With DIY, 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 all the more.
How nice that there are so many tricks that make your work easier. The following tricks show you ways to master many challenges on your “home construction site” without the right tools. Although the methods may 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, the brush is kept from drying out if it is closed in a freezer bag during the painting breaks. So you don’t have to wash out the brush every time.
3.) In order to precisely fit the drill holes for suspensions, it makes sense 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 glued 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 start hammering! This also protects the substrate from damage.
6.) An old CD can help drill a vertical hole. Due to the reflection of the drill, deviations in the angle are immediately recognizable.
7.) It is even easier to get vertical holes if you make a guide rail out of two squared timbers. In this trick, however, the drill should be long enough so that the hole is deep enough.
8.) Before setting up a large IKEA cabinet, it is worth sorting the enclosed screws in an egg carton. So you always have the desired part at hand.
9.) With a magnet in the breast pocket you always have your screws at hand.
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 pull it over the screws as soon as all the screws stick to it.
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 overall.
13.) With a walnut kernel, slight scratches in wooden furniture and in the floor are made to disappear. Rub the greasy core over the scratch several times.
14.) Water edges in the wood are easily removed with mayonnaise. Sounds strange, but it’s effective. Work the home improvement thick sauce into the wood with a soft cloth and wipe off excess fat.
15.) Before drilling tiles, you should mask the area with crepe tape so that the tile does not crack. Now at a weak level and start as slowly as possible with the stone drill.
16.) After painting, the paint tray does not have to be rinsed off if it has previously been lined with foil. Fix the foil with adhesive strips and peel off effortlessly after the paint has solidified.
17.) If you attach a button magnet to the handle of the hammer with hot glue, you save yourself the annoying between-the-lips clamping of the nails. Collecting the nails is also facilitated.
18.) Is the screw so tight that you can’t master it with the screwdriver? Often, screwdrivers have an approach at the end of the handle to support a wrench.
19.) The opening tab of a beverage can can be used as a replacement for broken picture hooks.
20.) So that dowels do not disappear into the wall, mark the desired depth with an adhesive strip on the drill.
21.) When drilling overhead holes, a cup protects you from falling dust. To keep a better eye on the drill site, you can also use the bottom of a transparent plastic bottle instead of a cup.
22.) If you pull nails out of the wall, it is not uncommon for unsightly impressions to occur. To avoid this, it is best to put a dry rinsing sponge underneath.
23.) If the screw no longer grips in the wood after repeatedly twisting it out and in, insert a match into the worn out hole. Now the thread is stuck again.
24.) A power brush for joints and tiles is obtained by fixing the head of a dishwashing brush on a threaded pin using two screw nuts. This is then attached to the cordless screwdriver.
25.) In order to get long cuts straight, a guide rail is clamped at the distance to the cutting line that the stop measures to the saw edge. If no pencil traces are to be seen on the board afterwards, the cutting lines are drawn on crepe tape.
Even if the saying “The axe in the house saves the carpenter” comes from the German national poet Schiller, the trend towards DIY was still ridiculed in this country in the 1950s – after all, there were craftsmen! Nowadays, many people feel an exhilarating feeling when tinkering in their own four walls. The tips listed here have proven to be very successful!