DIY Tips - Using Fixings

As a DIY enthusiast you will often find yourself having to fix together two different types of material such as wood and metal, or metal and brickwork, and there are various ways of tackling these jobs with the vast range of fixings available on the market these days.  There are fixings for the latest generation of materials and for hollow walls, and just about any combination of materials you can dream up.

Hollow walls need their own special fixings, such as plugs that splay out on the other side and keep it in a fixed position for the screw.  Screws, nails and glue can typically be used to join pieces of wood, although there are many brackets available which can often get the job done faster and more efficiently.  You can get knock-down joints from DIY stores that are designed to allow you to assemble and dismantle a project whenever you want, like a flat-pack.

The sort of fixings you select for a DIY project can often make or break it, especially when you can see them, so it is good idea to keep them as simple as possible.  Door hinges and cabinet catches are a case in point, where ease of operation and visual simplicity pay dividends in the finished item.

Don’t use fixings that are too big and will detract from the item to which they are fitted, and remember that if you are applying fixings to a plastered surface it must be completely dry, otherwise there will be problems with shrinkage at a later date. 

One Response to “DIY Tips - Using Fixings”

  1. Fasteners Says:

    Some basic information, but your right in saying that you need to use some specialist fixings for hollow walls. You can in fact get a range of fixings called “Hallow wall fixings” for the job which have all been specially designed just for this job!

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