Shame, shame…

November 28, 2012

I have a confession. I have been living with something in my house for the ENTIRE six years we’ve inhabited our home. One of those… things. Those things that makes you cringe every time you look at it. Makes me question at least once a month “why haven’t I DONE anything about that yet??”

Our patio door with bare, exposed screw holes and worn-out black weather stripping… urgh…

Use Sugru to fill screw holes

I know, I know, positively horrifying right?

Well. I am finally going to rectify this situation! But before I get to that. Do you know how hard it is to get your hands on those little plug things without the purchase of a new door?? Who knew! I thought I’d just be able to walk right into Home Depot, make a $3 purchase and pop those suckers into place. Problem Solved. NOPE!

Ours happened to be missing because they were never installed in the first place. So, what’s a girl to do, right? Well… Sugru, of course! …say what now?

You heard me! Sugru! … A self-setting rubber that can be formed by hand. It moulds like play-dough, bonds to almost anything and turns into a strong, flexible silicone rubber overnight. Exciting stuff!

I’ve been wanting an excuse to use this stuff for a long time. So, here’s my chance!

I was filled with nerdy excitement to find this stuff in my mailbox — think Star Wars buff and his first experience at Comic Con. I immediately peeled this stuff out of its adorable packaging and…

Use Sugru to fill screw holes

Pretty simple stuff. I began by seperating it into little balls, and rolling them with my fingers…

Use Sugru to fill screw holes

Applied some sugru to the screwhole…

Use Sugru to fill screw holes

Flattened it out using my finger tip…

Use Sugru to fill screw holes

Go over it a couple times until it’s smooth…

Use Sugru to fill screw holes

And, voilá, patched and good as new. Just give it some time to dry and set.

Use Sugru to fill screw holes

Just look how much better this is! Here’s a shot with a few completed screwholes, next to a few waiting their turn…

Use Sugru to fill screw holes

And, while I’m at it, let’s throw a little paint up on that ugly black weather stripping…

Use Sugru to fill screw holes

Use Sugru to fill screw holes

And to recap — this, is Booooo!

Use Sugru to fill screw holes

And, this is Yaaaaaaay!

Use Sugru to fill screw holes

I know, I know, exciting stuff right? Well, if you’ve ever had one of those never-gonna-get-around-to-it jobs, then you KNOW what this feels like to scratch it off your dreaded LIST. Happy home repairing!

 

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