After recently purchasing our home, which is quite old, my wife and I have started to do renovations. During this time we have discovered two handy tricks.
Firstly, I decided to clean out the debris in the outside drains. After lifting the first grating I was confronted by a medium-depth hole and a few delightful spiders and insects. Not wanting to get a possible bite on the hand I scouted around for something of suitable length to clear out the mess, as the garden spade was too big. Scratching in the garage produced our previous dog’s pooper scooper, the kind that has a jaw that opens and closes by means of pulling on the handle. The drains were cleared out in good time with no dirty hands, bites or tetanus.
The second trick was figured out by my wife. After each day of painting, she would spend a lot of time cleaning all the brushes and rollers in preparation for the following day’s painting. To avoid the clean-ups, she merely ensured that the brushes and rollers were still saturated in paint, placed them into ziplock bags and squeezed the air out. The next day they were still wet and ready to go again immediately, without clumps or excess water to make the paint runny, as we are using water-based paint.