Bungee Cord Ball Tower
Some kids are into balls—any kind of balls. So they accumulate. It's hard to find a storage system to keep them all handy, including the ones on the bottom of the pile. Here's an ingenious system using bungee cords. They're firm enough to keep the pile organized, but stretchy enough that you can squeeze the bottom ball out.
New Uses for Old Glove Fingers
Don't throw out your old work gloves. Cut the fingers off and you'll find lots of uses for them. Use them to protect the tips of chisels when you need to carry them. They're also good for softening the grip of pliers and many other applications.
Make a Squeegee From a Rake
Need a squeegee in a hurry? Take a piece of pipe insulation and use a couple cable ties to fasten it to the back of a garden rake. Works like a charm, and you don't even have to take it off to use the rake.
Old Sneakers as Ladder Bumpers
You could buy special rubber bumpers for the tops of your ladders to protect your siding or walls, but why? A pair of old sneakers (who doesn't have some!) and a little duct tape will do the job just fine.
Double Up on Stubborn Nails
Nails can be a pain to remove, especially trim nails with small heads and any nail when the head breaks off. The trick is to use two tools together: locking pliers to grab the nail shank, and a pry bar to do the pulling.
Garage Floor Dam
Garage floors are puddle prone: springtime floods, melting ice from tires, you name it. You can keep that water away from your tools and toys with a dam made of expanding foam. It sticks, it's waterproof, and you can walk or drive over it without damaging it. And come summer, it'll scrape right off.
Got a flowerpot or something else with a rough bottom that you want to set on a finished surface? Sure, you can buy special silicone bumpers, but you can also use hot glue. Just put dabs of glue on the underside of the object, let them cool for a minute, then while the glue is still soft, press down. Presto! Self-stick plastic bumpers.
Flip-Down Recipe Holder
If you want a convenient recipe or note holder in your kitchen, just screw a clothespin to the inside of the bottom of an upper cabinet. Flip it down to hold the paper, then up to store it. It helps to trim a little bit off one leg of the clothespin (plastic or wood) so it's easy to drive a screw through the other.
Here's an oldie with a twist. Use pieces of garden hose or other tubing to soften the jaws of slip-joint or other pliers so you can grip plated surfaces without damage. The twist? Size them so you can slide them up the handles to keep them handy.
Home Hacks on Today's Homeowner
Like these ideas? They came from our collaboration with the TV show 'Today's Homeowner' with Danny Lipford. We got together with those folks and found out we shared a passion for home improvement. Danny is a remodeling contractor, and the show covers DIY skills, storage ideas, new products for homeowners, cool projects and most of all, home hacks.
What emerged was an episode of 'Today's Homeowner' featuring Danny and co-host Allen Lyle, and a few of the editors at The Family Handyman, demonstrating some great home hacks, shot at our workshop and studio. The original episode aired in April 2016, but you can find it in syndication. For times, stations and clips, visit the show's website, todayshomeowner.com. Check it out—you'll find loads of inspiring DIY ideas and project advice.