Clean the blades of your ceiling fan by using an old pillowcase. Simply open the pillowcase and insert the fan blade. The wipe the top (all the dust will collect within the pillowcase). Then apply furniture polish to the top and lightly buff to help repel dust.
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Do you have hardwater scale buildup around your faucets and shower head? Fill a plastic bag with vinegar and securely tie around the faucet, let it soak for at least an hour. The vinegar will soften the scale and make it easier to remove.
Use dryer sheets to dust baseboards and other trim. The sheet attracts dust and coats with an anti-static formula which will help repel dust and pet hair.
This is a sure-fire way to get paint off metal. In a pot (don’t use one that you want to cook in again) bring water to a boil and add about a quarter cup of baking soda (do not stir in) drop your piece in and let sit for 15 mins. After the piece cools […]
This Tuesday tip comes from Brent Williams, one of our Project Leads. Use painter’s tape to hold small projects or items that you can’t clamp or nail together while your glue dries. This works especially well with molding returns, caps and other items that don’t have flat surfaces to clamp to.
Have a wood table or floor that is scratched? Use a walnut to help buff out light scratches. Rub the walnut several times over the area then rub your finger over the scratch-the heat from your hand will help the oils absorb into the scratch. Buff the area with a soft dry cloth and there […]
Have a stripped screw? Use a rubber band to get it out! Just place the rubber band over the head of the screwdriver and press it into the stripped screw to remove. Bonus tip-to prevent stripping a screw make sure to use the correct size drill bit, drill pilot holes, press down firmly and drill […]
Out shopping and don’t have a tape measure? A dollar bill is 6.14” wide by 2.61” tall (but just think of it as 6” by 2.5”). This way you always have a reference in your wallet for a rough measurement. We wouldn’t recommend framing with this technique!
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Needing a magnetized screwdriver bit? You can drag a magnet one way on the metal tip to make it magnetized or you can attach a small magnet on the shaft of the screwdriver. Rare earth magnets work the best as they are very strong. The magnetic will travel through to the tip and voila!