Handful of tips for home-improvement projects

2016-06-09 06:00

Want to repair a nail hole in a wall? Drill through ceramic tile? Solder copper?

The experts at DIY Network share tips for home-improvement and repair projects.

  • Save those fake pre-approved credit cards you get in the mail – you can use them as glue spreaders or shims
  • When driving screws into dense hardwoods, lubricate them with wax or soap to prevent stripping the hole
  • Sand the face of the hammer head with sandpaper to help the hammer grip the nail and prevent the nail head from slipping
  • Wrap paint rollers and brushes in a plastic bag between coats to keep them full of paint and prevent them from drying out.
  • When drilling though ceramic tile or natural stone, place masking tape on the surface. This makes marking the tile easier and helps the drill bit stay in one place
  • Create space and style in a small bath-room by adding niches in the wall and shower area.
  • Shop at your local re-use center. You can find great pieces of granite or marble left over from larger jobs.
  • If there’s a custom tile you love but your budget won’t allow you to cover the entire bathroom with it, use it as an accent tile and purchase lower-cost field tiles.
  • Don’t skimp when it comes to replacing the work that needs to be restored.
  • Play detective. When working on a historical project, look for “ghosts,” or remnants of the past such as wallpaper, paint marks, or even molding and trim pieces. These will help you restore your project to its original character.(More info:: www.diynetwork.com.)

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