DIY Projects May Be Simpler Than You Think

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – If you are planning a home do-it-yourself project but are worried about the consequences of messing up, it could be that you’re not using the right tools for the job. It may be possible to find better ways to accomplish a task — oftentimes as simple as using adhesive.
For example, if you are planning to install paneling, drywall, chair rails or other building materials, the use of mechanical fasteners, like nails, may not be the best choice. Using adhesives allows for DIYers to accomplish a lot of tasks much faster, with less work and with better results.
For example, Liquid Nails Adhesive Ultra Quik Grip allows you to simply apply a bead of adhesive to the chair rail, align the part and press it into place. If the chair rail wasn’t aligned perfectly, you would have five minutes to adjust the part before the adhesive dries. You wouldn’t need to use a nail gun or finish the part after its installation.
“Products like Liquid Nails adhesives adhere almost instantly, saving time,” said Handy magazine member James Beck.
Liquid Nails Ultra Quik Grip has several properties that make it ideal for DIYers. It grips and holds parts immediately, while also allowing for parts to be adjusted. The adhesive doesn’t get stringy, so it doesn’t go where it’s not wanted. In addition, its low-VOC formulation means that it’s not flammable and that it doesn’t produce fumes. This makes it appropriate for use in occupied homes. And it’s easy to use.
In a recent Handyman Club of America Member Tested survey, users rated performance and ease of use at 9.4 and 9.3 out of 10, respectively. Ninety-eight percent of respondents said that they would purchase the product in the future. For more information about Liquid Nails Adhesive Ultra Quik Grip and DIY projects, visit www.liquidnails.com.

Prepare Toolboxes for Home Projects With Adhesives, Multimeter, Camera

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<p>(<a   href=NewsUSA) – In today’s economy, homeowners feel reluctant to take out new mortgages -; instead of finding a new dream house, they want to make their existing home everything they want. And as more homeowners attempt maintenance and upgrades, they also discover the sense of accomplishment only a DIY job can provide.

But those attempting a DIY home project would do well to look through their toolbox first -; you need the right tools to create professional-looking results.

Here are some tools you might not have thought to stock, but that can make DIY projects easier:

* Caulking gun and adhesives. While everyone knows to keep a hammer and nails on hand, they may not realize that adhesives are sometimes a good alternative or compliment to fasteners.”Adhesives can be used in applications where mechanical fasteners are not practical, such as in the installation of tub surround or a tile backsplash,” says Mike Goldstein, senior brand manager with Liquid Nails Brand Adhesives (www.liquidnails.com). He adds that adhesives are also more forgiving than mechanical fasteners, such as nails and screws, in the installation process.

“Once something is screwed, nailed or stapled in place, it is very difficult to re-adjust its position,” says Goldstein. “With an adhesive, there is some amount of open time, approximately 10 minutes, allowing you to reposition the substrate immediately following installation.”

Adhesives are useful for projects around the house. For example, they can be used to fasten a piece of loose laminate on a countertop or even repair smaller items, such as a piece of furniture, heirlooms or metal parts. For more information about adhesives, visit liquidnails.com.

* Multimeter. You’re not planning on doing electronics work, so you don’t need to measure voltage, right? Well, you might be surprised by how many projects will put you in contact with electrical systems. For minimal investment, a multimeter can keep you from finding out the hard way that an outlet is live.

* Digital camera. You don’t actually have to keep it in your toolbox, but a digital camera can be invaluable whenever you have to take something apart. Before disassembling an IKEA bedroom set or a light fixture, snap a picture so you’ll know what it’s supposed to look like when you’re finished. That way, you have an image to consult while you put the object back together.