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My New Favorite Tool

Culpeper, VA(Zone 7a)

I thought I had found the perfect hole-making tool by using my Dremel. That stood until I was looking for something quiet and sharp. I picked up a Stanley Scratch Awl (from my grandmother's sewing box) and I am amazed. The awl pokes through milk jugs like a hot knife through butter, it poked through hard juice bottles (think the kind grape juice comes in) with some pressure, and it pokes through 2 liter soda-type bottles. The latter collapses a bit with pressure but can be popped back into shape.

I love this awl. No heat needed, no power, and now little shaved bits off hot plastic hitting me from the drill bit! My awl is likely 60 years old, but Stanley still makes them and I think they can be had for about $6.

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

Hmmmmmmmmm -- I'll rummage thru DH's tools to see if he has one. Looks pretty nifty.

Sherman, CT

I agree--the awl is indispensable.

Washington, DC

On another forum someone suggested putting containers with drainage holes in a shallow cardboard box. The box will not hold the drained water. Another advantage the box will keep the containers corralled so they won't blow over. If the containers don't fit the box fairly snuggly stuff some rolls of newspaper between the containers.

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

I use boxes too... mostly to contain them when we have really windy days... and for portability... i tend to move them around a bit in the spring.

Silver Spring, MD(Zone 6b)

An Awl looks similar to an ice pick but shorter, right? Are you heating the awl point before making the drainage holes? I've been using a soldering iron and it's so quick.

Culpeper, VA(Zone 7a)

I haven't been heating the awl point at all. It just loves poking through milk jugs without heat. It works for the others too, just with more pressure. It's good stress relief! It does look a bit like a short ice-pick. I found two of these awls, one in my grandmother's sewing kit and another I had bought likely in the late 1980's or early 1990's when I used to do some leather work. I did a web search and they are still made today. I have the Stanly model 69-122. Our local Ace hardware sells another version by some other company. To be honest I don't know what they are intended to be used for... but they work great for poking holes in leather and now I know in plastic as well!

(Pam) Warren, CT(Zone 5b)

I googled widget and came up with this for $5:


(Pam) Warren, CT(Zone 5b)

Oops! I meant I googled widger!

Frederick, MD(Zone 6b)

I like coraling containers in anything that holds some water but *leaks slowly* (like most cardboard boxes, or like a plastic 1020 tray that's developed a couple of small holes or cracks). That way, I can fill up the box/tray with water to bottom-water my WS containers... the potting mix soaks up as much as it can, and after a few minutes the water has drained away.

SE Houston (Hobby), TX(Zone 9a)

I believe Awls were originally designed to punch holes in leatherwork - saddle making and such.

I remember my dad made me a little cowhide purse. The pieces were lashed together with leather strips laced through holes, made with an awl!

That's "awl" I know, ya'll ... ^^_^^

Culpeper, VA(Zone 7a)

Makes sense... The awesome thing is that my awl was getting dull and my husband too it downstairs, filed it a bit, and I'm back in business. More jugs, more jugs, more jugs!

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