You always admire the DIY stuff people post on the internet, like these inspired by IKEA, and it all becomes obvious when you attempt them not everything is what it seems. Get yourself together and admit that you need to have more patience and will. DIY projects are real adventures and the following ones will brighten your home. Sometimes things get broken at home, but you can seriously count on these hacks to make things sparkly again.
We can’t all be amazing at everything, and home improvements are definitely an area where some people could improve. You are definitely one of those people. In most cases, what you need to do is start small. Here are the easiest ways to become the super handyman or handywoman.
1. Clear nail polish can help you from having a screw loose.
Just spread a little on the thread of a screw before you screw it in, and it will take way longer to come loose.
2. If you have a small hole or a ding in your plaster, you don’t want to mess up a big area by filling it, use crayon instead.
A wax crayon works well as a temporary fix before you will actually plaster a larger area. Scrub some white crayon into the hole, at the same time applying plenty of pressure to smooth it over.
3. You can also use a bar of soap instead of a wax crayon.
This hack can save you from busting out the filler every time your plaster at home gets the slightest bump.
4. A strip of tape for achieving a perfectly straight edge when applying caulk.
Make sure you tear away the tape while the caulk is still wet, though.
5. How to replace a broken lightbulb
Try this neat trick with a potato! Just twist the sharp edges into the soft flesh, and then unscrew! So easy, right?
6. How to remove an old screw that has lost its head
If the head of a screw has been stripped by rust or time, try putting a rubber band between the screw and your screwdriver for improved grip.
7. How to find out where your toilet is leaking from
Just remove the lid from the cistern of your toilet, add some Kool Aid mixture and wait for an hour. If the water in the toilet bowl looks like in the picture below…
You will know from the Kool-Aid colored water that the cistern is leaking into the bowl!
8. A little padding like this on the edge of your cupboard and cabinet doors, will stop them from slamming closed
Actually, they will also rattle less in daily usage also!
9. A simple solution to squeaky doors
A small dose of carefully-applied cooking spray to the hinge will get rid of that annoying squeak!
10. If there is a dent or a bump in your wooden floor, you can easily cure it!
Wet the spot with a little water, apply a wet cloth or towel and then iron over the spot for a couple of seconds.
11. When your kids draw on walls
Instead of redecorating, try cleaning the area with a little WD-40 on a rag.
12. The caulk grooves between tiles, but there is a remedy for that
Just apply some toilet cleaner! The nozzle means you’ll really target those gaps, and once you’ve let it sit for 15 minutes, scrub it up with a toothbrush!
13. If you have a small hole in your bug screen, there’s no need to throw it away! Yay!
Try putting clear nail polish again to invisibly glue together small holes.
14. Creaking floorboards are horrible, but this too can be solved.
Often times, it’s caused by the two planks of wood rubbing against each other. That’s why you can cure it by applying baby powder in the gaps where they meet.
15. Annoying dents in your carpet
Did you know you can cure these by leaving some ice to melt into the affected area of carpet? Awesome!