Raid The Kitchen

7. Carton the hardware
Keeping small parts organized when repairing an item is as easy as making breakfast. I use empty egg cartons to group and contain the pieces.—Brent Kirby, Douglas, Mass.

8. Stick it to grout
My husband and I discovered that the fat end of a chopstick works great for removing excess grout from tile joints. —Kellie Lupica, Rocky River, Ohio

9. Stop water with bread
I'd cut some water lines under the sink, but a valve got stuck and they kept leaking a steady dribble of water, which prevented me from soldering. The plumber I called in (at emergency rates) asked for a slice of bread. He tore off the crust, rolled it up, and stuck it inside the line. It stopped the flow long enough for him to solder the pipes before it dissolved and washed away. This tip cost me $130 and a slice of bread. —Jerry Schlegel, Indianapolis

10. Carve insulation
I use an electric carving knife instead of a utility knife to slice easily through fiberglass batt insulation, no hard cutting surface needed. —Patrick Schumacher, Columbus, Ind.

11. Find the bolts
When replacing a toilet, the hardest part is to line up the bowl with the short bolts in the floor without touching the wax ring. So I stick plastic straws on the ends of the bolts as guides and set the toilet down perfectly in one go—without messing up the wax ring. —Ed Carlson, Charlotte, N.C.

12. Get a good hold
When you're driving hard-to-turn screws with a manual screwdriver, put on a rubber kitchen glove and you'll get a no-slip grip. —Forrest Rich, Mount Vernon, Ga.

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