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DIY hardware is a definite must for any DIY enthusiast; in fact there are very few DIY projects that do not require the use of DIY hardware. Basic knowledge about the different kinds of DIY hardware that you need, is a must for any DIY practitioner.
Whether the project involves putting something together, or building something up from scratch, you will need to know all about the basic DIY hardware that makes it possible to bind everything together. The basic DIY hardware used in such DIY projects includes nails, fasteners, screws and adhesives. Now you need to know about all these important items, because even though they might small in size, they are the glue that holds a DIY project together.
In case your project deals with cabinets, the basic hardware used in this case are cabinet catches. There are mostly two types in this category, roller spring catches and magnetic catches. The roller spring variety comes in two styles, single roller, which is meant for sliding doors, and double rollers, which consist of a strike, installed in the door, and the strike goes around the catch, which in turn is installed on the cabinet. Magnetic catches on the other hand, as the name suggests, use the power of magnets to hold the door together, and are mostly used in kitchens and bathrooms.
Doors and windows require the use of DIY hardware such as hinges and knobs. The different types of hinges available in the market include pivot hinges, which are mounted on the top as well as on the bottom of the door, and they leave a small wafer of metal exposed. They are mostly used in doors which are not meant to be seen, or furniture doors. The next type is butt hinges, which are placed between the frame and the butt of the door. The loose pin hinge is the most common type of butt hinge available in the market. The spring hinge, which closes the door automatically, is another type of hinge, with double acting hinges being used for doors which swing both ways. The strap hinge, T-hinge, gate hinge and the continuous hinge are some other varieties.
The door closer, door plates, threshold, storm or screen door hardware, casement operator, sash lock and other DIY hardware are also listed under door and window hardware. Nails are another highly used DIY hardware type. They come in a number of forms, such as common nails, roofing nails, brads, box nails, boxing nails and masonry nails. Screws, another DIY hardware category, come in two basic forms, Philips-head and slot-head. Both these types are available in three further sub-types, round, oval and flat. Each type has its own uses and ensuring you know the purpose of each is important.
Another DIY hardware category is adhesives, which comes in white glue, instant-setting glue, epoxy, contact cement, plastic resin glue, construction adhesive and several other sub-categories. With such an exhaustive variety, it is vital that you learn as much as possible about different types of DIY hardware, before you being any project. You will find many sources, such as DIY magazines and online DIY sites, which provide information on DIY hardware.