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10 Things You Need for Instant Home Repairs

Keeping your home in tip-top shape can be easy and budget-friendly

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Original Article: Katherine Lopez and Paula de Guzman Photography: Pexels (Main Photo) | Michael Angelo Chua

In any home, it’s common to face unexpected leaks, stains, and funky smells. While there are problems that require the expertise of a trusty handyman, they aren’t always available when we need immediate repairs. Knowing a couple of easy DIY solutions helps you save on cash as you discover a hack or two when it comes to home improvement. Start building your repair arsenal with products you can count on. Visit the hardware store and be on the lookout for these items:


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1. WD-40

Use it to clean decals, untangle jewelry stains, and to get rid of creaks on your hinges.

WD-40, P159.75, True Value

2. Spray Paint

Got weird chips on your walls? A spray paint can help you work on a touchup in minutes.

Nippon Paint, P150, Wilcon Depot


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3. Putty

Seeing hairline cracks and imperfections on your walls? Don’t fret as you can restore its finish with putty.

Boysen Concrete Putty, P280.25, Wilcon Depot

4. Neutral-colored paint

There are days when our home’s color scheme looks sad and outdated. Keep the look classy and flexible with neutral colors.

Ace Paints (in Bobby Socks and Hint of Gold), P999.80/gallon, Ace Hardware


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5. Baking Soda

Dirt can stick to a surface and getting rid of them is no easy feat. Trust this versatile cleaner to help you achieve a spotless space.

Arm and Hammer Baking Soda, P229, Wilcon Depot

6. Grout

Can’t stand those dirty tiles in the bathroom? Regrouting can make those squares look brand-new.

ABC Grout, P117.50, Wilcon Depot


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7. Wood Stain

Did you know you can breathe new life into old wooden furniture pieces with the right stain? Schedule a weekend to work on your favorite chair.

Boysen Woodstain, P175/liter, Handyman Do-It-Best


8. Air Freshener

Don’t let funky smells dominate your home. Choose an air freshener that can keep your home smelling fresh and clean all day.

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Glade Air Freshener, P149, Robinsons Supermarket

9. Carpet Protector

No one wants to see stains and spills on a pricey carpet. Protect your carpet and keep it stain-free with this essential.

Scotch Gard Carpet Protector, P529.75, Ace Hardware

10. Liquid Nails

If you need to install something at home, you don’t always need to grab a hammer and some nails. This adhesive can get the job done, too.

Bostik Liquid Nails, P147, Handyman Do-It-Best

*Prices are subject to change.

WHERE TO BUY:

Ace Hardware

  • G/L Building B, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City

 

Handyman Do-It-Best

  • G/L Robinsons Forum, Pioneer Street corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City

 

True Value

  • 6/L Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City

 

Wilcon Depot

  • Wilcon IT Hub, Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City

 

This roundup originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of Real Living Magazine.

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