If you can’t read small print up close and need a quick (and FREE) DIY hack when you’re at home, read this! This easy hack works every time. (I use it when I’m reading instruction manuals, recipes, the mail, and dosage instructions on prescription bottles.) I’ve also found a great magnifier for reading small print and tackling other household projects (like removing splinters and ticks, fixing jewelry, etc.) See the 7 reasons I think it’s the best magnifying glass for reading small print.
Looking for DIY repair instructions and helpful tips for fixing things yourself around the house? Here, homeowners are sharing their personal experiences fixing things at home. You can learn from our mistakes! Our step-by-step home repair guides are for average people who would like to try to do the repair themselves, before hiring a professional. See how to do outdoor repairs (like lawn, garden, plants, gutters & swimming pool issues) and indoor repairs (like appliances, dishwashers, water heaters, garage doors, tub & shower issues).
As an entomologist and pest control expert specializing in both urban pests and agricultural pests for the past 25 years, I’m going to show you how to get rid of moles in your yard – from my most favorite to my least favorite methods. Lots of ground mole removal methods ranging from mole poison and baits more humane options. I’ll even show you how to get rid of moles naturally using items you already have at home!
Water won’t drain from your dishwasher? There are 2 reasons for this: 1) Food is blocking the drain basket in the dishwasher tub. 2) Food is clogging the drain hose under the sink. See how I fixed my dishwasher myself… and you can too! Here’s how to fix a dishwasher that won’t drain water.
This isn’t the first time I’ve had to clean out all of the black gunk and slimy food debris from the dishwasher basket in the far back. The first time, I was able to fix the dishwasher not draining. THIS time, there was no water backing up… just a bunch of food and grime buildup which was making our dishwasher run poorly. Here’s how to clean a clogged dishwasher and remove the black gunk quickly & easily.
Need to replace a toilet seat? I just replaced three. Here are the choices and characteristics of toilet seats that might affect your decision when picking out a new toilet seat and lid.
See how a swimming pool that’s been converted to a salt water system, rather than a chlorinated system, fares after 3 years. You might be surprised! If you’re thinking of converting to a salt water swimming pool, read this first to see a list of pros & cons that you probably haven’t thought about!
I like to repurpose things whenever I can, and I’m always wanting a fast easy way to start a fire in our fire pit — so I came up with this simple idea for DIY fire starters using dryer lint, tealight candles, and toilet paper tubes. It’s a good way to repurpose dryer lint and cardboard tubes from paper towels & toilet paper. Plus, these dryer lint fire starters work really well! Here’s how I make them…
I found a Little Tikes outdoor climber for FREE on Facebook Marketplace — it just needed a little TLC. See what I did to give this old outdoor climber a new look. Here’s how to paint plastic outdoor play sets + My tips for making the job quicker & easier.
Are invasive species of insects eating your plants — maybe even starting to take over your garden? Instead of using chemicals to control pesky garden insects, here’s a list of beneficial insects you might want to release into your garden. They will naturally get rid of the pesky insects for you! Or, if you don’t want to release live predatory insects, then see our list of plants that attract beneficial insects naturally.
Moving into a new house? You’re going to need some basic tools for small home projects! Here’s the list of tools that I recommend. They’re the ones I’ve used the most — after moving into my first home. This home tool kit list is my housewarming gift to you.
I’ve been gardening for years and couldn’t survive without these 7 handy garden tools. Here’s what they are & what they cost. Info every beginning gardener needs!
Window fogging in our house was driving me crazy – until I found the humidity levels in our home were too high. A dehumidifier and some Damp Rid turned out to be the best window condensation fix!
Snow & ice can wreak havoc on your house gutters. See how to strengthen gutters to withstand even the harshest winter storms. No more ice dams & roof melt!
Buying a home warranty or appliance warranty to protect the systems & appliances in your house? Our friends rave about theirs! I’ve listed the pros & cons.
See why shower curtains blow in & stick to you while showering… scientifically speaking. Plus how to stop a shower curtain from blowing in once & for all!
Is your fiberglass tub scratched or cracked? If done properly, a fiberglass repair can look as good as new and should provide many years of trouble-free service. Here’s how to repair a scratched or cracked fiberglass tub.
Do you fall into one of these 3 groups? If you’re a renter, a single parent, or a recent victim of a burglary, then here are some extra precautions that you need to take to avoid being targeted by burglars.
If you’re about to undertake your first DIY project that involves installing or replacing drywall, then your biggest question is probably which of these you should be using: Spackle or Joint Compound. Here’s what you need to know about how to fix drywall using those 2 materials.
There are far better options than painting over wallpaper. Here’s how to remove stubborn wallpaper yourself.
Tankless water heaters cost 3 times more than conventional hot water heaters to buy and install, so you’re probably wondering if they are really worth it or not. Following are the pros & cons and details about the cost and installation of tankless water heaters.
If your garage door opener stopped working, here’s how to find replacement garage door remotes, plus info about garage door remote batteries and reprogram your garage door opener system.
Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking of hiring a handyman for household repairs.
In addition to tankless water heaters, there are a number of other ways you can have more efficient and cheaper hot water in your home. Here are 5 more alternatives that are worth considering.
Most power strip surge protectors provide the minimum level of protection for everyday household items. But is that really enough protection for your home electronics and appliances? Are power strips the best way to protect your things from lightning strikes and sudden jolts of electricity? The fact is, you might want to consider a whole house surge protector. Here’s why.
Odds are, you may keep one or two ladders around. But with so many different styles, what’s the best ladder for your needs? How, exactly, do you go about choosing the RIGHT ladder anyway?
You should drain your water heater once or twice a year, otherwise sediment will collect in your water heater — resulting in less hot water and a less efficient water heater. Here’s how to drain and fill your water heater.
There is one very simple thing you can do to help save on your energy bills each month: insulate your water heater! Here’s how to insulate your water heater, using step-by-step instructions.
If you are experiencing dry skin, cracked lips, itchy eyes, or you are getting shocked every time you walk across the carpet, then chances are you don’t have enough moisture in the air and you might benefit from a humidifier. If rooms in your home feel stuffy, you have rotting wood, or wet stains on the walls or ceilings, then you might benefit from a dehumidifier.
In the end, doing everything yourself will usually cost more — in terms of money, wasted time, and errors due to inexperience. Tackling too many DIY projects will also cost you in terms of the amount of time you could have spent with your family and the time you could have spent taking care of yourself.
Last year, we seeded some bare spots in our yard with Scott’s PatchMaster Seed Mix. It worked so well that this year, we decided to use it to cover a much larger area. Here’s why we chose Scott’s Patch Master Grass Seed Mix instead of Patch Perfect.
Here’s how we fixed our leaky toilets by replacing the toilet flappers. Replacement toilet flappers cost less than $5 apiece and no tools are required to do this job!
Do you hear the sound of dripping water coming from the toilet tank? If, like ours, your toilet is leaking, then you might be surprised by exactly how MUCH water you’re wasting. We learned the hard way. We also learned that those toilet cleaning tabs might not be such a good idea after all.
Lost your owner’s manual? Need another repair manual? Looking for an old furniture assembly manual? Find user manuals and repair guides here…
Some fun DIY stuff you can do… make your own furniture out of cardboard boxes!
What can you do to call attention to your garage sale? Here are some unique things that you can do on-site at your yard sale to stand out from all the other yard sales in the area!
Here are some great tips for how to price yard sale items — both ahead of time, and on-site during your garage sale. Plus, how you can find the true value for any item, so you know how much to ask for your yard sale items.
When it comes to having a successful yard sale, you should always have a rain plan. Otherwise, if it rains, you’ve gone to a lot of work for nothing! So be sure to check the weather forecast. However, overcast days are often more successful than sunny, hot days!
In addition to neighborhood and directional signs which tell people how to FIND your yard sale, you’ll also want to hang a number of signs on-site at the yard sale itself. This will make it easier for people to find the prices AND locate similar items by ‘theme’. Here are some tips for making both types of yard sale signs — neighborhood & road signs, and price & description signs.
We’ve used a Little Giant ladder. This is our review of the Little Giant ladder.
In my opinion, blue painter’s tape is utterly INDESPENSIBLE around the house! It’s great because painter’s tape sticks to the surface, but leaves no sticky residue when it is removed. Alright, here we go… 10 unique uses for blue painter’s tape!
Got t-shirts? We all do… Some — like those from concerts & sporting events — have never even been worn at all. They’re simply stored away as mementos or souvenirs. Now there’s a company that will turn all of your precious old t-shirts into a one-of-a-kind custom quilt or duvet cover!
Here’s a fun use for all of those perfume strips found in womens magazines…
Home Depot Kids Workshops give young children hands-on experience participating in do-it-yourself home projects. Check out these kids!
You’ve probably seen them hanging out in people’s yards. Truthfully, I never understood the whole Bag-a-Bug concept… that is, until WE needed to use them! Here’s why we swear by the bug bags…