Some things are hard to store in your garage, at least so that they are out of the way. Trim, pipe, conduit and dowels are just a few of these things. They either end up on the floor or propped up in the corner, where they sometimes fall down. But you can take a scrap of large-diameter PVC pipe and use a screw or two to attach it to your garage wall, vertically several feet off the ground. Then you can fill it with molding, thin pipe and other materials like this. Give it a try and see if you don’t notice a big difference.


Q: I have noticed that my toilet tank is sweating a lot of water. I don’t see a leak, just condensation. It’s really causing a mess in the bathroom, too. Is there anything I can do to prevent it? – N.D.

A: Your toilet tank has cold water in it, and when warm, humid air comes in contact with the cold surface of the toilet tank, you get condensation. Some people have changed their water supply to warm water or added insulation inside the tank. The best thing to do is to add ventilation to the bathroom. If you have that much moisture in the bathroom, it’s also going to cause other problems, so keep the ventilation fan on longer.

Tips from readers

Dear Carrells: Why don’t they make heavy-duty gardening gloves? Most are just plain cloth and they get too wet, fall apart and are mostly a waste of time. I have started using rubber gloves when I work in the garden. They are completely waterproof and tough enough to take some abuse. They also are a lot cheaper to buy, so I’m using them these days. – H.T.


Dear Al: We installed a tile backsplash in our kitchen. We shopped and found the perfect tiles for it. Unfortunately, the tiles we chose were individual tiles, so we had to work a little harder to keep them straight while putting them up one by one. We used pennies between each tile to act as a spacer before grouting. We wanted small spaces, and the spacers at the home center were just too wide for the spaces we were wanting to do. The pennies worked well, and the backsplash looks amazing! – T.W.


Dear Kelly: We really like our new stainless-steel appliances. They look great most of the time. I have learned a little trick from my sister about cleaning them, though: You can use rubbing alcohol to get the grease and grime off of them and make them look new again. It also disinfects them. She even polishes hers with olive oil, but I’m happy if they are just clean and shiny at my house! – M.R.


Bosch Power Tools are just coming out with a 1 9/16-inch rotary hammer. It’s the hardest-hitting, fastest-drilling hammer in this class of tools. It’s comfortable to use for long periods of time on tough projects. It features a variable speed dial for both drilling and chiseling applications and a selector knob to make switching from hammer drilling, chiseling only and the Vario-Lock function. This Vario-Lock mechanism allows chisels to be rotated into 12 different positions. Check it out at or at your hardware store or home center.