With just a few simple tips and the proper products, you can solve common household problems without calling in backup.
Repair Ripped Vinyl
Problem: "When vinyl rips, it seems like the only choices are to fix it with duct tape (which looks awful) or toss it (which seems wasteful). Is there another way?"
Fix it: Yes. Certain glues, like Loctite vinyl, fabric and plastic flexible adhesive ($3 for 1 oz.; homedepot.com), are able to maintain their elasticity once dry. That makes them ideal for fixing ripped patio furniture, tents and punctured beach balls. Just add a thin line of glue to both edges and press them together. Or, for added strength, glue a patch on the underside, where it won't be seen, wiping off any excess that squeezes out the top of the crack.