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What's the best D.I.Y. advice you've ever received?

Jason
Community Manager
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What's the best D.I.Y. advice you've ever received?

Hi everyone,

 

Whether it's a cherished lesson passed on from one generation to the next, a throwaway line from a mate, or something you've personally learned the hard way, please share your favourite D.I.Y. tips in the discussion below.

 

What is the best D.I.Y advice you've ever received?

 

Jason

 

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Kellie
Super Contributor

Re: What's the best D.I.Y. advice you've ever received?

If you've got a sticker you need to remove, don't peel it off by hand. Use a hair dryer and it will just curl up and fall off.

MartyH
Valued Contributor

Re: What's the best D.I.Y. advice you've ever received?

This is a good one I reckon. If you've ever stripped a screw, try using a rubber band for grip. 

 

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Joker
Experienced Contributor

Re: What's the best D.I.Y. advice you've ever received?

Clearly I've been doing gardening wrong. This is genius.

 

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MartyH
Valued Contributor

Re: What's the best D.I.Y. advice you've ever received?

101 uses for bulldog clips...

 

snichols
Junior Contributor

Re: What's the best D.I.Y. advice you've ever received?

I just saw a video that recommended sprinkling a cup of baking soda on your mattress, waiting a couple of hours and then vacuuming off. I might try it!

Joker
Experienced Contributor

Re: What's the best D.I.Y. advice you've ever received?

I just read a great tip to put those silica sachets from shoeboxes in with your tools to keep them from rusting. 

 

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Joker
Experienced Contributor

Re: What's the best D.I.Y. advice you've ever received?

Another good one:

 

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Put electrical tape on a drill bit to avoid drilling all the way through a piece of timber. 

MartyH
Valued Contributor

Re: What's the best D.I.Y. advice you've ever received?

Avoid getting unplugged when using extension leads by tying a loose knot. There's no strain on the plug ends using this technique. Great for when you need to go up and down ladders. 

 

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LukeBrowning
Budding Contributor

Re: What's the best D.I.Y. advice you've ever received?

One for the gardeners: try spraying weeds with white vinegar instead of nasty chemicals. 

Kermit
Trusted Contributor

Re: What's the best D.I.Y. advice you've ever received?

This is a good idea when you don't have room to swing a hammer.

 

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