12 Most Frequent House Fixing Every Mom Should Know
Home Repair Ideas
Daddy’s toolbox and working table is one of my favorite home spots to create knick knacks (arts, craftingg, party giveaways) and most often to fix just about anything and bring it to life.
When the male factor is not in the house and suddenly things fall out of control. We, yes WE moms in the house can unleash the MacGyver in us, how do we do that? Just familiarize your senses and handwork from the basics. I’m pretty sure you have a hammer, nails, pliers, drills, long noses, metal sheet cutters, screw drivers, etc. in your cupboards. The stuff was invented to help humans use logic and proper applications.
Here are some of my Do-It-Youself (DIY) home tips for Moms who handles house management
- Learn how to securely lock cable wires; these materials are durable than straw strings. Cable wires are not only meant for electrical and gadget cables, I use cable wire for my daughter’s bag tag, so no bully can ever remove those tags. 🙂
- Invest in a toggle clamp or working clamp, these tools are used to fasten things that need to stay in place while working on another area. I use the tool when doing my screen-printing on shirts and canvases.
- Learn the basics of drilling a hole on wood and concrete, there are different types of pins from small to large depending on the hole you’re working on, estimate and measure the dimension to properly choose the pin thickness.
- Learn how to install rivets; in this case you need to apply #3 (make a hole) to insert and join rivets. Aluminum blind rivets are the most common rivets we use in the house.
- Gun tacker is one item I won’t leave behind. It fastens just about anything.
- On repainting wood works, I often used acrylic paint when designing our children’s working tables, chairs, even high chairs and walls. Acrylics are water-based and the best way to protect the graphic works is by applying emulsions. So the next time you run around the hardware stores, check out this great guy. It’s cheap, very useful and saves you work overtime.
- Learn the basics of fixing loose thread. Use proper drivers, screws or bolts to fasten external thread.
- Avoid using contact cement (all-purpose adhesive like rugby) once the joined material gets wet by liquid, it wears out and you’re forced to re-apply the adhesive again, making the material weaker and unattractive. Instead, use super glue or contact adhesive such as Selley’s Kwik Grip or Bulldog and the likes. These are heat resistant and work well with porous and non-porous surfaces like vinyl, rubber, metal, leather, canvas and cork.
- To prolong shelf life of #8 (super glue or contact adhesive) store it inside your refrigerator once open. Cold temperature will keep the moisture of the glue.
- Keep a number of cutters with easy grip and extra blades; these guys are the most convenient way to cut/trim anything.
- Use a cutting mat, metal rulers and #10 to precisely cut paper work.
- On furniture works, items on sale from the shopping malls are made of low-grade wood. Why not take a photo of the design or research on the Internet. Next is to commission the design to your best carpenter in the neighborhood. Or invest in electric cutters, fine drills and sandings. You have the option on what wood material to use. Make a project using the principle of assemblage. The next time you stroll the home lifestyle section of shopping malls or turn the pages of that magazine, you’ll be proud of yourself.
More ways to apply your Do-It-Youself talent ala home repair ideas, stick with us on the next article. You can do it even with manicures.
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