DIY Tip from The Family Handyman : Tightening Christmas tree stand nuts by hand takes forever. Here’s an alternative: Cut off the little Ls at the end of the tree stand bolts with a hacksaw. Chuck the ends of the bolts into a drill to tighten them into the trunk. Another Christmas tip: A tree stand that gets overfilled with water stains the floor. To prevent, place a plastic water heater tank catch basin under your stand.