Simple Solutions

Simple Solutions

Watch as home expert, Joe Truini, shares innovative tips to help you solve common household problems. Email your Simple Solutions tips to simplesolutions@todayshomeowner.com


Using spray lubricant to unclog an expanding foam spray tube.

Expanding Foam Spray Tube Cleaning Tip

Expanding foam is a great way to seal cracks and gaps around your home, but the spray tube can become clogged with foam after using it. Watch this video to find out how to unclog it.

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Using a nail to seal up the nozzle on a tube of caulking.

How to Seal a Partly Used Caulking Tube

Watch this video to find out how to seal up the nozzle on a partially used tube of caulking to keep it from drying out.

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Driving a trim head screw through carpet into the subfloor to stop a squeak.

Carpet Squeak Floor Repair Tip

Squeaks in the subfloor under carpeting can be very annoying, but they’re usually not that hard to fix. Watch this video to find out how to stop squeaks in carpeted floors without removing the carpet.

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Cell phone charging station made from empty plastic bottle plugged into wall outlet.

Plastic Bottle Cell Phone Charging Station

Watch this video to find out how to make a homemade cell phone charging station from an empty plastic bottle.

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Using a stocking or pantyhose to find small lost parts and other items.

Finding Lost Small Items with a Vacuum Cleaner

Check out this tip using a vacuum cleaner and stocking to make it easy to find lost screws and other small items in your workshop or garage. Watch this video to find out more.

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Using an expandable shower curtain rod to secure groceries in a car.

Tip to Keep Groceries and Cargo Secure in Your Car

Find out how to use an expandable shower curtain rod to keep groceries and other cargo secure in the back of your car. Watch this video to find out more.

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Using a slit cut in a cardboard box to contain the mess when using chemical paint stripper.

Tip to Reduce Paint Stripper Cleanup Mess

Check out this easy cleanup tip to reduce the mess of chemical paint strippers using only a cardboard box and newspaper.

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DIY pole sander made from a standard sponge mop.

DIY Drywall Sponge Mop Pole Sander

A pole sander is the perfect tool to use when sanding drywall joints. Watch this video to find out how to make a pole sander from a sponge mop.

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