It’s Earth Day again and what better way to observe it than to use our skills to make it a slightly better place? It’s not hard to rewire that lamp or refurbish an old piece of furniture.

Here are a couple repair tips gleaned from our @make_tips Twitter account:

How to save your cell phone if it gets wet:

Remove permanent marker from plastic, glass, stone and other surfaces using WD40 on a kitchen towel, followed by alcohol. (v @monkeysailor)

Tips for repairing your shoes:

We need more! Readers, post your repair tips in comments and they’ll be added to the Twitter feed.

[Image: Grant Hutchinson, CC]