When it comes to home improvement, you have everything in your own hands: both the mistakes and the successes. It is easier to overlook the mistakes if you have made them yourself, but success means even more.
How nice that there are a few tricks that make your work easier. The following tricks show you ways how you can master many challenges on your “home construction site” even without the right tools. If the methods sometimes seem a bit strange to a professional, they always lead to the goal.
1.) Practical rubber bands in different sizes can be cut from old rubber gloves.
2.) For longer painting work you keep the brush from drying out if you close it in a freezer bag during the painting breaks. So you don’t have to wash the brush every time.
3.) In order to position the drill holes precisely for suspensions, it is advisable to copy the back of smaller objects. The copy is now pinned to the desired location.
4.) In order not to have to search for the beginning of the adhesive roll every time, a paper clip is stuck into the tape after use.
5.) Painful thumbs can be prevented by using a piece of cardboard as a nail holder. Prick the nail through the box and hammer it out! This also protects the surface from damage.
6.) An old CD can help to drill a vertical hole. By mirroring the drill, deviations in the angle are immediately recognizable.
7.) Vertical holes are even easier if you make a guide rail out of two squared timbers. With this trick, however, the drill should be long enough so that the hole is deep enough.
8.) Before you set up a large IKEA cabinet, it is worthwhile to sort the enclosed screws in an egg box. So you always have the desired part at hand.
9.) With a magnet in the breast pocket you always have your screws within reach.
10.) A magnet also helps to clean up screws. Hold the magnet under the screw box, turn it with the opening facing down and collect the loose screws. Alternatively, you can put a bag over the magnet and – as soon as all the screws stick to it – pull it over the screws.
11.) A disused tennis racket creates additional storage space for the workbench.
12.) So that screws do not slip away, you can put a button magnet on the side of the bit of your cordless screwdriver. As a result, the bit becomes magnetic as a whole.
13.) With a walnut core, slight scratches in wooden furniture and in the floor are made to disappear. Rub the fat-rich core over the scratch several times.
14.) Water stains in the wood can be easily removed with mayonnaise. Sounds strange, but is effective. Work the thick sauce into the wood with a soft cloth and wipe off excess fat.
15.) Before drilling tiles, mask the area with masking tape so that the tile does not tear. Now start at a weak level and as slowly as possible with the stone drill.
16.) After painting, the paint tray does not have to be rinsed off if it has been lined with foil beforehand. Fix the film with adhesive strips and pull off easily after the color has set.
17.) If you attach a button magnet to the handle of the hammer with hot glue, you save the annoying clinging of your lips between the nails. Picking up the nails is also made easier.
18.) Is the screw so tight that you cannot control it with the screwdriver? Often, screwdrivers have an attachment at the end of the handle to support a wrench.
19.) The opening tab of a beverage can be used as a replacement for broken picture hooks.
20.) To prevent dowels from disappearing into the wall, mark the desired depth using an adhesive strip on the drill.