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


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Tip for Storing Hand Tools in a Drawer

Lining the drawer with a piece of carpet, lightly coated with spray lubricant, will keep them from rolling around and getting damaged.

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How to Make a Ceramic Tile Trivet

All you need to make a ceramic tile trivet is some leftover tile, wax paper, cooking spray, hot glue and paint stir sticks.

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Cleaning Narrow-Neck Bottles and Vases

Here’s a trick for cleaning a vase or bottle with a narrow neck, without using a bottle brush. All you need is warm water, vinegar, liquid dish soap and uncooked rice.

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Installing Roller Catches to Keep Cabinet Doors Closed

Cabinet doors that won’t close all the way is a common problem. Instead of replacing the self-closing hinges, install roller catches to keep the doors closed.

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Adding LED Accent Lighting Above Cabinets

Here’s a simple way to add accent lighting in your kitchen. For a nice, warm glow, use two strands of LED battery-powered lights on top of the kitchen cabinets – one along the wall and one behind the crown molding.

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Hanging Bikes With Closet Shelf Brackets

Here’s a tip for storing bikes in the garage. Screw two closet shelf brackets into the wall studs and hang the bike on the hooks.

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How to Make a Hanging Colander Planter

To create a unique hanging planter for the porch, all you need is a metal colander, some chain and S-hooks.

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How to Make a Self-Watering Bowl for Pets

Here’s how to convert an ordinary pet bowl into a self-watering bowl using a piece of 1×2, a couple of machine screws, some wire, and a 2-liter water bottle.

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