Hints & Tips Videos

    Create a hole in the lid of a clean wine bottle with a nail.    Fill the wine bottle to just below the neck with water.  Cover the hole with your finger and insert into the soil.  The water will slowly release as needed over severa...
Cut old stockings into strips.    Then secure the stems of tomato plants to stakes with the stockings.    The stretchable fabric grips the stake while allowing the plant to grow unrestricted. 
To test all those old packets of seeds in the shed, start by covering a tray with paper towel.    Then label the seed packets and sections of the tray.    Thoroughly wet the paper towel before laying out the seeds in even rows under the lab...
Have you ever tried to dust an awkward item like a lampshade? Normal dusting methods like cloths can be difficult and ineffective. Instead of struggling, try this handy tip. Simply take an ordinary lint roller and run it over the surface of the lamps...
Don't you hate when clothes won't stay on their hangers? Luckily, there's a simple hack you can use to stop them from falling off. All you need to do is wrap an elastic band around each end of the hanger. The rubber grips the clothing, stopping it fr...
Need a shovel in a pinch? Try this clever hack.   Mark cutting guidelines on the bottle with a permanent marker.  One around the top of the handle, and the other around the base of the handle, extending out in a triangle.    Cut along the...
When you travel you don't always know who you share a bathroom with or trust the hygiene standards of the place you're staying.    On your next trip, pack a peg in your toiletries bag and try this simple life hack to protect your toothbrush fro...
Planting from seed is often cheaper than buying seedlings but we often loose track of what seeds we own and when to plant them.    Try this simple system to keep track of seeds and when to plant them.   Divide a photo album into four sectio...
Save fresh herbs for use long after their growing season is over.    Chop herbs into an ice cube tray.    Fill the tray with water then freeze overnight.    Once frozen, remove from the tray and store in a ziplock bag in the freezer for...
In this DIY video, we show you how to sharpen scissors using only a piece of steel wool. If your scissors aren't as sharp as they used to be, then try this tip to turn blunt scissors into razor-sharp cutters. All you need to sharpen your scissors is...
Dishwashing sponges see constant use in the kitchen, and after coming into contact with so many surfaces, they can accumulate harmful bacteria over time. The damp conditions provides the ideal breeding ground for bacteria to thrive. It's impractical...
Rosemary is an essential cooking herb for Mediterranean cuisine, and thankfully it's easy to grow at home. In this DIY video, we show you how to grow rosemary at home, and how to make new rosemary plants using cuttings. All you need to create free ro...
It can be tricky to accurately drill perfectly horizontal holes in a vertical surface, like a fence post or wall. In this DIY video, we show you how to make a handy guide to keep your drill bit level. This handy tool makes it easy to drill perfectly...
Click here to subscribe to Handyman Magazine on YouTube In this DIY video, we show you how to make a handy drill bit depth gauge so you can drill a hole to exactly the right depth.   Often when drilling a hole, you will need to drill to a certain d...
Subscribe to Handyman Magazine on YouTube  In this DIY video, we explain how to turn an ordinary milk, juice or water bottle into a handy watering can.   All you need for this hack is a milk bottle, a lighter and a nail.   First, heat the...
Subscribe to Handyman Magazine on YouTube When using spray paint, the nozzle can quickly become clogged, especially if the paint is allowed to dry. That can mean the spray will come out unevenly, compromising the quality of your paint job.  ...
Click here to subscribe to Handyman Magazine on YouTube   All it takes to create this handy plant spacer is a shovel, a tape measure and a permanent marker.   To make the plant spacer, simply make a big mark every 10cm and a small mark ever...
In this handy tip video, we show you a quick way you can use an elastic band as a bookmark.   Click here to subscribe to Handyman on YouTube Have you ever wanted to hold your place in a book, but don't have a bookmark at hand? You could use a...
Subscribe to Australian Handyman on YouTube   If you need to drive a screw by hand, the friction between the screw and the timber often causes a lot of resistance and makes it difficult to get the screw all the way in. It's also time consuming and...
Moving house is always a massive undertaking, as you need to literally pack your entire life into boxes and transport them across the city, country, or sometimes even the globe. To make moving all your possessions into your new home easier, try this...
Often, it's hard to locate exactly where the tape starts, and even more difficult to pull it up with your fingernails once you do locate it!   Next time you're using a roll of tape, have a paperclip handy.   All you need to do is position t...
Moving house is always a massive undertaking, especially when it comes to packing all your possessions into boxes. Books in particular can pose a big challenge as they're heavy and most of us have a lot of them filling our bookshelves. If you pack...
Ants are an annoying pest to have in the home, as they manage to find a way in through the smallest of cracks. Without proper control, they can quickly overrun your kitchen with hundreds of crawling critters swarming all over your food.   Lucki...
Fresh flowers can brighten up your home and refresh the smell of room but often die too quickly. In this quick how-to video, we explain how a little bleach and sugar can extend their display life. First add 2 tbsp of sugar and 1.5 tsp of bleach to 1L...
Cleaning the microwave can be a pain, as baked on food bits are often very hard to remove.   In this quick how-to video, we explain how to clean a microwave using a slice of lemon and a bowl of water.   First, cut a slice of lemon with a sh...
If you've ever experienced cam-out before, you'll know it's frustrating and can cause damage to your screw heads or even your screwdriver or driver bits.   The best way to avoid cam-out is by selecting the correct driver bit for the screws you...
In this quick video, we show you how to turn a smartphone into a lantern. All you need is a smartphone with a flashlight and a bottle of water.   The LED flashlight feature on smartphones makes it easy to find your way in the dark, especially d...
Don't you hate when the tape measure keeps moving when you're trying to measure a long wall or piece of furniture by yourself? Most tape measures have a hook in the end to secure around a nail or pin, but it's not always practical to use this feature...
Has your garden hose sprung a leak?   You don't need to throw it out, as you can easily fix it with a hose joiner.   Hose joiners only cost a few dollars and allow two hoses to be connected together. They can also be used to repair a hole i...
When cutting plywood, melamine, veneer or many other flat materials, it's often difficult to avoid splintering and blowout from the saw teeth breaking through the edge of the workpiece.   This trick prevents splintering and blowout to result in a cle...
Have you ever wondered how restaurants make perfect pancakes every time?   The secret is in the way the batter is poured into the pan.   If you use the shaker bottle to pour the batter, your pancakes end up strangely shaped and there will b...
Eggs are a great source of protein, and hard boiled eggs make a great addition to salads or a healthy snack. The only downside is when the shell sticks to the egg, making it difficult to peel. In this video, we show you how to hard boil an egg so it'...
We show you how to open a key ring the pain free way.    Separate the rings with a staple remover.    Attach the key. 
We show you how to keep paint drips, dust and debris from causing problems on your calculator.    Tuck it inside a ziplock bag.    Seal tightly and you're ready to go!
Hate having your paint tin end up stuck shut with paint drips?   Try this handy tip!   Just wrap a rubber band around the centre of the tin.    Dip a paint brush and wipe excess paint on the rubber band instead of the tin. 
Sick of finding your power cord tangled with knots?   Try this handy tip!   Wrap the cord around your hand in a figure of eight before storing.    Too Easy. 
To quickly make a cookbook holder and gain back valuable bench space, a pants hanger is your best bet.    Just open the book to the desired page.    Clip the hanger onto the book to ensure it stays open.    Then simply hook it onto your...
Don't you hate it when you try and reheat a pizza in the microwave and it turns out soggy and floppy? Say goodbye to sad leftovers forever with this handy kitchen tip. Simply place the pizza on a plate, put it in the microwave and add a cup or glass...
We show you how to check the power stayed on while you were on holiday. Unsure if the food in your freezer is safe to eat after returning from a trip? Be sure with this handy tip!
Hate bulky, expensive icepacks that end up leaking mystery goo? Make your own in minutes using dollar store sponges. Just wet a sponge then pop it in a zip lock bag, then freeze. Too easy!
Don't you hate when you find out all you have left is warm beer? Unless you like drinking warm brew, it's a long wait for it to reach ice cold perfection, especially on a warm day. To cool the bottle of beer quickly, wrap it in paper towel and then w...
Don't you hate having to scrub paint off your tray?   Unless you're quick at painting, it's impossible not to have some paint dried onto your tray.   To make clean up easy and have your tray last, try this .   Covering the tray with a p...
Clearing winter leaves out of gutters is essential before heavy spring rains and the bushfire season, but it can be messy.    Try this clever tip. Use old kitchen utensils to keep your hands clean and dry and get the job done in no time.  ...
Don't you hate when your screw keeps falling off your screwdriver?   Unless you have a magnetic screwdriver, it's tricky to keep the screw on the end, especially in hard-to-reach places.   To secure the screw tightly, push it through a piec...
Don't you hate when extension cords come unplugged?   Try this simple tip in the home, garden or workshop.   Simply tie the two cords together with an overhand knot.   When the cord is accidentally pulled, the knot prevents the cords fr...
When preparing a strawberry for eating, you'll want to remove the leaves and the white part (called the hull or calyx) at the top of the berry.   You could just chop it off with a knife, but that would waste perfectly good fruit at the top of t...