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10th December 2019

Why Handymen Need To Keep Tube Inserts In Their Bag

Stock Your Tool Kit With These Handy Tube End Caps

Handymen can round off a tubular design or make quick repairs by keeping a small range of round and square tube inserts in their tool kit.

Handymen are genuine all-rounders with an in-depth knowledge of a number of trades. From fixing plumbing, to performing carpentry and being able to repair just about anything, they need to carry a diverse range of tools and equipment to ensure that they’re kitted out ready for any task thrown at them. But knowing what to stock their tool bags with can be exceptionally tricky, as portability is an important consideration. Along with a cordless drill, circular saw and hammer, a handyman will find the addition of tube inserts to be incredibly useful for a number of reasons.

Creating A Strong Framework

Whether you need to mend a wooden or plastic structure, or build a bespoke piece of furniture, tube inserts are a crucial way to provide strength to your design. Tube inserts slip inside a tube and protect the interior from damage such as water ingress or from becoming crushed. The tube inserts are able to connect to other tubes in your design, or else they can be used as an end cap to ensure that any sharp edges are covered, but also to provide extra grip.

As a handyman, you might choose to use tube inserts to put together a customised shelving unit, bench, workstation or a desk for example. However, the product is so versatile that it can be used as an integral component of many other types of design too. Handymen who need to fix unstable gym equipment or repair a partition will also find tube inserts to be incredibly useful.

How To Use Your Tube Inserts

If you have a job which you think could benefit from the use of tube inserts, you’ll first want to plan out your repair work or new creation. Many handymen find it useful to create a quick sketch, plotting out exactly which parts are needed and where. Add up the amount of tube inserts you’ll need and take accurate measurements of your components so that you can be sure the inserts will perform their job correctly and won’t slip out. You’ll need to measure the outer diameter, the inner diameter and the thickness of your tube wall. It often helps you to have a calculator handy, alongside your sketch so that you tot up the amount of pipe and connectors you’ll require too. All of this information will be useful when drawing up the quote for your customer.

Choosing Your Tube Inserts 

A wide range of insert caps are available from tube insert suppliers including:

  • Round
  • Square
  • Rectangular
  • Flat-sided oval
  • Chrome
  • Steel

They all have their individual benefits depending on the design you’re working with – for example, if the tubes are square then you’ll need square tube inserts to finish the design off properly. Steel and chrome are able to offer a little more strength to your creation, but plastic alternatives are also available, usually in white, black or grey. As a handyman, you’ll likely find that round and square end caps are used more often, but you can always order in for other shapes and sizes if required.

If your handyman tool bag needs restocking, invest in a collection of inserts to ensure you can quickly cap off a tubular design with ease!

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