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DIY Smart Fixes Around The House

Let me ask you a question: when was the last time you changed the furniture in your home? Last week, I was looking at the wardrobe in my bedroom and I was thinking “This looks really old”. It has scratches and stains all over it and it`s completely lost its shine. Well, we`ve had it for almost 15 years now, so it`s not surprising it looks worn out. Still, I couldn`t help but think how much the whole house needs an “extreme make-over”.

Unfortunately, we`re on a budget and we can`t afford to fix what`s broken around the house, let alone buying new furniture… However, thanks to my newly rediscovered DIY craze, I found some really useful and creative home fixes that you can use yourself.

1. Cover up dings on furniture

Cover up dings on furniture

I`ve already tried it on my wooden furniture and it works! I had no idea I could fix those scratch marks so easily. And it cost me absolutely nothing. You should seriously try it, too.

2. Move a refrigerator by yourself

Move a refrigerator by yourself


According to,  Clarence Yuzik (also known as The Fridge Doctor) uses Magic Sliders to move a heavy refrigerator. You simply put the plastic disks under the fridge’s front feet, then pull. As most refrigerators have wheels in the back, it should be easy-peasy to move it around.


Now, I don`t know about you, but I loved these Magic Sliders! You can use them to keep the furniture from scratching the floor or to move it around the room, if you feel like “redecorating” while you`re on a budget. 

3. Keep a door closed

Keep a door closed


I found this on PopularMechanics: “We had a door that we wanted to keep closed, and not having any suitable ready-made device at hand, we made one from a spring rattrap“.


And here`s how to do that: Saw off the bait end of the trap and screw the remaining part to the door casing. Protect the adjacent surface with a piece of tin. That`s it. So simple and so affordable.

4. Fix scratches and nicks on wood

Fix scratches and nicks on wood


Here`s an useful piece of advice from Martha Stewart: Camouflage scratches and nicks on wood with shoe polish (the kind that`s more opaque than tinted paste wax). It  offers easy coverage for an overused tabletop or frequently kicked table legs. It’s also reversible: If you don’t like the way it looks, you can remove it with mineral spirits.


And here are clear instructions:

Place a small amount of polish in a color that matches the surface you’re treating on a soft cloth and rub it into the scratch until it disappears. Permanent color from a lacquer stick is adequate for furniture that won’t have another generation of owners, but do not use it on a valuable or an antique.

5. Check for leaky toilet

Check for leaky toilet

Did you know a leaky toilet can waste 50 gallons of water a day? I had no idea so much water can go to waste and quickly burn a hole in your pocket…


But here`s a great tip from Angie`s List: To check for leaks, put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank, and see if it seeps into the bowl. Use a bold color, because using yellow might make matters confusing…

6. Fix carpet dents for free

Fix carpet dents for free


You`ll love how simple this one is! And it really costs you nothing. If you`ve got dents in your carpet and you don`t know how to hide them, fix them with ice cubes. Just let an ice cube in the divot and let it melt. Then gently lift the fibers with a spoon or a coin in a pinch. This way, you won`t feel the need to replace the carpet just because of those nasty-looking dents.

7. Clean oil stains on your driveway

Clean oil stains on your driveway


Having ugly, smelly oil stains on your driveway can get really frustrating, especially since they`re so hard to clean. Maybe you`ve tried the classic “grind cat litter into the concrete” scheme, in which case you`ll know it does absorb some of the oil, but it will not clean the stain. In fact, it`s quite a messy job to do…


So here`s a cleaner, more effective solution: it`s a product called Pour-N-Restore, which goes on as a liquid and dries into a powder. Allegedly, this magic cleaner soaks into the concrete and pulls up embedded oil stains, capturing them in the dry powder. And it`s also very easy to use: you just pour it on the stain, let it dry, then sweep the powder with a brush.  The guys at say it works so well, you couldn`t tell where the stain was. I think it`s worth a shot.

8.  Deal with a seized lock

Deal with a seized lock


Don`t call the locksmith before you try this trick:  Spray some WD-40 into the keyhole to lube the mechanism. You can use long-lasting Teflon spray twice a year on all your locks, to keep them from locking up.

9. Cheapest way to unclog your drains

Cheapest way to unclog your drains


Before you rush to the supermarket to buy a retail declogger or call a plumber, try to unblock your drains at home by pouring down 1 c of salt and 1/2 c of baking soda mixed together, followed by a kettle of boiling water. Or use baking soda and white vinegar, then pour the boiling water. It`s the most affordable solution and it really works. I tried it twice with my bathroom sink and it worked both times.

10. Get a handle on a broken tool

Get a handle on a broken tool


This is one of my favorites on PopularMechanics:


“Replacing a shovel handle is one of those disappearing rural skills that shows basic mechanical competence—just as wrapping duct tape around a broken handle denotes the opposite”


Getting a wood handle’s grain direction right ensures the strength of a replacement handle. Mount the new handle so that the oval rings of wood grain run up and down the sides of the handle relative to the blade. Handles break when the tool is strained along those ovals. A look down the blade toward the face of the handle should reveal only straight, parallel lines of wood grain (see picture above).


If you`ve got more of these smart fixes, do share them in the comments section. Every idea that can save some money is more than welcome!


 By Alec Deacon



2 Responses to DIY Smart Fixes Around The House

  • Well I just got your latest BS spam email crap which attempts to scare the shit out of people and then goes into completely misleading and inaccurate BS about aquaponics and some dude named Nate making some revolutionary system.

    Well here is a clue, using fricken IBC totes isn't revolutionary and many people do it. It is also very limiting on system capacity size and to get the results you describe a system needs to be 1,000 gallons minimum to be practical, plumbing enough IBCs together for that isn't practical specifically for the novice you are trying to rip off.

    Rest assured you may delete this comment but I have a special hatred for fear mongering and misleading marketing in the preparedness space. I will let all 65,000 of my subscribers know that in my honest opinion....

    Alec Deacon is a spammer
    Alec Deacon is a fear monger
    Alec Deacon should never be trusted

    Sadly 30 bucks for a complete instructional on converting IBCs into aquaponics systems is MORE THEN REASONABLE and your video is probably pretty good for doing just that. Yet instead of being truthful you had to be misleading then you were dumb enough to spam the wrong guy.

    Add to it you have been selling this shit for a long time but keep recycling it with a "countdown" to make people fear the "information will be gone forever" and this is a bad day for your little operation.

    I work my ass off to help people prepare and make prepping something generally accepted in society. To return preparedness as a virtue in America, not long ago every grandfather told their grandchildren the grasshopper and the ant story. People like you make what I do far more difficult.

    Well guess what scammer, you spammed the wrong guy in the wrong mood today. I never asked you to email me, not for a second but you had to compile your little spam list and do it anyway right? Well, 65,000 people are about to hear about your marketing initiative (including your blog comment trolling) but I don't think it will be what you had in mind.

    Oh and your comment that a system used in Australia can't be used in America due to different climates is moronic and shows how uneducated you are on the topic. Frankly the IBC your buddy Nate put together is likely nothing more then a complete ripoff of the system originally conceived by Murray Hallam. Folks would likely do better spending the same 30 bucks for his DVD "DIY Aquaponics" they will likely learn more and Murray just tells you the truth and asks you to buy his DVD.

    • Hi Jack,

      Let me make a few things clear, because there seems to be some misunderstanding.

      - if someone spammed your comments with an affiliate link for our product, this is not acceptable. We don't tolerate spam, and still some affiliates do it. If you can provide us with the exact link, we'll be able to identify who did it, and ban him. It wouldn't be the first time.

      - we never claimed that Backyard Liberty was revolutionary. It's just a simple way for complete beginners to get started with aquaponics. But Aquaponics IS revolutionary, and people need to know about it. What we're doing is merely making a simple more people aware of it. You may question our methods, and you have every right to do so. Marketing is, by nature, intrusive and disruptive. I'd have to find the person who says "Yay, another email in my inbox!". But marketing can help people, as it does in this particular case. As for fearmongering... I believe that people should have a fire under their ass, in order to do what's good for them. To some it's fearmongering, to others it's the truth... and if you check the facts you'll see that they are real.

      - that being said, spam should never be tolerated. Since you're talking about a particular campaign with a countdown timer, I assume you are on one of our affiliates' list, and that you ended on their list because you purchased something from them (probably another survival product, that we're not affiliated with). If that's the case, it might not be spam, but good old "permission marketing". I might be wrong - but it should be easy to find out if it's true. And if it is, it should be easy to unsubscribe. If, however, it was unsolicited email, I would appreciate it if you could forward it to me at so I can identify the author and disable them.

      - we have the deepest respect for Murray Hallam... here's a video of him with Nate Storey:

      - I apologize for any problems we may have created, and I mean this in the most sincere way. We have a very liberal one year no-questions-asked money back guarantee, and while some of our clients might not be 100% happy with their purchase, they will vouch that they always got their money back, down to the last penny, without having to jump through any hoops. Fortunately, not many people ask for their money back, and I see it as a sign that they appreciate the material. As you said, the information is worth $30, and it's intended to show the complete beginner how to get started with aquaponics.

      All in all, all feedback is good feedback, but I'm sorry we have to meet in these circumstances.


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