Putty knifes often get dirty quick
Try this to always have a clean putty knife.

Putty knives take a lot of abuse from active do-it-yourselfers. That’s because we use these them to spread construction adhesive, joint compound and wood glue, as just a few examples.

These tools get messy, fast. So, at the end of the job, you need to clean that putty knife if you ever want to use it again.

But it doesn’t have to be that difficult, especially if you prep the tool before it has the chance to get messy.

So, try this: Before using your putty knife to spread joint compound, wood glue or construction adhesive, stick a piece of clear packing tape onto the blade.

Then, when done using the putty knife, simply peel off the tape to reveal a clean blade.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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