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Here’s the Simple Way to Install Hardware

By: Joe Truini

Sometimes, your hand gets in the way while tackling home improvements — but not with this tip.

Tackling home improvements often requires installing all sorts of hardware.

The installation can be challenging if one hand is in the way — to hold the hardware in place — while your other hand drives in a screw or drills a pilot hole.

Here’s a Simple Solution: Use a piece of double-stick tape to hold the hardware in place.

Stick the tape on the hardware, and then drill or screw the item into place.

Watch the video to see how.


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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford is among the country’s most sought-after home improvement experts.
The seasoned remodeling contractor and media personality served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s “The Early Show” and The Weather Channel for over a decade and has made more than 180 national television appearances on “Fox & Friends,” “Inside Edition,” “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” Fox Business Channel, Rachael Ray and more.
He travels the country making appearances as a brand ambassador and spokesperson, and each year contributes expertise to hundreds of popular magazines and online media outlets.

Chelsea Lipford Wolf


Chelsea Lipford Wolf is a born-and-raised home enthusiast, adding her crafty skills and passion for DIY as co-host of the top-rated, nationally syndicated “Today’s Homeowner” TV show.
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  • Peter Di Rocco Says:
    September 13th, 2018 at 10:56 am

    My toilet tank has an internal leak in the infill mechanism. Do I have to replace the whole valve tube or can I get repair washers or other parts to rebuild it. If I can rebuild it how would I go about it. Do you have a video? I understand that it might be quicker to just replace the whole valve assembly.



  • Paul McHalsky Says:
    September 13th, 2018 at 10:44 am

    I have what appears to be an old casing and pipes from a well through a basement foundation wall. There are two pipes inside the casing an extend on an angle about 14″ through the cement block. The casing is gray or ductile iron. I don’t know the metal type for the two pipes inside the casing. What are the best methods for: removing the casing and pipes past the cement block and filling/plugging the inside of the remaining casing and pipes? I do not have a device to cinch and crush the casing.


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Here’s the Simple Way to Install Hardware