Why Not Use Fibre Glass for Your Repair?

Why not use Fibre Glass for your next repair?

Using fibre glass is often overlooked, more often than not as a repair solution, because one associates it with only car body repairing or boat repairs. Well this is not quite correct, as there are literally hundreds of other applications in and around the home where you can use fibre glass. For instance you can fill holes virtually anywhere, in timber, brick or even concrete. You are able to repair your water tanks, water pipes, the guttering, even your furniture.

Ordinary resin or polyester-based filler paste can be used for repairing small holes and dents in metal and wood. To extend your repair kit even further, I suggest you include the conventional Fibre Glass materials, being resin and Chopped Strand Mat (CSM). This will allow you to repair anything from roofs to rusty storage tanks that can be patched. Make a Fibre Glass bandage to add strength to gutter or down-pipe joints, or if you have a burst water-pipe, a similar application for a successful interim repair.

Although there are many types of Fibre Glass products, for instance woven cloths (more strength less flexible) fibre tissue where appearance is of importance and not strength. To give a better finish fibre tissue is often used on top of the CSM material. You will find most repair kits that are available supply CSM, this product is actually a mat of randomly laid fibres which are loosely held together by an emulsion, of which dissolves upon contact with the fibre glass resin. This allows more flexibility and interconnection between the alternate layers of the fibre and resin.

Essential materials required, Chopped Strand Mat (CSM) or fibre glass tape, resin (attention this has a limited life) and hardener are for the fibre glass material. A measuring dispenser for the hardener, a grooved metal roller, important to remove any air bubbles, a stiff bristled brush, you will also need acetone or cellulose thinners for cleaning. Finally, an absolute must, Gloves.

Rather than buy a proprietary filler, why not make your own as you have the resin and hardener, almost any aggregate can be used together with clear general purpose resin and hardener. For instance, fine sawdust makes perfect filler for wood, powdered chalk or a cheap talcum powder makes dense filler of which can be used for cracked concrete, brickwork. Mix one part of aggregate to one part of resin/hardener solution when making up the paste, carefully turning the mix into itself, avoiding creating air bubbles until the mix is to a uniform color. Attention to the quantity you mix, as it may harden before you have had the chance to use it all. Damp and cold are not conducive to successful work, ideal temperature approximately 20 C.

Filling holes or dents, to repair minor holes or dents with filler start by scuffing the area with a sanding disk at least 25 mm around the affected area. Clean the area with a white spirit, if you are working with metal apply a coat of rust inhibitor. If the hole you are repairing is in metal and the repair is not to show above the surrounding surface,I would suggest you indent the area around hole with a ball head hammer, this way the indent can be filled and later sanded to a flat smooth finish.

Patching holes or cracks in a water-pipe, gutter, water cistern, here we use our CSM, resin and hardener, perhaps if necessary a small amount of filler for the final surfacing. First clean the area to be patched (water pipes, cisterns should be drained and carefully dried) cut away any unsound material around the damaged area, if it is metal you are working on grind the rust away, do not use chemical rust remover. When repairing timber, remove all rotten wood before attempting the repair. Clean and de-grease at least 30 mm of sound material around the repair to provide a good bonding key. In the case of a small hole in a water pipe, apply a single coat of resin/hardener to the area surrounding the hole with a brush, next wrap one layer of CSM around the pipe large enough to cover the hole and surrounding material. Soak the fibre glass with a coat of resin/hardener dabbing the mat with a stiff bristled brush until it becomes clear with no air holes. If necessary apply another layer of fibre glass, but beware the more layers do not make the work stronger/better. I would suggest maximum three layers because the heat given off in the final part of the setting can cause thicker layers to crack.

Patching larger holes, say more than 30 mm across you must provide a support for the fibre glass mat, an example, if it is a water down-pipe you can wrap galvanized wire around the missing/damaged area to form a profile of the missing material, this becomes a simple matter to coat the wire and surrounding pipe with resin/hardener and proceed as above. Patching a large hole in perhaps a water cistern, you must cover the whole space with a temporary support, for example stretch a sheet of polyethylene over a suitable sized piece of cardboard/hard-board or coat it with wax, now you tape it to the edges of the hole. The wax or polyethylene treatment is important because the fibre glass will not bond to it, this enables the support to be removed when the repair has set.

Once you have mastered these simple projects, you will find that next you will want to try your hand at creating moulds and making your own garden furniture, sinks, guttering sections garden pools etc, etc.

As an example, I have just finished a waterfall with a fish pond at the base for our balcony. Very briefly, it is/was a very simple project; I made a frame of inch PVC piping, contoured the spill-ways out of one inch chicken wire. Tied the chicken wire mesh to the PVC frame, laid the Fibre Glass (CSM) over the chicken wire mesh then tied the fibre glass into the many contours/ indentations of the mesh form,then finally I applied the resin and hardener mix.

The pond, similar procedure made a hexagonal form out of marine ply, then laid the CSM and applied the resin/hardener, when it was all set and dry, I sprayed both units with a “Granite” spray paint. The pump to re-circulate the water I hid in the pond section behind the waterfall. The waterfall, fish pond, and plants are all flood-lit and guests cannot believe it is only made from Fibre Glass, as they say, it looks more like a granite stone waterfall.

Hope this simple article will change you mind when contemplating your next repair.

Cheers for now Darryl.

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What You Should Know About The Beauty Of Wood Furniture

Though we may travel the world over to find beauty, we should first desire beauty in our home, for our home is a place to relax and pray, where we may recover from the ills of the world and regain our strength and souls. And no better way is beauty projected than by wood furniture. Wood is the number one choice in furniture by people all around the world, regardless of whether it is for the home or office.

Our hearts are drunk with beauty, there are stories of royalty decorating with wooden furniture, employing the use of fine craftsmen to create wood furniture of flawless beauty. The long and short of it, wood furniture has been around for thousands of years, and was once thought of as a status symbol for kings and queens. The bottom line was if a person could build wooden furniture without blemishes, that person’s services would be in demand by all, and plus be rewarded by royalty.

Another beauty of wood is it holds the promise of wide appeal, not only is it sought after by the rich in society but also by the everyday citizen. Not only is wood the most expensive it is also the cheapest material used to make furniture.

No matter your reason for choosing home furniture let loveliness be your inspiration, this impetus will add to the sense of mastery and wonder. When choosing home furniture consider these factors: budget, size, and durability.

The torpid will rush into home furniture purchases before planning, don’t; if you do rush it is likely that the pieces you purchase will not be of the best value. First things first, only you know your family’s needs and consideration should be given to the younger members of your family. Tell yourself that thousands and thousands of people, some with intelligence and not more intelligent than the rest of us, have mastered home decor.

Don’t implement any plan but the best, your family deserves the best you can do for them. Think of the members of your family before deciding on the size to your new sofa, make sure the material will wash away stains from crayons and pens that could be permanent. Whatever course you decide upon consider your pets, will your furniture last the claws and scratching they may give to cloth and wood? If your pets soil your furniture how costly will each occurrence be?

The best and most beautiful furniture in the world is the pieces that fit your decorating needs. Do you want inexpensive matching pieces, but yet disposable, or perhaps long-lasting sturdy furniture. The idea is to consider the need for furniture in each room, some pieces may be contemporary while others will be selected for longer use, it may be to your best interest to mix the two.

Wood has beauty that everyone sees, and because the material is ideal for home decor water marks, stains, scratches, dents, even broken pieces can be repaired. Another important fact to note is with solid wood furniture all the parts that meet the eye, are made of the same type of wood.

If you are having decorating ideas while reading this article you are in love with wood furniture. We discussed the history of wood furniture, the wide appeal, and factors to consider when choosing furniture. If you can’t get wood out of your head now, it is time to plan your decorating scheme. I look forward to future discussions about home decor, be sure to look for more writings by me on this exciting subject.

Veneer Furniture – A Cost Effective Way to Perk Up the Look of Your Bedroom

Any form of furniture which is coated with a thin slice of wood is termed as Veneer furniture. The thin exterior coating, known as Veneer may comprise of real wood, a laminate or a product which gives a marble-like impression. Furniture built with inexpensive material can be given a superior look using a Veneer.

Over the years Veneer furniture has been a preferred choice over solid wood furniture. Though solid wood furniture have advantages like durability and easy repairing of stains or dents, they even have weak points like getting expanded or contracted when exposed to extreme weather conditions. Not only does veneer furniture overcome these demerits but also has advantages of its own including the following:

Elegant: Cutting a log into veneer saves a lot of money than cutting them into solid wooden boards. Moreover the designs produced due to some special cuts get totally hidden in solid wood furniture whereas veneer furniture takes the advantage of these cuts to make the furniture more attractive and pleasing to the eye. The wood in a deformedly grown tree gets wasted as it cannot be used in manufacturing solid wood furniture. But the same wood when utilized to construct a veneer can result in an incredibly interesting design.

Environment-friendly: For the construction of solid wood furniture the log is cut using a saw which not only creates thick sheets of wood but also wastes a fraction of wood in the form of sawdust whereas veneer is not cut using a saw but sliced using a knife. Thus if 1 inch thick board of saw timber is cut using a saw ¼ inch is wasted as sawdust. Veneer sheets are typically 1/32 inch thick. Thus 32 slices of veneer can be sliced using 1 inch thick wooden board. Additionally 8 sheets of veneer can be cut in ¼ inch wood that is wasted as sawdust. Thus 1 solid wood board is equivalent to 40 slices of veneer sheets thus making them environment-friendly.

Numerous Design possibilities: As the veneer is thin it can be bent to produce a number of designs. Moreover being thin, it can be cut into small pieces to produce complex and detailed designs. This is not possible in case of solid wood furniture.

Immune to seasonal changes: As the veneer is glued to the substrate, it not only provides a sturdy support but also prevents the substrate from expanding or shrinking when it is exposed to extreme weather conditions.

Inexpensive: As discussed earlier, veneer sheets save a lot of wood and hence a lot of money. Moreover, the substrate which is to be used in the furniture need not be high quality wood. Thus attractive looking furniture can be manufactured using inexpensive lumber. Many people avoid veneer furniture because of this reason and think that they lack durability. But nowadays higher quality veneer furniture is manufactured which not only looks superior but even lasts for a longer period.

All these advantages highlight a common aspect of veneer furniture i.e. low-budget. So if you are planning to decorate your master bedroom and at the same time keeping a check on you budget, veneer furniture is undoubtedly the best choice.