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


How to Lubricate Screws Using Wax

It helps to pre-dill a hole, but to prevent splitting wood and to make screws go in easier try rubbing the threads over a piece of wax or soap before driving them in.

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Joe Truini applying caulk to drywall ceiling around recessed light fixture hole.

How to Seal Recessed Light Fixtures for Energy Efficiency

Watch this video to find out how to seal recessed light fixtures to improve energy efficiency by caulking the trim kit to the ceiling.

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Danny Lipford using homemade screed on rake to level dirt.

How to Make a DIY Homemade Screed from a Rake

Find out how to make a homemade screed to smooth concrete or level dirt by attaching a 1×4 board to a garden rake using steel strap. Watch this video to find out more.

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Joe Truini attaching masking tape to drop cloth and trim.

Keeping Drop Cloths in Place When Painting a Room

Watch this video to find out how to keep drop cloths against walls when painting a room to prevent paint from getting on the floor.

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Sweeping sawdust into shop vac floor nozzle mounted on wall.

Tip for Cleaning a Workshop with a Shop Vac

Find out an easy way to use a shop vac when sweeping up and cleaning your workshop or garage. Watch this video to find out more.

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Using a handsaw on top of a tile spacer to cut door casing for tile floor.

How to Cut Door Jambs When Laying a Tile Floor

Watch this video to find out how to cut door jambs and casings with a handsaw when laying a tile floor.

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Stackable fastener storage bin made from 5-gallon bucket.

DIY Stackable Fastener Storage Bucket

Find out how to make stackable fastener bins that fit inside a standard 5-gallon bucket to store nails and screws. Watch this video to find out more.

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Applying joint compound to hardware cloth patch in drywall.

Repairing a Hole in Drywall with Hardware Cloth

Watch this video for an easy way to patch a hole in drywall using a piece of hardware cloth, a pencil, and joint compound.

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