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 Hair Dryer to Warm Leather Before Conditioner

Easy Tip for Leather Conditioner

Leather conditioning oil doesn’t always soak into leather boots, furniture, etc. very well. But this tip is a quick way to ensure that it will!

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Simple Way to Check for Hard Water in Your House

How to Test for Hard Water

This quick test using dish soap lets you know if you have hard water in your home before you call in a professional for corrective steps.

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Trick for Cutting Crown Molding on Miter Saw

Trick to Cut Crown Molding on Angle

In order to properly make miter cuts in crown molding you have to turn it upside down on the miter saw table. The solution holds it at the proper angle every time.

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Drilling a Pilot Hole with a Nail for Molding

How to Drill a Pilot Hole with a Nail

Often when you’re driving finishing nails into moldings, the nail will split the wood unless you drill a pilot hole first. Here’s how to drill one with a finish nail for the perfect-sized hole every time.

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Tip for Leveling Wood Patio Furniture

Here’s a tip to address two common problems with wood patio furniture: the tendency to rot from sitting on wet concrete, and to wobble from sitting on an uneven slab.

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Tip for Storing Lawn and Garden Tools

This tip for storing yard tools makes use of the underside of the ceiling joists in the garage or workshop.

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DIY Furniture Polish and Scratch Remover

The best furniture polishes contain an oil for replenishing wood surfaces and an acid for cutting through dirt. Here’s a recipe to make your own.

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Tip for Painting in Tight Spaces

There are tons of painting tools out there, but some spaces are still too tight to reach. Here’s how to modify a painting pad to paint even the tightest of spaces.

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