Tips

Hercules Hooks

TipmanTim_Hercules Hooks

Have you seen those hooks advertised on TV that you can push into a wall by hand and they’ll hold up to 150 pounds? They’re called Hercules Hooks and can be found online; just do a Web search for the name. My friend Terri Crumley tried them out and...

An open-and-shut case

open doors

Do you have a teenager who’s driving you nuts? Here’s a discipline technique you may not have thought of. Remove their bedroom door. I’m talking about talking if off the hinges and putting it out in your shed until the teenager in question earns it back. Remembering back to...

Get the grill going

TipmanTim_0527

Have you ever had a charcoal fire peter out before it really got going? OK, you can douse the charcoal with more lighter fluid, throw a match on it and enjoy the big fireball. A safer method is to take a hair dryer, turn it on high and aim...

Office prank: Head in a jar

Office prank: Put a head in a jar for the fridge

Here’s a great way to scare your co-workers (or, at the very least, protect your lunch from getting pillaged). Make a head in a jar! You’ll need a few things for this: 1) A large jar, like from pickles 2) A copier and a willing face 3) some food...

Peel garlic with a big shake

Hate keeping the skins off garlic? Use this method to clean them. First, smash the clove and cut off the ends where the cloves were attached to the root. Then, place the cloves in a container (I use an old plastic screw-top rice container, but any container with a...

Freeze popsicles upright

Freeze popsicles upright for a clean cut

For a mess-free cut, freeze your popsicles standing up in the freezer rack. Brilliant!  

A moldy mess

By the way, you should always get a professional to clean up after a major water accident. Odds are that you won’t be able to remove all of the water because you don’t have the right gear to do it. The water that you don’t remove will contribute to...

Store kitchen items on the diagonal

Store your drawer items on the diagonal

Tired of either putting your utensils in a container, standing up on your counter, or piled in a drawer? Take it one step further and make your drawer storage on the diagonal for a better way to organize odd-shaped items.

Little things add up

This is a great tip for the person who has a bunch of small tools sitting on their workbench. Buy a foam block from a craft store and mount it to your workbench. Take your small tools and stick them into the foam. It works great for knives, screwdrivers...

Goo Gone

Goo Gone is the best product I’ve found for removing sticky residue. It easily removes price tag stickers and can even remove the sticky residue from where you had an IV line attached to you arm! If your local home improvement store doesn’t carry it, you can find it...

LavNav

This is one of the most unusual products I’ve ever run across, but it works great. The LavNav is a device that fits on the underside of your toilet lid. At night it detects motion and turns on a light that shines down on your toilet. The light is...

Sharpen your skills

Do you know how you can tell if your kitchen knife needs sharpening? Take a piece of paper and, while holding one end, slice ribbons of paper from the other end. If the knife doesn’t easily cut through the paper, you need to sharpen the blade! Speaking of cutting,...