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The lockdown has spurred Brits across the country to carry out DIY and many have turned to the internet to find quick and cost-effective DIY hacks to help them improve their homes.
Interested in property renovation and restoration, Priceyourjob.co.uk surveyed 1,282 Brits who have used hacks to complete DIY projects during lockdown to discover how successful they have been.
The Lockdown DIY Hacks
1) Rubber band over paint tin (to remove excess paint)
If you stretch a rubber band over the bottom and top of an open paint tin, a paint brush can be glided over the rubber band after each dip to remove excess paint from the paint brush.
Number of Brits who have used DIY hack: 681, Success Rate: 93%
2) Using a bobby pin or flat top comb as a nail holder
To keep your fingers safe whilst hammering, a bobby pin or comb can be used as a nail holder. This is especially handy when working with tiny nails.
Number of Brits who have used DIY hack: 792, Success Rate: 86%
3) Using rubber bands to remove stripped screws
Stripped screws can be a nightmare to remove but a rubber band can take all those headaches away. The rubber band fills the gaps in the screw’s head and grips the screwdriver blade or drill bit to remove it swiftly.
Number of Brits who have used DIY hack: 564, Success Rate: 84%
4) Wrapping paint brushes and rollers with cling film, aluminium foil or small plastic bags
If there is more than one coat of painting to be done, paint brushes and rollers can be kept fresh by wrapping them in cling film, a small plastic bag or aluminium foil. In doing so, the paint brushes/rollers will not dry out and there is no need to go through the hassle of cleaning them mid-job.
Number of Brits who have used DIY hack: 538, Success Rate: 77%
5) Using a hair dryer to remove protective tape
Adhesive tape used to protect skirting boards and fixed furniture when painting walls and/or ceilings can be a pain to remove once done, but this process can be made much easier by using a hair dryer. The heat from the hair dryer softens the adhesive under the tape and therefore, makes it easy to peel off.
Number of Brits who have used DIY hack: 573, Success Rate: 72%
6) Using walnuts or pecans to remove wood scratches
Surprisingly, light scratches on wood can be removed with a pecan or walnut. To achieve this, a pecan or walnut needs to be broken in half and then rubbed repeatedly over the wood scratches. For the wood to absorb the oil from the nuts, rub the relevant area with fingers until it is warm.
Number of Brits who have used DIY hack: 435, Success Rate: 70%
7) Plastic wrap or foil inside a paint tray
By lining the inside of a paint tray with plastic wrap or foil, there is no worries about going through the extensive process of cleaning the tray once done. Likewise, the four corners of the plastic wrap or foil in the tray can be used to pour the paint back into its can.
Number of Brits who have used DIY hack: 417, Success Rate: 61%
8) Using sawdust as wood filler
Combine wood glue with sawdust to create a wood filler. This DIY wood filler can be used to pack any holes, cracks or gaps. Once it is dry, it can be sanded and then stained/painted over.
Number of Brits who have used DIY hack: 323, Success rate: 59%
9) Woodwork file from using a paint brush and sandpaper
Sanding in tight spaces can be very difficult at the best of times. To overcome this problem, use an adhesive spray or an all-purpose glue to wrap sandpaper around a small paint brush or paint stir stick to create a woodwork file.
Number of Brits who have used DIY hack: 246, Success Rate: 44%
10) Using masking tape before nailing into plaster walls
Placing a small square of masking tape onto a plaster wall and then nailing into it; reduces the spread of dust and can even safeguard against cracks appearing in the future.
Number of Brits who have used DIY hack: 104, Success Rate: 28%
11) Using nail polish to prevent rust
Rust is not ideal unless someone is going for a vintage look. To prevent rust, clear nail polish can be applied on small metal items.
Number of Brits who have used DIY hack: 207, Success Rate: 25%
12) Using string to cut PVC pipes
String can be used to cut PVC pipes. This ‘trick’ is especially useful when trying to cut pipes that are buried deep in a wall or any other tight spots which may limit the space needed to use a saw/jigsaw properly.
Number of Brits who have used DIY hack: 168, Success rate: 17%