Post-It notes — we all love them, and we use them all the time. But here’s a use you may not have thought of: We’re about to drill a hole in this wall to hang a picture, and we’re gonna use the Post-It note to catch the dust.

Here’s how it’s done.

  • First, put the note just a half-inch or so below where you’re gonna drill the hole.
  • Then, fold the note up and crease it until it forms a little trough that’ll catch the dust.
  • When you drill the hole, the dust will fall right into the Post-It note.
  • Then, you just carefully peel the Post-It note off the wall. You don’t have to worry about it damaging the paint because it won’t.

And if you need to drill two or three closely spaced holes, just get yourself a larger Post-It note.

Watch the video above to see the Simple Solution!

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Joe Truini

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Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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