10+ DIY Terms

DIY, short for “Do It Yourself,” is a term that has been used to describe projects you can complete on your own. Whether you’re interested in learning how to fix something on your car, or building shelves for the kitchen, DIY projects are a great way to save money and get creative! This blog post will explore 10 common DIY terms and what they mean when it comes to completing these types of projects.

  • Sandpaper Grit Numbers: The numbers on sandpaper indicate how rough the paper is. The higher the number, usually in range of 60-240, the rougher it will be and able to take more off a surface quicker. Higher grits are great for quickly removing material like paint or varnish from surfaces that don’t need particular fine detail work done with them.
  • Epoxy: Epoxies are a type of resin that harden and can be used to bond two materials together. They’re often made up of an epoxide resin, another material like polyethylene glycol or diaminodiphenylmethane plus any number of other additives depending on the desired use. The most common types for DIY projects include clear epoxy which is great for adhering surfaces with minimal visibility such as in bonding tiles onto concrete, dark epoxy which has more flexibility than a typical glue but still maintains its strength when bonded, and high dexterity epoxy for applications where you need your hands to move quickly after application without worrying about it coming undone due to heat exposure.
  • PEX Pipe: PEX (or Polyethylene Cross-Linked) pipe is a material that can be used in place of metal when installing plumbing. It’s easier to install, more cost effective and has higher durability than typical metals like copper or steel which means your home will save money over time by avoiding leak repairs!
  • Abrasive Paper: Abrasive paper is typically made out of sandpaper with an adhesive backing so it sticks securely to the surface you’re working on. These types are most commonly found at hardware stores and come in different abrasive levels for specific uses like woodworking or painting projects. The roughest type may have up to 60 grit while the finest variety starts around 240 but ranges anywhere from 400 all the way down to 1200 and beyond.
  • Hacksaw: A hacksaw is a type of saw blade that has a small, stiff frame to ensure the edge remains perpendicular to the cut surface. It’s also called an “angle grinder” or “jigsaw.” Though they’re typically used for cutting metal, you can use one on softer materials like wood as well but be careful about looking at your work from different angles before finishing it off!
  • Incandescent Bulbs: Incandescent bulbs are those old fashioned lightbulbs that were once all we had until CFLs took over their place. They still exist in stores today because they cost less than other types of bulbs so if you’re interested in saving money then this may be the bulb for you.
  • Oil Paint: Oil paint is one of the oldest types of painting that still exists today though it’s not as common now with acrylics taking its place in many cases. It can have a variety of finishes from matte (not shiny) to glossy depending on how much oil was added to the mixture when applying and, if left un-varnished, will need more care than other paints because it absorbs into the surface rather than sitting on top like some others do so make sure to add at least four coats before trying any projects!
  • OSB: OSB stands for Oriented Strand Board which has an even wear pattern along both edges due to being pressed together during production. These boards are made up of a number of wood strands that are oriented during production to produce a repeating pattern. This type is typically used as siding or flooring in homes but it can be cut into pieces and glued together for use on furniture projects too!
  • Bradrawl: A bradrawal refers to the process by which you would cut out holes using small circles, primarily found with in crafts like sewing where they’re often used as eyes for fabric puppets. You’ll find them at most craft stores alongside other tools such as needles, thread, stuffing material, scissors, safety pins and more!
  • Bearing Walls: Bearing walls refer to any wall within your home that will carry weight when put under stress from movement or pressure from outside sources so make sure these are reinforced as needed. Having a basement? Make sure you have bearing walls!
  • Shadowbox Fence: A shadowbox fence is one that has been put up to keep others from entering or crossing an area and, because of this, it’s usually made out of metal tubes with barbed wire at the top for reinforcement. This type is often found in military compounds but can be used on smaller scales too like when trying to create a sense of privacy without blocking off areas completely.

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