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 Cutting Sheets of Plywood

Here’s a tip for supporting a sheet of plywood while cutting it with a circular saw, preventing it from pinching the blade and creating a dangerous situation.

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5 Pro Painting Tips

Here are 5 tips to help you paint your next room like a pro.

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Tip for Cutting Bolts to Size

If a bolt is too long, you can use a cordless drill and a hacksaw to cut it down to the exact length you need.

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Tip for Dusting Under Furniture

Some areas are impossible to vacuum, such as under low furniture. Make a dusting wand out of a yardstick covered with a cotton sock, secured with a rubber band.

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Tip for Drilling Through Plexiglass

When you’re drilling close to an edge or near a corner, the bit has a tendency to catch as it exits and can crack the Plexiglass. Here’s a tip to prevent that.

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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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