Home Improvement FAQ
TOILET & TAP REPAIRS
Many people are in the dark about what to do when their cistern (toilet/dunny!) refuses to flush or leaks! Having a tap that won’t turn off can really upset the apple cart! Can’t it? Do you race to the phone to call a plumber or DIY?
A visit to your helpful Hardware One store can sometimes save you heaps of dollars, because companies like Fix-A-Tap make a large range of repair parts to make it easy for you to fix things yourself. Mike, at HardwareOne can show you what you could use to solve your problem, but remember it may not always be one part causing the problem. When in doubt, you can always call the plumber.
GLUES & SILICONES: Frequently asked questions
How many glues are there?
There are dozens You do need to get the right glue for the job you’re doing.
Can you use any glue for all applications?
No. Glues are manufactured for specific purposes. It comes back to “what are you gluing?”
Which glue holds the best?
This is an easy one to answer – two part epoxy glues.
Does it matter how long the glue has to set?
Oh yes! It is vitally important to read the instructions; otherwise your glue may fail to hold.
Is it still true that PVA glue is the best for gluing wood to wood?
Yes, it’s still the best.
If I’m not sure which glue to use, what do I do?
You can do a few things. Call Mike. He’ll be able to help you. His number is on the website, or you can do some Google research or check out http://www.thistothat.com/cgi-bin/glue.cgi?lang=en&this=This&that=That
FASTENERS: Frequently asked questions
What are fasteners?
Anything that puts things together mechanically such as putting brackets on a wall or joining wood together. The options are numerous, but you would use things like screws, bolts, clips, nails, tacks, sleeve bolts, nylon nail-ins to name a few that would do the job.
What do I choose to do the job I have in mind?
Firstly, you’ll need to find the right size and type of fastener. Fasteners have many profiles and sizes. This is where Hardware One can help the inexperienced DIYer by obtaining as much information about the job in question, and helping to select the right fastener.
How many fasteners will I need?
Enough. After decades of experience Mike can usually assist most customers make an informed choice.