The Ultimate Basic Home Repair Materials Quiz
by Staff
With a little research and a bit of know-how, anybody can be prepared to make their own home repairs. From woods to paints to adhesives, it's amazing how much you can take care of in your home once you know what materials you need and where to buy them. Check out your knowledge of home repair materials with this quiz.

Why are the cross-section dimensions of lumber larger than the actual dimensions?

  • because the lumber shrinks with time
  • because the measurement is taken before the lumber is surfaced
  • because there's always an add-on of one inch, either side

What is a board foot?

  • a unit of measurement
  • a board one foot (30.5cm) long
  • a board one foot (30.5 cm) thick

Why would you want to buy plywood that's only perfect on one side?

  • because the salesman convinced you to get bad quality materials
  • because the job you're doing doesn't have to be perfect
  • to save money, because you only see one side anyway

What are the advantages of plywood over lumber?

  • It's cheap, durable and richly-colored.
  • It's strong, rigid and lightweight.
  • It's weatherproof and non-chippable.

What is another name for drywall?

  • patching
  • plaster
  • gypsum wallboard

Why are some nails coated?

  • in order to prevent rusting and boost their holding power
  • in order to introduce color-coding
  • in order to prevent sharp points

How much of a nail should be driven into the base material?

  • over one-third
  • over two-thirds
  • over three-quarters

If nails are sold by the pound, the smaller the nail, the:

  • more pounds you need to buy
  • less nails you get for the pound
  • more nails you get for the pound

What are wood screws commonly made of?

  • steel
  • wood
  • aluminum

What do you use stove bolts for?

  • fastening stovetops
  • all kind of fastening jobs
  • fastening ovens

If you want to glue laminate to a piece of wood using contact cement, where do you apply the glue?

  • onto the wood
  • onto both surfaces
  • onto the laminate

Which of these are downsides to polyurethane glue?

  • It's expensive with a short shelf-life.
  • It dries clear and is difficult to see.
  • It can't be used on glass or metal.

Some glues can withstand extremes of temperatures. Which of these can do so?

  • plastic metal cement
  • silicone rubber adhesive
  • hot-melt adhesive

What is the difference between cyanoacrylate and super glue in terms of bonding power?

  • Super glue bonds faster and stronger.
  • Cyanoacrylate bonds faster and stronger.
  • They're the same thing.

Why are high-gloss interior paints more durable than, say, semi-gloss?

  • because they have more resin in them
  • because they have less resin in them
  • because they don't have any resin in them

Which paint would you use on your ceiling?

  • latex paint
  • rubber-based paint
  • textured paint

Why can't you use a primer on bare wood?

  • because it doesn't look as nice
  • because the water content may seep into the grain
  • because you need an undercoat before the primer

How do you clean up after using latex paint?

  • with turpentine
  • with paint solvent
  • with soap and water

What sort of weather conditions are good for chalking paint?

  • fairly rainy
  • fairly dry
  • very rainy

What do these have in common: bastard, smooth and wood rasp?

  • They're all grades of steel wool.
  • They're all types of sandpapers.
  • They're all types of files.