Fix it Quick

Readers Recommend Get Wired

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

Direct-a-Drip

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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