DIY Fixings and Adhesives

DIY Fixings and Adhesives

To undertake even the smallest of projects in this website, you will need to obtain the correct materials in order to carry out the job properly. Although it is not possible to show everything that you might come across, on this page, almost all the fixings and adhesives you will require have been identified and their function and properties described. In addition, there will be various building materials that will be needed to complete the project also.

If you are tackling DIY projects for the first time, do not worry about rushing out and buying a large stock of all the nails, screws, glues and tapes you might possibly require. Buy what you need for each project and after several projects you will find that you have started to build up a handy stock of these smaller items.


Types of Nails and Screws and Their Purpose

DIY Fixings and Adhesives frame fixing – screw and wall plug supplied as one, used for heavy-duty wood or masonry fixings

concrete anchor screw can be used in masonry without the need for a wall plug

standard screwcan be used in combination with wood or masonry

coach bolt and washer – alternative heavy-duty screw fixing

drywall screw – can be driven without drilling a pilot hole first, used for fixing plasterboard to joists and studwork

traditional wood screw – for general carpentry, available in a huge range of sizes and finishes

brass screw – generally used in situations where the screwhead will be visible, and so is chosen for its decorative finish

cut floor brad – the traditional fixing for nailing solid timber floorboards to the joists below

masonry nail – used for fixing into masonry

plasterboard nail – used for fixing plasterboard to stud work, sometimes has a rough shank to improve grip when in position

lost head nail – can be punched below the surface and gives a neat finish, used in all manner of carpentry work and is ideal for floorboards

wall plugspositioned inside pre-drilled holes before the screws are inserted, used for fixing joist hangers and timber to masonry and brickwork

shield anchor bolt – for attaching hardware such as heavy-duty joist hangers to masonry

oval nail – the head punches easily below the surface and the shape is less likely to split the timber, used for fixing architrave and skirting boards in position

round head nail – general carpentry work, ideal for fixing noggings to joists

clout nail – general-purpose use

panel pin – used for fine fixing purposes

annular ring shank – superior grip makes these nails as good as screws but impossible to withdraw

screw bolt – used for heavy-duty fixings when joining two large sections of timber together


Adhesives and Fillers

wood glue used for bonding wooden surfaces

sealant or filler tubes – many sealants or flexible fillers are supplied in a tubed form, sealant gun required to expel material from tube

pva – multi-purpose adhesive used in concentrated or dilute forms

all-purpose filler – multi-purpose filler, mixed with water to create ‘paste’ for filling holes in most surfaces

epoxy adhesivetwo-part adhesive that is capable of sticking dissimilar materials together (eg. – wood and stone) with great strength

epoxy adhesive – used for attaching foam-backed carpet and some types of carpet tiles to the subfloor, and for sticking the edges of sheet flooring

jointing compound – supplied ready mixed, used for filling over taped joints and nail heads when dry lining



corner jointing tape – used when dry lining on internal or external corners

self-adhesive jointing tape – covers joins between sheets of plasterboard, easy to apply

jointing tape – covers joins between plasterboard sheets for general masking and holding lightweight components in position while glue dries

insulating tape – multi-purpose pvc tape


Other Fixings

joist hangers – used to support ends of floor joists at wall junction, different varieties specifically designed for attaching to masonry or timber, or some can be built-in

metal herringbone struts – reinforces concrete to prevent cracking and improve strength, available as mesh

wire ties – used to hold together reinforcing bars to create a mesh

carpet edging strips – provide a finish for the carpet and a grip at openings and doorways

17. December 2010 by admin
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