With just a few simple tips and the proper products, you can solve common household problems without calling in backup.
Fixing Holes in Walls
Problem: "'My walls are riddled with holes, cracks and other imperfections."
Fix it: Even the most immaculate wall can start looking pockmarked because of botched picture-hanging projects and weather changes, which can make surfaces expand, contract and crack. To fix blemishes smaller than ¼-inch wide on white walls, try white toothpaste. Squirt in enough to fill the hole, scrape off the excess with a putty knife (or playing card in a pinch). If the imperfection still shows, sand flat and paint. For larger cracks, stop by a hardware store for some spackling compound and repeat the steps above. The Dap wall-repair patch kit ($8; walmart.com) contains everything you need, from start to finish, including spackling compound, putty knife and sandpaper.