10 Handy Hacks For Home Improvement
Doing some work around the house or starting a new DIY project can be a fun and rewarding experience, but doing all of the steps yourself can also be intimidating. If you're not used to doing home improvement projects, it might seem impossible to even get started. Rather than calling in another professional, this time try out these 10 handy hacks that will help make home improvement and DIY projects feel like second nature. Keep yourself and your tools organized, learn easy tricks to make your projects go more smoothly, and avoid frustrating mishaps that might happen along the way. Now you can be the one in charge of making your house into a home!
1. DIY Drawer Organizer
- empty yogurt cups
- hot glue gun
Making a DIY drawer organizer to store your screws, nails, and other hardware is super easy to do! Thoroughly clean several empty yogurt cups of equal size and use a hot glue gun to glue them together at the lips. Now you have the perfect convenient storage system and no more chaotic drawers!
2. Draw Perfect Circles
- cordless screwdriver
2.1 Whether it is for arts & crafts or for doing some DIY projects around the house, drawing a perfect circle can be a challenge. But with the help of just a few tools, you'll be able to draw flawless circles in no time! First, use a pair of pliers to securely wrap some wire around a pencil.
2.2 Use the pliers to bend the other end of the wire so that it fits snugly inside the cordless screwdriver, making sure one end of the wire is still sticking out slightly.
2.3 Use the end of the wire sticking out of the cordless screwdriver to mark the center of the circle, turn the screwdriver on, and you've drawn the perfect circle! You can adjust the diameter of the circle by bending the wire different amounts.
3. Tool Storage System
- empty plastic bucket with a lid
- craft knife
Hardware and tools can be pretty bulky, so it's oftentimes difficult to find a good place to store and organize them. One easy way to create some extra space is to drill holes and cut slits in the lid of a plastic bucket. Insert your screwdrivers, putty knives, scissors, and other tools into the openings, and all of your tools will be stowed away neatly.
4. DIY Cable Sheath Remover
- wooden clothespin
- pencil sharpener
When laying cables, an important part of the process is removing the cable sheath. Getting that cable coating off without damaging the wire underneath can be tricky, so we've come up with a DIY tool that will help you remove the cable sheath easily and accurately. To make the tool, use a screwdriver to remove the blade of a pencil sharpener and carefully attach it to a wooden clothespin. Clip your new tool onto the cable, spin the cable sheath remover around, and the coating will come off super easily without damaging the wire underneath!
5. Saw Clean-Cut Edges
Sawing a piece of wood without ending up with a splintered, rough edge afterwards is simpler than you might think. Wrap some tape around the area where you're going to cut the wood and saw away! The edge where you made the cut will be neat and clean!
6. Keep Screws Stuck On A Drill Bit
There's nothing more annoying than trying over and over again to get a screw to stay put while you're building something. A quick & easy way to keep that screw where it should be is to attach a small magnet to the drill bit. The screw will stay in place, and your housework will be much less frustrating.
7. Loosen Tight Nuts
Usually, when a nut really gets stuck onto something, it becomes almost impossible to loosen. Before you put in a ton of effort and wear yourself out, try placing a second wrench on the one already attached to the tight nut. By adding an extra wrench, the leverage increases, so you can loosen even the tightest nut!
8. Drill Clean-Cut Holes
When you drill a hole through a piece of wood, the edge of the hole on the side opposite the entry point of the drill oftentimes comes out jagged. To prevent this from happening, put a piece of scrap wood under the piece of wood that you're drilling a hole into. Carefully drill through the first piece of wood and partially into the second one, and the wood won't splinter!
9. Easy-Open Paint Cans
Once you've opened and used a can of paint, getting off the lid a second time can be extremely difficult, especially if there's dried paint residue that builds up and seals the can shut. Next time you close a used can of paint, put a piece of plastic wrap over the bucket before you seal it. The next time you go to open the can, the lid will come off without a problem.
10. Slip-Proof Level
- rubber band
Drawing a straight line on a wall using a level can be a real ordeal – the level keeps slipping down on one side, and you never seem to have enough hands to get the job done! To prevent the level from slipping, stretch 1 rubber band over both ends of the level and it will stay put more effectively.
DIY home improvement is a great way to cut costs and make your home look and feel the way you want it to. With these 10 tips & tricks, you can say goodbye to stress and enjoy the process of building, crafting, and renovating!