10 Fix it quick home solutions
There are certain jobs in and around the home that can be tackled easily and quickly. Here's a quick round up of DIY products that are helpful to have at home in case of an emergency DIY fix up - and you'll find everything you need at your local Builders Warehouse!
Sink, bath or shower takes too long to drain / or not at all
Grab a paper clip and bend straight leaving a small hook at the end. Pop on some rubber gloves and insert the end of the paper clip into the drain. This quick fix works in a bathtub, basin or shower, where hair collects over time and clogs the drain.
Appliances scratched - No problem
Never have to worry about scratches ever again. The Rust-Oleum range of products includes Appliance Touch-Up, Appliance Epoxy and High Heat sprays.
And for stained ceilings...
Covers Up Stain Sealing Ceiling Paint (available at Builders Warehouse) is a low odour vertical aerosol that is a stain killer and ceiling touch-up paint in one. The stain blocking primer technology is incorporated into this new generation product that offers a flat white finish which matches most new acoustical ceiling tiles and white ceiling paints. Use under or over acrylic and oil-based paints
If it's stuck and should be open - or open and won't stay closed
These are two items that definitely should be in your toolbox, or under the sink. WD-40 is a silicone-free lubricant that has over 2000 uses. While duct tape is the one tape you can trust in an emergency. Remove vinyl decals from a car, caravan or similar with a light spray of WD-40 and then peel off without any damage.
Need to fix it fast?
Pattex 5 and 10 minute epoxy works on almost any surface to bond and fix quickly.
Two-part epoxy is rock-hard, fills gaps, bonds to almost anything and dries very quickly.
Still battling to hang it straight?
The new Bosch Quigo laser system means that no matter what you hang, mount of fit - it will be straight! Can be fixed anywhere using the clamp that comes complete with the tool, which means you can use it for hanging wallpaper, mounting artwork, tiling or fitting crown moulding, etc.
Keep leftover charcoal
Charcoal absorbs moisture, so stick a couple of lumps in your toolbox to keep your tools from rusting. Add a piece to a vase of fresh cut flowers to keep the water clean for longer.
No more paint splashes
Plastic lids from take-away coffee make perfect paint spatter trays. Cut a hole in the cup large enough to poke the handle of a paintbrush through and then let the lid catch drips and runs.
No more messy grout
A pastry bag is perfect for filling gaps with grout in wall and floor tiles. Cut the end of the bag to the width of the gap and forget about messy cleanup!
Use leftover toothpaste as a cleaner
If you have some leftover toothpaste you can use it for:
- Use an old, soft toothbrush to lightly brush jewellery with a dab of toothpaste, rinse it, and polish it dry with a soft towel.
- If you run out of bathroom scourer, use some toothpaste in a pinch, and watch your taps shine.
- Remove crayon from walls with a cloth and a small amount of toothpaste. The fine abrasive in the toothpaste will rub away the crayon every time. Rinse the wall with water.