I was recently installing some laminate flooring in my house. The flooring needs firm yet gentle taps to get it into the proper position. I started using the steel flooring installation tool that I purchased from the store. It marred the edge of the wood. Even my trusted rubber mallet broke the tongue and groove joints in places.
There were a few duck tape rolls lying around on the floor from installing the padding that goes underneath the floors. I picked one up and gave the flooring a tap. It worked perfectly! So, I decided to make a duck tape mallet.
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Step 1: Required tools
- Cutoff wheel, reciprocating saw, or hack saw
- Drill press or hand drill
- Bench vice
- Wire wheel or wire brush
Note: Please follow all of the safety instructions that came with your tools.
Step 2: Required materials
- 2 stainless steel nuts that fit snugly into the tubing
- A few more nuts and washers
- Threaded rod
- A roll of duck tape
Note: none of the materials to be welded should be galvanized or zinc plated! Galvanized steel releases toxic fumes when welded.
Step 3: Prepare the tubing
Since my tubing is salvaged from an old bike frame, I needed to clean off the old paint with a wire wheel in my angle grinder, cut it to the length I wanted, and cut off the bike brake mount that was on it.
Step 4: Prepare the threaded rod
Thread the two stainless steel nuts onto the threaded rod. They should be spaced out equal to the length of your tubing.