You’re 30 (or something around there), and you’re probably living in your own place, either renting or owning. Whatever the case might be, you have got to hone your DIY home hack skills, especially since you’ll probably encounter some of these problems.
1. Filling in picture holes
If your walls have any sort of imperfection, you’re going to want to fix them up, especially if you’re about to repaint. What you’ll have to do is fill the hole with spackle and then use a fine grit sandpaper to smooth over the spot. It’s that simple.
2. Hanging wall decorations without damaging the walls
Forget using hammers and nails to hang up your favorite vacation photos. Choose a wall-mounting strip instead. These sticky strips are a must for everyone who is trying to amp their home hack skill. The best part is, when you want to redecorate or repaint, you won’t have to repair any damage!
3. Fix a swinging door
To fix, you’re going to shut the door and work on the side where you can see the hinges. Use a shim to keep the door in place, put a large nail under the top hinge pin and use your hammer to hit the nail upward to get the pin out from its hinge. When the pin has been removed, hammering it gently at its middle to create a slight bend; this curve should create enough friction to prevent the door from swinging. To finish the job, simply drop the pin back into its hinge.
4. Unclogging a drain without chemicals
Remove a clog that is just below a drain’s surface by first pouring boiling water into the drain, chasing it with half a cup of baking soda. Follow the baking soda with 1 cup of white distilled vinegar and then you’ll want to cover up the drain with a paper towel or rag. This’ll encourage the fizzy chemical reaction to concentrate its magic on the clog. After 5 to 10 minutes, flush the drain with more boiling water. You’ll want to repeat this process a few times until the drain starts moving again.
5. Fixing a squeaky door
Follow the steps above to remove the hinge pins from your noisy door and then coat the pins in white lithium grease or petroleum jelly. Reinstall the pins, then open and close the door a few times to let the grease work its way into the hinges’ nooks and crannies.
6. Sealing up drafty doors and windows
When brand-new windows and doors aren’t in the budget, you can still save on winter heating bills using shrink-film kits, rope caulk, self-adhesive weatherstripping, or good old-fashioned draft snakes. All of the above are inexpensive, commonly found at home improvement stores, and easily removed come spring.
7. Removing scuffs off the walls without repainting
Start by dampening a soft cloth and using it to rub the scuff in a circular motion gently. (Concentrate your energy on the scuff itself to avoid lifting any paint from the wall.) If that doesn’t work, progress to sprinkling the dampened cloth with a pinch of baking soda; its superfine grit will act as an extra-gentle abrasive. Still no luck? Reach for a melamine foam sponge.