When you are doing home improvements, the first stop is often the hardware store. Here you will find all the things you need to do the job, from fasteners to tools. However, these specialty shops are not just a place to find pieces to fix things. In fact, there are many different items that you might not be aware of that can assist you in projects around your home.
You can turn any surface in your home into a chalkboard with the right type of paint. Turn a wall into a space where your kids can draw, or upgrade your refrigerator to a place where your family can leave notes for one another. Simply roll or spray the paint onto the desired surface. Once it dries, you are ready to use it. Just make sure you use the correct chalk when writing on the surface.
Used to coat surfaces that are traditionally slippery, this clear spray gives you traction. It can be used on wood, plastic, or fiberglass. Use it in the bottom of your tub to provide added safety, just make sure you do not spray the drain. It works great on stairs, decks, and even underneath rugs to keep them from sliding around.
Magnetic paint may seem like something from a science fiction story, but you can find the product at your local hardware store. The paint contains tiny particles of ferrous metal. This allows any surface you paint it on to attract magnets. It is great to use in shops or anywhere you may need to magnetically post items. Be cautious about using it in children’s rooms. This type of paint is best for areas where you can supervise.
Self-Fusing Silicon Tape
Silicon tape is a handy way to repair items. However, in most cases, it can take up to 24 hours to cure. Newer, self-fusing silicon tape takes only minutes to cure. It can be used in place of shrink tubing and is intended to repair any surface, including electrical components. It is heat resistant up to 500 degrees F.
There are times when you need to siphon liquid from one area and transport it into another. A shakable siphon helps you do so without sucking the liquid up through the tube. Simply stick one end into the liquid you need to siphon off, and shake the tube a few times. This draws the liquid up through the tube and allows you to siphon it out without getting your mouth full of potentially harmful substances.
Your local hardware store is full of interesting sealants. Not the least of these is spray rubber that can serve as a watertight seal. There are many practical uses; however, it might not be best to try to make a boat out of a screen door with just one can.