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?
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?
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?
What do you use stove bolts for?
all kind of fastening jobs
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
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?
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 paint solvent
with soap and water
What sort of weather conditions are good for chalking paint?
What do these have in common: bastard, smooth and wood rasp?