Best Times to Use a Box Cutter

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    Best Times to Use a Box Cutter

    Though a box cutter should always be kept out of reach of children, there is no denying that this versatile tool can be of great assistance in many household tasks. This is especially true of those who like to do DIY home improvement projects. There are many activities where those hoping for safe, reliable results know it is best done by using a box cutter. The following are just a few examples of times when you should use a box cutter.

    Opening Cardboard Boxes

    For most people, a box cutter is meant to do nothing more than what its name implies — slice open cardboard boxes. Even if this is the only way you’ll use this tool, you can still get great value out of it. Box cutters provide fast, efficient cutting, even on oddly-packaged items. You won’t have to worry about paper cuts or struggling to get the box open when you have a box cutter.

    Cutting Out Carpet

    Getting rid of old carpeting? While wall-to-wall carpeting can be extremely bulky and heavy, a box cutter can make the task much easier by slicing the carpet into smaller, more manageable chunks. Removing the carpet in smaller rolls will make it much easier to dispose of. Better still, if you need to remove baseboards trim as part of the carpet removal process, a utility knife can be used to slice away paint layers for easier work.

    Vinyl Floor Installation

    Vinyl flooring is relatively easy to install, and provides high-quality looks and low maintenance at an affordable price. A box cutter can once again come in handy if you choose to install this flooring yourself. Using a hooked blade to cut the vinyl flooring will make it easy to shape it to properly fit your space.

    Remove Old Grout & Caulk

    One of the most difficult parts of bathroom improvement projects is removing old caulk and grout from bathtubs and tiles. Box cutters will greatly simplify the process by cutting the caulk away from the surrounding surface. The blade can be further used to scrape away remaining caulk or grout, though you must be careful to avoid scratching nearby surfaces.


    With its sharp, retractable blade, a box cutter is well suited for a wide variety of household tasks. When you need to get the job done quickly and safely, few tools will serve you better. As long as you practice proper safety habits and keep it out of reach of your children, you’ll enjoy great benefits from using this versatile tool.

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    Written by Jenson Phillips

    Hi, I'm Jenson. Father of two and living with OCD, read my musings on coping with both and maybe pick up some advice for yourself.