5 Helpful DIY Drywall Repair Tips

There’s just so much to do when it comes to your handyman to-do-list and there’s so little time to accomplish them all. With all of the work a normal person has to do, it’s no wonder there’s no more time to finish other important tasks in our home. But that’s not an excuse folks because not accomplishing these handyman repair tasks will greatly compromise the integrity of your home and reduce its overall value. So, don’t forget to do your homework folks and make sure these tasks are done right away. One such handyman repair task you should check out is your house’s drywall. To aid you in this endeavour, here are five helpful tips for your drywall repair problems.

 

Spackle Well

When it comes to repairing a drywall, it’s common knowledge to employ the use of Spackle. Basically, Spackle is a compound that is used to fill holes in drywall. Once it has been applied, Spackle will dry off quickly and harden. After the process has been finished, you can easily sand it until its surface blends seamlessly with your drywall. Do keep in mind, though, to use Spackle in tiny holes. This is because when used to cover a larger area, Spackle is weaker and will break down in a short amount of time.

 

Get Rid of Nail Pops

Nail pops are something you don’t want to see on your drywall. If you do see them, you need to fix these nail pops immediately. To accomplish this goal, you should drive the nail further back into the wall. Afterwards, insert a drywall screw to cover the original nail pop. This compound should act as a cover for the holes made by nail pops. As you do these steps, other nail pops may come out too. Don’t worry because all you need to do is repeat the process until all nail pops have been covered.

 

Texture Your Drywall Carefully

A bare and recently-repaired drywall does your home interior no favours at all. To make your drywall presentable, you need to do your best in texturing it. Texturing any repaired area of the drywall restores its whole surface and allows it to be painted as a whole again. Keep in mind that you need to be consistent in texturing your drywall. One mistake and your drywall will not look the way you initially planned. Heck, you might spend more in hiring a professional to texture your drywall if you make a wrong move in this step.

 

Don’t Go Overboard When Sanding

So, you’ve finished repairing all the holes in your drywall huh? Well, don’t celebrate yet because you still need to sand your whole drywall first. Sanding it makes everything smoother and easier to touch. But don’t be overzealous in sanding your drywall folks. You might damage your drywall and it’d end up in a much worse condition than before. Just use the right amount of pressure as you sand your drywall. Chances are, it’s going to look better than what it was before if you do this step right.

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DIY Handyman Lessons for Kids

When something is damaged inside your home, your first instinct would be to call for a handyman in Singapore to help you out. But wouldn’t it be better if you take the initiative to learn these repairs and perform them on your own? Learning these things will save you a lot of money and time. In fact, you can also learn a lot of useful skills you may apply in your life. And speaking of useful skills, it would be best if your kids learn the same lessons too. If you want your kid to know these kills, here are a couple of DIY handyman exercises to help prepare your children.

 

Hammer Nails Into An Unused Piece of Wood

One of the most basic skills in performing handyman projects is knowing how to use a hammer. In order for young children to be familiarized with this tool, you have to make sure first they are safe as they use it. To do just that, get a piece of wood you’re not using anymore and teach them how to hammer a nail into it properly. Show them how to hold a hammer and how to swing it safely onto a nail. Once they get the hang of it, they can now perform simple tasks with this tool.

 

Teach Them the Value of Safety

Kids sometimes forget to stay safe in most of the things they do. This line of thought should not apply when they start learning how to handle even the simplest of handyman repair tasks. As their parent, show to them the different kinds of protective gear, like gloves, goggles, and a hard hat. You should also explain to them their purposes and how they can protect our bodies from injuries caused by performing handyman repair projects. The more that these kids know about safety, the more they can be preventive in every move they make. Plus, explain to them the different kinds of handyman tools and how they can be a cause of injury to people.

 

Work with a Foam Core First

Unlike hardwood, plastic, or metal, cutting foam is very easy to do. In fact, your kids can master their cutting skills using this material without all the inherent danger. Just hand them a small saw or a cutter and instruct them to cut this foam into strips. As they continue to do this on a regular basis, they will be familiarized with the technique needed to cut materials. Afterwards, they can apply this method to harder materials level up from there.

 

Use a Drywall When Using a Screwdriver

Kids don’t have enough strength yet in their bodies to drive a screw into a hard material, like wood. To help them master this tool, hand them a piece of excess drywall for them to use. A drywall is very thin and kids can practice driving a screw into it until they master the said skill. In this way, they learn the basics of a screw driver without wasting any precious materials in the process.

 

Construct a Bolt Board

Bolt boards are pieces of wood with different sizes of bolts in it. A child can use this customized board to tighten and loosen bolts of all sizes using an adjustable wrench. It can be hard at first, especially if the bolts are tightened so hard. But with the right amount of practice and guidance, a child will learn to do this task in a safe and efficient way.

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Healthy and All-Natural DIY Toothpaste in Five Minutes!

 

Well, we all want to have those shiny white teeth that dazzle the crowd, right? A toothpaste-commercial-worthy smile that you can be proud of wherever whenever. So we do everything to protect our teeth from cavities, preserve their beauty, and repair the damages they have incurred over the years.

Brushing our teeth regularly, at least three times a day as toothpaste commercials would always say, is our daily defense to prevent food from building up in our teeth. We rely heavily on toothpastes to do this job for us. Most of us have the idea that when it comes to toothpastes, the mintier, the better. But if we want to be more careful in taking care of the health of our teeth, it’s about time we learn about the all-natural toothpaste recipes that will not pose any kind of harm to our health.

I’ve decided to switch to DIY toothpastes since last year when I read about the different harmful ingredients that are found in commercialized toothpaste brands such as triclosan, among others. Triclosan is an anti-bacterial agent that has been under review by the Food and Drug Administration in 2016. It is originally a pesticide but was allowed to be an ingredient in toothpastes because of it’s ability to prevent gingivitis. However, the authorities just recently classified it as an endocrine-disrupting chemical that might result to ovarian and prostate cancer.

Today, I am sharing with you two of my favorite recipes for all-natural, homemade toothpastes.

Peppermint Baking Soda

You’ll just need 2/3 cup of baking soda, 15 drops of peppermint oil, water, and 1 teaspoon of fine sea salt for this formula. Just mix all the ingredients together and you’re done! You can add as much peppermint oil as you want, depending on the intensity that’s right for you.

This mixture is one of the healthiest because baking soda is naturally salt so it has anti-microbial properties. Baking soda is known for its many benefits to our oral health. Once of which is it removes stains, thus, whitening our teeth. The peppermint oil, on the other hand, promotes freshness for longer hours.

As to the cost, baking soda is a commodity that’s always present in every household, while a small bottle of peppermint essential oil usually costs less than $15. Not too bad at all.

Coconut and Clay

This toothpaste recipe is a bit tastier that even kids will surely enjoy it. The substitute base for the flour is the bentonite clay that you can easily buy from shops selling natural ingredients. Bentonite clay come in packs so you can keep what’s left for your next batch. A pack usually costs 14-19 dollars. You’ll also need 4 tablespoon of warm coconut oil, natural sweetener xylitol, and 3 tablespoon of water.

Just mix all of these ingredients in a food processor. Adjust the taste as you wish and store the mixture in a sealed jar. Make sure no air will enter the container because it will dry the toothpaste up.

If you’re wondering how much you can save from DIYing your toothpaste, well, I can proudly say the cost of the ingredients added together are 300% cheaper compared to the price of the same amount of commercialized brands. Plus, you can be sure that you’re safe fro harmful ingredients.

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