Do-It-Yourself Reader Ideas from This Old House

This Old House June 2009

I finally had a minute the other day to flip through the June issue of This Old House (which is published by the same company as Real Simple). And they had a great story that was entirely reader tips for DIY projects. Thirty-three tips to be exact.  Here are some of my favorites from the story:

Cart the sprayer
"When I'm out spraying for weeds with my plastic pump sprayer, I use an old golf-bag cart to wheel it around. The cart's circular base is a perfect fit for the sprayer's tank, and its big wheels were made for lawns." —Richard Hill, Suffolk, VA

Note the paint color
"Keep paint names for each room handy by writing each name on a piece of tape and sticking it behind the light-switch cover plate." —Robert Socha, Green Lake, WI

Launder greasy hands
"After handling greasy pipes or yard equipment, wash up with liquid laundry detergent. It cuts oil better than ordinary bar soap and costs less than specialty hand cleaners." —Matthew Hyman, St. Paul, MN

Get a good hold
"When you're driving hard-to-turn screws witha manual screwdriver, put on a rubber kitchen glove and you'll get a no-slip grip." —Forrest Rich, Mount Vernon, GA

What brilliant tips do you have for tackling a DIY project?

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