I know it’s a bit of a cliché to give men power tools for Christmas, but the reality is, they love these pieces of equipment as much as their favorite sports teams and their poker nights. When it comes to the boundless and fascinating world of do-it-yourself, new tools are always fun to try.
With proper safety measures and common know-hows, these state-of-the-art tools, which range anywhere from cordless drills to glue and heat guns, can do miracles in our homes. Last week, I went looking for a specific power tool on my husband’s Santa wish list, one that can accomplish simple project concepts and have plenty of uses. I’m talking about a heat gun.
At the very least, most of us have an inkling on the things we can do with a heat and glue gun. From simple gift-wrap pom pom ties that I created, to expensive-looking Christmas ornaments featured on Felt Magnet, anyone with this type of tool can spruce up their holiday festivities.
As an avid DIY crafter, I’ve used a variety of heat-emitting tools. I wasn’t sure how different this particular one was going to be compared to the others. But upon researching, I was amazed at all the creative ways we can use a heat gun around the house.
A heat gun is a very practical tool. It generally has some routine uses that can be quite effective and trouble-free. Screwfix elaborates on the advantages of owning a heat gun, sharing how it can be used to melt, shrink, and loosen a lot of materials in a safer method compared to an open flame. Conversely, there are other clever uses for your dependable heat gun.
Clever DIY Home Remedies Using Your Heat Gun
Remove Old Paint Drips, Stickers, and Labels
Sometimes, placing old newspapers below a do-it-yourself home redecorating endeavor just won’t do the trick, as paint still finds its way on our floors. By using a heat gun’s deflector nozzle on a low setting, we can easily wipe or scrape this stain off after it bubbles. Finish this cleaning task with a simple light scrub using a sponge. The same goes with trying to remove a product label from an item you just bought at a furniture shop like Ikea. A heat gun will take care of that in flash, leaving a clean and smooth surface.
Stick Floor Tiles and Molding
Throughout the years, window moldings loosen and floor tiles’ edges lift off the ground. A trouble-free remedy for these is to heat the materials’ sticky parts to somewhat renew its adhesive nature and prolong the bond. With this, I can easily make some repairs to my mom’s laundry room.
Repair Leather and Vinyl
Did you know that a heat gun could repair cuts in leather and vinyl? All it takes is a simple application of low-cure leather repair compound over the cut and use the heat gun to cure it off. Make sure that the tool’s nozzle is at a fair distance from the area you’re repairing so the compound won’t shrink or, worse, burn the material. Now that I know this, I’ve got a handbag with a tear on the bottom waiting to see the light of day again.
Remove Bicycle Decals
Our bikes have been sitting in the garage for the last two summers. Honestly, they need proper repairs and a facelift. My goal is to restore the bikes and give them a more modern vibe. I recently discovered that a heat gun easily removes the paint from the steel frame. With this, I can give my bike a prettier pink color. Furthermore, a little heat on the gears will get them back in working order.
If you’re looking for a good men’s gift this holiday, check out a heat gun. And I guarantee that not only will he love it but you’re going to find lots of ways to use it too.