When in a Pinch: Reach for the 18mm Heavy-Duty Utility Knife
Courtesy of OLFA®
When is a utility knife not just a
utility knife? When it gets you out of a jam by doubling as another tool.
Take a look at these creative ways to use your
OLFA 18mm Heavy-Duty Utility Knife with Snap-Off Blade
to get you out of
a jam!MAKE YOUR MARK
carpenter’s pencil is flat so it won’t roll off the work area. But that
doesn’t stop them from disappearing in the middle of a job. Or worse yet,
breaking just when you’re ready to make that critical cut. No worries. Just
score the cutting line with your OLFA 18mm Heavy-Duty Utility Knife with
Snap-Off Blade. Marking with a utility knife gets you a thinner cut line for
more accurate cuts. And, when you’re finished cutting, you can also uses
this utility knife to sharpen your carpenter’s pencil.
CUT TUBING LIKE BUTTER
A plastic tubing
cutter is the best tool for cutting PVC or PEX tubing. When a tubing cutter
goes AWOL, some people use a chop saw. That’s quick, but the saw blade
leaves a pretty rough edge that requires extra time for de-burring. Don’t
have either? Just pull out your 18mm Heavy-Duty Utility Knife with Snap-Off
Blade. To cut PVC, place it at the cutting mark, apply pressure and roll the
tubing while holding the knife in place. Continue cutting into the PVC until
you’re about halfway through. Then bend the tubing until it snaps. Clean up
the inside edge and you’re ready to prime and glue.
To cut PEX, apply
knife pressure straight down at the cut line until it’s halfway through.
Then roll the tubing 90 degrees and cut the rest of the way.
GARAGE HANDY HELPER
and heater hoses tend to bond to radiator, engine and heater core spouts.
Technicians use a hook-shaped removal tool to slip between the hose and
spout and break the bond before they remove and replace the hose. But if
you’re replacing an automotive hose and don’t have the special removal tool,
just slice through the hose lengthwise to the end on the spot with your 18mm
Heavy-Duty Utility Knife. Twist the hose. It’ll come right off.
STAND-IN WIRE STRIPPERS
strippers is the best way to remove wire insulation because it doesn’t nick
the copper conductor. But if you don’t have a wire strippers handy, you can
still get the job done with your 18mm Heavy-Duty Utility Knife. Lay the wire
flat on a table and apply gentle pressure as you roll the wire under the
blade. Don’t cut all the way through to the copper—just enough to score the
insulation. If the insulation doesn’t easily slip off, make a scoring cut
lengthwise from the rolled cut to the end of the wire. Apply more pressure
near the end of the lengthwise cut to cut all the way through to the copper.
Pry the insulation open at the end and tear it open along the scored lines.
Once you’ve removed the insulation, snip off the nicked end of the copper
and you’ll have a stripped wire with no nicks.
TIPS FROM THE PROS
- Pros don’t
misplace their utility knife because they always return it to the same
pocket or pouch in their tool belt. If you’re using a tool belt, dedicate
one pouch to utility knife storage and return it there after every use. Once
you get used to it, you’ll never misplace your knife again. If you don’t use
a tool belt, a leather or fabric belt loop knife holder is just as handy.
- Avoid injuries by changing blades often. The 18mm Heavy-Duty Utility
Knife with Snap-Off Blade makes this super easy. Just grab a pliers and snap
the blade at the next perforation for a fresh, sharp blade. Why are dull
blades dangerous? A dull blade skates across the surface and right into
legs, hands and fingers. No matter what project you’re working on, always
keep a sharp blade in your utility knife. It’s cheaper and saves
time…especially if you have to visit the ER.