Some handyman tips for you

Avoid Dripping Paint Cans

Avoid Paint Drips

You know how it is, you open a paint can and you know that at some point, paint will drip over the side and on to the floor below, particularly when you remove excess paint fron the brush on to the side of the tin

A simple way to avoid this is to take a cheap paper plate, and glue it to the bottom of the can to catch any paint that drops. You might even want to use some of the craft glue you made up using our last tip as it will be esy to remove the plate after use

Home made glue

Home made glue

If you need some natural craft glue that is quite natural and safe for the kids, here's a simple recipe you can use to make some up in a couple of minutes at home.

Warm up half a cup of milk in the microwave. Add a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon and stir - the milk should separate and become lumpy. Filter the milk through a tea strainer or similar, retaining the solids (curd) and discarding the liquid (whey). Add a quarter teaspoon of bicarb of soda to the mix along with a teaspoon of hot water, and mix. The paste can be thickened by adding a little more bicarb of soda or loosened off by adding a touch more water as necessary

The paste should last up to 10 days if kept in the fridge

Hit the nail - not your finger

Hit the nail - not your finger Hit the nail - not your finger

When hammering a nail, don't risk hitting your fingers, use a pair of long-nose pliers to hold the nail in position before you you start hammering. You'll be glad you did. PS If you don't have the correct pliers, you can use a comb or even push the nail through a piece of cardboard to hold it in place (tear off the cardboard once you've hammered the nail halfway in)

Hide Furniture Scratches

Hide Furniture Scratches

If you don't have some already, buy a tin of shoe polish in a colour that best matches the wood, and apply a little polish to the scratch with a soft cloth. The polish will fill the scratch and colour it, making it much less noticeable

Cleaning up after Tiling

Cleaning up after Tiling

If you are doing some tiling yourself, you’ll inevitably end up with grouting cement dried on the surface of tiles once you’ve finished. It will obviously need to be removed, and it’s quite simple to do so

Use a fine scraper and hold it at quite a shallow angle to the surface, moving it back and forth to gradually dislodge the edges of the grout. This should remove the thickest areas. Once that’s done, you can use a small amount of white spirit on a clean rag to remove any residual grout marks.

Finally, make up some soapy water with a little washing up liquid and warm water in a bucket, the detergent will remove all the white spirit and other residue from the tiles. As a last step, drench the tiles in clear cold water and squeegee off for a perfect finish

Paint brush cleaning

Paint brush cleaning

When redecorating your kitchen or bathroom (or any room, for that matter), don’t bother washing out your paintbrushes and rollers at the end of the day. Instead of that, wrap them up tightly in plastic cling film. This will keep them moist overnight, and ready to paint with the next day

Tile that corner

Tile that corner

Where you need a quality tiling finish on an external corner, it’s generally best to use tile trim. Tile trim will help you get a neat, professional looking edge, and at the same time, will protect the corner from damage. You can get trim in many shapes and sizes and from a range of materials including, plastic, ceramic , aluminium and stainless steel.

After you’ve tiled the first side of the corner, measure the length of the corner and cut a piece of trim to size using a hacksaw. Add tile adhesive to the untiled wall and mount the trim carefully on the edge, up against the tiles. Most trim will contain holes to allow the adhesive to seep through.

Continue carefully tiling the second wall right up to the trim. You should now have a nice neat finish, ready for grouting.