Unless you’re a professional contractor, home repairs can seem a little overwhelming, and even trying hacks can seem scary. A lot of everyday people have realized that by taking on a repair job themselves, they can come up with little tricks and life hacks to make the work a lot easier than they thought.

1. Nail polish can help fill in cracks on tiles (just make sure it’s the right color).

15+ Repair Shortcuts That Are a Cakewalk for Anyone

2. “Rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture to cover up dings.”

15+ Repair Shortcuts That Are a Cakewalk for Anyone

3. Gloves and socks can help you paint in those hard-to-reach places.

4. Silica gel/desiccant packs can be used to clean wet electronics, like phones. They work much better than rice.

15+ Repair Shortcuts That Are a Cakewalk for Anyone

5. If you need to repair or replace a broken air cylinder, an old paint roller can do the job.

15+ Repair Shortcuts That Are a Cakewalk for Anyone

6. “Cut and glue bread clips to repair ripped mini-blinds.”

15+ Repair Shortcuts That Are a Cakewalk for Anyone

7. “3M rubber tape works great to repair broken wire insulation. It does not have a sticky side like vinyl type, so there’s no sticky mess over time.”

15+ Repair Shortcuts That Are a Cakewalk for Anyone

8. Punch your screws through some cardboard and label the sets to help yourself remember placement and to avoid losing them.

15+ Repair Shortcuts That Are a Cakewalk for Anyone

9. “If the end of your micro-USB cable is starting to break, reinforce it with Shoe Goo, silicone caulk, or any other rubber-like adhesive.”

15+ Repair Shortcuts That Are a Cakewalk for Anyone

10. Use a multi-hanger to hold wet tools while you wait for them to dry.

15+ Repair Shortcuts That Are a Cakewalk for Anyone

11. Rusty tools can be cleaned up with a nice vinegar soak.

15+ Repair Shortcuts That Are a Cakewalk for Anyone

12. Petroleum jelly, bar soap, or even sunscreen can help a squeaky door hinge, sometimes better than generic lubricants.

15+ Repair Shortcuts That Are a Cakewalk for Anyone

13. “How to drill into a wall without creating dust…”

15+ Repair Shortcuts That Are a Cakewalk for Anyone

14. Magnets can help you find those pesky studs in the wall.

15+ Repair Shortcuts That Are a Cakewalk for Anyone

15. “Repair/reinforce cables to prevent them from breaking. Use vaping wire (or a spring from pen) and shrink tubing.”

15+ Repair Shortcuts That Are a Cakewalk for Anyone

16. Sometimes, nature has the answer… this bird feeder lost its perches, so now it uses real sticks.

15+ Repair Shortcuts That Are a Cakewalk for Anyone

What are some repair tips or life-hacks that you use? Please share them with us in the comments?

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