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Building 101: Mini Repair Must-Haves

Solve your little repair problems at home with these essentials


Your favorite wooden furniture has cracks -- what do you do? Let these must-haves save the day! They may be small but they surely pack a punch when it comes to home repair!

Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Material from Real Living's Handy Hints and Instant Makeovers: 35 Easy Home Projects (2010). To view other Real Living Home Ideas Books, visit

The Magic Six (counterclockwise):

A pocket-sized DIY tool

It contains a long nose, wire cutter, regular pliers, crimper, and two screwdrivers, plus a nail file and nail cleaner, too. (John Benzen 10-in1 Stainless Steel Multi-purpose Tool, Handyman)

Hide scratches and marks

-- and other little imperfections in your wooden furniture with these felt-tipped pens. They come in different shades of brown to match the color of your wooden furniture. (Guardsman Touch-up Kit, Handyman)

Fix leaking pipes

-- water tanks, bathroom fixtures, even pails and roofs with this sealant. But before patching those leaks, make sure you clean the surface and roughen it with sandpaper or a steel brush. Then, using your damp hands, mix parts A and B of the sealant until the color becomes uniform. Apply it to the hole to seal it. (Water Stop Wet & Dry Sealant, Handyman)

Hose mender

If you have a leaking garden hose, this hose mender will fix it. Just cut the hose at the damaged portion and join the two ends by inserting the tube and securing it with the green ends. You can also use this little device to join two hoses to make one, long hose. (Home Aid Hose Mender, Handyman)

Super glue

This super glue comes in two small tubes so you won't have to worry about lots of leftovers hardning in the tube. It dries clear in five minutes and can glue together your broken ceramics, wood, glass, and metal. (Epoxypod Plus Five, Handyman)

Wood Putty

Got cracks on your precious wooden furniture? Fill them in with this wood putty that works like a modeling clay. Let it dry after applying into the crack and sand to smoothen the surface. (Pioneer Epoxy Clay Wood Repair Wood Putty, Handyman)

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