Why do women become do-it-yourselfers, tackling jobs around the house that are usually thought of as men’s work? The Kimberly-Clark Professional Do-It-Yourself Business wanted to find out the answer to that question, so it commissioned Opinion Research Corporation to conduct a survey of 1,037 women on its behalf. After analyzing the results, the pollsters come up with the following five reasons:
- Saving money
- Getting a sense of personal pride and satisfaction
- Being able to do things your own way
- Not having to wait for someone else to do the work
- Not being dependent on a man to get the job done
If you’re one of these women who aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty, you’ll be excited to know that there are some important new products on the market that can make your home improvement projects go a lot faster:
- Jig-A-Patch: This kit will help you cut the time it takes to repair cracked walls and prepare them for painting. The spray can contains sprayable spackle, and the cap works as a putty knife. The kit also includes a 3M sanding pad. You simply spray a small amount of spackle on the area to be repaired and wait two minutes. Then, using the cap/putty knife, you spread the spackle evenly. Allow two hours for drying, and then sand with the sanding pad until the finish is smooth. Jig-A-Patch has a suggested retail price of $5.99, and you can find it at Home Depot.
- Tough Tape: This tape measure has an extra-wide blade with a newly developed coating that the company claims will last longer than standard tape coatings. Measurement markings are printed on both sides of the tape, and the 9-1/2’ standout capability makes it easier to measure longer distances. The inclusion of two earth magnets into the end of the blade allows Tough Tape to adhere to steel studs and other metal surfaces.The tape measure’s case is rubberized, and has ergonomic thumb and finger grips to absorb shock. Tough Tape has a suggested retail price of $12.97 for the 16’, $15.97 for the 25’ and $24.97 for the 40’. It is also available at Home Depot.
- Mighty Putty: This item you may have already seen on television being hawked by the ubiquitous super-salesman Billy Mays. Mighty Putty is a very powerful epoxy that can be molded into any shape, and applied to nonporous surfaces to create a bond that will last. The company says it can fix metal, glass, wood, wallboard, ceramics, and concrete. A six-pack of the epoxy is available on the company’s web site, www.mightyputty.com, for $19.99 plus shipping.
- Mighty Mendit: Another product Mr. Mays sells on TV, this bonding agent is designed to repair rips in all types of fabric, including curtains and furniture upholstery. It dries clear, is safe for most fabrics, and is machine washable. The product can be ordered on the company’s web site, www.mightymendit.com. The cost for three bottles is $19.99 plus shipping.
- Safety Quick Light: This product is designed to help consumers change light fixtures and ceiling fans without having to bring in an electrician. There are two main parts to the system: the female receptacle is installed into the outlet box, and the male plug attaches to the light fixture/ceiling fan. In addition to selling Retro-fit kits to convert existing fixtures and fans, the company has been working with lighting manufacturers to have the system pre-installed. The kits are available at most national home improvement stores, and prices vary by type of kit.
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