Save Time & Money with DIY Epoxy Resin…
We’ve all been there. Knowing there are some items around the house that need addressing. But the questions remain whether to “call the guy,” and the expense that entails; or do we tackle the repair challenge on our own - stretching our do-it-yourself (DIY) muscles?
While DIY is certainly a less-expensive alternative to hiring a vendor; there are time and expertise factors to consider (not to mention trips to the hardware store). However, once you’ve acquired a collection of the right tools and some trial-and-error experience; completing tasks around your home becomes second nature and fills one with a sense of accomplishment.
Personally, I prefer hand tools to power tools – my only power tool is an electric (battery operated) drill. I find the precision due to the touch of hand tools to be much more to my liking – and I rarely have accidents such as stripping bolts, nuts, screws and their substrates. Basic necessities tool-wise should include: screwdriver sets (both standard & Phillips), sockets & open-end wrenches (both metric & SAE), a variety of adjustable wrenches & pliers, a tape measure, a hammer or two, and some vice grips and clamps as these come in very handy for many tasks.
For epoxy resin home repairs, you’ll need to add the following as well: assorted putty knives, brushes or other application tools to your liking, epoxy resin mixing containers, wax paper to cover the work area, solvent and rags/paper towels for cleaning up post repair, and of course the epoxy resin polymer itself. Epoxy resin requires safe handing; wear gloves and protective clothing to avoid skin contact, and goggles/safety glasses to protect eyes. Avoid breathing vapors or sanding dust. Work in a well-ventilated area. Wear a dust mask when sanding epoxy.
Epoxy resin may be used for myriad repairs to bond, fill and coat a wide variety of surfaces including hardware, ceramics and porcelain, plastics, fiberglass, metal and wood. Here are just a few ideas for household repairs, maintenance and restoration using helpful and versatile epoxy resin:
- Coating and sealing surfaces from moisture – areas around pipes, sinks, showers and more may be protected by applying epoxy resin to drywall, plaster and counters
- Repairing damaged wood – filling & sealing rotted or damaged wood such as window & door frames, columns and other structures such as sealing wooden posts
- Repairing furniture – loose and broken furniture joints, seams and other parts may be efficiently and effectively addressed with epoxy resin – for a long-lasting repair
- Anchor & reinforce bolts, screws and other hardware & structures – using epoxy resin to bond fasteners into pilot holes makes for a superior & more permanent repair
- Bond, fill and seal myriad surfaces around the house – fix cracked porcelain in the bathroom, fill holes in concrete surfaces, repair wall surfaces, bond brickwork, stone & masonry
For a head start about all things epoxy resin, please visit our FAQs, where you’ll find tips and tricks about surface preparation, dispensing and mixing instructions, polymer working and curing times; as well as complete instructional guides and clean up and storage tips. You’ll find that keeping those household tasks at bay is easier (and cheaper) than you think – and very rewarding from an “I did that!” perspective.