11 Helpful Tips for Homeowners and DIYers
These DIY tips will help you fix it, maintain it and improve it.
A better way to replant
— Leslie Poehler
— Doug Whiting
Wire in the hole!
— Josiah Grunwald
Wine rack towel holder
Hands-Free Door Trick
— Nick Paone
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Easier vegetable planting
— Barbara McGrew
Protect Your Floor During Remodeling
Start by thoroughly vacuuming the floors so grit doesn’t scratch the flooring under the hardboard. Then cut and lay down the hardboard and duct-tape the pieces together at the seams.
If you’ll be running the HVAC system during the remodel, be sure you don’t cover grilles or registers. Finally, seal around the perimeter with masking tape so grit can’t get underneath the hardboard at the edges. A sheet of 1/8-in. hardboard costs about $5 at home centers.
— Gary Wentz, Editor-in-Chief
For more on removing walls and windows, as well as other demolition tips, go to tfhmag.com/demotips
PVC pipe cement for PVC trim?
Fix a broken phone charger
All-in-one paint and primer
Traditional primer is still best for metal, plastics and substrates like drywall and plaster with water stains or smoke damage. It’s also recommended for woods like redwood or oak that contain tannins that might bleed through.
Are factory-reconditioned tools any good?
“The product is good and often comes with a warranty,” says Jason Swanson of Techtronic Industries, makers of Ryobi and Ridgid power tools. “All of our refurbished tools are inspected and rebuilt as needed by trained technicians.”