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


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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Using foam backer rod, followed by caulking, to fill a wide crack in a sidewalk.

Tip for Caulking Wide Cracks

Watch this video for tips on how to fill wide gaps and cracks before caulking using foam backer rod.

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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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