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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How to Make a Composting Bin

Composting bins can be expensive. Here’s how to make one from an old plastic trash can.

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Using a Pool Noodle as a Water Hose

Pool noodles make great Simple Solutions. This one involves using it as a water hose to fill buckets that won’t fit in the sink or under the faucet.

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Nontoxic Oven Cleaner

Here’s a recipe for an effective nontoxic oven cleaner, using orange peels, vinegar and baking soda.

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Joe’s 3 Favorite Painting Tips

Painting is the No. 1 do-it-yourself home improvement project. Here are Joe Truini’s three favorite painting tips.

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Tip for Tightening Fasteners with a Hex Key Wrench

Here’s a way to speed up the process of tightening fasteners with a hex key wrench, also known as an Allen wrench.

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Using Bungee Cords for Organizing and Storing Tools

Bungee cords have endless uses around the home, garage and even the car. Here’s a tip for storing and organizing hand tools in the workshop.

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Tip for Cleaning Pet Hair Off Upholstered Furniture

Use disposable rubber gloves to wipe pet fur off upholstered furniture.

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How to Prevent Vise Jaws from Damaging Wood

Vises with sharp metal jaws can damage wood. Here’s how to make wood saddles to slip over the throat of the device to keep it from damaging the workpiece.

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