9 DIY Tips You Have to Know

You can ask anyone who has ever done a home improvement project and I’m sure they’ll tell you it takes much longer and is usually more expensive than they first planned. One of the reasons for this is that do-it-yourselfers frequently make more mistakes that make their project more time-consuming and costly. Another reason this happens is that most people simply do not plan their projects properly.

Here are 9 ways to avoid those common and costly mistakes and help make your home improvement project go smoothly.

First off, take some time and really plan all the steps you may need to do to get your project done. This encompasses everything we will discuss in the paragraphs below.

Safety is of the utmost importance. Being on a first name basis with the paramedics is something we want to avoid. Take all necessary safety precautions, open windows when painting or stripping paint. Wear safety goggles and gloves, use a respirator in dusty areas. These are things you must remember to do. Safety does not only include yourself, it extends to others as well. Be sure to keep small children and pets away from the work area. It’s easy for them to get in harm’s way and that is something no one wants.

Have all the right tools and materials you need at hand before you start your project. I say the right tools because, you don’t want to cause any further damage by using the wrong tool for the job at hand.This will save you lots of time and please invest in quality tools.

Make sure you have the necessary permits. Too many people skip this step but it’s really important. You want to make sure that your project is done correctly and you are safe.

When your materials arrive you’ll want to be there to accept them. If you do not plan on starting your project that day, store them properly to protect them from theft and the elements.

Set aside enough time for you to complete your home improvement projects. Stay focused to the task at hand and try to avoid those little distractions. If you do not get the task completed in the time you allotted be sure to secure all tools and materials and keep them out of harm’s way.

If you are painting, prepare walls properly. Clean, sand or patch any holes before you paint. Take your time, you want the best result possible on your first try.

Only tackle projects you know you are capable of doing. You can’t do everything, if you don’t have experience in certain areas leave those projects alone. Let an expert handle it.

You know that old saying, measure twice and cut once. Use it and use it often. Always take your time to measure properly, this alone will save you countless hours and headaches.

If you follow these simple tips getting your DIY project done will be a snap. After you complete one you can move on to the next one. There’s no big secret, all you have to do is put a proper plan in place and you are good to go.

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3 Simple Steps to Getting Home Improvement Projects Done!

Home improvement projects, honey-do lists, yard clean-ups, the list can go on and on. Once spring gets here there is a new passion to get things done. The winter rains have subsided. The sun shines bright. We get this boost of energy that wants to get things done. So do it! Here is my advice to tackling all the things that you want and need to do.

1. Get pencil and paper and write down all the things that you would like to have done. Lists the big, small, cheap, expensive, easy and hard. Get them all down on paper, this is just the brainstorming session. Do not take time to reason why it is on the list- just write! You will be surprised how many things will pop up.

2. Divide the brainstorming list into three categories: Must do right away, Needs to get done soon, and If I get a chance. This needs to be quick. Why? If we spend too much time dwelling on which list to put it in, we are wasting time. The goal is to get started in doing something. By dividing the first list up into smaller lists we can look at the important things first. My list of things to do may be overwhelming, for me this leads to in action at all.

3. Start! I suggest starting with a “must do” item, pick the easiest item there. For example, replace the dead tree in the planter at the front door for the party tomorrow. Get this done, feel good about getting started. Once you’ve started, keep moving down the list. Begin the next easy “must do” item. Everything takes time. A long list will take a while to do. Little by little, this list will get shorter and shorter.

The key to this exercise is to get started by getting something done and building on it. Checking off items that are completed can do wonders for you and your home. Three simple steps – List, Divide, and Start.

Hope this helps!

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101 Uses For Duct Tape

Duct Tape, what useful stuff. You bought a bunch to hold your basement ductwork together. But, what to do with those leftover rolls? Well, to find out, I asked a few hundred “new friends” that I met at a recent convention. The creative brainpower was inspiring as they came up with 101…and here they are, the most resourceful activities ever devised:

1. Glasses. An acceptable way to get through to your next emergency optometry appointment…as long as you don’t bump into anyone you actually know.

2. Tent repair. Save your camping trip should a tent pole break or the canvas rip.

3. Canoe patch. An ingenious fellow saved his five day canoe trip by duct taping a massive first-day hole that developed. The pressure from the water (outside) helped to hold the tape in place. He re-taped each night. The canoe was so badly battered at the end of the trip that he left it there. The unused duct tape roll made it home.

4. Tear in your Gortex. Rainwater dripping into a torn seam is one irritating thing.

5. Guerrilla-waxing for the ultimate outdoorswoman.

6. Secure the mouth of a 12′ alligator, as done by the Florida Power and Light while working at the Orlando Airport.

7. Clothes line in the middle of nowhere from those handy Boy Scout Folks.

8. “X” your luggage for easier identification among the hundreds of other luggage in the airport luggage pickup carousel.

9. As used by Homeland security….foot placement markers in the airport screening areas.

10. Reflective jogging tape.

11. Patch your beach ball or kiddie pool.

12. Hurricane force-rated kite string.

13. Bicycle seat repair.

14. Practical joke toilet paper.

15. No gunny sack for the sack race? Tape contestants legs together instead.

16. Catch a bug. I mean, if you’ve been shipwrecked and you’re really bored.

17. Church “Seat Belt” for visiting nephew.

18. Window screen “hole” tape.

19. Keep your water cooler waterproof.

20. Pimp out your son’s tricycle.

21. Band-Aid on the spot. Precautions should be taken during the “rip-off”. Do remember that your skin can’t breathe through it.

22. Pull out a splinter.

23. Secure an ice pack to your swollen ankle while hiking.

24. Sunscreen for bald guys.

25. Ski bindings. Tape your ski boots down should you break a binding.

26. Keep yourself warm. Wrap duct tape around your waist should the zipper on your one piece ski suit or snowmobile suit break.

27. Wart remover. Put duct tape on wart. Remove tape and scrub area each night until wart is gone. The wart actually suffocates.

28. Substitute for fly paper.

29. Broken Pencils. Tape the break or eraser for extended life.

30. Book binders.

31. Label stuff.

32. Stick pictures up in your locker.

33. College student holder. Truly! A post-architectural student reportedly taped a fellow student up about 2′ on a wall. Also, holds up smart-ass naval officers.

34. Wild party beer security system. Duct tape your beer to your hand.

35. Tape around your cold soda to help keep it cool.

36. Potato chip bag sealer.

37. Create impromptu sporting event field lines.

38. Mark your blind date (a twin) so you know which one is yours.

39. Mark the center line in your dorm room for territorial purposes.

40. Stop your roommate from talking.

41. Bookmarker. Fold a section of tape in half.

42. Staple replacement.

43. Ceiling fan chain extender.

44. Bird house roofing system

45. Dog leash. The puppy chewed through the required legal restraint. Fast thinking and some duct tape kept this responsible pet owner from a ticket.

46. Make a dog toy. Cover newspaper in various shapes for more interesting toys.

47. Train your cat to keep off your table by adhering the tape to the table edges (sticky side up).

48. Secure your son’s pet snake lid down for added peace of mind for your visiting mother-in-law.

49. Remove the tape from your son’s pet snake’s lid to ensure a timely departure of your visiting mother-in-law.

50. Patching a pocket or torn pants. Keeps the important stuff in.

51. Lint roller. Use when running out the door to an important date or meeting.

52. Metallic looking boots. A daughter used duct tape on her boots for a “trashion-fashion statement” when going to a show.

53. Make a spaceman’s suit.

54. Hold mannequins wigs in place.

55. Repair smashed pumpkins.

56. Create “Faux” Knives, Swords and Shields for effect.

57. School play set fixer-upper.

58. Hold the paper towel dispenser together in men’s restrooms.

59. Hold the “Out of Order” sign up over the urinals that don’t work, in the men’s public restrooms.

60. Shoe flopping? Boots clopping? No need.

61. Blister prevention. Soften the inner heel of your new dress shoes.

62. Jock strap. (Who thinks of these things?)

63. Suspenders, belt.

64. Wallet or purse handle repair.

65. Make your pants bigger.

66. Make your pants smaller.

67. Gift Wrap Tape. There are some great colors even purple. Check it out.

68. Photo and Poster Tape. Drywall repair time saver tip: Use on windows.

69. Repairs, vacuum cleaner hose, steam cleaner hose and garden hose.

70. Instant rope for tying down that Big Box Store impulse purchase.

71. Temporary Baby Proofer. Softened sharp furniture corners and cover electrical outlets.

72. Diaper tape substitute.

73. Diet Assistant. Tape your refrigerator shut at night.

74. Glass safety. House or car broken windows to hold or cover jagged edges.

75. Picture Framing Tape: Seal the back of the picture for a more “professional” job.

76. Quick Temporary Fix for car or truck fenders. One van driver made from Michigan to Tennessee without having to re-tape up his front fender.

77. Re-attach your muffler or tail pipe.

78. Re-attach your rear view mirror, side mirror, radio antenna……

79. Uninsured motorist friend for securing broken out side/rear windows.

80. Create a mud flap.

81. Make a tow rope.

82. Spare Keys. Tape the spare house key in a secret spot to avoid the ‘lost keys’ panic or to allow a neighbor to check on the house while away.

83. Be a Hero. Tape a secret spare key to the underside of the wife’s car. When she calls because she locked the key in the car. Instant rescue. And you didn’t even have to leave home.

84. Hold your mailbox to your post after a tornado, or wild driver accident.

85. Wrap your aluminum garden tool handles with duct tape to prevent the oxidized grey stuff from getting on your hands.

86. Quickie crime scene tape.

87. Reinforcement for paper plates.

88. Mark the handle of the decaf coffee pot so it is easily identifiable from regular.

89. Reinforce old packing boxes.

90. Hold the back on the TV remote.

91. Tape up a mirror over the bed for a more romantic evening.

92. Quickie hinge.

93. Hold down loose carpet.

94. Secure wiring or chords down across the floor to avoid tripping.

95. Patch a vinyl siding hole.

96. Hold rubber roofing seams together until you can get the roofing sealer.

97. Secure a political poster picture up for dart practice.

98. Paint a straight edge, a substitute for blue painters tape.

99. Make lawn ornaments.

100. Prom dress. Yep, just Google it.

101. Use as a metaphor (sticky and inexpensive) for marketing your business…as in “Duct Tape Marketing”!

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10 Simple Home Maintenance Tips That Could Save You Big

With a new year approaching, I have made a list of simple home maintenance projects, that could save you big

If you are like me finding the time and the motivation, to do simple things sometimes get lost. My list is just a reminder to myself to set aside time to do the simple stuff,that could save big down the road. I will be posting detailed instructions in the coming weeks for each of these tasks so check back often if you need a little help.

1) Clean gutters:gutters function as means to move water off your roof and away from your home regular cleaning is essential to insure the integrity of your roofing and foundations

2) Service garage doors:Overlooked by many homeowners garage door will function properly for years with simple maintenance

3) Drain and flush Water heater:Simple draining of a water heater will extend its,life by several years

4) Service garage disposal:Often taken for granted by homeowners, there are some basic,tips for cleaning and maintaining for extended use

5) Check home for energy loss:Checking around windows and doors for drafts could save substantially on energy cost

6) Clean coils on Heat and air unit:Simple cleaning of coils on condenser units,will help extended the life of your Heat and air unit

7) Re-mulching landscaping:Save lots of time weeding and improves the overall curb appeal of your home

8) Change filters on Heat and air:replacing the filters return air ducts inside your home will reduce energy costs and extend the life of your units.

9) Treat septic system regularly: Huge expense if system fails,adding a additive once a month will help the system operate properly

10) Crawl space inspection:Inspection of crawl spaces yearly, looking for water leaks, damaged joists, or signs of termite signs could save big if caught early.

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A Beginner’s Guide For Building a Shed

Here are some guidelines for your consideration when designing or selecting shed plans for your outdoor storage shed or workshop shed.

Wiring For Lights, Heating, and Cooling

Most sheds are not wired. But for use during the evening, cold winter months, and hot summer months it might be wise to wire the shed for lighting, cooling, and heating. This will make it a lot more comfortable when spending time in the shed working on projects or repairing equipment.

Shed Materials

Most storage sheds are constructed of wood, vinyl, or steel. They can be purchased as a kit, may be delivered in one piece and installed, or may be built on site.

Storage sheds made of wood are usually built of pine, redwood, cedar, or pressure treated wood. Even though wood sheds offer an aesthetic look for the backyard area, they generally need upkeep and sealing to keep their look and color. Steel sheds and vinyl sheds on the other hand are more durable and both of them are fairly maintenance-free.

Shed Features

A few of the features of sheds include windows, skylights, shelves, lofts, and workbenches. Many owners decorate the shed to coordinate with other structures on the land such as the home. Many decorative touches consist of landscaping, outdoor lighting, accents for the storage shed, and integrating it with the backyard area.

You might want to look at integrating a loft for extra space for storage, or perhaps a workbench for extra work area. It is possible to transform the storage shed into your dreams with only a couple of add-ons and design features.

Shed Foundation

Prior to constructing the storage shed, it is very important to build a foundation for it to be secure. One of the most durable kinds of foundation is one made of concrete. You must build a frame to hold and form the concrete and level the ground where the concrete will be poured.

Entrance Ramp

It is also a good idea to give consideration to building a ramp for moving heavy equipment in and out of the shed. This may include large garden tools, lawn mowers, small tractors, and wheelbarrows.

Roof

The shed roof should be made of 5/8 inch wood decking, usually plywood, to keep the roof trusses connected. After the plywood and trusses are secured with screws or nails, you want to lay tar paper or asphalt shingles on the wood. Get some help when working on the roof is always a good idea.

Shed Accessories

You may want to add some accessories like shutters, window boxes and a weather vane to the storage shed to add some class. Your home and the area landscape could be used as an inspiration for designing them.

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About Hardwood Veneer

Hardwood veneer is a wood product that comes from trees classified as angiosperms. Hardwood comes from trees that lose their leaves in the winter. Softwoods come from trees like holly and pine that do not lose their leaves. Hardwoods are distinctive because of its pores and vessels that vary widely in size, structure and shape.

Hardwoods are highly valued for their beauty, durability and quality. These types of wood develop unique and rich grains with striking colors, and can be very expensive. The hardwood veneer demand is very high, because it is much more affordable and retains some of the benefits that are seen with solid hardwood.

Veneers are basically thin strips of wood applied to less expensive products including plywood, MDF board, particleboard, along with other products. This gives the beautiful look of hardwood to the building or improvement projects while also keeping the cost down.

Cherry, oak, maple, mahogany, and birch are a few of the most popular types of hardwood veneers. Veneer uses vary widely including flooring, counters, cabinets, furniture, and paneling. Veneers are made by cutting a thin layer of wood from the tree. The angle of the cut determines the look of the veneer. There are also many different ways to cut veneer that give distinctive looks such as, rotary cut, plain sliced, rift sliced, half round sliced, quarter sliced as well as others.

There are several types of veneers which show grain patterns in different ways. Whole piece veneers are cut using the rotary process, and result in continuous pieces of veneer. Slip matched veneers are made by laying out each strip side by side, producing a repetitive pattern. Spliced veneers are made up of several pieces glued together. The way the pieces are laid out will determine the final appearance. Book matched veneers are made by having each strip side by side, with every other piece turned over.

Hardwood veneer is an excellent choice for adding a striking appearance to any wood working project, especially if you are looking for cost effective ways to maintain the look of hardwoods.

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10 Tips to Beat Summer Heat

If you live in a city where temperature and humidity combine to create uncomfortable heat or if you live in one of the hot areas of the country where temperatures climb to well over 100 degrees daily, you want to stay both safe and comfortable. Here are 10 tips that might help.

  • Alter your pattern of exercise. Take advantage of the cooler early morning or late evening temperatures if you exercise outdoors. If you can’t change the time of your workout, consider joining an air conditioned gym. If none of those work, do fewer minutes, walk instead or run or use some other means to decrease you level of exertion.
  • Change the way you dress. Loose fitting, light colored clothing will keep you cooler. Cotton clothing is cooler than synthetics. Planning a day in the sun? Think about clothing that protects you from the sun – especially for children.
  • Use fans. Even if your home is air conditioned turning on fans for ceiling fans will make your home feel cooler as the air circulates.
  • Keep plastic water bottles in the freezer. Then, just grab and go. As they thaw, you’ll have a cold, refreshing drink.
  • Hydrate, hydrate hydrate. Speaking of water, you can’t drink too much of it. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as they promote dehydration. Stick to water or sports drinks or other sources of electrolytes.
  • Put your lotions in the frig. That’s right – think about storing lotions and cosmetic toners in the refrigerator. They’re perfect for hot, tired feet
  • Change you eating habits. Instead of hot foods, try lighter summer fare and have small meals or snacks more frequently. Cool fruit should be a summer favorite. You’ll feel lighter and cooler and you don’t have to stand by a hot stove.
  • Cool your head to cool your body. If you’re outside exercising, take off your cap, put a little cold water in it and quickly invert it back on your head. Refreshing!
  • Be especially careful to guard babies and the elderly from overheating. They will dehydrate easily and are more susceptible to heat-related illness. Make sure they’re cool and comfortable.
  • Get your house ready for the summer. Clean blinds and shades and plan on using them. Keep your home a little dimmer and cooler. Have your air conditioning service done by a pro so you know it can keep up with the summer heat and you can avoid a breakdown on a hot summer day. Be sure to keep the A/C filters clean by changing them once a month so your air conditioning unit runs at its peak efficiency.

Summer sun can be delightful – or just plain, dreadfully hot. Be sun smart. If the heat is intolerable, stay indoors.

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7 Common Tree Pruning Practices You Should Avoid

Pruning is a necessary tree maintenance procedure. When done properly, it can significantly improve the health of your tree by eliminating dead or weak branches. It also helps in protecting the branch structure and minimizes hazards such as tree failure, low hanging branches or falling limbs. For fruit trees, proper pruning is necessary to improve the size, quality and quantity of the crops.

Although pruning trees may seem to be an easy task for any do-it-yourselfer, it is actually not as easy as getting a chainsaw or your garden tools and cutting away any branch that you feel like cutting. Pruning trees without the proper know-how can actually do more harm than good. You could damage the tree and other properties. You could also hurt yourself and everyone else around you. So, if you don’t know how to properly prune a tree, it is best to hire a professional tree service company to avoid making costly mistakes. But if you insist on learning by experience, here are some of the common pruning practices that you should avoid.

1. Using dull tools. Aside from making the task physically challenging, using old and overused tools are often dull and will give you a rugged rather than a clean-cut. This will make the healing process longer than usual. If your trimming tools will benefit from sharpening, by all means do so before trying to prune even a single tree in your yard.

2. Ignoring safety measures- Experts suggest to never trim a tree from a ladder. Otherwise you are looking at an accident waiting to happen. If you can’t trim your tree with your feet on the ground, then consider hiring a tree care expert to do the work. Never try to climb a tree with your cutting tools on your hand, instead, ask someone to raise them to you. You should also make sure that you wear proper safety gears such as a hardhat and safety goggles.

3. Trimming trees on a bad weather. Tree service companies don’t work during a bad weather and so should you. Working on your trees during rainy or windy conditions could lead to serious injuries.

4. Not clearing the area. The most common cause of injury during a tree maintenance job is not clearing the area. Someone who has not vacated the vicinity may get hit by falling branches. This type of accident is usually called “struck bys” and it is the leading cause of serious injuries and fatalities when doing tree maintenance procedures. Make sure that your family and everyone else is at a safe distance from the tree that you are working on.

5. Over-pruning – Many do-it-yourselfers tend to get carried away when trimming a tree. Always remember that you should never cut away more than 25% of a tree’s leaf-bearing crown especially when dealing with older trees. This is because older trees heal longer than the younger ones.

6. Flush cutting – Flush cutting or cutting a branch flush against the main branch or trunk can cause several problems. Such tree problems include uneven bark, disease, pests and fungus growth.

7. Over lifting – This happens when all the lower branches of the tree are removed, making the upper part of the tree heavy and more at risk to branch failure.

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5 Tips to Save Your Home From Water Damage

Water damage to your home can be catastrophic, believe me I know. I once knew a couple that lived in an older home and both worked third shift jobs. They returned home one morning to find that their kitchen had been completely flooded. The sad thing is it could have been prevented, if they had only done some basic preventive maintenance.

Do not allow your pipes to freeze.

This little bit of maintenance can save you from huge plumbing bills. It’s as simple as wrapping your pipes with some insulation or a heating tape. For anyone living in an older home with copper piping, it may be necessary to replace some of this with white PVC pipe. Even then, you should still wrap your pipes, especially those of you living in harsh winter climate areas. When cold weather sets in, leaving your faucets dripping a bit will help as well.

Make sure all gutters and downspouts are in place and not damaged.

At least twice a year, more if you live in storm prone areas, you should check your gutters and downspouts for damage. Rainwater runs off your roof into your gutters and then into your downspouts, which direct the water away from your home. If your spouts and gutters are clogged, missing or damaged, this can cause damage to not only your foundation (possibly leaking into your basement), but also to your roof (if the gutter is clogged).

Install a sump pump in your basement.

This tip is for those of you whose basement consistently has pooling water issues. Installing a sump pump allows you to either keep the water out of your basement, or can allow you to keep the water away from your foundation. If you have issues with water in your basement, you should at least find out why water is coming in through your basement. This could be attributed to those clogged or missing downspouts.

Inspect your hot water heater.

This is why my kitchen flooded. I neglected to check the water heater in an older home and just took the owners word that it worked and was like brand new. Periodically check your valves and hoses on your hot water heater for rust or leaking. Leaking, over time can cause rust, and these two together can ruin a hot water heater. Rust can eat a hole through the tank if left untreated. Leaking valves can leave water stains and if not found, can rot the wood causing mold and other expensive, nasty things.

Periodically check dishwasher hoses and connections.

If you have a dishwasher that is not properly stabilized, the jostling and motion of a running dishwasher can loosen hoses. It is important to check these connections to avoid any sudden gushes of water coming into your kitchen. Keeping the hoses and connections tight to avoid any leaking from occurring can also prevent you from having a mold problem. The area beneath the dishwasher is a great environment for mold to grow, especially if you use the heat dry setting. If you have a light moldy smell you cannot pinpoint, check your dishwasher, it is quite possible you have loose fittings.

Using these five tips, you can save yourself a lot of heartache, as well as money on your homeowner’s insurance.

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16 Green Ways to Recycle Old Memory Foam Mattress Toppers

Most memory foam mattress toppers have a lifespan of only 5 years. After that the foam loses the ability to regain shape and gradually start to sag. A lot of people change mattress topper after this period, that means there is quite a bit of waste out there. Instead of increasing your carbon foot prints what can you do something more eco-friendly? The most opted option is to recycle the foam as it can be 100% recycled. Some manufactures also take used toppers, so that’s another way.

But instead of just throwing them away I have some unique ideas that will convert your old memory foam mattress topper into something completely new and eco-friendly.

1. Stuffing for toys

Why not? They make an excellent stuffing material for toys. Cut them into small pieces and use them to stuff toys for your kids. Also you can make toys out of them and even sell on eBay or Etsy!

2. Bean bags

A bean bag can be made more comfortable by filling half of it with pieces of memory foam. Or you can sew a new bag and fill it completely with foam pieces, this will give quite a decoration for your living room.

3. Donate

Donate them to the homeless or shelter homes. Many of them do not have enough beds to accommodate homeless people, donating to them would be a good thing you do for the society.

4. Car seat pads

You can cut the foam and use it as padding for car seats. They can also be wrapped in fabric or leather and used as head support.

5. Wheel chair pads

Resize and give them to a person on wheel chair. They can be used as padding and help the person sit more comfortably.

6. Halloween costume

Your old memory foam topper can come handy during Halloween. A lot of costumes require bulges and this is an excellent choice for that.

7. Cushions for hardwood chairs

Not comfortable sitting on your hardwood chair? Make some cushions out of your ‘to be disposed’ topper.

8. Stuffing for pillows

They can be used to make pillows for your kids and pets. Cut them into small pieces and stuff them inside the pillow.

9. Dishwashing sponges

We use hundreds of sponges a year. Why not cut your topper into square pieces and use them as dishwashing sponges. That is a lot better than just throwing them away.

10. Sell on Craigslist

OK, this is not a DIY project. But definitely I have seen people selling and buying old mattress toppers on Craigslist, may be for their own DIY projects.

11. Floor cushions

Cut them into large square pieces and cover them with decorative fabrics. They will make great floor cushions.

12. Pet bed

I wonder why people often forget this. This is an excellent idea to reuse your old topper. Cut it and make a bed for your lovely pet. Cover it with a waterproof cover, the foam doesn’t go well with pee.

13. Headboard

It is an excellent material to be used as padding for a headboard. If you were longing for a headboard for your bed then this is the right time to get one.

14. Use as an outdoor day bed

Use it on a day bed in your garden or patio.

15. Packing, moving material

They can be used to keep things intact while packing and moving. Vacuum storage bags are a good way to keep them stored till needed.

16. Gardening knee cushion

Gardening is an excellent hobby but all that sowing and weeding can be a little tough on your knees. Your old topper will be an excellent choice to make a home-made knee cushion.

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