To make a handle for a paddle mixer so it’s easier to control:

  1. Cut a piece of 1/2″ diameter PVC pipe 1’ long.
  2. Slide the pipe over the shaft of the paddle mixer.
  3. Chuck the paddle mixer in a drill.
  4. Hold the drill in one hand and the PVC pipe handle in the other while mixing.

Watch the video above to find out more.


Joe Truini: The best way to mix any heavy-bodied materials—such as joint compound paint, grout, mortar—is with an electric drill and a paddle mixer. Now to make that job go even smoother, let me show you a little trick. This gives you greater control, by simply taking a small length of half-inch PVC pipe and slip it over the shaft of the mixer. And then put it into the drill, chuck it down nice and tight.

Now you’ve got a sleeve that you can hold on to right here on the shaft. Obviously you couldn’t hold this while it was spinning, because it would hurt your hands. So now with the sleeve, you can put it in there, hold right here, and mix. Only takes a few seconds to go all the way to the bottom all the way up.

Now the reason I cut the pipe so short, is that if you use a longer pipe, what happens is, if this bucket was full of compound, you can see what would happen. It’d be full of joint compound, and you want to try to control the mess as much as possible.

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Joe Truini

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Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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