Built to Last: DIY Installation Fixes that Will Hold

If you are fixing something to a wall like storage units or even a partition you want to be sure that it is going to stay in place and stand the test of time. The best way to achieve that aim with your installation fixes is to take a few tips from the pros and do a DIY job that is built to last. Here is a look at how to get the best results, including how to approach different surfaces like stone and block walls and masonry, what sort of fasteners you should be using, and what to do to restore a tired fixing.

Solid walls

Drilling into a solid wall is often one of the first steps in your project and you need the right tools and equipment plus a bit of know-how to get it right and prepare properly for your fixings. Masonry is used to describe brick, stone, and block walls and to be able to get through any of these surfaces you will need to have a powerful drill with a hammer action. Make sure you have the right drill bits for the job in hand, which means a good quality masonry drill, which is characterized by a distinct flat cutting section that is wider than the shaft of the drill bit. This is designed to cut through masonry and you will damage your drill bit and potentially make a mess of the wall if you attempt to use a normal drill that is designed to cut through plasterboard and wood.

The right fixing

Another crucial aspect is ensuring you have the right fixing to insert in the wall. You might need fixings like these to hold everything in place properly as regulation plastic wall plugs are only designed to withstand a certain amount of load bearing and might not provide the sort of grip and hold you require. Take your time measuring and marking the correct spot for each fixing before you drill any holes and a good tip would be to think about making sure that any mark you make is going to be covered by what you are hanging there.

Repairing an old hole

If your DIY task is about repairing and improving an old fixing that is not doing the job properly anymore there are a couple of fixes to deal with this situation. If the area around the original fixing has crumbled away and the fixing is wobbling around in the hole you will have to repair the area around it to improve the strength of that fixing. A ready-mixed hole filler will do the job and you can apply it to the affected area using a spatula or filler knife. You can also find that when you are drilling a new hole some of the masonry crumbles away around the hole you have just drilled. If this happens don’t be tempted to leave it and see if it holds, instead, apply some filler and smooth the surface with some sand paper afterward. Preparation is the key to doing a good fixing job and if you do it right it should hold for many years to come.

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