Our home improvement hacks for 2020

The new year is always an exciting time, a time for resolutions and fresh starts. As we transition into 2020, there’s never been a better time to ride high on the inspiration of a new decade. Whether you’re looking for some fresh ideas or you’ve got a laundry list of items to sort around the home, we’ve collected a few of our favourite home improvement hacks to get you inspired.

Helpful hacks

Stripped screws? Use a rubber band!

No matter your level of home improvement expertise, stripped screws are one of the most frustrating problems to come across. Next time you’re in this situation, place a rubber band between the screwdriver and screw head to give you more grip.

Wikihow rubber band screw life hack

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Hair grips to protect your fingers

Hammering your own finger is a true DIY rite-of-passage, and even the most skilled craftsmen have hammered their fingers. The item that steps in to the save the day is the trusty hair grip. Hold the nail in the hair grip like a pair of tweezers to avoid any self-inflicted damage.

Lifehacker hair grip life hack

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PVC for easy storage

So many of us are guilty of having loose bits shoved in drawers all over the home. A pegboard provides an easy storage solution for these awkward items. Tidy up your garage or workbench by cutting one end of a PVC pipe at a 45-degree angle and screwing to a pegboard. Both the PVC pipe and pegboard can be found in most major home improvement stores.

Family Handyman PVC pegboard life hack

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Keep your toolbox rust-free

Toolbox cat litter life hack

Whether you’re a home improvement professional or an aspiring DIY aficionado, rust is a threat to anyone’s toolbox. A build-up of moisture can lead many toolboxes to rust, especially those stored in a cool and dry place. Solve this problem by adding a (breathable) cloth pouch of cat litter to the toolbox. The pouch will absorb any moisture, keeping your tools in top shape.

Home cleaning hacks

Sort the smelly sink

Sink clean life hack

Every kitchen is prone to a pungent smell emanating from the kitchen sink. However, there’s an easy fix to beat the nasty fragrance. You’ll need:

  • Two lemons
  • Salt
  • ¼ cup of baking soda
  • ¼ cup of white vinegar
  • Boiling water

Cut the lemons in half and sprinkle salt on the fleshy part of the lemon. Scrub the sides and bottom of the sink with the salted lemon, leave for a few minutes and then rinse the sink with warm water. Pour the baking soda into the stinky drain, followed by the vinegar. There will be a chemical reaction between the 2, so you will hear some fizzing. Once the fizzing has died down, boil the kettle. Slowly and carefully pour the boiling water down the drain.

Make your microwave sparkle the easy way

Microwaves can get rather messy over time, but you don’t need expensive cleaning products and a free afternoon to get it shining again. All you need is a microwave-safe bowl with an equal amount of vinegar and water, a sprinkle of lemon juice and a toothpick. Put the bowl into the microwave and put it on for around 6 or 7 minutes. After giving it a few minutes to cool, remove the bowl and give the microwave a wipe with a paper towel or sponge.

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Home design hacks

Upcycle old “hidden gem” furniture

Upcycled cupboard life hack

“Upcycling” has become a hot term in home interior design. Upcycling is the process of transforming old or unwanted items into trendy new items. In the case of furniture, items can be wildly expensive, so many have taken to charity shops and sites like Gumtree to bag a bargain by modernising dated pieces. A fresh lick of paint, replacing old handles and knobs or draping fluffy pillows and throws can breathe new life into these special items.

Spruce up your windows

Window box life hack

We’ve given you tips on how to look after your windows, now we’re going to give you a great way to spruce them up and even boost your home’s value. Window boxes give you the perfect blank canvas to add a beautiful touch to your home. They can also be updated seasonally to truly make the neighbours jealous! These beautiful boxes don’t just improve the look of your home, but they can also boost your home’s privacy. Cosmetic enhancements to your home’s exterior, such as getting a new door or fresh new frames to match the boxes, and improving your garden could add as much as 10% to the value of your home.

Home improvement experts in Stockport, Reddish and throughout the North West

Since 1967, Reddish Joinery has been delivering superior personal and bespoke service to homeowners across the North West. We’ve built a reputation for our craftsmanship and quality. We offer a vast range of windows, doors, conservatories and much more.

Our friendly, knowledgeable team are on hand to make your home improvement dreams come true. Contact us or pop into our showroom to inspire your next project.

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