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Master fixing anything with Fiber Fix: It’s Duck Tape on Steroids!!

Fiber Fix

Fiber Fix is one of the coolest products I’ve ever used.

I recently discovered it at the cash register while at the local hardware store.

And I decided to use it to fix my hammer after reading the box.

Fiber Fix is like duck tape on steroids, you can mend anything with it – splintered wood, broken pipes, car hoses, your daughter’s bicycle (oops on this last one).

The best part is that it doesn’t break the bank. A 2 inch wide roll costs about $9.

I’m stoked to show you this tutorial since I have a feeling you have something that could use a little TLC.

By the end of this tutorial I promise you’ll be humming the MacGyver theme song. So let’s get started :)

Here’s your supply list (does it get any shorter)

  • Broken tool or item
  • Fiber Fix Kit
  • Container of Warm Water

Here’s what you’ll learn

  • How to fix almost anything that’s broken

I had my doubts about how well Fiber Fix would work but those fears are totally erased.

I’ll show you why.

How to use Fiber Fix: um, I seriously think a 5 year old could use it

I wanted to use Fiber Fix to repair my hammer which I broke a last year.

Broken Hammer

This hammer is special to me since it was my father-in-law’s and he passed away 8 years ago.

The sentimental value of my hammer is really what encouraged me to buy Fiber Fix.

Enough with the tear shedding.

When you open the Fiber Fix kit you’ll see

  1. Nitrile Gloves
  2. Sealed Packet with Fiber Fix in it
  3. Vinyl Tape

Put on the nitrile gloves and open the packet.

Wear Gloves

Dunk the Fiber Fix into luke warm water for about 10-12 seconds. I’m not sure but I think this activates the glue or adhesive on the mesh.

Duk Fiber Fix in Water

Squeeze the roll of Fiber Fix like a sponge to remove most of the water.

Squeeze Water from Fiber Fix

You’ll want to apply the first layer of Fiber Fix over the worst part of the break.

Wrap Fiber Fix tightly around the broken area and 4 inches on either side of the break.

Wrap Fiber Fix Tightly

In my case, the break was an inch from the end of the hammer head and handle.

So I just started at the point on the handle that looked broken the most. I then wrapped the Fiber Fix 4 inches down the handle and worked my way back toward the head.

Once you’re done with the wrapping you need to smooth out the glue with your gloves. Do this for about 30 seconds.

Smooth Glue with Gloves

Here’s the part that the directions didn’t explain all that well. The vinyl tape that comes with the kits should be wrapped around the Fiber Fix in the same direction as it was applied.

Apply Vinyl Tape

This vinyl tape keeps the Fiber Fix in place so that it makes a solid bond with the surface being repaired.

Now all you have to do is wait 10-15 minutes for Fiber Fix to do it’s thing.

Fiber Fix Finale

If you’re in a pinch and need the fix item then go ahead and use it after 15 minutes but I waited 24 hours for my hammer to setup. Now it’s rock solid.

Here’s the complete step-by-step video tutorial, it will show you how easy it is to repair anything with Fiber Fix.

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How to Fix Anything with Fiber Fix

http://youtu.be/_Z_VRKlQrxI

 

It’s always fun to give presents :D

I love you for dropping by Home Repair Tutor.  And to show my appreciation I’m giving 3 fans their own Fiber Fix kits.

In order to qualify to win, just leave a comment on this post by the end of next Tuesday March 25th (11:59 p.m. 3/25/2014) explaining what you need to fix with Fiber Fix and why you think it will help you with your project.

Easy enough.

The winners will be announced on Facebook and here on Home Repair Tutor.

Thanks again for dropping in, I really love hearing from you. See you in the comments.

Cheers,

Home Repair Tutor

 

 

 

 

P.S.  Congrats to Pam, Marsha, and Mary. They are the 3 winners of the Fiber Fix Kits. Pam needs to fix a lamp, Marsha a chair, and Mary a hammer. Hoping they like the Kits :)

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75 comments… add one

  • Linda March 21, 2014, 8:11 AM

    Not quite sure what I’ll need to fix, but moving into a new (old) house next month, I’m certain there will be something. Thanks so much for calling this product to my attention and “test driving” it to prove its claims.

    • Jeff Patterson March 21, 2014, 3:33 PM

      Let me know how your move goes Linda. I’m very excited for you. Keep me posted on your projects and let me know if you have any questions :)

  • SARAH S March 21, 2014, 11:58 AM

    I also have a sentimental hammer that has hast split. Would love to fix it and try this product out!

  • CIA MORRIS March 21, 2014, 12:01 PM

    I love watching your tutorials and learning so much every week. You explain things in a thorough yet easy to understand way. I would love to use this product to repair an old high chair that belonged to my grandfather. My daughter uses the high chair to feed her dolls now but it is extremely sentimental. I think this product would work great

    • Jeff Patterson March 21, 2014, 3:11 PM

      Thanks Cia, I hope you continue to like the tutorials. There are many more to come.

      Your high chair is probably one of a kind if your grandfather owned it. We’d be hard pressed to find anything made as well as it, I’m sure of that. I bet Fiber Fix would be a wonderful option.

  • Mary T March 21, 2014, 12:08 PM

    I could use one of these to fix an ax handle!! Awesome! Thanks for sharing that!

    • Jeff Patterson March 21, 2014, 3:09 PM

      Thank you Mary!! I don’t even own an ax, so you’re way ahead of me on that front :D

  • Dorothy March 21, 2014, 12:12 PM

    I don’t have anything to use it on right now, but this is the kind of product you like to have in the house in case you do need it. And sooner or later you WILL need it. Thanks, I’m going to look for it at Home Depot.

    • Jeff Patterson March 21, 2014, 3:08 PM

      I know exactly what you mean Dorothy. Something is always on the cusp of being broken in our house!!!

  • Pam Levario March 21, 2014, 12:23 PM

    I have an antique Tiffany floor lamp that I may have to discard unless the FiberFix works. At the top juncture of the pole where the arm of the lamp screws into it, the threads are broken off and I can no longer secure the arm and beautiful glass shade to the pole. I would love to see if it is salvagable by using FiberFix!

    • Jeff Patterson March 21, 2014, 3:07 PM

      Wow, it sounds like your lamp is one of a kind Pam. It’s worth trying Fiber Fix versus setting the lamp out on the curb.

  • Andriette Anslow March 21, 2014, 12:28 PM

    I really enjoy your home repair posts and have gotten some great advice from them. This “Fiber Fix” reminds me of getting a cast put on when I was younger…lol. I’m glad that someone has come up with a dependable product to repair items instead of always having to replace them. I, too, have a few tools that were handed down to me and I use them all the time. Great to know that I can actually fix them and continue to use them if, God forbid, something happen. Thanks again for another great piece of advice.

    Andie

    • Jeff Patterson March 21, 2014, 3:06 PM

      Thanks so much Andie. Fiber Fix totally reminds me a cast. I’d love to know how the creators came up with the idea. I’m assuming there’s some sort of crazy story behind it like someone breaking a leg!!!

      I really appreciate you being a super fan and hope you enjoy the posts/videos.

  • Marsha March 21, 2014, 12:34 PM

    I would love to use a Fiber Fix to repair the leg on a chair that belonged to my Mom who passed away 20 years. My children broke the chair in the early 90′s: I’ve tried repairing it before, but it wasn’t safe to use. I’ve held onto the chair for hoping for a better solution.
    Saw this on Shark Tank a few weeks back and it looks like it may be exactly what I need.

    Thanks for the tutorial.
    Marsha S.

    • Jeff Patterson March 21, 2014, 3:04 PM

      So sorry to hear about your Mom, Marsha.

      Yes, I think you could fix your chair with no problem and it would be safe to use. Your kind of repair is perfect for Fiber Fix. And you’ll be able to paint it if need be.

  • Donna Nelson March 21, 2014, 12:45 PM

    I would use this to fix my grandson’s sled… it broke on his first snow this year.
    He would be thrilled to have his sled fixed.

    • Jeff Patterson March 21, 2014, 3:01 PM

      Sorry to hear about his sled Donna. My kids love sled riding and would be sad just like him.

      Fiber Fix would be great for this kind of repair. I’d try to sand it down a bit if the fix is on the underside of the sled. That way the sled would operate a bit faster in the snow :)

  • Nancy dkins March 21, 2014, 12:49 PM

    For me this would be wonderful. I have a sledge hammer that needs fixed. I can do this myself. TY

    • Jeff Patterson March 21, 2014, 2:59 PM

      You can do this no problem, Nancy. And a sledge hammer would be a good test of Fiber Fix.

  • jsid March 21, 2014, 12:55 PM

    Thank you jeff for all the useful techniques and video presentations to make our lives easy.We request you to please teach us how to fix our H2O MOP first regular old model we purchased from QVC TV .??suddenly steam stopped coming out to this electric mop .Red light turns on, but when we press the button to start, no steam comes our. we tried to insert a thin wire at the opening,may be something clogged,but it is not clogged. we never use anything to mop but always plain water ,as the manufacturer advised. we contacted them ,they want us to buy newer model, and have no parts available to replace and make it work. please help us any tips to make our h2o mop works////thanks

    • Jeff Patterson March 21, 2014, 2:59 PM

      Wow, that sounds like a manufacturing problem and I’m bummed that the company won’t help you with the parts.

      I wish I could help you with this issue but I have no clue how your mop works. If I were you I’d still be persistent and try to get a replacement mop for free or at a discounted price. Especially if your mop is only a year old.

      Give it a shot, just ask if they’d be willing to exchange your old mop for a new one. Who knows, maybe they’ll say yes :)

  • Lillace Christianson March 21, 2014, 1:08 PM

    Jeff this is fabulous! I have the same story! My now-in-Heaven father-in-law gave me an old small head hammer and the wooden handle has broken. I didn’t trust wood glue for this application, so just put it away until I could find a better fix. I look forward to being able to use this lighter weight hammer (from a very special man) again! Thanks a bunch!

    • Jeff Patterson March 21, 2014, 2:56 PM

      Aw, you’re so sweat Lillace. And it sounds like you have a great guy in your life (who happens to like tools)!!

      I hope Fiber Fix can help you with your Dad’s hammer like it did for me. It’s amazing how something so small can bring back such important memories.

  • Desiree Hesse March 21, 2014, 1:13 PM

    I’d Love to try Fiber fix for my hoses that are starting to leak rather than having to purchase a new one.

    • Jeff Patterson March 21, 2014, 2:54 PM

      Hoses can be expensive!!! Fiber Fix would be cheaper depending on the kind you use. I told Mark that I have a bad hose and will likely give Fiber Fix a shot.

  • Kevin March 21, 2014, 1:16 PM

    I remember seeing this on Shark Tank and then it went to QVC. Thanks, I’ll pick some up in case I need to cast a broken arm or leg. Actually looks like a good easy method to use on yard tools and items like that that you don’t care what it looks like and just need it to be sturdy and work. I have a rake handle that split and this should work perfectly for that.

    • Jeff Patterson March 21, 2014, 2:53 PM

      On the box it says or at least infers that you could use Fiber Fix for first aid purposes. But I’m not so sure I’d do it, unless of course it was me and not one of my kids. In fact, they’d probably like casting my arm or leg, haha.

      I had no idea this was on Shark Tank until I bought it. Did it win?

  • Mary Insana March 21, 2014, 1:36 PM

    I have a hammer from my Dad ,passed away 22years,that is broken almost the same place your father-in-laws hammer was broken. I don’t use the hammer for fear of making the break worse. This would be a good fix so I can use it again .

    • Jeff Patterson March 21, 2014, 2:50 PM

      I bet you’ll be able to fix it just like me Mary. Your Dad’s hammer could tell a few good stories, I’m sure of it :)

  • Mark J March 21, 2014, 1:40 PM

    Wow that stuff looks awesome! I can’t think of anything that is currently broken that needs fixed. Wait a sec… (runs to the garage and snaps a shovel handle in half).
    Yep, yep I think my shovel could benefit from Fiber Fix tape! Shovels are useful tools, and now I won’t have to buy a new one if I fix it with Fiber Fix! :-D
    I’m also interested to see if it would stop a leak in a garden hose.

    • Jeff Patterson March 21, 2014, 2:49 PM

      Lol, I like the way you think Mark.

      I have a hose that sprung a leak. So maybe I’ll give it a try and see if Fiber Fix works on that kind of problem.

  • marly z. March 21, 2014, 3:33 PM

    This looks amazing! I have so many uses for this.

  • Linda March 21, 2014, 4:24 PM

    Jeff,
    I enjoy your videos and love to learn how to make my own repairs. I used to watch my late husband repair things and have used that knowledge to replace a toilet and a light fixture. Yeah for me! My husband would be proud. I’m thinking of fixing a hose with this product. Do you know if one can paint over the FiberFix? That might make it “disappear” on a painted chair leg I’d like to fix too.

    • Jeff Patterson March 21, 2014, 5:20 PM

      Great job Linda!! You should be proud of yourself.

      I checked out Fiber Fix’s website and they say you can sand & paint it. So you’ll be good to go after fixing your chair leg.

  • Annie March 21, 2014, 5:07 PM

    I love your blogs, Jeff! I learn so much from them. And I agree with the poster upthread… this is something I’ll buy just to have it in the house. It will come in handy sooner or later!

    • Jeff Patterson March 21, 2014, 5:18 PM

      You’re so nice Annie, thank you!!!

      I need to buy an extra kit for myself for the same reason. If you use it let me know how you like Fiber Fix :)

  • Debbie @Dewdrop Gables March 21, 2014, 7:48 PM

    This stuff looks awesome! I’ve pinned this so I remember to look for it next time I’m at the hardware store, if it’s carried up here. We have a bunch of stuff that Fibre Fix could be used on (my husband is a hoarder…has more tools, gadgets, junk, etc than a store, I swear!!).
    Thanks for the info,
    Debbie :)

    • Jeff Patterson March 22, 2014, 7:19 AM

      What DIYer isn’t a hoarder Debbie, LOL. I’m not sure about the availability in Canada but I told Alexandra (who lives in the UK) that Amazon carries Fiber Fix. So that might be an option for you, too.

      But please let me know if you can’t get it since others might have a similar question :)

  • Alexandra March 21, 2014, 8:35 PM

    I love all your posts Jeff but this has to be your best. I was given my garden spade by my dear aunt who passed away 10 years ago. She was a keen gardener and she gave me her favourite spade when I got my first garden many years ago. I was brokenhearted when the handle broke and though I held no hope of mending it I couldn’t bear to throw it away. Now I might actually be able to use it again. Can I buy it in the uk?

    • Jeff Patterson March 22, 2014, 7:17 AM

      Thanks Alexandra for sharing your story, it’s amazing how much our tools can remind us of our loved ones. Your Aunt sounded like a lovely person and if you can fix your garden spade that will be a great reminder of her while you do your gardening.

      I’m not sure if you can buy it in the UK but Fiber Fix is available on Amazon. So you might want to see if that will work. I’m thinking you can get it via Amazon since it’s global. But please let me know if this isn’t the case :)

      • Cheri March 28, 2014, 12:04 PM

        friends of mine in Australia have told me that Amazon will no longer do international shipping. What we did is have items sent to my address and then I shipped them to them when they got here. If Alexandra can’t get it shipped to her and she knows someone in the USA who can ship to her, of course with her paying the shipping, then that is a way to do it. Just a heads up.

        • Jeff Patterson March 28, 2014, 3:49 PM

          Thanks Cheri, I had no idea Amazon was doing that. I’m sure Alexandra appreciates your tip. Darn it Amazon!!!

          • Alexandra March 28, 2014, 9:16 PM

            I’m grateful for your reply and Cheri’s tip Jeff. You’re so right about tools holding memories of our loved ones. Using them makes jobs so special somehow :)

          • Jeff Patterson March 29, 2014, 7:59 AM

            Thanks Alexandra :)

        • Alexandra March 28, 2014, 9:04 PM

          Thanks for that good idea Cheri. I’ve got my heart set on mending my special spade since Jeff introduced me to Fiber Fix. Here’s hoping :)

  • Sharon March 21, 2014, 9:30 PM

    My husband and son are fixer uppers and I know they could use this fiber fix and MANY things!! Thanks for the chance to win some and try it. Looks fantastic!

    • Jeff Patterson March 22, 2014, 7:14 AM

      They will totally love Fiber Fix Sharon. Thanks so much for dropping into the comments. Hope you’re having a great day!!

  • Dolly Granger March 22, 2014, 12:23 AM

    I have several yard tools with broken handle…..I am anxious to try this out..thanks for introducing it to us…….will keep you posted…..again thank you.

  • Susan March 22, 2014, 7:14 AM

    Love your posts. I would love to try this product on my bath sink drain pipe. It has a crack in it and has leaked since I moved in the house. This would be a great fix until I can open up the wall and replace the pipe properly. Thanks for introducing us to this product.

    • Jeff Patterson March 22, 2014, 7:22 AM

      Sounds like you could certainly use it Susan. Water leaks are a pain in the rear end for sure. Thanks for being a super fan :)

  • Jan Elizabeth March 22, 2014, 1:32 PM

    What an awesome product! I could use it to fix the handle of my amazing rake. I just need to see whether I already got rid of it or not. I hope not!
    I really enjoy your videos and sense of humour, thanks!

    • Jeff Patterson March 22, 2014, 6:10 PM

      Thanks Jan, I’m super happy you like the the videos and hope they actually help you out.

      Find your rake because you can definitely fix it with Fiber Fix. Let me know if you pitched it or not :D

  • Lynn March 22, 2014, 2:23 PM

    Well, if it works on a hammer, maybe it will work on an axe handle? The axe handle kind of looks like your hammer so I’ll give it a try and let you know.

    • Jeff Patterson March 22, 2014, 6:11 PM

      Keep me posted Lynn. You probably used your ax quite a bit this winter since it was like the north pole in most areas.

      Spring can’t get here any sooner :)

  • John C March 22, 2014, 9:34 PM

    Available at Lowe’s !!

    • Jeff Patterson March 23, 2014, 7:39 PM

      Thanks John, I wasn’t aware of that!! I’m there all the time :)

  • Kathy March 23, 2014, 7:15 PM

    Like others have said “It would be nice to have on hand for when something needs repaired”. I probably have some things that need repaired, as I have a tendency to keep everything knowing that eventually I will need it for something. lol
    I came across your site while checking out Lowes and I am glad I did. I really needed someone to help me as I don’t live near family or even have relatives that are handy, so I have to do it all on my own. My husband is the bookworm and chef, I am the handyman.

    • Jeff Patterson March 23, 2014, 7:35 PM

      Thanks Kathy for dropping in and please bookmark HRT so that when you have a question you can ask it here :)

      I’d be happy to help you with any project you’re doing. I may not have all the answers but we’ll figure out things together.

      Sounds like you’re husband is one lucky guy!!

  • Sheila March 24, 2014, 2:51 AM

    After my dad and brother passed I got his tools there’s a lot of rusted and broken tools I’d love to try and fix. Don’t let the fact that I am a girl fool ya. I’m not afraid to try or get dirty. He has an old hammer like the one you showed. Love to give a try. Wouldn’t fixing it be cool!!

    • Jeff Patterson March 25, 2014, 5:34 AM

      Thanks Sheila for sharing your story. I love old tools, they still fix all our new world problems :)

  • David Poirier March 24, 2014, 7:53 AM

    I have a few things that I could fix with this product. I DO have a hammer in the same condition as your illustrations, I would like as well to fix my son’s composite hockey stick so he can use it for road hockey I will have to get this to try it. Thanks for the info

    • Jeff Patterson March 25, 2014, 5:36 AM

      Whew, composite hockey sticks are EXPENSIVE!! You’ll have to let me know if Fiber Fix is a good option for hockey stick repairs David :D

  • Shirley Cotton March 24, 2014, 2:32 PM

    I love this idea I am already on your mailing list I keep all your instructions in a folder

    • Jeff Patterson March 25, 2014, 5:37 AM

      Thanks Shirley for signing up. I hope you like the tutorials. And I’m flattered that your have a specific folder just for my info, that’s awesome!!

  • Greg March 24, 2014, 11:51 PM

    That looks like a handy product. It gave me the same “wow, they make such a marvelous thing?” feeling that I got when I first encountered epoxy putty. I have a hoe that needs repair, and this may be able to fix where the handle attaches.

    • Jeff Patterson March 25, 2014, 5:38 AM

      I felt the same way about epoxy putty Greg, that stuff is great. I think you’ll like Fiber Fix just as much.

  • Mj March 25, 2014, 2:50 PM

    I would try this on two projects… the articulating arm of my dirt devil sweeper broke so I’d try to splint the sections. I’d also attempt to keep a gooseneck ipad mount from drooping by finding the best position and then adding the fiber-fix – can’t use either now so it would be fun to see if I could resurrect them…

    • Jeff Patterson March 26, 2014, 4:49 AM

      You’ve got two great projects Mj!! You might even be able to use one kit to fix both.

  • Judi Myers March 25, 2014, 3:25 PM

    I am so happy I found this site…. This should be perfect for my front bumper of my 2010 Chevy Equinox. I had a disagreement with an icy mound of snow and it cracked my bumber guard. I’m recently divorced and it’s my first car of my very own I want to keep it nice. Plus I can do it myself without the assistance of another person (yea I’m talking about HIM). I don’t want to depend on someone else at this point in my life so I’m looking for all the self reliant ways I can. Send me my free fiber fix. :)

    • Jeff Patterson March 26, 2014, 4:51 AM

      Sorry to hear about your encounter with the icy mound Judy, both of them!! Certainly keep Fiber Fix in mind for other projects, too.

      Please stay in touch, I’d be happy to help you with anything around the house. You can totally do anything DIY on your own :)

  • Maresha July 21, 2014, 11:21 AM

    Does fiber fix work on old galvanized pipes? I have a leak in my kitchen right at the 3 way joint on the pipe. Tried plumbers putty and failed.

    • Jeff Patterson July 22, 2014, 6:26 AM

      It’s worth a shot Maresha. The box says that it works on pipes and they even say you can use it on garden hoses.

      Let me know how it goes :)

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