Problem Solvers

You don't have to spend money on calling in a handyman to do simple fixes or taking furniture and other household items to be repaired. Learn how to solve common problems around the home and repurpose tools and materials in creative ways. Think outside the square to save time and money.

Your choice to save: how to stop overpaying for energy in 20
Today in Australia there are as many as 2 million households overpaying for energy, simply because they’re stuck on plans that are either too expensive or inappropriate for their situation*. But less and less people can afford to be overpaying for en...
45 uses for aluminium foil you didn’t know about
It does more than just wrap up food! Check out these aluminium foil uses that can be super helpful.
9 unlucky things to never keep in your home
According to feng shui and other cultural traditions, these are the home decor choices that could subject your abode to misfortune.
13 signs you’re about to hire a dodgy tradie
These are the real signs you should look for before you sign on the dotted line.
6 hacks to remove water stains from wood
Grab any of these household products and you’ll be able to buff out those water rings, easy.
20 crucial projects to get done before hosting Christmas
Ensure your guests will be comfortable by getting these important projects done before Christmas.
The ultimate DIY Lego keychain
As a parent there's one thing you need to adjust to instantly. There will be Lego everywhere. Why not put a few blocks to good use and help you out?
How to clean your tools
You’ll need a wire brush, steel file, bagged fine sand, steel wool, a bucket, rust protectant and linseed oil.  
House Whisperer: 6 Things Your House Is Trying To Tell You Something You Shouldn't Ignore
Recently, we sat down with a longtime home inspector, and he told us some tales and shared some photos that were downright frightening. Much of the damage he's encountered could have been prevented if the homeowners had just heeded the silent signs...
The Ultimate Kitchen Storage Trolley Build
This pigeonhole unit is good for storing art equipment or being used as a dining servery. It’s comprised of nine individual boxes made from 9.5mm plywood, butt joined using yellow PVA adhesive and 15mm brads driven with an electric nailer or by hand....
14 Old School Tips And New School Hacks
Handy men and women from the old school of DIY often knew the best way out of a jam and passed their skills on by word of mouth, or through an apprentice. Today's handy men and women can crowdsource solutions and if nothing suits, probably download a...
The 9 Rules Of Highly Effective Handymen
If you assume there is a way to deal with a problem, you’ll probably find one.
Smart Home Access Management From Your Smartphone
The connected home is big business. According to Statista, current smarthome penetration in 2018 is at 19% and is expected to ramp up to 37.6% in 2022, making device interoperability with smart hubs such as Apple HomeKit integral.   Easily managed fr...
How To Hang A Mirror On Tiles
When buying a bathroom mirror, you should consider how it will be hung. Most frameless mirrors are sold with hanging clips already on the back so they sit flush against the wall.   You also should consider factors such as how large the wall is w...
Handy Hacks For The Little Things And Big Things - Pixabay
Change your approach to domestic tasks with these tried and true hacks.
Fabulous Fast Fixes
Fix anything quickly and easily with our handy how-to hacks.
The following 13 handy hints will help you complete automotive maintenance and small fixes with ease.
Build These Handy Magazine Storage Containers
Finally got the time to build that project in The Family Handyman from three years ago? Great…if you can find the right issue! Build these bins and stock them with an orderly archive, and you’ll have instant access to years of projects and plans. You...
Make This Minimalist Coat and Hat Rack in 3 Steps
Organise your hallway or mudroom with this simple, attractive coat and hat rack. You just cut the boards to fit your space, paint them, outfit them with different kinds of hooks to suit your needs and then screw them to the wall. We used 6182cm-long...
Build a Double Decker Shoe Organiser
Without constant vigilance, shoes tend to pile up into a mess next to entry doors. Untangle the mess with a simple, attractive shoe ladder that keeps everything from boots to slippers organised and off the floor. Cut and drill the dowel supports (Ste...
Perfect Sealant Results Every Time
Waterproofing and sealing bathroom and kitchen projects is integral to their long-lasting success. Here's how to get it right the first time. 
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Achieve auto showroom brilliance in one long weekend under budget with epoxy flooring paint.
Essential DIY Refrigerator Maintenance And Repair Tips
Spend 30 minutes on these simple maintenance steps to keep your fridge running in tip top shape. It's hard to believe, but six simple maintenance steps will prevent almost 100 percent of refrigerator breakdowns and eliminate those service calls. Ta...
17 Inventive Ways to Store All Kinds of Tools
Here are 17 ingenious ways to keep your ever-growing tool collection in order.
The 15 Best Christmas Present Hiding Hacks
Check out these ingenious ideas for keeping your Christmas presents away from snooping kids.
DIY Foot Wash
A traditional foot wash is the solution. It takes about 20 minutes to make and costs next to nothing. You’ll need two 400 x 70 x 22mm and two 356 x 70 x 22mm lengths of treated pine, eight 50mm x 8g screws and suitable river stones. Build the frame,...
Sawing using a clamp

Clamp an offcut of timber against guttering and piping to secure them when sawing

Do you wish there was a way you could make common DIY tasks easier? These 10 clever tips and ideas help simplify projects and home maintenance to make light work out of everything from painting to tiling.  Restore crusty brushes Use a fingernail br...
Tidy, well maintained bathrooms minimise morning chaos and are a pleasure to be in.   While many bigger bathroom jobs require a qualified plumber both by law and to avoid costly disasters, minor repairs like fixing leaking taps and regrouting tiles c...
Bike Tyre
We show you how to repair a punctured bike tube using simple tools.   Before you change your tyre, make sure your valve is working properly. So grab a pump, fill it with air, spit on your finger and rub it over the valve. If it a bubble appear...
We show you how to repair a leaking shower tap to reduce wastage and save money. "It doesn't matter where you are in your home, if you've got a dripping tap, you're going to hear it. It's going to drive you nuts, plus it's costing you money, and i...