Handy men and women from the old school of DIY often knew the best way out of a jam and passed their skills on by word of mouth, or through an apprentice.
Today’s handy men and women can crowdsource solutions and if nothing suits, probably download an app.
We take look at the best handy tips and tricks to come from both generations.
1. Remove a hollow wall anchor
The great thing about hollow wall anchors is that they provide a cheap, fast method for attaching heavy items to stud-framed walls.
There are many types of such wall anchor devices, and each works slightly differently. So what happens when you want to change the location of a family photo or mirror?
Some plastic, cone-shaped, expanding anchors can be pulled out from the front of the wall.
But flanged wall anchors can’t be pulled out intact, because the four folding arms lock up against the inside of the wall.
Here’s how to remove one.
1. To remove an expanding wall anchor, grab, bend and snap off the flange using long-nosed pliers. Avoid digging the pliers into the wall itself.
2. Push the anchor body into the wall cavity with a nail. Repair the wall with patching compound, then apply some touch-up paint to the spot.
2. Straighten twisted joints
Move twisted framing members into alignment by skew-nailing in the direction you want the board to go.
Continue pounding on the nail until the board is in the desired location.
Add a second skewed nail to move the board further if necessary.
4. Hide scratches with a touch-up marker
Don’t expect this simple tip to hide deep scratches, gouges or damage to car paintwork from a sharp-eyed critic.
But for a quick fix, touch-up markers are just the ticket.
These are available from hardware and specialist paint stores, and come in a range of popular car paint colours.
You’ll be surprised how easily you can hide glaring scratches and dings from the casual observer.
Think of it as a temporary measure.