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    If You're Not Super Handy, These 28 Things May Help You Fix That

    We can't all be Fix It Felix...

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    1. An electric pressure washer in case your deck is looking a little dirty and the thought of cleaning it is daunting. This one's lightweight and has different stream types for dummy-proof use! Utilize it to remove any dirt and residue off of your patio furniture, windows, and fence.,

    You can use this pressure washer on outdoor cushions, wood decks, house siding, and even on your car.

    Promising review: "I love this washer. It competes with my 2,200-psi gas-powered pressure washer, which in fact I sold to keep this. But doesn't have the noisy gas engine or the heavy weight. Easy to move around lightweight and has great power. Very quiet. I love all the attachments and the different stream types. The soap dispenser works well. I'm cleaning everything, my deck, my house, the garage doors, the concrete slab. It takes off all the dirt and mold from the old concrete stairs and sidewalk." —Tim S.

    Get it from Amazon for $159.

    2. A black car scratch remover so you can stop panicking over those marks on your hood. This is great for black and darker automobile colors!

    Promising review: "I had a few scratches on my dark gray Tundra and it worked really well. Nothing else I have tried even came close. Great product!" —Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    3. A weed remover tool because picking them out with your bare hands is now a thing of the past. Welcome to your weeding future. Sayonara landscaper!

    person weeding garden with tool
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    Skidger is a woman-owned small business.

    Promising review: "I bought this a while ago, but then I broke my wrist so could not use it. By the time I was ready to weed my flower beds, the weeds had taken over. Out came this handy tool. Used it to help remove those pesky weeds and stray grass. It worked like a charm. I am glad I purchased this tool." —Barbara

    Get it from The Grommet for $39.95

    4. And a pair of pruning shears if it's time to trim those shrubs and you need something that'll cut effectively through the tough branches.

    person using pruning shears to cut branch
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    Ironwood Tools is owned by Chris McGregor and his storefront on The Grommet offers a selection of handy tools for keeping your foliage looking spiffy. 

    Promising review: "I was amazed at how easily I was able to cut even thicker twigs and branches. I pruned my Hydrangea, which had gotten out-of-hand, with no trouble. The rose bushes were just as easy. I really love the ratchet pruner from Ironwood." —Dona

    Get them from The Grommet for $20

    5. A powerful grout cleaner in case you're tired of scrubbing the heck out of your floors without any results to show for the hard work. This will loosen up the dirt and get them looking brand spanking new.

    Reviewer's tiles before using grout cleaner on the left and the after results on the right

    Promising review: "I never leave reviews on Amazon but this grout cleaner definitely deserved a review. I tried three other cleaners before buying Grout-EEZ, and they did nothing but waste my time and money. Grout-EEZ got my grout perfectly clean in no time plus it was easy to use and no odor. I'll never use another grout cleaner." —Tyler

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    6. A mini propane torch kit so weeding the yard, front walkway, and sidewalk can be easy...and sort of fun!? This is surely one way to approach yard work like a champ...

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    Red Dragon Torches is a small business whose products are made in the USA and perfect for simplifying housework like weeding. This tool can also be used to remove harmful chemicals and pesticides from grasses. It will additionally assist in lighting charcoal!

    Get it from The Grommet for $49.99.

    7. A garbage disposal brush to keep handy for eliminating gross backed-up food that never made its way through the entire disposal process. The brush measures 11 inches and will be a must-have if some food needs dislodging. #NoPlumberNeeded

    Reviewer holding garbage disposal brush

    Promising review: "This product can be a major kitchen product if you have issues with odors in your garbage disposal. We eat a lot of cereals for breakfast and almost all are loaded with preservatives, which are like glue when they get wet. For two years, we could not get rid of a foul odor for more than a day or two. I purchased this as a last resort, but only expecting it to help a little. The first time I used it, I was amazed at how much gunk was brushed away and odor was reduced." —C. D. Cornett

    Get it from Amazon for $19.50.

    8. A mold-resistant white grout pen if you've tried cleaning them but at this point the grout is just discolored. Use this pen to bring it back to life. One pen can cover up to 150 feet of grout., Amazon

    Be sure to clean your grout beforehand since this pen isn't a replacement for a cleaning! This will help you fix any stains that won't come off.

    There are 11 different grout colors available: white, winter grey, light grey, grey, dark grey, black, ivory, cream, beige, brown, and terracotta. You can view all the colors here.

    Promising review: "I have 12-inch white tile in my whole house that is 20 years old. Even though I have kept it looking nice, the grout still was getting dark. I cleaned the grout and let it dry good 'til the next day then used the grout pen. It looks like it is brand-new. One thing that I found out was that if the tip of the pen starts to look worn you can just pull it out and turn it over — it is the same tip on both ends. It will take some time to do the whole house but it looks so great that I will just do a section at a time 'til I finish. One other thing that I did was run my finger down the grout line after I apply the grout pen then wipe down the tile line with a paper towel so no other cleanup was necessary." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    9. A garage door rack so you don't have to figure out how to personally rig up your rakes, brooms, and swiffers like Bob The Builder. This makes it easy to keep them off of the floor and perfectly organized.

    Brooms and rakes attached to garage door rack

    Promising review: "What a great product and what great customer service. I have been looking for a way to store my fishing rods so they won't break. This worked perfectly. I will buy more of these and spread them around my garage door. Before you order make sure you measure your garage panels as they are all different and you must specify the size of your panel. if you have a problem, call customer service and they will bend over backwards help you. Highly recommend. I'm a very satisfied customer." —Jaykalish

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    10. A powerful shower-cleaning spray just in case your tub needs a refresh and you're not sure where to start. Just spray it on your shower at night and then rinse it clean in the morning with ZERO scrubbing. See ya hard water stains!

    Before: a dirty shower floor; after: the clean shower floor

    Promising review: "I have two sons, ages 18 and 23, that moved back in after COVID-19 and they are typical guys! They share a bathroom but, unfortunately, if I want it clean the way I want it clean, I have to do it. I wanted something to make it easier to clean the tub. I read the directions, spray after a shower, let sit overnight and spray off the next day. WOW! I couldn't believe how well it cleaned the shower walls AND the tub! I am a total fan and will now always buy this product!" —Diane Purdy

    Get it from Amazon for $17.23.

    11. A self-watering, self-aerating high-drainage planter in case you're anything like me and tend to kill plants (oops). This will ensure even when you forget to water them, they're still getting their necessary H2O intake.,

    Promising review: "I cannot believe how simple this planter is to use for maintaining plants. That little attachable lip to pour water into the base of the planter is WONDERFUL. What a great idea. I will be ordering more in different colors." —B. A.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in four sizes and four colors).

    12. A Brush Hero car detailing kit that links up to your hose for a good 'ole power wash. Kick that tire dust and grime to the curb and rinse off the headlights while you're at it.


    Promising review: "Wow! The Brush Hero worked great on my outdoor furniture. We don't have an indoor storage space and live on the water, so spider webs and other creature droppings are an issue on the deck furniture. This was easy to use out of the box." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    13. The Safety Nailer because the terror that comes with trying to use a nail and hammer can be daunting. Forgo hitting your finger (ouch), and use this steady solution instead.


    Promising review: "I have this and the finish nail size and they are both great! I have nerve pain in my hands and The Safety Nailer removes any chance of me banging my fingers with a hammer. What a relief!! It’s great for those of us who are not as dexterous as we once were. One of the best construction gadgets I’ve ever purchased." —w4shep

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $17.98.

    14. A laser measurer if utilizing the basic measuring tape is hard by yourself. (Trying to measure a wall? Good luck.) This can transition between meters, feet, and inches for precise measurements every time.


    Promising review: "This laser measure is pretty sweet! There is a bit of a learning curve because of all the functions it offers. Once you get it though, it’s easy to use. I found I only use the distance function but it also will measure area and volume." —S. Evans

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95.

    15. Or this laser line level to assist with shelf hanging, and ensure they're straight and not on a tilt.


    Promising review: "Using it for art and calligraphy projects. So much easier than guide sheets especially on colored paper and envelopes where it would be hard to see through." —Tania Clark

    Get it from Amazon for $11.98.

    16. A dryer vent cleaning kit that'll easily attach to your vacuum and suction out all the pesky lint that's been gathering in there for some time now. Prevent dryer fires and have peace of mind from here on out.,

    The entire set comes with a plastic hose, a Holikme adapter, and a vacuum hose for use with most any vacuum. Plus, a flexible lint brush!

    Promising review: "This worked like a charm. My dryer has seemingly been more efficient and it took little to no effort to hook it up and suction the extra lint out." —Catherine

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three colors).

    17. A mini hammer – that's way less daunting than a big mama hammer — with a handy magnetic nail holder for precise placement.


    Promising review: "It’s pint-sized but great for jobs around the home. The handle is really comfortable and there is a magnetic place in the head to put a nail, so no more smashed fingers as you are trying to hold the nail." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.94.

    18. A wallpaper-smoothing kit because you're not about to hire a task-rabbit to come put it up for you. This will save you time, money, AND the cringy potential for wrinkles in your gorgeous new wallpaper.,

    This will also work great for faux floor tile decals!

    Promising review: "I wish I had this kit sooner! Def using it again for all my future wallpaper/contact paper projects...I bought peel and stick wallpaper to use and it was really thin so applying it with this was still a slight pain (should’ve bought different wallpaper) but the end result was so worth it; I imagine without this kit I would have thrown all the wallpaper away and quit! Buy this kit if you are working on projects that these tools can help! So glad I read other wallpaper reviews who mentioned this." —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    19. Marble contact paper in case installing a whole new countertop is out of budget (and out of your wheelhouse). This is way less expensive and way less of a headache than redoing the entire kitchen.

    reviewer before and after photo showing the marble contact paper on their kitchen countertops

    Promising review: "Works great, sticks great, looks great, and feels nice and smooth. My kitchen's older and I can’t stand the almond colored countertops (renting). I’m able to wipe down with cleaner just fine. It’s easy to apply, you just need to pull the liner back correctly when applying. I used a sock to smooth it out as I pulled the paper back section by section (horizontally). All you need is a ruler/measuring tape and razor/box cutter. Won’t damage your countertops either." —Lyn

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in four sizes).

    20. A metallic spray paint to give your patio furniture new life — that's right, you don't need to get a brand new set. You'll be handier than Joanna Gaines on HGTV with this furniture spruce up hack.

    Promising review: "Last summer I checked around to see how much money it would cost to re-do my patio furniture after 20 years. Wayyyy too expensive. So I thought of just spraying it, and what a good decision! I did four cans for this table on the first day and another can on the second day to touch up any places I missed. Turned out super well and I'm very happy with it." —D

    Get it from Amazon for $6.94+ (available in 20 colors).

    21. A bottle of Feed-N-Wax because your hardwood floors deserve to stay in pristine condition, and you deserve to not have to call the flooring company for assistance.

    reviewer photo showing half of their floor looking completely new after applying the Feed-N-Wax to it

    Promising review: "Our home is old and the wood floors have little to no finish left on them. I saw this stuff in a BuzzFeed article of all places, and looked at the reviews and decided to give it a try on our floors. Just look at the difference! It's been about nine hours since I put it on and it's still looking shiny and dark. Definitely worth the money, time and effort." —Brittany D

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98.

    22. Some wood repair markers to be your new secret weapon when your dog takes to chewing the legs of your expensive dining room chairs. No need to have them re-stained, this marker will help.

    before and after pic of scratched furniture leg and made over furniture leg

    Promising review: "I can’t believe how well these work! Much better than I was expecting. I just had my home interior painted and the painters damaged a fiberboard medicine cabinet when they removed the masking tape. It ripped off the fake wood veneer. These markers completely filled in the ugly spots and the colors blended well. I love that it appears to have some clear coat in it too as it dries with a slight shine that makes it look more like wood stain rather than marker. I also used them to stain wood filler in two spots in my maple kitchen cabinets where a previous home owner had hung a paper towel holder and I really struggle to see the hole! It looks fantastic. I highly recommend this set. It’s a good value and works very well." —Shane

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

    23. A wood splitter for when fall rolls around and your stock pile of wood needs to be ready for all those cozy fires. Let's face it, chopping wood is hard...and we all can't be Paul Bunyon. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    person using log splitter
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    LOGOSOL is a small business whose mission is to create an easier way to split wood to allow for better accuracy and less back strain. 

    Promising review: "We have a wood stove and my husband loves going out and collecting wood to heat our house. This has really saved his back big time. It is such a simple thing and easy to use." —Donna

    Get it from The Grommet for $124.95

    24. A 20V DeWalt cordless drill since that Ikea furniture isn't going to build itself, and your ability to effectively screw things in with a simple screwdriver isn't going to cut it.

    The drill sitting next to wood and other tools while being used for a project

    Promising review: "Excellent home-use cordless drill. I was very impressed when I first used one of these that belonged to a friend. The first thing that will blow you away is how feather light it is! These lithium batteries are the bomb compared to traditional NMH. The grip is very ergonomically friendly and the controls are easy to reach. Given the light weight of the battery, the drill does seem a shade top heavy but it's easy to get used to. The chuck is a Jacobs, well known for quality. I have not checked the run out on mine just yet but I'm sure its respectable for a hand held drill. Also, a new feature for me was the lighted trigger. I've never had a drill that lights up your work when the trigger is depressed, this is a very nice thing to have when working in confined, dark spaces like basements, attics, powerless sheds, etc." —BT8850

    Get it from Amazon for $99+ (available in six configurations).

    25. A 39-piece general tool set so you always have an array of options for those "do we need a handyman to come over?" moments. The answer when you have this tool set is — nope.

    a reviewer's black and orange tool kit

    Included in the set are: a tape measure, claw hammer, slip joint pliers, scissors, utility knife, screwdrivers, detachable screwdriver heads, and hex keys.

    Promising review: "What a great box of tools. Everything you need for house repairs and you CAN INDEED trust the quality to repair a 1977 Williams Pinball Machine. Computer Repairs? Still have that CB radio? Need a hammer? Pliers? Screwdriver with all bit sizes?? A measuring tape? Scissors? Utility knife? I mean the only thing thats missing is a small flashlight (go buy one at the 99 cent store) anyway this is a much better quality than I ever expected for a box full of tools that is currently being sold for less than $20... I am seriously blown away... I did not expect the quality. ALSO It does have Phillips bits or I would never have been able to fix my pinball machine. I saw a review that said it didn't and that is 100% incorrect." —Randy Pinball

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four colors).

    26. A stud finder you can use to pinpoint the perfect location for a stud. Forget that TV falling off the wall, that's a problem for another day...(kidding, with this tool it's less likely to occur — phew).

    reviewer using the stud finder

    Promising review: "I lost my old stud finder a went with this one. It has some great features. Will warn you if you on a stud that has an AC wire attached along the side. It will also give the edge and center of your stud or beam. Happy I went with it. You can't go wrong. Its bigger than my old one, so now maybe I won't lose it." —Michael Canale

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    27. An under-the-sink water filtration system that's super easy to install and will give you Brita-worthy water from your very own sink tap. All of your friends will be asking you to come over to install one for them too.🚰

    The system hooked up in the cabinet under a kitchen sink (it's about the size of a small fire extinguisher)

    This is incredibly easy to install and features a two-step filter that can remove 99.99% of contaminants. All you have to do is hook it up to your kitchen sink valve and you're good as gold.

     Promising review: "We have town water and it seems they are putting more and more chlorine in it every year. We should be getting used to it and tasting it less and less, not more! The refrigerator filters are super expensive and weren't cutting it. Every time I put a glass to my mouth it smelled like a swimming pool. I searched the internet and decided to give this a try due to the positive reviews and affordability. Wow! easy install (I'm an avid DIYer). And the taste! The chorine taste is just gone! No more overpriced fridge filters for us. I love that the filter replacement procedure is basically the same as a fridge. Just twist and remove. We love it so much I teed off the fridge line and put a dispenser at our sink as well. The flow on this thing is just amazing! And the water tastes great! Don't waste your money on the expensive, complicated ones. My parents have a three-chambered, name brand filter at their house. It was expensive, the replacement filters are expensive, it is a pain in the petunias to replace the filters, and the flow rate is pathetic! But guess what! Our water from this filter tastes just as good as theirs at a fraction of the price, plus it's way more convenient, plus the flow rate is way better. I just can't say enough. Love, Love it! You will too!" —BJ

    Get it from Amazon for $74.99.

    28. A garden edger in case you're ready to take on the landscaping duties yourself and that starts with maintained garden edges.

    person using garden edger
    The Grommet

    Kwik Edge is a small business created by Wilson Svedin, an avid gardener with a knack for cultivating flower beds.

    Promising review: "This gadget did wonders in loosening the soil that was weighed down over the winter. The precision of the edged corner worked the corners great! Love it!" —Arlene

    Get it from The Grommet for $36.95

    Here's to being more handy...and less like Patrick.


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