DIY home improvements

Filed Under: Do it yourself    by: ITC

Many people like the idea of DIY home improvements because they help trim the budget for many household maintenance jobs. If you like the idea of fixing items around the home without the need of a repairman you will first need to prepare your garage or toolbox since there are a few essentials that you will have to purchase from the DIY store if they are not in your possession.

Topping the list of items that you will almost always need for DIY home improvements are adhesives and lubricants. Adhesives are used to hold certain materials together either temporarily until a better fix can be made or in some cases as a final repair.

One of the basic adhesives that you will need to place in your toolbox is white glue because it is a versatile adhesive and can be used on a variety of materials including wood, cardboard, paper, cloth, leather, and a handful additional materials. For fine wood work however you should keep the other basic adhesive on hand: carpenter’s glue.
As mentioned, you will also need lubricants around while attempting some DIY home improvements because they are the best fix for a door that is jammed, a squeaky hinge, or a nut/bolt that will not come unscrewed despite your best efforts.

Many lubricants are packaged in cans with a straw that can be attached for a fine stream of the substance that you can direct efficiently. There are different types of lubricants on the market however and you should keep in mind that if you are working with any material that is made out of rubber, vinyl, or wood you will need a lubricant that contains a large percentage of silicon to protect the material.

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