When doing things around the house, with experience, you learn some easier ways to do things. In talking with other people, you also learn little tricks and tips that can make jobs easier.
- When you’re trying to get that screw loose that has been painted over, before you try to loosen the screw, first take a slotted screwdriver (not a Phillips screwdriver) and a hammer. Place the tip of the screwdriver into the slot of the screw and tap it along the slot. This will get the paint out of the slot, allowing the screwdriver to effectively get a grip, enabling you to loosen the screw. If the screw you are trying to take out is a Phillips screw, it’s very hard to get the paint out of this type of head, so just give it a shot. It may also help if you take a utility knife and score around the screw, so the paint won’t hold the edges of the screw.
- If you’ve ever tried to pull a nail out of wood, you may have found an indention in the wood around the nail, left over from the hammer or pry bar you used. A quick use of some thin scrap wood, even a paint stirrer, laying under the hammer or pry bar will keep this from happening.
- Nail pops in the ceiling of your drywall? Don’t just hammer the nail back in. It usually will loosen and reappear. Instead, pull the nail out (be sure to utilize the tip above). Then replace it with a drywall screw before spackling the hole and touching it up with paint. The screw won’t come out.
- If you have trouble starting a small nail into something because your hands are too big, get a pair of pliers, preferable needle-nose pliers. Hold the nail with the pliers while you get the nail started with the hammer. Once started, remove the pliers and hammer away.
- You probably have heard about the use of a potato in helping to remove a broken light bulb. Sometimes this can work, but to save a potato and the chance that it won’t work, try using a pair of needle-nose pliers. Be sure the electric is off, then begin twisting the broken bulb around the metal base. Keep turning the pliers in the correct direction and this will get the socket out. Be careful of broken glass!
Most everyone has small tips and tricks they use in doing household chores. If you have one you would like to share, please send it along in an e-mail and perhaps we can share them with other readers. Thanks!