7 Home Improvement Hacks That’ll Make You Look Really Smart

What would MacGyver do if he was as awesome as the guys from This Old House? Probably this stuff… -Tabitha Sukhai

1. Use sand to give paint some grip

In a bucket, combine 2 cups of paint with ¾ cup of sand. Use the mixture to coat stair treads; let dry, then top them with a coat of regular paint. See more ways to get smart with your sand.

2. Peel-proof your paint job

Before painting galvanized metal or concrete, wipe down the object or surface with vinegar, using a sponge or lint-free cloth. This little trick will help your paint job last longer. Believe it or not, there’s more to vinegar than just salad dressing. Durr.

3. Tighten up loose fittings like a boss

TOH general contractor Tom Silva has used dental floss instead of Teflon tape, to block leaky gaps around parts that screw into place. He just winds a length around the fitting’s threads half a dozen turns before screwing it on. Click through for lots of other ways to to floss like a DIY boss .

4. Perfect spacing with pennies

When setting tile, place pennies on end between the corners of each piece for spacers that are easy to remove. See more in 10 Uses for Coins .

5. Lighten the load of heavy planters with packing peanuts

Pour peanuts into a large pot and add soil to boost drainage and make it easier to move. See more in 10 Uses for Packing Peanuts .

6. Purify paint with panty hose

Pulled taut over the top of a pail, panty hose make a fine mesh filter for straining impurities from paint. You can also create a Quick Fix for Ice Dams .

7. Clean copper with hot sauce

This cleaning trick is good enough to eat! Rub Tabasco on dulled copper, rinse with water, and polish clean with a soft rag for a finish like you’ve never seen. You’ll never guess the other nontoxic cleaners hiding in your pantry.

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