50 Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things
An average Joe may just see a bucket, a rubber band or a length of PVC, but a DIYer sees all kinds of different ways to use everyday items for useful tasks.
Vacuum Attachment Holder
Battery-Powered Kite Retriever
Light-Duty Extension Cord Storage
Safe Cord Storage
To store elastic cords safely and neatly, pull out the spine of an old three-ring binder. Punch out the rivets and screw the spine to the garage wall. The rings are the perfect spot to hang cords without dangerous tension.
Rubber Band Clamps
Paint Brush Drip Stopper
Want your next painting project to look like it was done by a pro? This tutorial shows you the techniques you need to know. — reader Decie C. McKnight
No More Rusty Garden Tools
On-the-Level Tool Bucket
Better Bucket Storage
Here are 17 more nifty ways to store tools.
Easy-Mount Mini Bins
Mini Tools From Concrete Nails
Panpipe Tool Storage
Stay-Put PVC Pipe Cutter
For 33 ingenious ways to use PVC pipe, check out this collection of tips.
No-Rattle Ceiling Fan
Handy Bench and Tool Bucket
DIY Dog Feeder
NOTE: Don’t build this dog feeder unless your pooch can exercise some self-control.
Check out our collection of clever and unusual ways to make your pet happier, healthier and more comfortable, using things you’ll find around the house. — reader Justin Moujoodi
Paper Tube Saw Guard
String Pipe Cutter
Storage Pockets for Skinny Things
Make a Mattress Sling
Here’s an easier way to carry a mattress: Make a simple rope sling that will give you and your helper a lot more control. Thread the rope through the mattress handles. Slip a 5-in. piece of 1-in. PVC pipe over the rope ends and then loop and tie each end to create a comfortable sling grip. Flip the mattress over so the sling is on the bottom and you’re on your way.
String-Dispensing CD Bins
PVC Knife Holders
Power Cord Coilers
Chain Saw Blade Guard
Protect a chain saw blade with 3/4-in. foam pipe insulation. Wrap the insulation around the blade and strap it tight with a couple of rubber bands. Chain saw need sharpening? Here’s how.
New Uses for Old Glove Fingers
Garage Storage Tubes
Easier Mulch Unloading
Fast, Inexpensive Table
Accessorize Your Mower
PVC Curling Iron Holsters
Mini Hardware Holders
Keep the Tape Rolling
Double-Lid Cord Reel
If your extension or power tool cord accidentally gets cut, here is the safe way to repair it.
No-Latch (or Hands-Free) Door Trick
Behind the Door Storage: Closet Glove Rack
Better Tree Watering
Learn about successfully growing healthy shade trees in your yard here. — David Radtke
Portable Tool Kit
Fishing Rod Organizer
Drill 1-in. holes spaced every 4 in. in the PVC pipe. Use a utility knife to cut slits in the foam noodle, spacing them 4 in. apart. Line up the pool noodle on the wall so that at least two of the slits sit over studs. Pull those slits apart, slide in a fender washer, and screw the noodle to the wall with 2-in. screws. Then screw the PVC pipe to the wall beneath it at a comfortable height and insert your fishing rods. Look Ma, no more tangles!
Want some more DIY garage organization ideas? Check out 27 Easy Ways to Organize Your Garage
Drill Bit Girdle
- Lift the front edge of the stone with a pry bar and slip two pipes underneath. Place one near the front and one about midway so the stone rests on the pipes.
- Position the third pipe a foot or two in front of the stone.
- Roll the stone forward onto the third pipe until the rear pipe comes free. Then move the rear pipe to the front and repeat.
This technique works best on relatively flat ground. On mild slopes, you’ll need a helper to shift pipes while you stabilize the load. Don’t use this method on steeper slopes.