5 Life Hacks to Stay Cool, Prevent Damage and Save Money this Summer

Person adjusting a wall thermostat with dollar sign symbol on the display
Turn your thermostat up this summer — see why on page two. (DepositPhotos)

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.

Pool noodle door bumpers
Excited passengers won’t damage your garage walls or your car’s paint job with this door bumper.

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.

Learn more about these projects here:

Pool Noodle Garage Hack

How to Make a Door Bumper with a Pool Noodle

Pool noodle ladder covers
You can save $10 with these DIY ladder covers.

2. Cover Your Ladder

Summer is a great time for home improvement projects that add curb appeal. Whether you’re re-siding your home or painting your house, you’ll need an extension ladder to get the job done.

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


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