25 Products All DIYers Should Have at the Ready for Quick-Fix Repairs
Sometimes the key to making a fix is just knowing the right product to use. We asked our team of professional carpenters, plumbers, painters, electricians and fix-it gurus what their favorite products were, and this is what they told us they never leave home without.
Self-Sticking Wall Patch
Available up to 8 in. square, these stiff metal patches eliminate the time-consuming process of squaring a hole, putting in wood backer boards, and buying, cutting and taping the drywall. They’re a great fast fix for holes and big cracks in walls before painting.
Appliance Touch-Up Paint
Incredibly Versatile Screws
Fingertip and Knuckle Bandages
Flex Shot Rubber Adhesive Sealant Caulk
For a quick bead of caulk without having to work a caulking gun, get Flex Shot! It’s as simple as pressing the small trigger on the canister. The narrow tip at the end of the long nozzle will release an accurate application for you to apply around sinks, tubs, toilets, window frames and more for your waterproof sealant or adhesive needs.
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Screw Hole Repair Kit
A hole in wood or drywall from a loosened screw is a very common problem. Fix the stripped screw hole with these Mr. Grip steel mesh strips that can be cut to your desired size and placed over the hole before putting the screw back in. This will ensure proper traction and holding power. Here’s another repair option for stripped screw holes.
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Window Screen Repair Kit
Whether it’s bugs you’re worried about or burglars, Screenmed allows you to mend rips and tears in window screens, screen doors, tent mesh, pool screens, RV screens and more. It’s a simple and easy application that only requires heat from a hairdryer! You may also want to know how to completely replace a door or window screen.
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DIYers working on jobs with multiple loose fasteners will love this product. Rather than spending precious time looking around for your spares, keep everything within arm’s reach (pun intended!) by holding onto small parts like fasteners, drill bits and small wrenches on the MagnoGrip wristband.
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Screw-In Anchors Go in Fast and Hold Tight
Spray Rubber Sealant Coating
Flex Seal’s liquid rubber coating transforms into a durable waterproof barrier. Once sprayed, it seeps into cracks and holes, eventually drying as a rubberized coating. It’s the perfect DIY product for quick fixes when you need to keep out water, air and moisture while preventing rust and corrosion. You may also want to learn how to prevent leaks with pipe dope.
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Fast-Setting Drywall Compound
Leather and Vinyl Repair
What do you do when you get tiny tears or holes in your beautiful leather couch to car seats? Don’t panic! Extend the life of these and other leather and vinyl items with Plasti Dip VLP, a clear, glue-like substance that will mend the damage in no time. Check out this leather and vinyl repair guide for more simple, DIY fixes for tears and holes.
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Two Lubricants That You Need in Your House
Every time that screen door squeaks or that stubborn drawer sticks, you cringe a little, right? The noise! The extra effort! For a quick solution, try AGS DE-2 Door Ease Lube Stick. It’s a small and simple product that can be applied like a crayon to eliminate those squeaks and ease up those sticking drawers. This versatile product works on sliding door and window channels, curtain rod slides, latches, doors, drawers, zippers, sunroofs, seat tracks, screws and nails, plus power and handsaw blades Have a squeaky floor? Fill the gap and stop the squeak! You can do this fix in minutes, as long as you can get at the floor framing.
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Tibet Almond Scratch Remover
A simple scratch on your beautiful wood furniture can stand out like a sore thumb. While you might consider sanding and refinishing the scratch, that takes a lot of time and effort and you may not be able to make the original stain color. Instead, repair it with Tibet Almond Stick Scratch Remover. It’s a tightly-rolled stick of cotton that has been soaked in a formula the company calls a “family secret.” Watch the scratch disappear before your very eyes! You may also want to check out these 10 tips for wood floor scratch repair.
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Texture Spray Cans
The Drain King
It seems like a clog in the drain always happens at the most inopportune time. When this happens, many people grab a chemical drain cleaner and dump it down the drain, hoping it will dissolve the clog. But now there are nasty chemicals, that may not solve the problem, down your drain. And those chemicals are hard on your pipes, too. A safer and effective approach is Drain King, which attaches to a garden hose and is inserted into the drain where it uses pulsating jets of water to loosen up clogs. Here’s a handy guide with much more on clearing clogged drains.
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