4. Third Hand
A pair of mini locking pliers is a great substitute for a helper when you need to tighten fasteners penetrating bulkheads, decks or other areas where you can’t reach around the other side to hold the nut. Lock the pliers on the nut, and then apply a wrench or screwdriver to the fastener’s head. The nut will spin initially, but after a half turn or so, the locking pliers will inevitably encounter an obstruction, preventing the nut from turning and allowing you to sock the bolt down tight.
Always de-wax your hull before compounding, lest you muddle the finish rather than make it shinier. Pettit’s 15095 de-waxer ($25 a quart, westmarine.com) is one of several commercially available de-waxers, and in a pinch, you can use acetone.
6. Snap Vigil
A candle or a white crayon makes lubricating canvas and cushion zippers and snaps...a snap.