Home Improvement Hacks | 6 Hacks

Home Improvement Hacks | 6 Hacks


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When it’s time to get some renovation done, things can get difficult in a hurry. Thankfully, there are some easy home improvement hacks to make your next job easier.

Read on. We’ve assembled some of the best hacks around and there’s sure to be something here to make your life a lot easier the next time you need to get something done around the home.

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Making your own veneers is a great way to add a remarkable aesthetic to your home. Whether it’s African Gaboon or Purpleheart exotic woods can be found easily online these days but the veneers are often prohibitively expensive.

The easiest way to make your own veneers for home use is to use a bandsaw. Great bandsaws are relatively cheap these days and you’ll often end up being able to save money even if you have to buy one new.

Try it out with some scraps first but it’s easy to get the hang of. You just need to make a long, thin cut.

You can use turning blanks of exotic woods or buy small logs of more common timber like oak and mahogany.

The thin kerf and incredible accuracy of a bandsaw will allow you to make the precise cuts needed for a veneer. Aim for slices in the 2-3mm range. Commercial veneers can be thinner than this but without the industrial machinery used it’s nearly impossible to make slices much smaller than 2mm with any real accuracy.


There’s nothing worse than stripping off a nut or a bolt head when you’re using pliers to get them off. It’s a common task in most plumbing jobs and they’re usually made of soft materials like brass or even plastic.

That usually means the nut is only able to be used once or twice.

Of course, if you’re a DIYer it usually doesn’t make sense to use a latex tool dip since you’ll need all the grip you can get on other tasks where the materials involved are harder.

Rubber tubing or cut off chunks of an old garden hose can save the day. Slip them over the jaws of the plier, grab the nut like normal, and enjoy the ability to remove soft nuts from under sinks and other plumbing tasks without worrying about the damage caused.


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Look, we’ve all stripped a screw or two during normal renovation work. Whether it was too much force applied or just cheap metal making up the screw’s head the result is the same: a screw that won’t come out with your impact gun or screwdriver.

If you’re staring at a busted up screw head then you’ll be pleased to know there’s an easy fix.

Cut a large rubber band and place it over the head of the screw before you hit it with the screwdriver. The driver will grip much better and let you get the pesky screw out.

For the best results, pay attention when you’re putting screws in and pull any that are severely damaged to replace them. It’ll make your life much easier if you ever need to remove them in the future.


During home renovation or landscaping projects, there’s always something heavy that needs to be moved.

Most people use a hand truck but it’s not always possible with awkwardly shaped objects. Round or rough, they can be hard to move through muscle power.

That’s where a quick set of improvised rollers can come in…

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