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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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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Using Plastic Rain Gutters as Flower Boxes

Here’s a tip for dressing up your porch railing. Use plastic rain gutters as flower boxes rather than building them out of wood.

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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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