Thursday, July 25, 2013

DIY Top Ten


Everybody loves a good top ten list and I've been a do-it-yourselfer from the day I hit the ground. I've learned which tools and tricks make my life easier.  (light bulb illuminates over head). New to the Shannon Quimby blog: my monthly DIY Top Ten List!


Kicking things off :


Top Ten DIY Tools Every DIYer MUST Have.


 

1. DUCO STIK-TAK
    • This is my No. 1 all-purpose fix-it.
    • Use it to hang lightweight artwork, tins and home accessories on the walls. Things stay put, and walls stay intact.
    • Place a pea-size piece under vases to prevent them from slipping off the table or counter. A great solution if you have animals, and I have three!
    • Keeps small area rugs from slipping underfoot.
    • Use this instead of magnets on appliances. Prevents scratching.


     2. T-PINS 
  • Great even for those of us who don't sew.
  • Use to hang pictures and other small items that aren't flat on the wall. (They can hold up medium-weight objects.)
  • Use them for temporary artwork on a wall; the holes they make are so tiny, you can't see them when you rearrange.


3. MR. 7-HANDS
  • All-in-one multi-tool is a screwdriver and flashlight. It prevents headaches, I swear!
  • Tightens door knobs and handles.
  • Repairs small electronics.
  • Assembles furniture.
  • Use to find lost items buried deep in the closet.


4. BLACK SHARPIE RUB-A-DUB FINE MARKER
  • Writes and repairs.
  • Great to cover up scratches on pictures frames.
  • Hides scratches on furniture.

5. ONE-INCH PAINTBRUSH
  • Most women have makeup in their bags; I have a paintbrush.
  • All-purpose quick duster. Spray a little dust cleaner on bristles and dust away.
  • Great computer keyboard cleaner.
  • Dip it in tinted polish oil and dust around chair dowels to freshen and brighten.


6. TAN-COLORED KRAFT POSTAL WRAPPING PAPER
  • I buy the biggest roll I can find.
  • Creates book covers. Same solid color looks crisp and clean.
  • Take the lead from restaurants: Use as tablecloths, runners or place mats. Just add crayons.
  • Need to frame a picture? Use paper as the mat.


7. 8-OUNCE MASTER MECHANIC PLASTIC HEAD MALLET
  • It's small and lightweight. One side is hard yellow plastic, the other black rubber.
  • Use the yellow side just like a hammer; it won't dent the wall the way a regular metal hammer would.
  • Use the rubber side to repair furniture. It doesn't make dents when tapping furniture pieces in place to glue and tighten.


8. 3M COMMAND PICTURE HANGING STRIPS, SMALL
  • No hammer required.
  • Hangs anything on the wall without making holes.
  • No more crooked syndrome. Items are easily repositioned.
  • Great hook to hang kitchen dishtowel.



9. OLD ENGLISH SCRATCH COVER
  • It comes in two stain colors: light and dark.
  • Apply on wood furniture and watch scratches disappear.
  • Use the dark wood stain on new painted furniture to give it a slightly aged look.
  • A quick fix to make table and chair legs look fresh and new.
10. DUCT TAPE, CLEAR COLOR
  • One of our best inventions.
  • Hems curtains. It's ugly from the back but in case of an emergency, such as company coming over, it's a quick fix.
  • Holds up fabric that's sagging under the couch.
  • Covers nails on the back of frames so they don't scratch the wall.
All of these items are easy to find at your local hardware store or can be ordered online. Happy DIYing!

2 comments:

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

Excellent suggestions! I use a lot of these and my favorite go to is my rubber mallet! I've used it inside and outside! Hugs, Leena

Audrey Trubshaw said...

If it moves and it shouldn't, use duct tape. If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40.

I'd add WD40 to the list. :-)

Audrey Trubshaw

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