100 Home Improvement Hacks You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

Curated from familyhandyman.com

Sometimes those head-scratching improvements turn into Ah! ideas.

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Build a Ball Tower

A few kids are obsessed with balls, any type of balls. They accumulate. It’s difficult to find a way that can keep them all organized and accessible, even the ones at the bottom. Here’s a brilliant system made of the bungee cords. They’re strong enough to ensure the pile is organized however they’re flexible enough so to allow you to squeeze the ball that is in the bottom. Do you need more storage space in your garage? Create this amazing shelving system using pegboard.

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New Uses for Old Glove Fingers

Don’t toss out the old gloves you used to work with. . Cut off the fingers, and you’ll discover a variety of ways to use the fingers. They can be used to shield the tips of chisels in case you’re carrying them. They’re also useful for by easing the grip of the and many more and many other.

Check out this video to see some simple but extremely useful hacks at work:

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Make a Squeegee From a Rake

Make a Squeegee From a Rake

You need a squeegee and an emergency? Take A piece of pipe insulation Use a couple of cable ties to secure it to the side of the garden rake. It works like a charm and you don’t have to take it off in order to make use of the rake. Find out another pipe insulation tip to improve the insulation of your home.

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Old Sneakers as Ladder Bumpers

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Old Sneakers as Ladder Bumpers

You can buy rubber bumpers to protect the top of your ladders to safeguard your walls and siding but what’s the reason? A pair of old shoes (who does not have a pair?) along with a few duct tape can do the job perfectly. You can also make use of an ointment to clean your sandpaper, really!

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Double Up on Stubborn Nails

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Double Up on Stubborn Nails

Nails can be difficult to remove, especially nails with tiny heads, and any nail that is broken off. The trick is using two tools at the same time for locking pliers that grab the nail shank and the pry bar for the pulling.

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Garage Floor Dam

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Garage Floor Dam

Garage floors are susceptible to puddles to flooding in the spring melting ice off tires and other vehicles, you know what it is. It is possible to keep the water out of your equipment and toys by using the dam that is made from expanding foam. It’s sticky, waterproof and you’re able to drive or walk over it without causing damage. In the summer, it’ll peel cleanly off. 

Gentle-Grip Pliers

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Gentle-Grip Pliers

Here’s an oldie that has A twist. Make use of garden hose or similar tubing to relax the jaws of slip-joints or other pliers, so that you can hold onto plated surfaces without causing harm. What’s the twist? The size is so that you can slide them over the handles and keep them close at hand. 

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Use a Rubber Band to Grip Stripped Screws

Use a Rubber Band to Grip Stripped Screws

We’ve had to remove a few screws at some point in our lives. It’s not an issue until you have to remove it, which is. The next time you’re in this type of situation, 

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Hands-Free Light Hack

Hands-Free Light Hack

Create a hands-free light source quickly using a flashlight, a pair of pliers, and an elastic band. Put the flashlight into between the jaws on thepliers Then, put a rubber band on your pliers’ handles. That’s it! Then point the light where you require it.

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Rubber Band Clamps

You can buy Woodworking clamps that are specifically designed for woodworking to hold the edge of your hardwood to hold it in place until the glue is set however, they’re costly and aren’t used frequently. Instead of buying special clamps, you could modify your spring clamps to use instead. Take a couple of rubber bands and voila–instant edge clamps.

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Rubber-Band Bolt Holder

Mechanical engineers often employ special magnets inside sockets to keep the bolt from falling out when they attempt to insert it into a tight space. It isn’t necessary to spend cash on these devices. Simply cut the rubber band into pieces and then lay one of them across the socket’s opening. Then , you can insert the head of bolt. It will hold the bolt head inside the socket which allows you to begin threading, without losing the bolt.

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Drill Dock

Make sure you keep the drill(s) and tools in order and in close proximity for your DIY projects to flow smoothly. With just two hours, can construct this wall-mounted drill dock to store everything you require. There’s a top shelf to store accessories, and a lower shelf that can accommodate bigger items like battery packs, and clever use of 3″ PVC pipe allows hanging holsters that can be used with various drill attachments. .

The directions of this dock for drilling provide suggestions on how you can customize the dock to accommodate your drill . You can add an electrical strip to the lower shelf to ensure that everything is running and ready to go. Along with the basic equipment, you’ll require the circular cut, a saw, and clamps to complete this task successfully.

Roll It!

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Roll It!

You’ll be amazed at how simple it is Move large and difficult objects using three pieces of PVC pipe. Moving playhouses, sheds for yard empty hot tubs, rocks that weigh more than an ounce using this trick. Make use of 4-in.-diameter “Schedule 40” PVC that can be purchased from stores in the home. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Take the edge that is facing the stones using an apex tool and slide two pipes under. One pipe should be placed near the front, and the other about halfway to ensure that the stone is resting against the pipes.
  • The third pipe should be placed about a foot or two between the stones.
  • The stone is rolled forward on the third pipe until the pipe at the rear is liberated. Then, move the pipe from the rear towards the front and repeat.

This method is best suited for fairly flat ground. For mild slopes it is necessary to have a second person to move pipes as you keep the load in place. Avoid this technique for steep slopes.

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String Pipe Cutter

String Pipe Cutter

Surprise your friends and enthral your neighbors with cutting PVC pipe using the help of . It’s an excellent way to recognize if you need to cut through pipe that’s hidden in a wall or other tight area. We made use of a mason’s line to cut through two” PVC pipe in less than one minute. Do you need to join PVC pipe? Here’s how!

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Storage Pockets for Skinny Things

Storage Pockets for Skinny Things

Cut short pieces of 1-1/2-, 2-or 3 inches. PVC plumbing pipe with 45-degree angles at one with 45-degree angles on one. Attach them onto the sides of a board for holding pencils, paint brushes, stir sticks and any other gadgets that are narrow or other small items in your shop. You can mount them by drilling 1/4-in. hole into the angled side and then drive 1-5/8-in. screw from the drywall in the board.

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Get a Grip

Get a Grip

Improve the grip of your straight-handled shovel by gluing 1 inch. PVC tie to the top. Best-Reviewed Snow Shovels on Amazon

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PVC Sanding Files

Use sandpaper to cut off portions made of PVC water pipe using spray-on adhesive. You’ll be in a position to sand concave curves until they are perfect. PVC pipe is identified by its the inside diameter. Here’s an index to what’s the diameter outside of the most useful pipe sizes.

  • 1/2-in. i.d. = 7/8-in. o.d.
  • 3/4-in. i.d. = 1-in. o.d.
  • 1-in. i.d. = 1-1/4-in. o.d.
  • 1-1/4-in. i.d. = 1-5/8-in. o.d.
  • 1-1/2-in. i.d. = 1-7/8-in. o.d.

To attach sandpaper to the pipe apply a spray to both the paper as well as the pipe with a good coating of adhesive. Dry both surfaces for in a few minutes prior to joining them. Utilize two grits on each pipe: 80-grit for creating an exact radius and 100 or 120-grit for finishing sanding. If the sandpaper is worn out and you’re ready to remove it and spray new adhesive on another strip, and then go on having some fun. Take a look at these other brilliant tips for sanding.

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PVC Curling Iron Holsters

Are you averse to the messiness? appearance of curling irons lying on the table Or your toilet? This is a suggestion to help or the toilet tank. Use hook-and loop tape to connect 5-inch lengths of 2-in. PVC pipe vanity door that holds the curling irons . The same process can be done with three-inch pieces 1-1/2-in.-dia. pipe to keep the cords in place. You can measure your curling irons and determine the length you “holsters” need to be. Allow your curling irons to cool before you store them away.

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Overhead Storage in the Garage

Overhead Storage in the Garage

Stow heavy items above the ceiling by gluing a simple rack made of 2″ Fittings, pipes and PVC pipe . Attach the straight pipe onto the ceiling joists in order to support the massive loads. Screw the angled parts from those connectors called ‘wye’ to the cross brace in order to stabilize the entire rack. The smooth surface of PVC allows it easy to load and unload.

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Caulk Tube Nest

Caulk Tube Nest

Before I constructed this caulk nest in my shop the tubes floated all across the shelves like slippery logs. To construct one make 10-in.-long pieces of 2 in. PVC pipe, and then attach them side-by-side using PVC cement. To create straight lines in the glue make use of the pattern on the outside of the pipe as a reference. When you glue, keep the pieces for 60 seconds by the pressure of your hands or with a clamp until the glue has set. Make sure that you apply the glue in a ventilated area. Apply glue only one caulk tube at to make sure it fits in the space. Now you’re done! Your caulk tubes are now arranged. 

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Quick-Draw Table Saw Accessories

Quick-Draw Table Saw Accessories

Make sure that the miter gauge of your table saw as well as the pusher stick in your easy access by using a few sections of 1-1/2 inches. PVC pipe, either zip-tied or bolted to a suitable spot on the frame underneath the table. The miter gauge holster can be attached with the frame bolts already in place or drill holes into the legs to accommodate machine screws. To make the holster for the push stick we made several sets of holes that are approximately one inch from the pipe, then tied it with a zip tie with the leg. 

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PVC Dust Catcher

PVC Dust Catcher

Dust and chips from vacuum at the source! Bolt a 2-in. magnetic pot (available at hardware stores and home centers) up to a size of 4 inches. 2-in. Reducer made of PVC and place it next to the sander, router, saw or lathe that is creating dust inside your work space. A 2-in. shop vacuum hose fits well in the 2 in. reducer while the magnetic pot holds all metal surfaces. If the work surface close to the source of dust is made of wood, attach an electrical box made of steel cover on the wood to secure the dust chute onto the target.

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PVC Tool Pockets

PVC Tool Pockets

Put your screwdrivers, chisels, files, and other hand tools into 3-in.-long lengths of 1/4and 3/4. PVC pipe. Cut off the top open section with a hacksaw , or band saw. Drill through the pipe onto the board, then drop it into the tools. In the case of a bandsaw you can cut the cutaway piece from an extended length prior to cutting off the 3 in. holster. 

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No-Ladder Gutter Cleaner

No-Ladder Gutter Cleaner

This gutter cleaner is not expensive and takes just 10 minutes to create and can help you avoid the ladder. Buy 3/4-in. PVC pipe and two elbows the garden hose coupling as well as an end cap from a neighborhood home-based store. Drill 1/16-in. holes into the cap, as illustrated. The handle should be sufficient in length to be able to comfortably reach your gutters. connect the two pieces with PVC glue. 

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I-Spy Rain Gutter

I-Spy Rain Gutter

Here’s a simple and fast method of observing rain gutters to see if there are any clogs before the next downpour creates an overflow. Cut a 60-degree angled cut on the end of the PVC pipe. Tape a mirror on the angle. The mirror should be lifted above the gutter to identify tiny jams and leaves. 

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pvc bike rack

Bike Rack

Make use of PVC pipe to construct an bike rack. Ideal for a corner of the garage This DIYer made use of PVC to build an bike rack that can hold five bikes standing upright. Based on the bike specifications You can alter the dimensions to ensure that they fit perfectly. 

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Hide Cords

Help keep your office organized by making use of PVC pipe to conceal cords. You just need to juggle all those monitor, computer, mouse and phone cords, then hide them away in PVC pipe. You could even put them in colored tape to complement the decor of your office. 

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table saw fence sheath

Table Saw Fence Sheath

It’s much easier to crosscut boards using the table saw or utilize the table to work on without fencing getting in the way. Where do you place it? What about tucking it inside a piece of PVC pipe that is bolted to the base of your saw? Install a piece of either 4- or 5-in.-diameter PVC (measure your fence first!). Then, cut the remaining pipe in half before screwing it onto at the very top of your sheath. It’s a great place to store wrenches, push sticks and featherboards, and other items.

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Drawer Organizers on the Cheap

Cut some PVC pipe across the middle, and you’ll get drawer organizers that can be stacked to keep your small tools in one place. Discover why having the idea of putting a 

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Central Vacuum for the Garage

Install 2-in. sanitary tees in the ceiling and place a pipe in front of every car door. Install a 90-degree bend as well as an stubout for connecting the pipe. Cover the stubout with a standard 2 in. pipe cap when it is not being used. 

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PVC Pipe Blade and Bit Organizer

I’m always carrying additional bits, jigsaw blades and other small objects lying around in my toolboxes and bags. To organize my tools I cut various sizes of PVC pipe into the lengths I need for my tools. I put one cap to the other and place the items in and then slide them onto the second end cap. Label with a marker each container , and you’ll be able find every blade, piece of equipment screws, and other items you’ll need. — Tom Richardson. 

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PVC Plastic Bag Dispenser

After constructing the PVC fence I ended up with some extra 2-ft. sections of fencing posts. I transformed one into a place to store my grocery bags that I can reuse. I place them on the top of my bag and then remove them from the bottom. When you’re not able to find fences left, 3-in.-diameter PVC pipe works equally well. 

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Sprinkler-pvc-socket-system

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Sprinkler Socket System

If you are using sprinklers with spikes, consider putting them in permanent sockets made of 1-in. PVC pipe. These sockets will not only allow you to move the sprinklers in effortless, but they’ll keep them standing up and sending water precisely where you need it. 

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PVC-fastner-trough

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Fastener Trough

Cut a 2. length of 4 inches. PVC pipe lengthwise, using the scroll saw, creating the trough, which is greater than half of the diameter. Screw or glue in 1/2-in. thick wood partitions to make compartments that can be used for screws as well as nail dimensions. To prevent it from tipping make a trace of the pipe’s curve on two 2×4 scraps, power-sand or cut out the curve, and then screw the pipe into the blocks scrap base.

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Dowel Quiver

Make use of a saber saw cut lengthwise notches into 30 in. length piece that is 3 or 4-in. dia. pipe and glue it to pipe, then glue on a PVC caps on the ends. Make pilot holes in the pipe that are opposite to the notches, and then screw the quiver into the wall of a shop. The quiver that is notched out will accommodate any size of dowel ranging from the standard 36-in. lengths, to stubby leftovers for quick access. Thank you for readers George Marchalk for sending this idea to us via the pipe.

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PVC-spring-clamps

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PVC Spring Clamps

If you ever find yourself in need for spring clamps John Larson advises making them yourself out of short pieces made of PVC. Utilize 1-1/2- to 3 inches diameter pipe, cut into 1-1/2-inch sections; split the sections along the length. They’ll provide between 8 and 10 pounds of clamping force for glueing and holding tasks.

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Quick Woodworking File

Quick Woodworking File

This woodworking file is handy when sanding small space. Cut the sandpaper piece to fit around a stir stick for painting. You can then use spray adhesive or any other glue to attach to stick. Note the grit of sandpaper onto the hand of the stick, if you intend to keep it in storage for future use.

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Use a Sneaker to Clean Sandpaper

Use a Sneaker to Clean Sandpaper

Create a new sandpaper by using a worn-out sneaker. Begin to run your power sander as well as your dust collector (remember to Wear eye and hearing protection ). After that, gently press the shoe sole on the sandpaper. You’ll feel the difference right away!

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How to Magnetize a Screwdriver

How to Magnetize a Screwdriver

The end of the screwdriver to allow you to drive screws using only one hand. This tip is particularly useful to work in tight spaces where there’s not enough space enough to grasp a screw in one hand while you rotate the screwdriver in the other.

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Kitty Litter Pouch for Tool Protection

Kitty Litter Pouch for Tool Protection

Create a rust-proof toolbox pouch using the scoop of silica crystal cat litter It’s a piece of breathable fabric , and the zip tie. Put it in your toolbox , to stop moisture from entering and safeguard your valuable items.

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Caulk Gun Clamp

Caulk Gun Clamp

Have you ever heard that there is a chance you could Make use of a caulk guns to serve as a clamp ? It’s great for gluing small projects like cutting boards. You just need to place a couple of pieces of cardboard or scrap wood on the end of the gun then use your trigger in order to create pressure.

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Hammer Cushion

Hammer Cushion

A cap for the chair’s leg made of rubber transforms an hammer instantly to a mallet made of rubber. If you’d like the nail set to go through with out damaging the wood surrounding it, you can cut an opening in the cap. Press until the rubber hits wood, and then drive the nail using the nail set. A 1-1/8-in. rubber cap is fitted tightly over the majority of hammers. It is priced at around $1 in hardware stores and home centers.

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How to Fix a Square

How to Fix a Square

Before throwing away your out-of-date square and deciding to buy the latest model, Try to fix it using this easy fix . Utilize the center punch, hammer, and an Anvil. When the edges of the rectangular are close you should make a hole in the corner of the square. If the sides aren’t far enough apart then punch the outer corner. Make sure you are on the right track and repeat until the square is square.

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Lighted Screwdriver Hack

Lighted Screwdriver Hack

There is no need to invest in fancy hand tools that have LED lights in them, opt for this screwdriver with a lighted light instead. If you are performing work in dark place like the cabinet Create your own screwdriver with a flashlight by attaching a flashlight-sized keychain to the shaft . It’ll shine light right where you’re in need of it.

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Saddles for Sawhorses

Saddles for Sawhorses

Make sure your sawhorses are padded and have non-marring surfaces to protect your work by covering the top rails with the carpet . Utilize a utility knife and straightedge to cut the carpet across the backing of the weave; fix the pieces to sawhorses using staples.

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Bobby Pin Nail Holder

Bobby Pin Nail Holder

There’s no reason to risk hitting your fingers with a hammer when working with small nails or in tight spaces . A common bobby pin is an excellent nail holder Keep your fingers in a safe distance! When the nail has been in place, take off the bobby pin, and then continue the hammering.

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Drill Hangout

Those big hooks They are typically employed to store bikes create slick hangers for drills. Find them at any home store for just a few dollars each. Up the ante and construct this drill dock from wood. Make this easy store storage concept a go today.

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Vise-Grips to Pull Nails

Vise-Grips to Pull Nails

Vise-Grip pliers can be excellent nail pullers. The tool is secured to the nail It creates a secure grip and the curvature of the head offers an excellent leverage. Put a putty knife on the pliers in order to reuse the material after you have removed the nails.

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Wine Cork Caulk Saver

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Wine Cork Caulk Saver

Synthetic wine corks work great to seal off used wine corks tubes of caulk . Drill A 5/16-in. hole in the cork that is around 1 in. deep. The cork perfectly fits and creates the perfect airtight sealing. — reader Susan Claussen Plus: Tips for Caulking.

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six pack beer shop garage organizer

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Six-Pack Shop Organizer

Six-pack boxes are ideal for transporting and storing items such as spray paint, lubricants , and caulk. — reader Gerald Fitzgibbon

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plastic saucers weather stripping draft dodger

Draft Dodger

My house has ceiling registers for the air conditioning system. In winter, we’d experience cold air escaping through the registers. Instead of putting up with drafts, I sealed the registers using those clear plastic saucers can be placed underneath flowerpots. I then temporarily glued them into the right place using White Lightning SEASONSeal Clear Removable Weather Stripping ($15). It’s a sealant made of rubber which you apply using caulk gun, and then peel off in spring. — reader James Herrrenknecht

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rake fall leaves

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Blister Buster

I rake leaves just like I’m sweeping the floor using the bristle. I’ve always had blisters on my index finger and the thumb on my left hand. Today, I keep my fingers and thumbs in the exact same position on my hand. You’ll get the same gripping strength, without blisters! – reader Kipp Beck

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Topsy-Turvy Door Painting

Topsy-Turvy Door Painting

Here’s how you paint a door, without waiting for the other surface to completely dry before turning it The procedure is to drive one lag screw in the middle of the edge at the top, and two screws near the bottom corners. Place screw holes on the sawhorses. paint on the flip side, then paint the opposite side. 

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Long Reach Shears

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Long Reach Shears

Slip PVC pipes onto those handles on your shears, and secure them to increase your reach. You can also use high branches without climbing up a ladder.

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Touch-up Without Cleanup

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Touch-up Without Cleanup

It’s not necessary to ruin a brush in order to repair a wall wound. You can just dip a clean washcloth in paint and then throw it away after you’re finished. The washcloth has the same texture as paint roller, which means that the repair will blend in nicely. Here are tricks for storing paint brushes overnight .

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Tarp Trailer

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Tarp Trailer

With a huge, affordable plastic tarp, you can move branches, leaves or even mulch your lawn. 

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Keep Pictures Level

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Keep Pictures Level

A small amount of mounted putty (that sticky substance employed to hang poster) helps to prevent tilt of the image without causing harm to walls. 

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Clog Claw

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Clog Claw

Every homeowner should own an adjustable-shaft pick-up tool that is great to grab things from hard-to-reach places. They are also useful for pulling obstructions from the drains! 

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Stop Losing Socks

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Stop Losing Socks

Put a small piece of insulation pipe made of foam in the space between your dryer and washer or along the wall. This way, socks won’t slide into the sewer.

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Heat up sticky stuff

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Make sticky things hot

Hair dryers soften adhesives under bumper stickers or tape, and makes them easier to take off. A A dedicated heat gun can also do the trick. 

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dustless drilling and sanding with vacuum

Dustless Drilling and Drum Sanding

When I need to make curves to sand, I throw an sanding drum onto my drill presses. The problem is the sawdust is sprayed all over the place. I wanted to collect the dust using the shop vacuum so designed an adjustable bracket that can hold the nozzle. I put two 3/4-in.-thick pieces of medium density fiberboard (MDF) and then cut out the curved design using my Jigsaw. When I’m ready to make use of it, I fix it onto my table for drilling.

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file sandpaper by grit

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File by Grit

Are you tired of rummaging through drawers full of sandpaper, and then flipping over every single sheet to find the grit, I came up with this handy organizer for sandpaper using an old-fashioned wooden file cabinet ($17 on Amazon). Each hanging file is made up of various grits and I’ve written the grit’s number on the tabs to ensure that I can quickly locate the sandpaper I’m looking for. — reader Lynette Aitchison

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poop pipe

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Poop Pipe

My dog and I have a plan. They pee; I scoop it up. However, rather than making regular trips to the trash container, I constructed this Poop pipe. It’s a big piece of 4 in. PVC drainpipe that is buried in the ground for a foot or at most, with a trash bag lined with it, and a cap that sits unintentionally over it. A rubber band helps hold it in position and the cap is a great way to keep smells at bay. 

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Spray Bottle Pipe Pump

Spray-Bottle Pipe Pump

When you are soldering an attachment to copper pipe then you must remove the water from the pipe otherwise the solder won’t be able to melt. However, removing the water from vertical pipes can be challenging. This is when I grab the spray nozzle out of an empty plastic bottle. I place the tube in the pipe. I then trigger several times. 

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Stir-Stick Paint Organizer

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Stir-Stick Paint Organizer

If you purchase custom-mixed paint The paint clerk puts the mix label over the container. I always request an additional label that I be affixed to the stir stick. After I’m finished with the task I let the stir stick dry, and then drill an in the top. After that, I mark the stick as well as the paint can by the room in which I applied the paint. I then hang the stir sticks next to the cans of paint left over. 

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crayon saw tip

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Wet-Saw Marking Tip

Draw with a crayon your cutting lines on the tile prior using a saw that is wet. In contrast to a pencil or pen line, a mark made with a crayon doesn’t get ruined and is more easily visible in the water that is muddy. –Reader Mike Winter

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tape trick tearing

Tape-Tearing Tip

This is a simple way to tear off tape and create an opening edge simultaneously. Fold the tape inwards at 90 degrees with the roll. Then, in an unison motion, push the tape up against edges of your roll. The tape breaks leaving a triangular beginning tab. It won’t work with plastic tapes.

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Oil Change Trough

Oil Change Trough

Change the oil in your lawnmowers, snowthrowers, and other outdoor equipment easier with this helpful advice: Take a small piece from an empty cereal box and put it in an elongated funnel. Then , tip the machine and utilize the trough to direct your oil to the trash pan. 

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Milk Jug Furniture Movers

Milk Jug Furniture Movers

If you need to move furniture heavy on carpeting, don’t move it around. This is hard on carpet and could damage furniture legs. You can make the task easier by using these moving pads made from scratch. Cut off the bottoms of four plastic milk or water jugs using a knife and set the furniture legs on their own slide. The smooth, rounded bottoms are perfect to move furniture. Yes, you can purchase more expensive versions of these for $15 or more! 

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Pie Plate Dustpan

Pie Plate Dustpan

Make a simple disposable dustpan from an aluminium pie plate. Use Tin cuts or heavy-duty knives or large-duty scissors or heavy-duty scissors to cut the pie plate in half. Make sure you clean up the mess before you throw it away!

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Grass Seed Broadcaster

Grass Seed Broadcaster

When is the right time to Get rid of the refrigerator Be sure to keep those plastic berry containers to reuse ideas. You can throw out the raspberries that are mushy however, you must wash and dry the containers-to It’s ideal to spread grass seed across your lawn !

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Cardboard Drop Cloth

Cardboard Drop Cloth

Take big pieces of cardstock that you bring into your house. Place them on a wall in your workshop or garage to be ready for when you’re working on the messiest project. They’ll be ready when you need them for example, refinishing furniture like refinishing furniture, or replacing an oil filter in your vehicle. A large piece of cardboard is a great for a disposable dropcloth.
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Wine Cork Wobbly Table Fix

Wine Cork Wobbly Table Fix

When you next crack open a bottle of wine, keep the cork! You can make use of a slice of cork made from synthetic material to support the wobbly leg of a table. Make a note of the amount of cork required to be cut off, then slice it off using an instrument knife, then put it back in place.

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Reuse Nursery Containers

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Reuse Nursery Containers

Plastic nursery pots are so versatile and have many applications that it’s unwise to dispose of them. Recycling them is a good idea, but recycling them is more beneficial! It is possible to save money gardening by reusing plastic pots for nursery use and cellpacks to grow new plants. Larger containers can be used to hold hand tools. Remove the bottoms and set the pots upside down on top of the prized plants, which are susceptible to be a target for rabbits as shown here. 

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Cardboard Spray Booth

Cardboard Spray Booth

Stop painting “overspray” with this clever spray booth constructed from cardboard boxes. Make a cut in at the bottom of the container. Cover the hole with plastic wrap and place an overhead light source to light up your work. Use coat hangers, inserted into the cardboard, to secure and turn the objects while you paint them. Your shop will not only look neater, but also your painting projects will be free of thumbprints. 

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Recycle Peanut Butter Jars

Recycle Peanut Butter Jars

Peanut butter jars made of plastic work better over glass baby food jars since they can hold more components and won’t shatter into shards when you fall on one. Connect the lids of 28-oz. Jars to the shelf using 2 screws (so the lid doesn’t rotate when you take off the lid) and screw them onto the jar loaded. To make it easier to access the jar, cut off the bottom of a 64 oz. peanut butter jar using an sharp knife keeping the neck in place and then secure the lid and the jar to the cabinet’s side. If you fill it up with drops of lemon, we’ll never reveal the contents.

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Hanging Shelf Divider Storage Basket

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Hanging Shelf Divider Storage Basket

Reduce space (and the condition of your food) by using a handful of these cabinet baskets . They can be hung directly under the kitchen shelves to make the most of your vertical space. Instead of stacking dishes of different sizes, you can separate them using this amazing kitchen organizing hack.


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Under-Cabinet K-Cup Organizer

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Under-Cabinet K-Cup Organizer

Are you a fan of your Keurig But do you hate not having to go to the pods? This under-cabinet organizer It makes the need to search to find those boxes a thing from the distant past. This K-cup cabinet holder It can slide down to make easy access, then slide then slide back up, so it’s free of obstructions for the Organizer.

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Blister Prevention

(r) Bubble wrap (r) can be used to prevent blisters by putting it over the handle on a rake, or the bristle.

Learn about the top rakes to tackle leaf debris as well as ways to make your yard work simpler.

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Skinny Laundry Room Cart

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Skinny Laundry Room Cart

The majority of laundry rooms have a small unoccupied space that is either adjacent to or between the washer and dryer. It’s typically a place to hide socks and filt. In order to make the most of the space Sort out your laundry room Create a basic wooden laundry room cart with fixed casters that can hold laundry detergents and other laundry equipment.

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Get Out the Leaf Blower

Get Out the Leaf Blower

Don’t forget to put your leaf blower Away for the season and use it to work for you! Leaf blowers are great to get rid of fluffy, light snow.

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rake hack

Handy Rake Handle

Reduce the strain on your back while shoveling piles of dirt by adding a second handle to your long-handle equipment. A PVC pipe that has an tee fitting and cap will work great. Install a screw through the tee fitting into the handle to ensure the stability. Take a look at these other great tips for making your life easier.

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Mix Concrete with a Rake

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Mix Concrete using an rake

You can use using a garden rake instead hoe the next time you need mixed concrete. The rake will not splash as much water across the edge and the tines are effective in mixing the water and the powder. With hoes, you spend lots of time moving powder around the tub. An average mixing tub such as the one in the picture is priced at $7 at the local home centers.
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Makeshift Trench Tool

Makeshift Trench Tool

I needed to dig an 2″ wide x 6″ deep trench of 50 feet for a low voltage cable between my walkway and my landscape rock planting space, which is roughly 4 to 6″ wide space to work on. I began with a trowel before I proceeded to a the 2″ wide x 12″ long pry bar that I could use on my knees and hands and knees, which is not ideal for my knees, but slow. The idea came to me and I thought, why not put the bar on the old handle on a hoe that I kept in the garage. It worked perfectly! 

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Close Paint Cans with Less Mess

Close Paint Cans with Less Mess

Stop splattering paint after you seal a new lid for a paint container by using the rag or paper towel. After that, place a block of wood slightly larger than the size of the can of paint over the lid and hit the center on the block. The block should be rotated several times, hitting the center of the block each time so that the lid is sealed, without scratching the top of the container.

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Drill Bit Girdle

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Drill Bit Girdle

Keep those rubber bands around other vegetables and broccoli and wrap them around your electric or cordless drill . You can use them to store onboard storage for smaller driver bits and drills and screws.

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Pallet Dolly

Pallet Dolly

This easy and cheap hauler is ideal for moving lots of lumber or large machinery around the workshops. A little reinforcement to the pallet first, then put in four swiveling wheels on each corner. It will be hard to believe that you didn’t create the pallet dolly earlier!

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Handy Rag Cutter

Handy Rag Cutter

Cut up old towels and t-shirts to make shop rags using this easy cutter: Place a sharp utility knife into a vise and begin cutting the material . Continue to cut or tear the material until it is the desired shape and size.

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Stay-Put Cord

Zip ties are excellent to have around for quick repairs or to fasten tasks in the shop. I prefer to tie the one the ends of an electric cord to ensure it is tied to the reel. I make sure the cord is loose enough to allow me to pull enough cord out to reach the outlet. Reader Oliver Rodriguez

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Hands-Free Light

I was working underneath the kitchen sink but was unable to be sure the task I was working on I decided to use zip ties to connect miniature flashlights to a pair safety glasses. Since then, I’ve been using this pair every time I enter the attic or make repairs in dark spaces. Everything I see is lit. — Reader Nathan Rodgers. 

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Dinky Door Bumper

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Dinky Door Bumper

Here’s a tip to prevent the door from crashing against a trim or wall when you’re rushing between the two. Cut a slit lengthwise within a narrow length of pool noodles and place it on the door’s edge or cupboard to shield walls from scuffs and scratches.

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pool noodle inside drawer

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Stay-Put Drawer Organizer

I’ve always been annoyed by that drawer drawer organizers shift around every time you open or close an drawer. I was able to solve the issue in my home with the pool noodles!

I determined the distance from the drawer’s back organizer to the bottom of the drawer. I then employed a utility blade to slice the noodles into size. The pool noodle is snug into the drawer, and the drawer organizer won’t shift around as much. You can also cut the lengthwise in half to decrease the amount of space it occupies. — reader Roy Allison

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Lift Gate Protection pool noodle

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Lift Gate Protection

If you go to the lift gate of your vehicle or SUV it is easy to smash the cross brace of the garage door. This can scratch the paint off the gate. You can protect it by using the swim noodle to act as an extra cushion. Simply cut the swim noodle with an knife, then slide it onto the brace. It is also possible to make use of pre-slit foam pipe insulation. If it falls off you can use double-face tape secure it. 

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Ladder Padding pool noodle

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Ladder Padding

I have the majority of the time on my ladder and leaning against the rungs all day long was damaging my thighs and shins. Then, I thought up a clever solution and cut pieces of my children’s pool noodles in length and tied them to the top of the ladder’s rungs. instant release! The cushions are simple to move around while you work. Be sure not to sit upon the noodles and never place them higher than the height of your take a step, as they could cause an uneven step , or even fall off in the event that you step over them. — reader Dave Switzer

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Ladder Guards pool noodles

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Ladder Guards

I recently put in the new drains. When it was time to clean them I didn’t want to risk causing damage to my ladder to scratch or scratch them, so I created ladder protectors using an old swimming noodles (foam pipe insulation works as well). I cut two-foot. sections of foam noodle, then slit them with a sharp knife, then stuck them to side of the ladder. They made the ideal cushions! If the foam isn’t staying where it is, just tape it. – reader David Gugliuzza

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Limit the Mess and Get the Job Done

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Limit the Mess and Get the Job Done

Sometimes, major destruction of the house is necessary. It is possible to minimize the discomfort and pain this can cause by getting the debris from the home in a hurry and getting rid of it as quickly as possible.

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Lay Down a Protective Path

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Lay Down a Protective Path

It’s not possible to tear down walls or tear down a floor and not make an mess however it doesn’t mean that you have to trace the mess across the home. When you next need to remove some carpet, cut a few long strips and use these as paths to safeguard the flooring in different areas of the home. Be sure to turn the carpet upside-down to ensure that the backing doesn’t scratch the wooden flooring. Canvas drop cloths remain the most effective way to protect the treads of stairways.

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Save Those Buckets

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Save Those Buckets

Buckets are a remodeling contractor’s best friend. They are well for mixing, transporting large amounts of debris storage water, dragging tools into and out, arranging the fasteners, putting things on the ground, bailing water and sitting on. There’s a reason that stores that sell empty buckets. Never toss away a bucket that is usable!

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Make a Plastic Passage

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Make a Plastic Passage

The hanging of plastic sheets from the ceiling is a great method to separate a room which is being renovated. However, instead of hanging a uninterrupted sheet in order to hold dust from entering hanging two, place them in a row and over them by four feet. or as. So you’ll have a convenient access point for walking through, rather than having to walk underneath the plastic every time you enter and exit. Put a scrap piece wood on the lower part of the plastic, to keep it in position.

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