Handy Tips

Stop Drill Bits From Sliding On Tiles
Drilling into tiles can be tricky business. The surface can cause the drill bit to slip and slide leading to less than perfect results. One way to fix this problem is to use cardboard. Cut a square of cardboard and use tape to stick it over the area...
Did You Ever Think Of This Hiding Spot?
The gap between cabinets makes for a great hiding spot for important documents and even envelopes filled with emergency cash. Attach two binder clips to each corner of the papers you wish to hide and then slide them inside the gap between two cabinet...
Here's How To Keep Strawberries Fresher For Longer
When picking strawberries keep the stalks intact, this will preserve freshness keeping your strawberries edible for a longer period. The same applies to store-bought strawberries. Do not remove their stems until just before you plan to eat them. Anot...
Save Space In The Garage With This Handy Tip
Save space in the garage by installing slimline wire shelves. This type of shelving is long but not very wide, so it uses wall space efficiently. You can mount as many sets of shelves as you need without making the garage feel too congested. You can...
Try This Method For Watering Plants Slowly
Sometimes we water plants while in a rush and due to this water can seep straight to the bottom without giving roots enough absorption time. If you haven't got time to water plants slowly, use ice cubes. The ice cubes will melt slowly into the soil,...
How To Make A DIY Watering Can
Large plastic bottles with wide mouths make for great watering cans. First clean the bottle thoroughly, ensuring you remove all traces of food or chemicals. Then make holes in the lid of the bottle using a drill.  Take a look inside the latest issu...
How To Hold Magazine And Book Pages Open While You DIY
There is nothing more frustrating than trying to refer to an instructions page during DIY only to find it has flipped over or is curling. With hands full, rectifying this situation usually requires completely stopping what you are doing. Not an ideal...
How To Unclog A Shower Head With Vinegar
If you find your shower head has reduced water pressure and is spraying unevenly, it is likely to be clogged. To unclog a shower head fill a zipper bag with vinegar. Secure the bag around the shower head ensuring it is fully immersed in the solution...
Use A Mayonnaise Jar To Hide Valuables
There are plenty of ways to reuse an old jar. Old mayonnaise jars make ideal secret hiding spots, all you need is some white paint. Once the jar is finished, wash it and let dry thoroughly. Then paint the inside of the jar white. By painting the insi...
Use A Wheelbarrow To Lift Heavy Objects
Don't risk an injury trying to move heavy objects around the yard. Use a wheelbarrow for assistance.  Turn the wheelbarrow on its side and push or roll the object inside and then use both hands to safely turn the wheelbarrow upright. You can then eas...
Catch Dust During DIY With This Easy Trick
Cleaning during DIY need not be a hassle. Implement a few clever tips and tricks to keep mess to minimum and you will find your after-DIY tidy up will run more smoothly.  One trick is to use a bag to catch dust during DIY, ensuring it doesn't end up...
Try This Low-Budget Landscaping Solution
Ready to build a garden bed in your yard? Not sure how to go about setting it out, or about where it should be located? Try this low-budget landscaping solution.  Use a hose and spray paint to set out a garden bed. Position the hose in the shape of t...
How To Make Buckets Easier To Carry
Buckets with wire handles and no grip can be hard on the hands. Make a DIY grip by cutting off a piece of rubber hosing and securing it over the wire handle.  You can also do this to provide an extra cushion over hard plastic grips. Use a strong adhe...
How To Tell If A Plant Needs Water
It can be difficult to determine whether or not a plant needs water. There are obvious signs like brown, wilting leaves but otherwise it can feel like guesswork.  Overwatering plants can be just as detrimental as not watering enough so learning how t...
Erase Marks From Vinyl Flooring With This Handy Tip
Vinyl flooring is a cheap and versatile flooring option. One downside however, is that it can be scuffed and scratched very easily. Luckily the solution to this problem is simple. Place a tennis ball over the scuff marks and give it a rub or a twist....
Handy tip dip plant cuttings in honey
Here's a quick way to encourge roots to strike when planting cuttings. First take the cutting and then dip the base of the cutting into honey. To do this neatly, pour some honey into a glass. Otherwise, you can apply a little honey to your finger and...
 Add Extra Storage To Your Ceiling
Create extra storage space by screwing wire shelving to the joists in your garage or basement. This area is ideal for storing sporting items that aren't always used as well as fishing gear and odds and ends like disco lights.  Wire shelving is see-th...
Build A Stand To Store Christmas Lights
Build a simple stand using a wooden base and dowels to store Christmas lights. Screw a dowel to each end of a wooden base cut to the size of a large plastic bin. Then wrap your lights around the dowels in a figure eight and place the stand in the bin...
Create A DIY Spool For Christmas Light Storage
Recycle cardboard and keep strings of holiday lights from getting tangled when you store them. Just use strips of cardboard and cut out a slot on each end to make a "spool" to keep lights from slipping off. Wrap each light string around a cardboard s...
Fuss Free and Thrifty Christmas Light Storage
This has got to be the easiest way to store strings of holiday lights. Just put each string in a separate plastic bag and write where the lights go right on the bag. No wrapping or coiling necessary.  Another easy way to store christmas lights is to...
Store Christmas Trees In Cardboard Tubes
If you have an artificial Christmas tree, you know that it takes up a lot of storage space. Here's a great idea. Use a cardboard tubes (you can buy them from post offices). Wrap each layer of the tree in twine and store half the tree layers in one tu...
Label Christmas Tree Layers
Artificial Christmas trees are very popular, and most of those who own them reuse the same tree year after year. As time wears on, putting the tree together can become more difficult. What part goes where? Is there a piece missing?  Use this simple t...
Wind Christmas Lights Around A Hose Reel
To keep your holiday lights from getting tangled and to make it easier to string around your yard, roll about 30 strings of lights onto a portable hose reel that has wheels and a handle. Pull the lights around your yard and roll off as many as you ne...
Store Christmas Lights In A Bucket
Taking down and storing Christmas lights properly will make it easier to put them up again the following season. One way to store Christmas lights without tangles, is to coil them up and store them in a bucket.  This is a quick and space efficient wa...
Try This Trick For More Accuracy When Screwing
When you need to screw on a nut in a tight space, hold it on your finger with a piece of Scotch tape. This will make it easier to get the screw started as the tape is thin enough for a machine screw to poke through.  Take a look inside the latest i...
Handy Gift Wrap Organiser
Keep wrapping paper, ribbons, scissors and tape all in the same place this holiday season by creating DIY wrapping station.  All you need is a clear garment bag and a clothes hanger. Hang ribbon, bows and tape from the clothes hanger and place rolls...
Under-Sink Storage Rod
The cabinet underneath the kitchen sink can become cluttered very quickly, making it hard to quickly grab what you need.  One solution to this problem is to install a spring-tension curtain rod to hang things like towels, spray bottles and rubber glo...
Mark Wall Stud Locations With Ease
Marking wall stud locations is important as it identifies where studs are when you screw into drywall. Usually a ladder is needed when wall stud locations need to be marked on the ceiling. However, with this handy tip, the need for a ladder is elimin...
Organise Sandpaper Neatly
An expanding file is a perfect item to use to store sandpaper by grit. This will also prevent sandpaper from being bent and scratched.  Expanding files are also great for storing instruction manuals, warranties and other paperwork.  Take a look ins...
Easy Ornament Holder
Here is a great idea for effectively storing Christmas ornaments. All you need is a plastic tub with a lid, wooden dowels and rubber leg tips. Drill two holes in each end of the tub, insert dowels through them, and then cap the dowels with rubber tip...

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