It’s time to pull your sleeves up and get to work: 10 DIY tips

18. September 2018

After summer before autumn knocks at your door: The perfect time to get the finishing touches done on your home and garden before the “fall”. Whether you are painting the living room or hanging your holiday photos: These ten tips will help you get it done.

Sleeves up instead of feet up: Whip your four walls into shape for autumn – or simply take care of a few important details. How to do it? Here are ten tips on safe and dust-free drilling, drip-free painting and how to put the perfect “Petersburg Hanging” up in the hall!

1. Drilling holes into wood and concrete? Not a problem. But as soon as drilling into smooth tiles in the bathroom and kitchen is required, many DIYers break into a sweat: It’s all too easy for the drill to slip. Our tip: Stick a strip of masking tape onto the drilling spot. The rough surface prevents the drill damaging the tiles.

2. Drilling dust annoys DIYers and craftsmen. Although suction drills are used on construction sites, at home, you only have the vacuum cleaner. Unless you stick a Post-It note under the drill hole on the wall and fold the lower half upwards. This collects any dust that falls. Then you can simply dispose of the Post-It note and its contents.

3. It has been scientifically proven: Round shapes and bright colours make us (and our children) happy. Less pleasing, however, are the stripes and drops of paint that your paint bucket can leave on the floor. Solution: Put a paper plate under each bucket to avoid unnecessary speckles.

4. The drill is on, you are drilling through the material and suddenly the machine breaks through. The drill hole is now double the size you wanted it to be. There is only one thing left to do: fill it and try again. You can find filler in the DIY store. A fast-hardening variant is the best option for this. Just like new!

5. Have you ever heard of the “Petersburg Hanging”? Centuries ago, the rich and powerful hung paintings in frames on the walls of their castles. And this style has experienced a revival in recent years! Tip for your photo collage: Arrange cuttings made of contact paper (the same size as your pictures) on the wallpaper so that you can drill the holes for the hooks in exactly the right spot.

6. You want to paint the living room. But how do you protect your door handles, knobs and hinges from being painted too? Unscrewing is time-consuming. Instead, smear some Vaseline on the metal: The paint residue won’t stick. Simply wipe the Vaseline away after you are finished painting.

7. Dining tables or sideboards made of (unpolished) wood can be easily dented. One way to quickly get rid of the kink: Drip some water on the spot, place a piece of brown packing paper on it and then go over it with a hot iron. And the dent is gone!

8. Better safe than sorry – this is the motto when it comes to drilling. Before you start the drill, you should search the wall for water, gas and electric lines using a detection device, so that you don’t damage them. You can find such a device in a DIY store. Often, you can also rent the detecting devices there!

9. Screws must not only be in the wall, but they must also be able to be screwed in and out. It’s annoying when they are so stuck that the screwdriver can’t grip them. Our tip to improve grip: Place some steel wool, a piece of the “colour side” of a sponge or a piece of duct tape (sticky side on the screw head) between the screw slot and the screwdriver!

10. Whether you are fixing a cupboard or making some cosmetic repairs on a wall: An old plug must come out of a drill hole before a new one can be put in – or seal it. But what if its stuck? A corkscrew may help. Screw it into the plug a little bit – and then pull it out like a cork