TOP 5 DIY Home Hacks to Save Time & Money

TOP 5 DIY Home Hacks to Save Time & Money


– What’s up guys? My name’s Aaron Massey, and today I’m here to talk
to you about my top five home improvement hacks. So, when we talk about home improvement, there are two things
that are really valuable. Time, and money, These five things that
you can do around the house that save you either one, or the other, or possibly both. So, let’s jump right in. The average home uses
45% percent of its water in the bathroom, with 27% coming from the toilet alone. Even water-wise toilets can
still use up to 1.6 gallons per flush, so here’s a water saving tip. Fill up a one liter bottle with water, and place it inside the back of the tank. The tank will need about
one less liter to fill up each time, saving you
around one liter per flush. It may not seem like that much initially, but it will add up over time. It doesn’t even have to be a bottle, it can be anything that
fits inside the tank, and takes up a significant
amount of volume, but doesn’t interfere with
the toilet’s ability to flush, and obviously leaves you
enough water that you can still flush, in effect. If you have to flush the
toilet multiple times just to get something to go down, obviously, that’s not saving you water. Another water saving tip, is
to use a greywater bucket in the shower. Now, it’s not glamorous, but capturing the runoff from your shower, and using it to irrigate
your plants around the home, can add up to substantial
savings overtime. So, let’s say you need to mark
a circle of a certain size, but you don’t have a compass. You could rummage around
your house for a jar, or something that’s the right size, but ain’t nobody got time for that. Instead, grab your speed square, most speed squares have a
little notch in the corner, that allows you to make
a quick and easy circle. Place the finish nail
as your center point, and then place the notch of
the speed square around it. Let’s say you need to mark
a four inch diameter hole. Using a pencil at two
inch mark for your radius, hold it carefully against the square, and spin the square
around the center point, and boom, just like
that, the circle is done. Here’s another handy tip
for your speed square. Let’s say you’re working
around your house, and you either don’t own a chop saw, or you don’t have one nearby, and you need to cut square
cuts on your lumber, so everything lines up. Use a speed square to act as a saw guide, so you can cut a perfectly
square 90 degree angle, every time. There are few things more
frustrating than working on something, and the screw keeps
falling off the screwdriver. Now, you could go spend
a bunch of money to get a new magnetic screwdriver set, or you could just magnetize
the one that you have. Grab the screwdriver, and a magnet. I’m using the magnet on the bottom of this magnetic parts tray. Drag the screwdriver over
the magnet in one direction, rotating the screwdriver a
little bit with each pass. Now, you’ve got your self
a magnetized screwdriver, that will hold on to
that troublesome screw, and now you can also use
it as a magnet to pick up small metal objects in
hard to reach places. Extension cords are essential
for any home improvement project around the house, but if you’ve been wrapping
and storing them like this, you’re doing it wrong, and you’re shortening the
life of your extension cord. Not only that, but you’re
probably regularly having to untangle the cord as well. Here’s how you should wrap and store them. It’s called the over/under technique, and it’ll save you a headache, next time you go to use it, and also save you money, by extending the life of the cord. With this technique, the
cord lies nice and flat on the ground, and can easily unravel when you need to, without getting tangled. I recommend typing a
piece of string around the female end of the cord, that way you can keep
the cord tied together, and it stores nicely. In addition, when using
your extension cord with power tools, tie a knot in
the cord to keep it from coming unplugged. It’ll keep the tension
of the cord at the knot, and keep the prongs from being bent, if you’re moving it around. Let’s say you want to
hang something on a wall, but you don’t know were a stud is. You could try the old
knock-knock technique, and try and figure out
where it is that way, or you could measure every
16 inches from a corner to try and layout the studs that way, or you could buy one
of these stud finders, which, depending on how
much money you spend on it, could be hit or miss anyway. But, did you know you could
also find a wall stud by using a refrigerator magnet? Grab a magnet off the fridge, and use a piece of painter’s tape, and make a little handle for it. Drag it across the area of the wall, you want to hang your picture or shelf, and the magnet will
find the metal fasteners used to attach the drywall
or plasterboard to the wall. Once you find a fastener, you can use a level to
mark a vertical line, if you need to install
something lengthwise. If you don’t have a level, you could always use a piece of string, with a little bit of weight on it, attached to the magnet, and that’ll give you a vertical line. To mark the next stud over, mark your first position, and then use your magnet
to find the next stud. Use a level to connect the two if need be. So, there you have it. Hopefully, these five tips
will save you time, money, or help you out with your
next home improvement project. If you liked this video,
please hit that like button, and leave a comment down
below, and let me know. Be sure to subscribe for more content, and for more home improvement
hacks and projects, visit my blog at mrfixitdiy.com. Thank you guys so much for watching. I’ll see you next time. Hey guys, my name’s Aaron Massey, and today I’m gonna be building
a cold brew coffee tower. (upbeat music)

31 thoughts on “TOP 5 DIY Home Hacks to Save Time & Money

  1. Cool tips for Saving water. I have my bath and sink waste water piping done so that water goes into a soak pit in my backyard, hence irritating the trees.

  2. Those are awesome tricks! Can't wait for the opportunity to use them and show off. XD

  3. Now the question is what is an easy way to demagnetize a tool, I hate when im using a file and all the chips get stuck to it.

  4. Great tips. Another great way to quickly find studs is look for outlets on your wall. There is always a stud on either side of any wall outlet. Then you can measure 16" on either side. This works most of the time. You could also confirm it with the magnet trick.

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  6. I do the shower with a bucket thing, but I use the water to flush the toilet. It works great, just throw the water in quickly so that it will flush, and then use the last 20% or so of your water to fill the bowl back up so turds don't stick, lol.

  7. Love this video! But, you could improve this video by showing how to use a template tool for some DIY. Just sayin. 🙂
    Emmy Braxtly

  8. When your first "trick" is to reduce water in a toilet that clearly isn't made for it, so it will take multiple flushes to clear the toilet, saving nothing, you've lost me already. Stupid. Embarrassingly stupid.

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