Carrying toothpicks around in your carpentry kit can help get you out of a pinch if you strip a screw in wood. Just insert a toothpick in the hole and drive the screw in. The toothpick will just break off. You can add more toothpicks if necessary, just dip them in some wood glue first […]
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Keep it Rolling On! – Your Tuesday Tip from Express Handyman
This one comes from one of our designers Donna Alley. She loves smaller paint rollers that have a curved edge for several reasons…1-you can paint corners with ease. 2-they don’t use waste as much paint as a thick roller head. 3-they are a lot lighter. Try the Purdy White Dove Jumbo Mini Roller.
Stop the bleeding!-Your Tuesday Tip from Express Handyman!
Ever used painters’ tape and your paint has bleed under the tape? After you apply the tape use the original color (in this example white) to paint the edge where the design (blue paint) is going to be painted. Then paint the new color as normal. The white will seep under the tape and help […]
Dusty Lampshades?-Your Tuesday Tip from Express Handyman!
To easily clean your lampshades just grab your lint roller. If you have a pleated shade use a soft bristle paint brush.
Old Cedar, New Again!-Your Tuesday Tip from Express Handyman!
Putting away your summer gear? To revive an old cedar chest or cedar closet, rub the inside with a fine-grit sandpaper to bring back the fragrance and help repel moths.
Blinded by Dust?-Your Tuesday Tip from Express Handyman!
Rubber band microfiber cloths to tongs to easily clean your blinds in half of the time!
Dusty Fan, Use a Pillowcase?-Your Tuesday Tip from Express Handyman!
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.
Loose the Scale!- Your Tuesday Tip from Express Handyman!
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.
Reduce Dust on Trim! Your Tuesday Tip from Express Handyman
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.
Stripping paint-Your Tuesday Tip from Express Handyman!
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 […]