In the event your home is due for renovations and you are forced to achieve your goal with a relatively small budget, then it’s time to test your crafting skills and try out several DIY projects. The key to a successful do-it-yourself home project implies having the right set of tools and selecting the appropriate fasteners. For the vast majority of small DIY projects, you will not need more than a box of screws or bolts. Following are some ideas on how you can use the small fasteners on small DIY concrete projects.
- Furring strips
If you decided to install drywall, then it is mandatory to mount some furring strips as a nailing base for this task. In general, the furring strips are not thicker than one inch and are placed directly on a masonry surface where they are secured with small fasteners.
- Decorative shelves
One simple way of making a room warmer and more welcoming implies installing small shelves where you can place a vintage phone, small trinkets or tealight candles. While the small shelves can be easily installed on both concrete and wood walls by using small bolts, you need to make sure you never place heavy objects on them. As a side note, if you’re planning to add a few decorative shelves that will need to support heavy objects – books or electronics – then you have to use quality carriage bolts to make sure they can handle the weight of the contents.
- Kitchen cabinets
Even though concrete walls provide several advantages in the kitchen, the truth is that they can be a handful when it comes to installing new kitchen cabinets. Given the role of the cabinets and the fact that they need to handle a moderate to heavy load, it is advisable to secure them with both large and small fasteners. While the large fasteners secure the cabinets on the concrete wall, the small bolts can be used to ensure their weight is distributed evenly.
- Hanging pictures
The easiest and most cost-effective method of decorating a room and applying your own style and personality implies hanging pictures. To place pictures on a concrete wall, you will need to employ a specialized screw for concrete and make sure you use the adequate wires and hanging hooks.
Believe it or not, an effortless way to increase the value of your home without having to break the bank implies installing shutters to the exterior of your home. Because you want your amazing new shutters to continue to enhance the architectural look of your home, you need to use small fasteners that can be easily attached to brick, cement and/or cement stucco.
- Downspout brackets
If you’re tired of having to repair the downspout after each storm, then it’s time to consider installing some brackets to keep it in place. Since the brackets will be constantly exposed to the elements, make sure you purchase rust-resistant bolts that can take a beating.
- Towel bars
Installing towel bars is a trouble-free method of making your bathroom more functional and safe. If you only use the bars for hanging towels, then any small fastener will hold them in place securely. However, if you usually use the bars to get in and out of the bathtub, then you might want to use bigger and stronger fasteners.
Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.