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


Use These 4 Items for a Quick, Professional-Grade Paint Job

Painting your home’s siding? Use this combination of tools to get a smooth, professional-grade finish every time.

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How to Preserve Paint with Plastic Wrap

Quality paint isn’t cheap — here’s a way to store and preserve it between projects.

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Scoring ceramic tile with a glass cutter to cut the tile to size.

How to Cut Ceramic Tile with a Glass Cutter

Find out how to cut ceramic tile by hand using a glass cutter, square, and wire clothes hanger. Watch this video to find out more.

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How to Stop Garbage Can Suction

Bags are hard to remove from garbage cans because of a vacuum that forms — until now.

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The Simple Way to Hang Pictures (Grab a Fork!)

Here’s the easy way to hang pictures — just grab a fork, a hammer and a nail! (Joe explains.)

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How to Remove Stickers and Labels Using Heat

Heat from a heat gun or hair dryer can be used to remove labels and other stickers from metal products. Simply heat up the metal, then slowly peel the sticker off. For items like plastic that may be melted by the use of extreme heat, use a solvent like mineral spirits instead.

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Drilling hole with plywood scraps clamped to stock

How to Enlarge a Hole

Watch this video to find out how to enlarge an existing hole, such as when drilling a larger hole in a door for a new deadbolt or lockset.

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How to Smooth Joint Compound with Less Mess!

Need to smooth joint compound? There’s a neater alternative to sandpaper.

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