Problem Solvers

You don't have to spend money on calling in a handyman to do simple fixes or taking furniture and other household items to be repaired. Learn how to solve common problems around the home and repurpose tools and materials in creative ways. Think outside the square to save time and money.

The 15 Best Christmas Present Hiding Hacks
Check out these ingenious ideas for keeping your Christmas presents away from snooping kids.
DIY Foot Wash
A traditional foot wash is the solution. It takes about 20 minutes to make and costs next to nothing. You’ll need two 400 x 70 x 22mm and two 356 x 70 x 22mm lengths of treated pine, eight 50mm x 8g screws and suitable river stones. Build the frame,...
Handyman Magazine, DIY, 7 Staircase Fixes, Staircase
Use these DIY tips and tricks to get your staircase back in working order. Image: Shutterstock
The staircase is often the grand centrepiece of a home and it’s certainly the most complicated piece of carpentry.   Stairs see a lot of heavy traffic and keeping them looking good requires little more than regular dusting, cleaning and vacuuming.  ...
Sawing using a clamp

Clamp an offcut of timber against guttering and piping to secure them when sawing

Do you wish there was a way you could make common DIY tasks easier? These 10 clever tips and ideas help simplify projects and home maintenance to make light work out of everything from painting to tiling.  Restore crusty brushes Use a fingernail br...
Tidy, well maintained bathrooms minimise morning chaos and are a pleasure to be in.   While many bigger bathroom jobs require a qualified plumber both by law and to avoid costly disasters, minor repairs like fixing leaking taps and regrouting tiles c...
We show you how to repair a punctured bike tube using simple tools.   Before you change your tyre, make sure your valve is working properly. So grab a pump, fill it with air, spit on your finger and rub it over the valve. If it a bubble appears,...
We show you how to repair a leaking shower tap to reduce wastage and save money. "It doesn't matter where you are in your home, if you've got a dripping tap, you're going to hear it. It's going to drive you nuts, plus it's costing you money, and it's...