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Handyman Home Hacks For A More Effective Home

Here are four quick tips that take advantage of fashionable, modern home furnishings and appliances that can make your home more convenient, and save a bit of money in the process.

Easiest Way To Save Water

Faucet aerators save water by infusing air into the stream, which gives the sensation of higher water pressure. A simple way to reduce water consumption is to replace your current aerators with water-saving models. Some reduce the water flow to less than .5 gpm (gallons per minute), considerably less than 1.5 gpm, which is standard on many faucets today. If you have unfiltered well water that contains sediment, water-saving aerators may not be an option for you. Sediment can clog the small orifices. There are a few different styles, so take your old aerator to the store to make sure you get the right type. The Neoperl Mikado aerator shown produces a fancy spiral pattern and is available for $6 at

Better Toilet Paper Holders

My wife recently brought home a pivoting toilet paper holder, which reaffirmed my long-held belief that it’s the little things in life that make us happy. The holder has a pivoting arm that lifts up but stays attached. That means no more chasing spring-loaded rollers around the bathroom floor. Buy this type of paper holder, made by a variety of manufacturers, at home centers or online.

Professional Drain Clearing

Professional drain augers cost anywhere from $300 to well over $1,000. That’s just not in the price range of most homeowners, even for us hard-core DIYers. But now every homeowner with finicky drainpipes can play professional plumber with Ryobi’s new battery-operated Drain Auger. It runs on an 18-volt ONE+ battery and costs less than $60 (for the tool only). That’s about half of what a plumber would charge just for showing up at your door.


Magnetic Showerheads

The Moen Magnetix handheld shower is secured to the shower arm with a magnet rather than a clip. That’s quick and slick for me, but even better for my daughter, who can’t reach quite high enough to remove a standard shower wand. Aside from allowing her to shower “like a grownup,” the Magnetix line offers adjustable spray patterns and water-saving engineering.