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Wish I'd Thought of That!

Clever ideas, surprising time- and money-saving tricks and ingenious home-enhancing solutions.

Poke the bottom of a pie plate with a knife; make alternating vertical and horizontal slits. Fill with vegetables that might otherwise slip through your grill grate, such as sliced peppers or asparagus.

10 Uses for Aluminum Pie Plates

Make a bird feeder: Using fishing wire and a large needle, sew the end of a duct connector to a pie plate. Cut the fluted rim off another pie plate, and sew the disk to the top of the connector, bending the edges to create a "roof." Poke drainage holes in the bottom plate; coat with water-based paint, if desired. Thread wire through the top to hang, and fill with seed. | Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewelyn

10 Uses for Aluminum Pie Plates

Store circular tools: Cut a pie pan in half, and secure the finished edges with staples or duct tape, open-side up, to a workshop wall. Use it to hold saw blades and sanding disks. | Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewelyn

10 Uses for Aluminum Pie Plates
  • Lisa Miller

    The cut edges of those foil pie tins are gonna be sharp. Probably a good idea to finish the edges off with a couple layers of duct tape.

Use sash chains to steady billowing curtains: slide lengths into the bottom hems of the panels.

Best of 10 Uses for Common Household Products

From Lifehacker this clever idea: Use a dustpan to fill containers that don't fit in your sink! |

Use a Dustpan to Fill Containers That Don't Fit in Your Sink

How to prevent squirrels from eating your flowering bulbs, from TOH fan Bob Savery of Knoxville, TN: Wrap them in ½-inch hardware cloth as you plant them. The bulbs grow through the mesh, but rodents can't get to them! | Photo: Erik Rank | | from 28 Reader Tips That Save Time and Money

28 Reader Tips That Save Time and Money

To protect the wood under your kitchen cabinet from leaks and spills, TOH reader Van Landrum of Plano, TX recommends protecting with leftover tile. Photo: Erik Rank

28 Reader Tips That Save Time and Money

DIY – Cool and Creative Planters made from antique glass insulators!

DIY – Cool and Creative Planter | The Garden Glove

Make finding your house in the dark a breeze with an easy-to-install solar light placed above your house numbers. | Photo: AJ Wilhelm/National Geographic/Getty |

35 Super-Fast Fixes and Easy Upgrades

Wipe the metal contacts on cordless tool battery packs with a Q-tip dipped in isopropyl alcohol to help maintain a clean connection between the battery and its charger. | Photo: Jessica Kaufman |

Medicine-Cabinet MacGyver

A house might not be able to save a marriage, but it sure can strain one. Find out ways to turn your love nest into a happily-ever-after house.

7 Ways Your House Can Save Your Marriage -

Lean a ladder against a wall and sling bath sheets and washcloths over its rungs for a stylish bath-towel rack. | Photo: David Prince |

100 DIY Upgrades for Under $100
  • Cammi Wertz

    i have one in my bathroom

  • This Old House

    Send us a photo of it!

  • Paige Turner

    Oh, cute. It's kinda rustic, I like it.

  • Angela B

    depending on your bathroom layout, and if you're a bit more handy, you can mount a ladder like this sideways to the wall as a bath-towel rack too.

We show you how to reach high places when working on stairs without having to rent scaffolding by improvising a sturdy platform supported by ladders. | Illustration: Steve Sanford |

25 DIY Fundamentals

Affix a small sponge to a ruler or dowel and use it to mop up moisture inside a narrow-neck container. | Photo: Nancy Andrews |

10 Uses for Sponges

Rain chains lead water from the gutter directly to the ground, without any clog-prone elbows. They're typically anchored to a gravel dry well and are best for houses with deep overhangs. | Photo: Rick Keating/Cornerhouse Stock, Wendell T. Webber (chain) |

All About Gutters

Know which breakers to turn on--or off--with our tips for smart labeling. | Photo: Geoffrey Gross |

47 Skills You Need to Survive Homeownership

How to clean up paint spills on carpet. | Photo: |

47 Skills You Need to Survive Homeownership

Every old house has a story to tell. Learn how to find out when your home was built, who lived there, and how they changed it. |

How to Research the History of Your House

A kitchen redo can mean sticking to healthy eating—and weight loss—goals. We show you 14 ways a kitchen remodel can help you lose weight! | Photo: Geri Lavrov/Getty Images |

14 Ways A Kitchen Remodel Can Help You Lose Weight

Put some acetone nail polish remover on a rag to wipe off insulating foam sealant before it dries permanently. | Photo: Jessica Kaufman |

Medicine-Cabinet MacGyver

Pulled taut over the top of a pail, panty hose make a fine mesh filter for straining impurities from paint. | Photo: Jessica Kaufman |

Medicine-Cabinet MacGyver

Use eyeliner to touch up shallow scratches and fill finish-nail holes in kitchen cabinet doors, furniture, trim, doors and paneling. | Photo: Jessica Kaufman |

Medicine-Cabinet MacGyver

This couple is living unplugged (translation: technology-free). See their welcoming home and how they're living life to its fullest at

Unplugging Lifestyle