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Super Handyman: Need space for an extra shelf? Look up

Extra storage space always comes in handy. If you could add a shelf somewhere that would look OK and be functional, you’d do it, right? Just add a couple of small shelf brackets next to the door frame at the top, and add a shelf over your door. The door trim will act as additional support. These are great for a garage, bathroom or office, and will give you a lot of additional storage while being barely noticeable.


Q: We had a large oil leak in one of our cars this past winter. It was cold and I didn’t want to mess with it, so I just poured a bag of cat litter over it and left it to absorb the oil. I finally got out there this past weekend and swept it all up. Surprisingly, most of the oil came off the floor, but there still is a little left. How do I get this last bit off? – D.P.

A: Pour a little mineral spirits paint thinner on the oil and scrub it to loosen it. Cover it with fresh cat litter and let it soak this last bit up. Then sweep it off. This should take care of the rest of the stain.

Tips from readers

I have a neat way to store my garden tools, and it didn’t cost me a dime to do. I used an old radiator hose for it. I sliced it into 4-inch pieces and then slit each down the side. I tacked these to the wall of my garden shed with some roofing nails and set the handles of the tools into these little hose/pockets. They close up around the handles and hold them in place, standing upright and ready to use. – E.R.


I wanted to update our bar, so I replaced the old countertop with one made of granite, and then I used more of the granite to replace the old glass shelves. I took off the cabinet doors and removed the center panel of each and set some stained-glass panels into these instead. I replaced the old ceiling fixture with a pendant light and added a lamp for more light. It looks so cute now and was fun to do. Cheers! – N.B.


Our oven is so easy to clean. All you need to do is push a button and it does the rest. I also have discovered that I can clean the barbecue grill racks in there, too. I just set them on top of the other racks and hit the button. These racks clean just as easily as the rest of the oven, and we can keep the racks clean this way. I don’t do this every time we use the grill, but since I clean the oven once a month or so, they get cleaned at least that often. – T.F.


I still have the same grill that I’ve had for years. It’s a very heavy-duty model made of metal and built to last. The grates are easy to clean – I use a wadded up piece of aluminum foil left over from cooking. This makes a great scrubber that is disposable, too, and it knocks all of the baked-on goo right off the surface.

After that, brushing it clean is easy. I do this every time I use the grill. I also have a good cover that protects it from the weather. – D.A.

A super hint

Working up on the roof is rarely easy and usually hot during the summer. Don’t forget to take a car floor mat up with you. It will allow you to sit or kneel without burning yourself in the process. It won’t work miracles, but it will make things a little easier.


Glidden Spred is a paint and primer in one formula. It’s a real time-saving tool for many paint projects, both indoors and out. It is a low-odor, low-VOC latex paint and comes in a wide variety of finishes and colors, even customizable. It’s so super and easy to use that the results are guaranteed. You can find out more about Glidden Spred at or at your paint store.

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