TOP 5 DIY Home Hacks to Save Time & Money

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