Got a big drill or screw hole in a piece of wooden furniture, wood paneling, or door or window framing? Stick dip the tip of a wooden golf tee in wood glue then tap it into the hole with a hammer. Cut the excess off with a saw then repaint or refinish the wood.
Next time an axe, rake, shovel or other tool breaks, don’t buy another tool, just buy a replacement handle. Also, remember to keep those tools sharp. Sharp tools work much better than dull tools.
Use C-clamps on your ladder at whatever height you need to keep tools just as a hammer at your fingertips.
Dip woodscrews in dishwashing liquid before driving them in to make them turn more easily.
To reduce splintered edges as a saw blade exits plywood, press masking tape onto the back side of the cut. The cut won't be absolutely clean, but it will be better than without tape.
Have you ever pulled a drawer too far out and had the contents and the drawer itself crash to the floor? Here’s a solution—pull the drawer out as far as it’s safe to go then put some tape on the rail right where it protrudes from the cabinet. Look for that tape the next you pull the drawer and don’t pull it out past the tape!
On a different note, can you give up plastic? Probably not, but our world is currently overwhelmed by plastic, and you can certainly help reduce the load with a few simple things.
1. Take your own reusable bags to the store. A trillion plastic shopping bags are used worldwide every year, and 100 billion in the United States alone—that’s almost one per American per day. Step out of this mess and start using your own bags to shop.
2. Skip straws, or ask for a paper straw. Or bring your own. Amazon.com has a huge variety of reusable straws, so you can be a trendsetter with a glass, stainless steel or silicon straw. Americans toss 500 million plastic straws every day, or about 1.5 per person, but we could cut those numbers.
3. Avoid plastic packaging. Buy bar soap. Buy in bulk. Avoid produce sheathed in plastic. While you’re at it, give up plastic plates and cups—go for good old paper and make it a retro picnic.