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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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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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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