How to patch a hole in drywall

Patching a hole in the drywall - part iPatching a hole in the drywall - part ii

Here’s a tip for patching a moderate-sized hole in your drywall. I used this technique to patch a hole left behind by a toilet paper dispenser in our powder room.

  1. Cut a piece of wood large enough to span the hole, but narrow enough that you can still hold on to it. I used some oriented strand board I had kicking around, but plywood or 1x strapping would probably work just as well.
  2. Before placing the wood inside the wall, hold the wood over the hole where you’d like it to be positioned. Mark the wall at the where the board ends so you know where to start the screws. Mark the board where it overlaps the hole so you know where to hold the board so it lines up with the marks on the wall.
  3. Place the board in the wall, holding it so the marks on the board line up with the edge of the hole. Screw through the drywall into the backer board.
  4. Cut out a piece of drywall that fits in the hole.
  5. Screw it to the backer board.
  6. Apply a deep-crack filler around the edge of the patch with a putty knife. This may take several coats to get it smooth.
  7. Sand the wall smooth.

Advice for early morning bicyclists

If you insist on illegally riding on the sidewalk along wide poorly-lit roads on dark rainy mornings in dark clothing, ride on the right side of the road so us drivers have at least a chance of seeing you before entering the intersection that you are barrelling through.

My Favourite Things: GFX Password Generator Bookmarklet

Everybody knows that to be really safe, you should use a different password for every web service that you use. When you use the same password for every account, you risk having all your accounts compromised if any one of them is. But who can be bothered to remember all the different passwords that you’d need?

This is the problem that GFX Monk’s Password Generator Bookmarklet solves. With it, you only need to remember one master password. Based on that master password, it generates a unique one for every account that you hold.

It’s dead simple to use. After you have dragged it to your bookmark bar, you just click on it whenever you hit a login page. Up pops up a frame that will prompt you for your master password. When you hit enter, it automatically fills the password field of the page with your unique password.

You obviously need to change the password for your accounts first so they will recognize the generated ones. That’s just as easy. Just click on the generator when you are on the change-password form.

This is a great little tool that I use every day. I don’t know how I’d get by on the web without it.

How to siphon without sucking

Here’s a technique for siphoning water out of a container with a garden hose without having to suck on the hose to prime it, because let’s face it, who wants to 1. put the end of a dirty garden hose in your mouth, or 2. risk drinking what’s coming through it? I used this technique to drain a small pond in our back yard.
Along with a garden hose, you will need a working tap and a nozzle that can be closed . Most typical hand-nozzles should work just fine.

  1. Attach the hose to the tap and the nozzle to the hose.
  2. Run some water through the hose to fill it with water.
  3. Close the nozzle. Close the tap.
  4. Remove the hose from the tap, holding the open end up to prevent any water from spilling out. Your hose is now primed for use.
  5. Carry both ends of the hose to the place where you’d like the water to drain to. Be careful not to spill water from the hose. Leave the nozzled end there.
  6. Place the open end of the hose in the container you’d like to drain.
  7. Return to the nozzled end and remove the nozzle.
  8. Watch as the container drains. Smile because you didn’t have to taste any of it.