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2X4: It’s Tee Time! Four New Uses for Golf Tees

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Jessica
06.13.13

Father’s Day is right around the corner! If your dad is a golfer (or even if he’s not), give him the gift of knowledge – his favorite golf tool can also be used to solve problems around the house. Here are four uses for golf tees:

Fix a Wobbly Door. If you have a wobbly door, your problem is likely a stripped-screw, loose-hole combo on the hinges. This can be a hassle to fix, so here’s a little trick: Remove the stripped screw. Squirt some carpenter’s glue into the empty hole, and then plug it with the pointed end of a golf tee. Tap the tee into place with a hammer. Then, cut off any exposed part of the golf tee with a sharp knife so that the tee is flush with the doorframe. Drill a pilot hole into the tee, and then reattach the hinge and screw. Goodbye, wobbles!

Easily Open Boxes. Thanks to modern advances in packing tape, opening a box can sometimes feel like breaking into Fort Knox. Become a package-opening expert by using the sharp end of a golf tee to break into the box. Just dig the point of the tee into one edge of the box and drag it along the full length of the tape. What better time to give this trick a go than for your Father’s Day gifts? Tip: If you’re the one giving (rather than receiving) the gift, add some extra tape, just for fun. 

Hold Corn on the Cob. Corn on the cob is delicious, but eating it can be messy work. If the idea of holding corn on the cob is enough to make you choose broccoli instead, try this: Once the corn is cooked and soft, grab two golf tees. Insert the pointed end of a tee into one end of the corn. Do the same with the second tee in the other end. Add some butter and go to town, using the tees as handles. Note: For this one, you’ll probably want unused, clean golf tees.

Anchor Balloons Outside. Nothing says “party” quite like balloons, but nothing says “tragedy” like balloons flying away to parts unknown. Don’t let balloon escapage happen to you – anchor your balloons throughout the yard. To do this, tie the balloon’s string securely to a golf tee, and then push the tee into the ground. That’s it! They’ll stay in place, and you can put them anywhere there’s grass or dirt. 

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