8 Household Uses for Masking Tape

One item that should be in every tool kit or drawer at home is a roll of masking tape. Masking tape comes in many different widths and colors and can be used for a variety of purposes in and around your house. Here are 8 household uses for masking tape that you may have never thought of.

masking tape for painting

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Painting. Masking tape, particularly the blue masking tape, can mark off areas you don't want to get pain on, such as trim around a door, a baseboard or the ceiling. This allows you to get a clean paint line and a professional look. Make sure you apply the tape in a perfectly straight line and seal the edge to prevent any bleeding paint.



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Labeling. Label your tools, wires, foods, containers and more with a piece of masking tape and a marker. Depending on what type of surface you are applying it to, the tape can be temporary or permanent.



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Cutting wood. To prevent splinters and frayed ends, apply a piece of masking tape around the wood at the line where you are about to cut it. Cut the wood as usual (cutting directly through the tape as well) and then remove the strip. The wood will have a clean cut without splinters or rough ends.



masking tape lint roller

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Picking up lint and debris. To quickly pick up pet hair, lint, excess glitter, sawdust or other materials, wrap some masking tape around your hand and get to work. Most small particles will stick to the tape easily and quickly.



masking tape streamers

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Hanging decorations. Masking tape doesn't leave a sticky residue like clear tape or other adhesives, so it's good for hanging decorations like birthday streamers. Try a clear masking tape so it will be less noticeable.



masking tape projects

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Holding two things together. Masking tape can temporarily hold two parts together while the glue or adhesive sets. It then can be removed once the glue is dry and the two parts are forged together.



masking tape game

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Entertain the kids. Give your kids a roll of masking tape and watch them create something special. Masking tape can be temporarily adhered to the floor (tiles, wood or carpet) to make a hopscotch board, a road for their toy cars, and much more. The possibilities are endless!



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Seal opened bags. Whether it's a bag of potato chips or the flap on the cereal box, applying a piece of masking tape is an easy way to keep foods sealed so they will stay fresh. The tape easily removes when you want to open the food and then seals right back up for future use. You can also use a heavy duty masking tape to seal packages you will be sending in the mail.

How to Install Shelving in Your Home

An easy way to add storage and give your room a new look is to add shelving. While certain home remodeling projects should be left to the professionals, installing basic shelving in your home is fairly easy if you have a couple hours, a little cash and some DIY talent. Here is a basic guide on how to install shelving in your home.

What you’ll need:

a level

adjustable shelf brackets

shelves

wall standards

screws

pencil

stud finder

electric drill and drill bit

tape measure

Directions:

1. The first thing to do is to measure and prepare. Figure out how many shelves you want and what size each needs to be (width and depth). Choose what type of material you want your shelves to be (wood, MDF, metal, etc.) and if you need to sand, prime or paint them before installing.

2. After all the preparations are done, it’s time locate the wall studs. Use a simple electronic stud finder to locate the studs before you start to install the shelving. You can find these at your local hardware store for a reasonable price. The sensor will beep or light up when you have indicated the stud’s edge. Repeat doing this on opposite ends of the wall and mark these spots with a pencil. Typically studs are located either 16 or 32 inches apart from one another.

3. Now it’s time to install the standards, which are the bars that hold the shelving brackets. After you’ve located and marked the studs, use your electric drill to screw the first standard to the wall corresponding to the stud locations. After the first standard is installed partially, use a level against the edge of the standard to make sure it is vertically centered. Put screws in the bottom hole, then the rest of the holes to finish installing your standards. Make sure you install enough standards to hold the contents that will be placed on the shelves- you don’t want the shelves to sag (twin-track standards will take more weight than single-track ones).

4. After the standards are in place, it’s time to install the brackets for extra support.

Make sure that they are wide and long enough to support the shelves, and that you install two or three for extra support. These can be screwed in with an electrical drill right into the standards or hooked into them depending on how they are made. Again, make sure you use a level in this process before securing the screws in all the way. If you want to add drama to your shelving unit, install corbels and supports with intricate details and carvings.

5. Place the shelves on the brackets and screw them in to the front of the bracket for added support.