5 Must-Have Handy Tools For Small Repairs At Home
You often need small fixes and repairs at home. Even if your house is very well maintained, you cannot avoid an occasional wear and tear. These can become a hassle if you have to call a professional every tome. Some of these repairs, actually, are so easy that you could do them yourself. All you need are the right tools.
MakaaniQ lists five such must-have handy tools that offer quick-fix solutions for your home needs:
Petroleum jelly and silicone gel
Petroleum jelly, which you mostly use for making your dry lips smooth during winters, can also be used to mend doors and windows at home. The greasing quality of this product could help you get rid of the haunting squeaky sounds the hinges of your windows and doors make. Also, silicone gel, which is readily available in the market, can be applied on the hinges of doors or windows that are squeaky. Once applied, move the hinges back and forth about five times. If this doesn't work, try to lift the hinge pins and thoroughly spread the jelly.
Despite varnishing and coating, your wooden furniture sometimes get ugly scratches and marks. To clean these up, you don't need a craftsman. Simply apply a coat of wax on the desired area with a pen; the light scratches would disappear.
A tool kit
Most furniture, appliances, etc, at home are kept in their place by screws, nails and bolts. You can tighten them all -- from switches to cabinets -- if you have a hammer and screwdrivers of the right size. For any home, a tool kit is a must-have for small repairs.
Putty knife, sand block, caulk
Putty knives and sand blocks can be used to repair small cracks in walls or joints of your house. To repair small wall cracks, just rub off the remaining paint with sand block, use the putty knife to get rid of the remaining cement and dry paint. Fill the gap with paper tape and joint compound. Apply double coat of joint compound and let it dry overnight. You can do this for bath tubs and toilet seats, too, but in this case you would use caulk instead of joint compound.
Chair floor pads
Prevent your chairs from rubbing off the floor by padding their feet. These are easy to install, but keep a couple of them in store as they wear off easily. Use a hammer to nail them in their right place. Apart from lowering the noise, they also protect your floor. Floor pads can also be used to balance unstable chairs.