Summer’s a great time to spend with family and friends, or for improving your home.
However you choose to pass the time, here are some life hacks that will help you stay cool, prevent damage and save money.
1. Make a Foam Door Bumper
Pool noodles are a do-it-yourselfer’s dream — these colorful foam toys are cheap, versatile and can be used for all kinds of things.
The next time you purchase some pool noodles, grab a few more than you need and set these aside for cutting and repurposing.
One summer hack that comes in handy for excited children (or anyone!) getting in and out of a car in a narrow garage is a door bumper, which you can make one of two ways.
If your garage has open studs, grab four pool noodles and cut each one in half, lengthwise, with a serrated knife. Then slide each piece vertically onto the studs — no tools are required!
If your garage has drywall, grab two pool noodles and attach each one horizontally, on both walls, using 1 and 5/8-inch drywall screws.
Whichever method you choose, these low-cost bumpers will protect your walls, and prevent scratches on your car.
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2. Cover Your Ladder
And if you don’t want to damage your home’s exterior while working, you’ll need ladder covers.
Home centers sell covers that fit extension ladder-rail end caps for about $10. But a cheaper, DIY solution is to cut two 6-inch sections from a pool noodle, then cut each piece lengthwise and slip it on to each ladder rail.
Watch the video: How to Protect Your Home from Ladder Rail Damage