38 Clever Handy Hints Under $5
These genius ideas will save you time and trouble during home improvement projects. And each costs less than $5 to do!
What to do when your glue caps keep getting stuck
Caps on certain adhesives/glues, like rubber cement and super glue, have a habit of getting stuck or glued on, no matter how hard you try and keep them clean. Learn this simple hack to solve this annoying issue.
Peel-and-stick vinyl work surface
Make almost any work surface in your shop much easier to clean by adding some peel-and-stick vinyl tiles. The smooth, liquid-resistant tiles are available at most home centers, and they’re easy to apply because the adhesive is ready to go.
Taller table hack
If you’re like The Family Handyman reader Gary Inlow and use a standard banquet table for your workbench, you’ll love this hint! Gary created stilts for his table using 1-1/4-in. PVC pipe, raising the surface of his workbench to a more comfortable height.
DIY car mats
Here’s an easy automotive hack: Buy carpet squares from Home Depot (they’re always under $2) and use them as car mats in your back seats. Another option is to use carpet scraps to make these DIY car mats. Check out the top 10 cleaning tips for the inside of your car.
Tag your tools (not pretty, but effective)
Want to keep your tools from walking off the jobsite? Make them identifiable. That’s what Senior Editor Travis Larson did with a little spray paint. “Yep, my tools are ugly,” he says, “and that’s exactly why they go home with me every night.”
How to make an emergency candle
Every home usually has a stick of butter and extra toilet paper lying around. Coincidentally, you can make an emergency candle using just those two materials. Find out how to make an emergency candle.
DIY ice pack hack
To make your own DIY ice pack, all you need to do is take a standard kitchen sponge, soak it in water, put it inside a ziploc bag, and freeze it. Freeze the sponge overnight and the next morning, you will have an ice pack. The handy thing is that when the ice starts to melt, the sponge soaks up the water so it doesn’t leak everywhere. Don’t miss these 11 other projects you can do all by yourself.
Extend the life of your phone charger
To make your otherwise fragile phone charger last for more than a couple of weeks, try out this simple hack: Start by removing the spring from a pen. Next, stretch one end of the spring out a bit so it can fit around the charger cable. You might need to use pliers for this. Now, wind the spring around the cable until it is completely on the charger cable. Next, take appropriately sized heat shrink tubing and slip it over the phone charger and spring. Use a lighter to warm the heat shrink tubing until it conforms around the charger and spring. This simple hack will keep the cord from breaking any further or from even breaking in the first place!
Rain-X in snowthrower chute
Keep your snowthrower at peak performance by spraying Rain-X inside the chute as part of your tune-up routine. That’s what reader John Gossard does! The Rain-X helps to prevent snow and ice from clogging up the chute, so you can move more snow faster.