Smart tips for do-it-yourselfers

Smart tips for DIYers


  • Before applying sealant or silicone, take care to warm the application cartridge by immersing it in lukewarm water for a few minutes. The product will be much easier to handle.
  • To give a nice finish to your joint finishing work, coat your index finger with liquid dish soap when you last apply a sealant or silicone .
  • Quickly sharpen scissors and give them some bite by cutting fine sandpaper or a few layers of aluminum foil. This troubleshooting will keep you satisfied until the next professional sharpening.
  • If your scissors have lost their flexibility, spray the joints with WD40 by opening and closing them several times. Wipe off excess lubricant with a soft cloth.
  • Nothing better for polishing wood with your favorite wax than a good old recycled woolen rag sweater.
  • It will be easy to remove stickers from a tub by warming them up with the hair dryer. A contact glue remover will remove all glue residue.
  • There is nothing more unpleasant than marking a wall that you have just painted or wallpapered. So put old socks on the ends of your ladder and your movements will go unnoticed.
  • If you have to hide a small hole in the wall after removing a nail, use toothpaste paste and not gel and polish with your finger. If the wall is colored, use a crayon whose color is close to the wall. Pass it quickly over the small hole which will fill up after a few seconds. Neither seen… nor known.
  • Your tools won't rust if you put a few blackboard chalks in the trunk where you store them. They will absorb excess moisture.
  • To remove rust stains from wrought iron, simply use a silver polish.