spring to hold a nail or screw
  • Use a plastic lid or piece of firm cardboard to hold a nail or screw by cutting a slit in it
  • Use an old pair of gloves to cover plier tips to keep from leaving teeth markings in the project you are working on.  You can also  remove the fingers from old holey ones and keep them handy (toolsmithdirect.com)
  • Use a rubber band and wrap it around the plier handles to hold the the item you want held like a vise or if you need to step away from a project for a moment (bathroom call) it will be held in place
  • An easy way to identify a jar of screw drivers is to simply mark the top with a design of the tip using a marker, nail polish, white-out etc.
  • Use a hammer size your “hand” is comfortable using
  • Grip a hammer towards the end of the hammer for better contact with a nail (gripping towards the bulky top can cause you harm and will take forever to hammer that waMeasuring tapey)
  • If your retractable measuring tape starts to get sluggish put some car wax on both sides then wipe it off  (elec-toolbox.com/ under Tricks of Trade)Measuring Wiebke

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Rom 15:5Love & Hugs,

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Install Floating Vinyl Floor Planks Yourself In A Snap

Psalms 86:11

Hi Y’all –

Thank you for gracing us with your presence.  We are so happy that you stopped in for a second or two here at The Hard Hat Belles.  Grab that drink and a seat and let’s see what Wiebke has been up too.

Tea for two

Well…. Wiebke and her family decided it was time to rip out their old linoleum floor in the kitchen and also the carpet in their living room and dining room.  I’m telling you they really got ambitious because they decided to replace it themselves!!!

They did their research to find the best bang-for-theLumber Liquidators-buck and decided to replace their floors with floating vinyl planks that they purchased at Lumber Liquidators. The flooring they chose comes with a 50 year warranty – how cool is that!

They also picked up their supplies there as well, which included the underlayment, and masking tape.  That simple … well you will need a couple of tools, but not much more. Supplies To get the full PDF instructions on “How To Install” the floor they installed check the link out here.

Wiebke and her family are so happy with their floor – how easy it was to install and how it looks.

Dining Room Floor

Wiebke was so very happy that she created a special poem about the flooring.

The Summer of Floor Surgery

By Wiebke

There once was a family with old carpeting floor.
It was dirty and grimy and they wanted it no more.
Their kitchen floor was a vinyl base worn.
They also wanted for this to be reborn.
Vacuuming FloorSo in the summer of the year 2015.
They ripped it all out with the help of two teens.
They cut and they ripped, they ripped and they cut.
Until they had exposed their house’s gut.
But now they had to make a decision quick.
Of the flooring choice they had to pick.
They chose a 50 year warranty floor in Sycamore.
Lumber Liquidators supplied the new vinyl planking floor.
The underlayment they with scissors cut off.
And side by side they laid it – just enough.
Then they clicked the vinyl planks into place.
They kept on going until they had filled the whole space:
The kitchen, the dining room, the living room they completed.
Even the hall way they finished until the planks were depleted.
The vinyl plank flooring they edged, clicked and taped.
The husband with a roller blade saw some corners shaped.
The family got the whole floor done in two weeks or less.
It wasn’t too difficult for them they’ll confess.Living Room Floor
If you want to see what they used and how to do this real quick.
Click on the Lumber Liquidator link or on this pic!
Of course The Hard Hat Belles did their part as well,
So go to their video and try doing this project with a pal!

Watch our Floor Planking Video here!

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If you have any comments about your replacements or other ideas, please let us know below in the comments.  We’d love to hear from you – truly.

Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke


Amazingly Simple Zip Tie Hacks

Bible Verse Colossians 3:14

Hi Y’all!.

Welcome to our little corner of the web world.  We are just feeling peachy that you made it in time.  Grab your cuppa stuff – grab yourself a seat and we will explore the world of zip ties.

Tea for two

My husband Bill always loved to have zip ties (some people call them cable ties), on hand. He’d have them in his tool box (several), on his work bench, in his truck, and even in his fishing tackle box.Bunch of Zipties

I swear that man would invent things just to be able to use a zip tie. My husband use to say that I was the duct tape (or as he said duck tape) queen.  If I am the duck tape queen then he surely was the zip tie king.

In our household we have used them for keeping wires organized on all our gaming systems to zipping a hidden key away to mending wire closet shelves to using it as a curtain hook replacement.  I have to say that I can see where his love for them comes from.  They are so Zip tied wire racksversatile, easy to use, and inexpensive. Not to mention that they are pretty strong as well.


Truthfully, with zip ties and your imagination the possibilities are unlimited.  Let’s face it…if cops can use them for handcuffs then we should be able to use them everywhere – okay, not everywhere – but you get the idea.  Plus (happy dance), they come in an amazing variety of colors, thicknesses and lengths!

Peonie zip tying

At The Hard Hat Belles we decided to explore our own creativity to see how many different things we could use them for…. So stick around and see what we have come up with!


  • Replace a curtain hookPotted plant zip tied
  • Keep wires together
  • Mend closet shelves
  • Hide keys in unusual places
  • To help hang a picture frame
  • Stake plants in the garden or in a pot
  • Loop around a hanger to hang/separate scarves or ties
  • Keep broken mirrors attached to your car
  • In place of shoe laces
  • Make a key ring (or repair one)
  • To attach items to each other
  • Child proof the house
  • Holding outdoor Christmas decorations in place
  • Repair chain link fence or chicken fencingJacket zipper replacement
  • Repair backpacks (possibly purses)
  • To hang things from
  • Unlimited survival uses (i.e. splints)
  • Broken zipper replacements (or belts)
  • Use to color code
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To get an idea on how to use the zip ties and to see how versatile they are check out our video here.  

You can also get more ideas at our Pinterest site here.

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If you have any comments about zip ties, short cuts or ideas, please let us know below in the comments.  We’d love to hear from you – truly.

Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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