Moving into a new home can be equal parts invigorating, exciting, and frustrating! You assumed you and your contractor thought of everything, but on move-in day you discovered some indentations in the carpeting from where the previous owners kept their furniture for years! Or maybe you found some squeaky floorboards or mildewed showerheads.
No matter how long you’ve lived in your home, it’s way cheaper to tackle your home improvement projects on your own as opposed to calling in a home repair contractor. These DIY solutions will help you manage the quick fixes you need to make your repairs in a timely and cost-effective manner!
Stop Hammering Your Fingers!
We all become overly confident when we begin the process of hammering a nail into a wall. We assume we have a command on our hand-to-eye coordination, and we go in for the first blow feeling like a professional carpenter who deserves a raise. Then it happens–we aim for the nail and hit our fingernail instead. We wince, our eyes begin to water . . . this could have been avoided.
DIY Solution: Use a clothespin to keep the nail in place!
Silence Squeaky Drawers
Old wooden drawers can grow squeaky and creaky over time. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix for that!
DIY Solution: Grab a regular bar of soap, rub it along the rails of the faulty wooden drawers, and enjoy the silence of drawers that close with ease!
Apply Heat to Remove Stickers
Most of us have asked ourselves at some point, “Why do they put stickers on glass surfaces when they know it will take us hours and elbow grease to remove them?” Retailers put stickers right in the middle of mirrors, on dishes, and on glass picture frames. Then we, as the consumers, are left with the job of removing those stickers. Enough already!
DIY Solution: Rather than giving up and simply bringing the mirror back to the store where you bought it, use your hairdryer to heat the stickers and peel them off!
Let Vinegar Do the Work For You!
Whatever is on your shower head is also in your hair. If you’ve got hard water, mold, and mildew build-up on your shower head, you might be tempted to go at it with a sponge and mildew remover. The problem you’ll run into pretty quickly is that the sponge will start to fall apart, and you’ll be left with sponge pieces combined with that gooey deposit. Ew!
DIY Solution: Get a plastic bag, fill it with one part vinegar and one part water. Tie the bag around your showerhead, and secure it with a rubber band. Depending on how clogged your showerhead is, you can leave the bag there for 30 minutes to overnight. When you remove it, you’ll notice that the water flow has improved tremendously!
Stop Walking Around on Squeaky Floors
If you’ve ever had a few floorboards develop a squeak, you know that your walk from the living room to the kitchen can begin to feel like an obstacle course. Did you know you don’t have to live like that? You should be able to walk freely and without a racket in your own home!
DIY Solution: Using a soft cloth, paper, or towel, rub baby powder into the seams of your squeaky floorboard. You can also use a thin card to drag and drop the powder through the creases. The baby powder lubricates the wood and makes sure the floorboards are not rubbing against each other.
Use Tape to Help You Hang Frames
All of us use pre-drilled frames and other wall hangings to decorate our homes and offices. We go to a local store or order our wall art online. We chose the perfect spot on the wall to hang our carefully selected pieces, and then it hits us–we have some work to do! Suddenly we’re faced with having to negotiate the use of a measuring tape, level, hammer, and nails, Just then, the light-hearted feeling we had picking out our decor turns into stress!
DIY Solution: Get a piece of painter’s tape and extend it from hole to hole. Then, remove the piece of tape from the back of the frame, place it on the wall where you want to hang the picture, and use your level to make sure it’s straight. Next, hammer your nails in at each end of the piece of tape. Now you can go back to enjoying your life and art!
Remove Carpet Indentations with Ease
Rearranging the furniture in your home can be fun! Seeing your furniture in a new configuration is refreshing, even if you’ve been living in your home for years. The one downside to moving your furniture is the indentations it leaves in your carpet. Sure, the indentations will eventually disappear, but it can take a while. If you’d rather get rid of those quickly, we have a solution for you!
DIY Solution: Cover the dented carpet area with ice cubes and allow the cubes to melt. Once they’ve melted, use a cloth to blot the area lightly. You can use a fork to rake the carpet fibers back into place gently. Then, let the area dry completely and enjoy the smooth look of your carpet once again!
Preserve Your Used Paint Brushes
Paintbrushes are expensive. If you plan on throwing them away after every use, you could easily add hundreds of dollars to your DIY painting project. We have a better solution!
DIY Solution: When you are done using your paintbrush or paint roller for the day, place it in a plastic, resealable bag. The bag will keep the paint moist, as opposed to allowing it to dry out overnight. The next day, you can pull the paintbrush out again and keep on painting!
Fix Squeaky Doors Quick!
When you’ve got a squeaky cabinet door in the house, everyone is aware of it! With every open and close, the screeching sound it makes gets on everyone’s nerves. If you want to become the hero of your household, we have a quick fix for this issue that anyone can use to take the problem into their own hands.
DIY Solution: Grab a bottle of cooking spray, and then point and shoot at the problem area. Then, open and close the door several times, quickly. That’ll take care of it!
Stop Leaving Dents On Your Garage Walls
Having a garage offers many great benefits to homeowners, namely storage and protecting your car from the elements. But how will you protect the garage itself? If you have a garage, you know how often you or your family accidentally ding the walls while opening your car doors. This hack protects both your walls AND your car doors.
DIY Solution: Cut a pool noodle in half and screw it into the spot on the wall where your car door naturally hits. This is an easy solution and way cheaper than getting new drywall or a new paint job for your car!