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Whenever I mix 5-gallon buckets of paint with a drill and paddle attachment, I put the paddle's shaft through a hole in a large cardboard square before attaching the shaft to the drill. Then I lay the cardboard directly on the container before turning on the drill. No splatters! — Tracy Thompson, Marion, Va. | Photo: Ian Spanier | thisoldhouse.com

splatter stopper--mixing paint with a drill? Slip a piece of cardboard on then hold it flat on the top of the can. No splatters

Paint Brush Conditioner - To keep synthetic-bristle brushes in good shape after cleaning, rub them with... *** Click pic to see rest of tip ***

Paint Brush Conditioner,To keep synthetic-bristle brushes in good shape after cleaning, rub them with hair conditioner stored in a handy hotel-size bottle. Always rinse them out before using them again.

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There's an easier way to drive big screws into studs. | Photo: Courtesy of HomeDepot.com | thisoldhouse.com

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When you finally get around to putting in that dimmer switch, you won't want to be stumped by a poorly labeled breaker box. Ditch the pencil and paper chart—you're not changing your wiring anytime soon. Instead, write directly on the metal next to each switch with a fine indelible marker. Have a friend plug lamps into all the sockets in a room and tell you via cell phone which ones go dark when you flip a switch. Then, be specific ("sofa and window walls only" or &...

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Paint grout lines—and only the grout lines, not the tile—with sealer soaked on the end of a cotton swab.

Here's a trick for getting accurate drywall or beadboard cuts for electrical outlets without measuring. Take off the outlet cover, screw it on backwards, paint its outer rim white, and then—before the paint dries—press the panel against it. |  Photo: Chris Stein/Getty Images | thisoldhouse.com

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When installing beadboard panels.to cut the holes for the electrical outlets.Take off the outlet cover, screw it on backwards, paint its outer rim white, and then—before the paint dries—press the panel against it.

How to Repair Peeling Paint  In this video, painting contractor Jim Clark solves persistent peeling-paint problems

How to Repair Peeling Paint

How to Repair Peeling Paint In this video, painting contractor Jim Clark solves persistent peeling-paint problems

How to keep your washing machine from sliding around like an eel during the spin cycle. | Photo: David Toase/Getty Images | thisoldhouse.com

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Wandering-Washer Cure tip from the this old house reader remodel issue 2012 Rubber fender washers stop the wandering.

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Use eyeliner to touch up shallow scratches and fill finish-nail holes in kitchen cabinet doors, furniture, trim, doors and paneling.

stuff an old toilet brush into the bottom elbow of a downspout.  The bristles break up the drops, halting the noise, yet still allow water to flow through, even during downpours.

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stuff an old toilet brush into the bottom elbow of a downspout. The bristles break up the drops, halting the noise, yet still allow water to flow through, even during downpours.

Maximize your purchasing power with these handy apps and websites that will help you budget for, buy and calculate the amount of materials needed for your next home improvement project. | Photo: burak pekakcan/E+/Getty | thisoldhouse.com

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DIY Tip of the Day: Blow Apart Stuck 5-Gallon Buckets. My dad and I have figured out a way to get those stuck-together 5-gallon pails apart nearly every time. We just push an air nozzle between the buckets and blow compressed air into the lower one.

DIY Tip of the Day: Blow Apart Stuck Buckets. My dad and I have figured out a way to get those stuck-together pails apart nearly every time. We just push an air nozzle between the buckets and blow compressed air into the lower one.

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