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When rewiring a lamp, tape the new wire to the old one. As you pull the old electrical cord out, the new one automatically follows it in.

K. Paul Pennsylvania


If you discover an under-the-counter drip but don't have time to fix it right away, you can prevent water from pooling with a piece of string. Tie one end of the string to the pipe where the drip forms and let the other end dangle into a cup. Drops of water will follow the string.

Mary Gautz Michigan

Fixing A Hole

When repairing a hole that's too large for wall surfacing compound alone, but too small for a typical drywall patch, try filling the hole with a cotton ball before applying surfacing compound.

Kim Milner Missouri

A Screw Loose

Use a soldering iron to loosen wood screws frozen by glue, rust, or paint. Hold the tip of the iron in the screw's slot for 5 to 10 minutes, then remove the screw with a screwdriver.

Teresa Kolibaba Oregon

No-Mess Mud

Here's a clean and easy way to patch those wall cracks with joint compound. Simply put some "mud" into a plastic sandwich bag. Cut off one corner of the bag, then squeeze the compound into cracks and other tight places.

Cynthia Pope Montana

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