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Quick Home Repairs for Independent People

You just recently moved away from your parents from the suburbs of Australia. Now, you’re enjoying your newly found freedom. However, the fun lasts until you encounter a minor inconvenience in your apartment that needs some fixing—are you going to call for help? Before you give up on a drywall which can be simply fixed with a glass fibre tape, by the way, here are some quick home repairs you can do by yourself:

glass fibre tape


Holes in the wall are unsightly no matter how small their size is. Here’s how to do it:


  • Utility Knife – make sure it’s sharp.
  • Putty Knife
  • Drywall knife
  • Putty
  • Paint
  • Glass Fibre Tape (Find glass fibre tape here on http://www.futurethermal.com.au/)


  1. Using the sharp utility knife, clean the edges of the hole, making sure the external hole is bigger than the hole inside. Ensure that the surface can be flattened and no edges will get in the way once you patch the glass fibre tape.
  2. Next, cut a piece of a glass fibre tape that is 3-4x bigger than the hole. Buy glass fibre tape that does not rot. The best glass fibre tape today comes in thickness that is about 3mm-6mm. Use a drywall knife when tearing a glass fibre tape.
  3. Apply the putty across the glass fibre tape and spread it thinly. Smoothen the putty using a putty knife and apply generously to cover the void. Patch the nail holes over the area and dimple it using a hammer. Once the putty dries, sand it smooth.
  4. Apply your desired paint.

Bath stains

If you don’t want to let go of your slightly stained bath in exchange of a freestanding porcelain bath, here’s how to fix it:

  1. Combine tartar cream, baking soda, and lemon juice in equal parts.
  2. Make sure they become a paste.
  3. Rub the stains thoroughly with the paste using a clean cloth.
  4. Let soak for 30 minutes and then rinse off.

Squeaky Doors 

Before they drive you crazy, remember that doors are not the hardest stuff to fix. Squeaky hinges can be fixed by petroleum jelly. Waxes and oils are messy, but petroleum jellies do the job with no extra stuff sticking around the door frames.

Wooden Furniture Scratches

There are three ways to make those scratches on your furniture invisible. You can even use household items such as cooking oil and walnuts! Here’s how:

Scratch Fillers

  1. Buy scratch fillers that match the shade of your cabinet.
  2. Rub thoroughly until the scratch becomes less visible.
  3. Wipe dust with dry cloth.

Oils and acids

You can also try applying lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil by wiping the surface with a clean cloth.

Pecans and walnuts

  1. Cut open the meat of the nut.
  2. Rub it back and forth gently until it a finished look appears.
  3. Wipe dust with dry cloth.

Bathroom Grout Stains

Grout stains can ruin a bathroom’s look. It can house bacteria and change the colour of your tiles. To clean those pesky grouts, follow these steps:

  1. Clean those tiles with regular tile cleaner, wash and let dry.
  2. Next, create a solution for washing the grout stains (A half cup of baking soda, one-third cup of ammonia, and one-fourth cup of vinegar), mix thoroughly until baking soda is dissolved, and put in a spray bottle.
  3. Spray on stained grouts and let it soak for 5-10 minutes.
  4. After letting it soak, brush thoroughly.
  5. Do a final wipe after making sure it’s squeaky-clean.
  6. You can also use Hydrogen Peroxide and Oxygen Bleach.

 To learn more, visit us at http://www.futurethermal.com.au/glass-fibre-products.html.