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 a bicycle inner tube to hold the bag in a trash can.

Tip for Holding a Leaf Bag Open

Watch this video for a tip on how to hold a leaf bag open in a trash can with a bicycle inner tube when raking leaves.

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A pipe cheater bar and propane torch used to loosen stuck nuts and bolts.

How to Loosen a Stuck Nut or Bolt

Watch this video for tips on how to loosen a stuck nut or bolt using penetrating oil, a propane torch, and a wrench tool handle extension made from pipe.

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Drilling holes in a plastic soft drink bottle to make a homemade sprinkler.

Homemade Sprinkler for Your Lawn or Garden

Watch this video to find out how to make a sprinkler from a two-liter, plastic soft drink bottle to water your lawn or garden.

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Using open weave shelf liner to hold boards in place for sanding.

How to Hold Wood in Place for Sanding

Watch this video for a simple tip on holding wood on a workbench for sanding with a belt or orbital sander using shelf liner.

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Power strip with paper template made on a copy machine.

DIY Keyhole Slot Drilling Template

Watch this video to find out how to easily mark the screw holes for keyhole shaped slots using a paper template made on a copy machine.

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Applying a bead of machine oil to a hinge pin.

How to Fix Squeaky Door Hinges

Door hinges that squeak can be very annoying, but they are easy to fix. Watch this video to find out how.

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Applying a self-adhesive strips to an exterior wood step.

How to Prevent Slips and Falls on Outside Steps

Exterior wood steps can become slippery over time, especially when they’re wet. Watch this video for an easy tip to make them safe.

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Drilling a hole in the top of a plastic water bottle to make houseplant drip irrigation.

DIY Drip Irrigation for Houseplants

It’s easy to make homemade drip irrigation for your houseplants using nothing more than a plastic water bottle and a drill. Watch this video to find out how.

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