Home Repair Hacks Everyone Should Know
When it comes to making repairs around the house, it can be slightly frustrating and difficult. With the help of these home repair hacks, you’ll be an efficient and accomplished handyman in no time.
Hold Screws in Place with Glue
If you have to screw something in on an angle, it can be frustrating because the screw keeps falling off and away from the screwdriver. Next time you have this problem, put a dab of rubber glue on the tip of the screwdriver. Once it’s screwed in place, simply wipe off the glue.
Plan Out Picture Hangings with Newspaper
If you need to visualize where you want to hang pictures, tape newspapers to the wall in the size and layout you’d like your pictures to be. This way you can rearrange as many times as you’d like without putting a hundred holes in the wall.
Fill Nail Holes with Toothpaste
If you can’t stand the sight of those nail holes in the wall, don’t get the Spackle out just yet. Simply use toothpaste to fill in those holes in just a few seconds.
Restore Wooden Furniture with Coffee Grounds
If your unfinished wooden furniture is started get some wear and tear, simply rub coffee grounds over it. They will fill in any nicks and will stain the wood a pretty brown color.
Use a Plastic Bottle to Catch Shavings
If you have to drill something into the ceiling, catch the scrapings and dust in a water bottle. Simply drill a hole through a water bottle with the top cut off and it will save you from getting any dust in your face.
Silence Noisy Drawers with Soap
When it comes to wooden furniture, drawers can get slightly noisy over time. Simply run a bar of soap over the rails of the drawer to soften the friction and silence the noise.
Remove Stickers with a Blow Dryer
Stickers can be pesky to rip off, especially if they start to rip and leave behind residue. Next time you need to peel of a sticker, heat it up with a hair dryer so it comes off clean and easy.
Use a Magnet to Find Nail Holes
When repainting a room, don’t worry about guessing where everything was hung on the wall. When you take it down, put a small nail in the hole before painting. Then use a magnet to find the holes when you’re ready to hang your items back up.
Clean Your Showerhead with Vinegar
You may not think to clean your showerhead, but over time it can get pretty nasty. Wrap a plastic bag with vinegar in it around your showerhead to get rid of any calcium build up.
Use Masking Tape for Predrilled Frames
It can be a headache to hang up a picture frame with predrilled holes. Instead of guessing where the holes are, use masking tape to tell you exactly where they are.
Make Tape Sticky Again with the Microwave
It can take years to go through a roll of tape and it can lose its stickiness. To make it sticky again, simply put it in the microwave for a few seconds. It’ll come out like new.
Get Rid of Carpet Dents with Ice
When rearranging furniture, you’ll notice that there are carpet dents left out in the open. To get rid of these, simply melt some ice cubes over them. Once they dry, they’ll be back to normal.
Reveal Hidden Wires with a Microphone
If you need to find hidden electric wires, use a microphone hooked up to a speaker. When it comes close to the wires, you’ll hear it hum.
Keep Paint Brushes Fresh with a Plastic Bag
Sometimes painting a room can be an all-day or multiple-day project. To keep your paint brushes from getting hard, them in airtight plastic bags. It’ll make painting much more enjoyable and relaxing.
Close the Gap with Coins
If your wrench is too big for the bolt you’re trying to put in, use coins to close the gap. This hack will help a lot of people who just want to give up when the project gets to be too difficult.
Unclog Spray Cans with Gasoline
It isn’t often that you’ll go through a whole can of spray paint. So, over time the nozzle can get clogged with dry paint. Unclog the nozzles by soaking them in gasoline for 15 minutes. It’ll feel brand new.
Use Masking Tape When Drilling into Tile
Tile is slippery, especially if you are trying to drill a hole in it. To keep your screw in place, put some masking tape over it. It’s a less slippery surface and will ensure accuracy.
Silent Squeaky Hinges with Cooking Spray
Any hinge that squeaks when you open it won’t stand a chance against this home repair hack. If you don’t have any WD-40 on hand, then simply spray some cooking spray on the hinge. It’ll turn smoothly and silently.
Unscrew a Broken Light Bulb with a Potato
Save yourself from getting cut on broken glass and unscrew a broken bulb with a potato. Just stick the glass into the potato and turn!
Identify a Toilet Leak with Kool-Aid
Save your money on a plumber’s diagnosis and check to see if your toilet has a leak yourself. Pour some Kool-Aid mix into the tank of your toilet and wait about an hour. If the water in the bowl has turned the color of the Kool-Aid then it’s time to call the plumber because you have a leak to deal with.
Keep Floorboards Quiet with Baby Powder
Hardwood floors are beautiful and look great in almost every home. However, they can get squeaky over time. To silence them, pour some baby powder between the floorboards.
Create a Garage Wall Bumper with a Pool Noodle
To keep your car from scratching the garage wall, screw a pool noodle to the wall. This will provide a cushion between the bumper and the wall for those times you pull up just a little too close.
Prevent Rust Circles with Nail Polish
Those rust circles in the shower are pretty unsightly and can be hard to clean if left for a while. To prevent them from showing up, put some clear nail polish on the bottom of your metal containers such as shaving cream.
Remove Screws with a Rubber Band
If you’ve ever had trouble gripping a screw, you know just how difficult and frustrating it can be. Next time you run into that problem, use a rubber band between the screw and the drill. This will give you a better grip.
Remove Wallpaper with Vinegar and Water
Wallpaper has been out of style for quite some time now. To remove it easily, mix vinegar and hot water and soak a paint roller in it. Then roll it over the wallpaper to remove it easily.
Fix a Broken Pipe with Sealant
One of the worst things that can happen to your home is a burst water pipe. So, while waiting for the plumber to come and fix it, use some sealant to fix it temporarily and avoid expensive damage to your home.
Keep Doors from Slamming with Cabinet Bumpers
If one of your doors slams shut, add a cabinet bumper to it. This will keep it from slamming so loudly and bothering you throughout the day.