Saturday, May 31, 2014

How To Cut The Screw Post On New Knobs

OK.

Really.

Am I the only person in the world that didn't know this????

Did you know?

You don't have to feel bad.

Because it took me 55 years to learn this.

I mean - I know how to use tools that cut things - like your fingers.

And tools that plug in.

But I never knew this . . .




You know those wire strippers we all have in the tool box?

The ones you use to strip wires when you are rewiring something?

I even know how to rewire stuff!






Did you know that you can cut your cabinet knob screws with this tool?????



Tell me you didn't know.

How could I have not known this?

I thought you had to go to the hardware store and buy replacement screws if you didn't want big ole screw posts hanging out behind all your doors, waiting to attack you.





And it's really easy!
 


Just insert the screw in the appropriate little opening on the wire strippers. NOTE: this picture has the screw inserted backwards. You should always screw into the hole from the side with the printing - I guess that would be the "front" of the wire cutters.

And squeeze.

In some cases, squeeze really hard.






And off pops the excess screw piece!


HOLY MOLY!






TA DA!!!!!!!!!!

I know it looks crooked. It is. But the nut fits every time. Cutting does not screw up the tread. 


DID YOU KNOW THIS????????

Tell me you didn't know.

Or tell me you knew.

But be nice about it.

Please.






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14 comments:

Laura @ Top This Top That said...

Nope... i didn't know. honest

Gigi Harlan said...

Lol, I didn't know either, thank you!

Gigi @ Old World Patina

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

My hubby has taught me lots of little tricks along the way in all our DIY endeavors I can honestly say...
He didn't teach me this!
You did!
a first for me.
Pat

Judi said...

Nope! I didn't know, I always take a hacksaw to mine. Thanks for the heads up!

Judi in the UK

Sheryl Red Tin Inn said...

NOpe did not know this always got the dremel out with the cutting disk.. a lot of sparks and noise this way...I am really liking your way. Thanks for the great tip...

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I did not know.
It's brilliant!
Thanks for the share.

Pam G said...

Never saw this before and my dad is an electrician. I have to find out what else the tool can do.

Teddee Grace said...

You'd think it would mess up the thread. Thanks for the tip!

Romeo said...

Seriously?!?! All this time I would get frustrated because the stinking screw was too long and dang if I didn't have to run up to the hardware store and find a shorter one in the same width. Seriously did not have a clue!!! You're my superhero for today!

"her" and Romeo (who didn't have a clue either)

Cheryl in Wisconsin said...

Didn't know that but know it now and will most definitely put this new knowledge to use. Thanks for sharing.

Suzan Sweatman said...

Well how about if I DID know that - but still run out and buy replacement screws anyway?
Does that make me a total jerk LOL?
XOXO

laura Madalene said...

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Kathy Shea Mormino said...

Who knew?! Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop!

Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick

Jean @ www.thebackyardbungalow.com said...

I was so anxious to try this today and then....womp womp....the hole isn't big enough. I must have one big screw here! Thanks for the info...maybe I can use it next time.

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